Honda Renews IndyCar Commitment Through 2017
Honda announced today that it has renewed its commitment to IndyCar, after signing a new multi-year agreement that will keep the manufacturer in the Verizon IndyCar Series through 2017, with an optional extension through the 2020 season.
American Honda and Honda Performance Development (HPD), its racing subsidiary, have been a part of open-wheel racing in North America for over twenty years, since the founding of HPD in 1993. The following year, the company entered Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) competition.
Honda enjoyed 65 victories over 164 races during is nine years of CART competition, racking up four manufacturers’ championships and six straight drivers’ titles from 1996 to 2001.
Honda has been part of the IndyCar Series since the start of the 2003 season, acted as the single supplier of racing engines to the series from 2006 until 2011, after which came the return of multi-manufacturer competition.
“In the 13 years that Honda has been a part of the IndyCar, we’ve had a great deal of success, both against strong competition from other auto manufacturers and as single engine supplier,” said HPD president Art St. Cyr. “Honda is pleased to be part of the IndyCar Series, as it provides a technical challenge for our associates, a showcase for Honda products worldwide and incredible entertainment for racing fans.”
“We’re grateful for Honda’s longstanding partnership with INDYCAR the last 13 years,” said Mark Miles, CEO of IndyCar parent company Hulman & Company. “Racing is a part of Honda’s DNA and its continued investment in the Verizon IndyCar Series – technically on the competition side, but also through sponsoring of events and additional activation – is instrumental to the success and continued growth of our sport.”
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Honda will also be the title sponsor for three events on the Verizon IndyCar series schedule, including the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park, the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and the Honda Indy Toronto, sponsored by Honda Canada.