Honda-powered IndyCar racer Simon Pagenaud, winner of Sunday’s IZOD IndyCar Series race in Detroit, will make his “Race to the Clouds” debut later this month, driving a highly-modified Honda Odyssey as part of Honda’s record-setting 11-vehicle, nine-class effort at the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.


With support from Honda’s North American motorsports and R&D companies – Honda Performance Development and Honda R&D Americas, Inc. – the company will campaign a broad range of Honda and Acura vehicles, motorcycles and ATVs.  Pagenaud will pilot a turbocharged, 500+ horsepower Honda Odyssey, originally developed for competition by associates at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama. 


“This is something I’m really looking forward to,” Pagenaud said of Pikes Peak.  “I’ve done a little bit of rallying in France, and I used to watch highlights of the Pikes Peak race on television as a kid.  Our entry will be unique, to say the least!  A Honda Odyssey with power similar to an IndyCar will raise some eyebrows for sure! But with the preparation it is getting from Team Honda Research, it will be a proper race car, and I’m very excited about it.”


Modifications to the Odyssey include a turbocharged, intercooled 3.5-liter V6 engine; six-speed transmission and limited-slip differential from the Acura TL product line; racing suspension and brakes, including 19-inch BBS wheels equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires; and a full competition roll cage.


The 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year, Pagenaud started sixth in Sunday’s Indy Dual at Detroit and dominated the second half of the 70-lap contest, taking the checkers more than five seconds clear of the field for his first IndyCar Series victory.  The win also moved the 29-year-old Frenchman to fifth in the drivers’ championship standings after seven of 19 races. 


Pagenaud and his Odyssey will be entered in the “Exhibition” category, as will a Honda CR-Z hybrid sports coupe, driven by Sage Marie from Honda North America, as Honda showcases a diverse range of “fun to drive/ride” products in both car and motorcycle classes.  Other than Pagenaud, the entries will be piloted by Honda associates under the Honda Performance Development (HPD) and Team Honda Research (THR) banners.


American Honda Motor Co., Inc. will serve as Partnering Sponsor of the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the first time the company has participated as a corporate sponsor of this historic event, which celebrates its 91st running on June 30.  In addition, Honda Power Equipment will be supporting race operations, with Honda generators providing electricity and light to the pits and staging area.


Honda has competed in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on a less ambitious scale in the recent past.  In 2011, Honda campaigned a Fit hatchback that was built and piloted by Honda engineers from North America.


In 2012, the company fielded an Acura NSX powered by an ALMS P2 twin-turbo V6 engine supplied by Honda Performance Development (HPD), and outfitted with an ex-Le Mans body and wide body kit, with support from members of the Ohio-based Honda of America Race Team (HART).


In prior years, Honda set records in the EV class in 1994 and 1999 with the Honda EV Plus. This year also marks the return of advanced Honda EV technology to America’s second-oldest race, in the form of a 2012 Honda Fit EV.


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Honda Pikes Peak Odyssey

            Engine:            Honda “J35” 3.5-liter Turbocharged V6

            Turbocharger:  Garrett GT35R

            Power:             532 wheel horsepower; 460 ft lb torque; 6.2 lbs per horsepower

            Transmission:  6-speed transaxle,

            Brakes: Brembo 4-piston, aluminum calipers

            Suspension:     H&R competition dampers and springs

            Tires:               Michelin 295/30-19 Pilot Super Sports


Honda 2013 Pikes Peak entries:






Driver / Rider

Honda Company


Pikes Peak Open

Acura NSX [1st generation]

James Robinson

Honda R&D

Time Attack


Brian Shanfeld

Honda R&D


Honda CR-Z hybrid coupe

Sage Marie

Honda North America


Honda Odyssey

Simon Pagenaud

Schmidt Hamilton Racing


Honda Fit EV

Roy Richards

Honda R&D



Honda CRF250R

Nick Robinson

Honda R&D


Honda CRF250R

Dane Marsack

Honda R&D


Honda CRF450R

Jeff Tigert

American Honda


Honda CBR1000RR

Alex Moreno

Honda R&D


Honda CBR600RR

Erik Dunshee

Honda R&D


450 ATV

Honda TRX450

Keith Steidl

Honda R&D