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Honda Commemorates its IndyCar History Ahead of 100th Indy 500

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Officials at the 1965 Indy 500 prepared to test ride a fleet of Honda motorcycles

Officials at the 1965 Indy 500 prepared to test ride a fleet of Honda motorcycles

As the most successful carmaker ever in number of Indy 500 wins, starts, and laps completed, Honda is more excited than most for the upcoming 100th running of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” which will be held on Sunday, May 29th. To celebrate the occasion, Honda is expanding its “Fastest Seat in Sports” campaign/sweepstakes, and also paying tribute to its history with the iconic IndyCar event.

In the 15 Indianapolis 500 races that Honda has taken part in since 1994, the automaker has produced 10 race winners. Additionally, during the last 23 years of IndyCar competition, Honda has earned 12 manufacturers’ championships, while Honda drivers have won 217 races and 15 series championships—more than any other automaker has achieved over the same time period.

Today Honda released a handy infographic calling attention to the car company’s impressive IndyCar and Indy 500 stats:

Honda Indy 500 infographic "Brick by Brick"

“We’re honored to be part of the Indianapolis 500 for the historic 100th running of the race, and proud of what Honda power has contributed to this great American open-wheel racing tradition,” said Honda Performance Development President Art St. Cyr. “Honda’s racing spirit runs deep, and the passion we bring to the track and commitment to innovation and continuous improvement touches all aspects of our company and its products.”

Some of Honda’s more impressive IndyCar racing highlights include:

  • Even before Honda competed at the Brickyard, the brand’s motorcycles were the “official field vehicles” for the 1965 Indianapolis 500.
  • Honda entered IndyCar competition in 1994, and has since become the most successful carmaker of all-time at the Indy 500. During the Indianapolis 500, Honda has racked up 10 wins, 301 starts, and 50,019 completed laps.
  • 10 Honda drivers have hoisted the Borg Warner trophy after winning the Indianapolis 500 championship.
  • Since 1994, no other automaker has been able to match Honda’s 12 Manufacturers’ Championships, nor the 217 races and 15 series championships won by drivers with Honda power.