Hondanews Online Newsroom http://hondanews.com en-US dev@wieck.com (Wieck Media) Copyright 2014 40 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:30:12 -0700 Corporate: Tomac Scores First Career 450-Class Victory at Spring Creek National <p>The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series made its eighth stop this past Saturday in Millville, MN for the annual Spring Creek National, and Muscle Milk-supported GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac stole the show with a dominant 1-1 performance en route to his first career win in the premier 450 class. For the fourth consecutive week, Team Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard put together two solid rides, landing just shy of the podium in fourth with 4-3 marks. </p> <p>450 Race <br> During the day's opening race, Canard launched his CRF450R off the line to a fourth-place start. The front-runners quickly separated themselves from the field, but Canard struggled in the tricky sand whoops and was unable to close the gap, taking the checkered in fourth. In the second moto, he got off the line in fifth place but dropped back in the pack. Luckily, the race was red flagged due to a start-gate malfunction, giving him another chance to get back up front. </p> <p> When the gate dropped for the second time, he nabbed another great start inside the top five. While running fourth, he really found his rhythm and began methodically closing the gap on third. He made a pass stick on lap 12, which is where he finished. His 4-3 performance was not enough to secure him a spot on the podium, but he was happy overall with his progress. "We had a good day overall today," stated Canard. "I think we made progress again and it is a bummer to not be on the podium. It's definitely a bummer for the entire team not to be winning, but we are striving and trying. So hopefully we will get one before the year's up."    </p> <p>Team Honda Muscle Milk's Fredrik Noren posted his best result of the season with a ninth overall. In moto one, Noren nailed down a strong start and crossed the line in ninth on the opening lap. He relinquished two positions by the end of the 17-lap race, ultimately finishing 11th. He grabbed another solid start in moto two and ran a consistent race to finish 10th.</p> <p>"I struggled getting in my groove a little bit in practice, but I am not the best qualifier so that is just kind of how it is," explained Noren. "First moto I had a good start and just worked my way into 11th. In the second moto I got another good start and was running in ninth most of the moto but (Christian) Craig got by me towards the end so I finished 10th. I'm pretty excited about my ninth overall; it is my best finish of the season. I am getting a lot more comfortable on the bike and looking forward to better results each weekend."</p> <p> It was a stellar day for 450-class rookie Eli Tomac as he swept both motos, becoming the fourth different overall winner in the division this year. Tomac started moto one in third and quickly moved to second. From there he closed the gap on the leader, which started a heated head-to-head battle that raged on lap after lap, until he made a pass stick on lap 12. Tomac quickly checked out, taking the win with a 16-second advantage. He carried his momentum into the second moto, securing the holeshot and riding nearly unchallenged the entire 30-minute plus two-lap race to score his first career 450 victory. His 1-1 effort boosted him to ninth overall in the points standings, despite competing in only four rounds. </p> <p> "Today was my first 450 overall, and it's so cool," said Tomac. "Not many guys get to say they've won a 450 outdoor national, so it's cool to be there. And I did it in 1-1 fashion during only my fourth race, so that was awesome. I got good starts today. I just get along with this track because it's a lot like my track at home, with a lot of sand and big rollers. It's just a track that suits me, so I was comfortable all day." </p> <p> 250 Race <br> It was a challenging day for the GEICO Honda 250 squad of Justin Bogle, Zach Bell and Matt Bisceglia. After finishing sixth in the day's opening race, Bogle got off the line to a solid start in moto two and took over the lead halfway through the 30-minute plus two-lap event. Unfortunately, he went down hard late in the race and was unable to return to competition, leaving him 15th for the day with 6-32 scores. Bell put together two respectable rides aboard his CRF250R, scoring 11th overall with 10-12 marks, while teammate Bisceglia was unable to get comfortable on the tricky track, ultimately finishing 14th with 16-11 finishes.  </p> <p> The Focus: Honda Hosts Military Guest <br> On Saturday, Trey Canard hosted former Marine Corps Corporal Brad Staten as his special guest in the Honda pits. Staten was part of the Combat Logistics Battalion 6, Alpha Company, 1st Platoon stationed out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He deployed to the southern Helmand Province of Afghanistan from January 2010 until August 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Staten and 14 other men from his unit were presented Purple Heart awards during their service. He is also a huge race fan and reached out to Canard's mother about presenting Trey with a piece of his uniform as a thank you. "I have come to a lot of races and always see fans asking the riders for jerseys, goggles and anything else they can get their hands on. Instead, I wanted to give Trey a piece of my Marine Corps uniform as a thank you for being such an inspiration and helping me through my deployment. To be able to spend the day in the Honda pits and hang out with Trey is way more than I expected and ever could have dreamed. I want to thank Trey, his family and Honda for such great hospitality."</p> <p><strong>450 Class Overall Results </strong></p> <p><strong>1. Eli Tomac (Honda) 1-1</strong><br> 2. Ryan Dungey 3-2<br> 3. Ken Roczen 2-4<br> <strong>4. Trey Canard (Honda) 4-3 </strong><br> 5. Josh Grant 5-5 <br> 6. Brett Metcalfe 6-6<br> 7. Andrew Short 9-7<br> 8. Weston Peick 8-8<br> <strong>9. Fredrik Noren (Honda) 11-10</strong><br> 10. Matthew Goerke 12-11</p> <p><strong>450 Class Championship Points (after 8 of 12 rounds)</strong> <br> 1. Ken Roczen 367<br> 2. Ryan Dungey 343<br> <strong>3. Trey Canard 302</strong><br> 4. James Stewart 226<br> 5. Brett Metcalfe 222<br> 6. Josh Grant 218<br> 7. Weston Peick 188<br> 8. Andrew Short 187<br> 9. Eli Tomac 168<br> 10. Chad Reed 146</p> <p><strong>250 Class Overall Results <br> </strong>1. Jeremy Martin 1-2<br> 2. Marvin Musquin 2-4<br> 3. Cooper Webb 9-1<br> 4. Christopher Pourcel 3-6<br> 5. Dean Wilson 5-5<br> 6. Jason Anderson 11-3 <strong><br> </strong>7. Joey Savatgy 8-9<br> 8. Alex Martin 12-7<br> <strong>9. Cole Seely (Honda) 7-13<br> 10. Jessy Nelson (Honda) 14-8</strong></p> <p><strong>250 Class Championship Points (after 8 of 12 rounds)</strong><br> 1. Jeremy Martin 341<br> 2. Cooper Webb 298<br> 3. Blake Baggett 285<br> 4. Christopher Pourcel 246<br> 5. Marvin Musquin 241<br> <strong>6. Justin Bogle 240 <br> </strong>7. Jason Anderson 236<br> <strong>8. Cole Seely 188</strong><br> <strong>9. Jessy Nelson 164</strong><br> 10. Justin Hill 150 </p> Corporate Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:02:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/e1ebf59f-eef3-4a49-8aee-be518b4289af http://hondanews.com/releases/e1ebf59f-eef3-4a49-8aee-be518b4289af Tomac Scores First Career 450-Class Victory at Spring Creek National <p>The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series made its eighth stop this past Saturday in Millville, MN for the annual Spring Creek National, and Muscle Milk-supported GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac stole the show with a dominant 1-1 performance en route to his first career win in the premier 450 class. For the fourth consecutive week, Team Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard put together two solid rides, landing just shy of the podium in fourth with 4-3 marks. </p> <p>450 Race <br> During the day's opening race, Canard launched his CRF450R off the line to a fourth-place start. The front-runners quickly separated themselves from the field, but Canard struggled in the tricky sand whoops and was unable to close the gap, taking the checkered in fourth. In the second moto, he got off the line in fifth place but dropped back in the pack. Luckily, the race was red flagged due to a start-gate malfunction, giving him another chance to get back up front. </p> <p> When the gate dropped for the second time, he nabbed another great start inside the top five. While running fourth, he really found his rhythm and began methodically closing the gap on third. He made a pass stick on lap 12, which is where he finished. His 4-3 performance was not enough to secure him a spot on the podium, but he was happy overall with his progress. "We had a good day overall today," stated Canard. "I think we made progress again and it is a bummer to not be on the podium. It's definitely a bummer for the entire team not to be winning, but we are striving and trying. So hopefully we will get one before the year's up."    </p> <p>Team Honda Muscle Milk's Fredrik Noren posted his best result of the season with a ninth overall. In moto one, Noren nailed down a strong start and crossed the line in ninth on the opening lap. He relinquished two positions by the end of the 17-lap race, ultimately finishing 11th. He grabbed another solid start in moto two and ran a consistent race to finish 10th.</p> <p>"I struggled getting in my groove a little bit in practice, but I am not the best qualifier so that is just kind of how it is," explained Noren. "First moto I had a good start and just worked my way into 11th. In the second moto I got another good start and was running in ninth most of the moto but (Christian) Craig got by me towards the end so I finished 10th. I'm pretty excited about my ninth overall; it is my best finish of the season. I am getting a lot more comfortable on the bike and looking forward to better results each weekend."</p> <p> It was a stellar day for 450-class rookie Eli Tomac as he swept both motos, becoming the fourth different overall winner in the division this year. Tomac started moto one in third and quickly moved to second. From there he closed the gap on the leader, which started a heated head-to-head battle that raged on lap after lap, until he made a pass stick on lap 12. Tomac quickly checked out, taking the win with a 16-second advantage. He carried his momentum into the second moto, securing the holeshot and riding nearly unchallenged the entire 30-minute plus two-lap race to score his first career 450 victory. His 1-1 effort boosted him to ninth overall in the points standings, despite competing in only four rounds. </p> <p> "Today was my first 450 overall, and it's so cool," said Tomac. "Not many guys get to say they've won a 450 outdoor national, so it's cool to be there. And I did it in 1-1 fashion during only my fourth race, so that was awesome. I got good starts today. I just get along with this track because it's a lot like my track at home, with a lot of sand and big rollers. It's just a track that suits me, so I was comfortable all day." </p> <p> 250 Race <br> It was a challenging day for the GEICO Honda 250 squad of Justin Bogle, Zach Bell and Matt Bisceglia. After finishing sixth in the day's opening race, Bogle got off the line to a solid start in moto two and took over the lead halfway through the 30-minute plus two-lap event. Unfortunately, he went down hard late in the race and was unable to return to competition, leaving him 15th for the day with 6-32 scores. Bell put together two respectable rides aboard his CRF250R, scoring 11th overall with 10-12 marks, while teammate Bisceglia was unable to get comfortable on the tricky track, ultimately finishing 14th with 16-11 finishes.  </p> <p> The Focus: Honda Hosts Military Guest <br> On Saturday, Trey Canard hosted former Marine Corps Corporal Brad Staten as his special guest in the Honda pits. Staten was part of the Combat Logistics Battalion 6, Alpha Company, 1st Platoon stationed out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He deployed to the southern Helmand Province of Afghanistan from January 2010 until August 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Staten and 14 other men from his unit were presented Purple Heart awards during their service. He is also a huge race fan and reached out to Canard's mother about presenting Trey with a piece of his uniform as a thank you. "I have come to a lot of races and always see fans asking the riders for jerseys, goggles and anything else they can get their hands on. Instead, I wanted to give Trey a piece of my Marine Corps uniform as a thank you for being such an inspiration and helping me through my deployment. To be able to spend the day in the Honda pits and hang out with Trey is way more than I expected and ever could have dreamed. I want to thank Trey, his family and Honda for such great hospitality."</p> <p><strong>450 Class Overall Results </strong></p> <p><strong>1. Eli Tomac (Honda) 1-1</strong><br> 2. Ryan Dungey 3-2<br> 3. Ken Roczen 2-4<br> <strong>4. Trey Canard (Honda) 4-3 </strong><br> 5. Josh Grant 5-5 <br> 6. Brett Metcalfe 6-6<br> 7. Andrew Short 9-7<br> 8. Weston Peick 8-8<br> <strong>9. Fredrik Noren (Honda) 11-10</strong><br> 10. Matthew Goerke 12-11</p> <p><strong>450 Class Championship Points (after 8 of 12 rounds)</strong> <br> 1. Ken Roczen 367<br> 2. Ryan Dungey 343<br> <strong>3. Trey Canard 302</strong><br> 4. James Stewart 226<br> 5. Brett Metcalfe 222<br> 6. Josh Grant 218<br> 7. Weston Peick 188<br> 8. Andrew Short 187<br> 9. Eli Tomac 168<br> 10. Chad Reed 146</p> <p><strong>250 Class Overall Results <br> </strong>1. Jeremy Martin 1-2<br> 2. Marvin Musquin 2-4<br> 3. Cooper Webb 9-1<br> 4. Christopher Pourcel 3-6<br> 5. Dean Wilson 5-5<br> 6. Jason Anderson 11-3 <strong><br> </strong>7. Joey Savatgy 8-9<br> 8. Alex Martin 12-7<br> <strong>9. Cole Seely (Honda) 7-13<br> 10. Jessy Nelson (Honda) 14-8</strong></p> <p><strong>250 Class Championship Points (after 8 of 12 rounds)</strong><br> 1. Jeremy Martin 341<br> 2. Cooper Webb 298<br> 3. Blake Baggett 285<br> 4. Christopher Pourcel 246<br> 5. Marvin Musquin 241<br> <strong>6. Justin Bogle 240 <br> </strong>7. Jason Anderson 236<br> <strong>8. Cole Seely 188</strong><br> <strong>9. Jessy Nelson 164</strong><br> 10. Justin Hill 150 </p> Corporate: Honda Indy Toronto Race 2 Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Exhibition Place (1.755-mile temporary street circuit) Toronto, Ont., Canada<br> <strong>2013 Winners:<br> </strong>Race 1 Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 88.370 mph average<br> Race 2 Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 94.177 mph average <br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Overcast, rain on laps 10-33, 71 degrees F</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Race Results:</strong></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>Fn.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>St.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Driver</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Engine - Chassis</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>Laps</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Average Speed/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>1.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>11.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Mike Conway</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>56</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>73.168 mph avg.; led 7 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>9.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>56</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>+3.5418 seconds;</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>3.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Will Power</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>56</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>Led 5 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>4.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>16.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Charlie Kimball</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>56</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>5.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>22</strong>.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Takuma Sato</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>56</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>6.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>18.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Jack Hawksworth-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Bryan Herta Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>56</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>7.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>7.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Scott Dixon</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>56</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>8.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>8.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>56</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p> 9.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>11.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Sebastien Bourdais</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>KVSH Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>56</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Justin Wilson</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>56</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Led 5 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><em>Other Honda-powered Results:</em></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>56</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Led 7 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>14.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>4.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>56</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Huertas-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>56</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>16.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>23.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Luca Filippi-R</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>56</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Post-race penalty</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>6.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Munoz-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>52</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – mechanical </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>18.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>James Hinchcliffe</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>52</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>19.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Graham Rahal</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>50</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – transmission</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>3.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson Hamilton</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>47</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>23.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>14.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Mikhail Aleshin-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson </strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>11</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – crash </strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p align="center"><strong>Changing Conditions Hamper Honda Efforts in Toronto Nightcap</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Takuma Sato charges from 22<sup>nd</sup> to fifth for Honda</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Justin Wilson, Josef Newgarden lead race on rain tire gamble that comes up short</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>In a race that had a little bit of everything – from a mid-race rain shower to the fact it was the second points-paying Verizon IndyCar Series race in a single day, to a multi-car collision that resulted in a late-race red flag – Justin Wilson and his Dale Coyne Racing team gambled and came close to pulling off an unexpected victory in the second race of Sunday's Honda Indy Toronto, but ultimately came up short in the last two laps, and faded to a 10<sup>th</sup>-place finish.</p> <p>Attempting to complete the race with just a single pit stop, Wilson switched from dry weather "slicks" to treaded "rain tires" on his Lap 11 stop after showers dampened the 1.755-mile Exhibition Place temporary street circuit. Several other Honda drivers and teams – including Josef Newgarden and Carlos Huertas, made the same strategic choice, and on Lap 45 of what became a 56-lap, timed event, were running 1-2-3 with Wilson in front, followed by Newgarden and Huertas.</p> <p>But the showers had ended ten laps earlier, and as the track rapidly dried during the final minutes of the 1 hour, 20-minute contest, eventual winner Mike Conway advanced quickly through the field, after being among the first to change back to slick tires on Lap 43. When the race was briefly stopped on Lap 51 for a multi-car collision in Turn 3, Conway had moved up to second, behind only Wilson.</p> <p>When the green waved for the final time on Lap 52, Conway was quickly through for his second victory of 2014, followed by a string of dry-tire-shod competitors. This group included Takuma Sato, who capped his best run of the season with a fifth-place finish after starting 22<sup>nd</sup>.</p> <p>Rookie Jack Hawksworth also moved up on dry tires in the final laps, finishing sixth, his best result since finishing third in Houston earlier this month. Wilson took the checkers a disappointed 10<sup>th</sup>, while Newgarden fell to 13<sup>th</sup> as his rain tires also faded on the now-dry circuit.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's action in Toronto are being posted on a "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG will be providing video highlight packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2014. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>After six races over four consecutive weeks, including two doubleheader race weekends, the Verizon IndyCar Series now takes a one-week break before resuming August 3 with the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.</p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p><strong>Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship </strong>(after 14 of 18 rounds):</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>1. Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td><p>533 points (1 win)</p></td> <td><p>6. Scott Dixon</p></td> <td><p>387</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>2. Will Power</p></td> <td><p>520 (2 wins)</p></td> <td><p><strong>7. Carlos Munoz (R)</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>384</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>3. Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>464 (3 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p>8. Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td><p>380</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>4. Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>462 (2 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>9. Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>375</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>5. Juan Pablo Montoya</p></td> <td><p>428 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p>10. Sebastien Bourdais</p></td> <td><p>358</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p><strong>Manufacturers' Championship:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>1. Chevrolet</p></td> <td><p>2,066 (8 wins)</p></td> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>2. Honda</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>1,242 (6 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Takuma Sato </strong>(#14 A.J. Foyt Racing Honda) <strong>started 22<sup>nd</sup>, finished 5<sup>th</sup>, first top-five finish of 2014:</strong> "Toronto is a great event, as always. We've been unlucky all this season, but we bounced back strong and finishing as the highest Honda-powered car makes me proud. The race was really tricky--the dry to wet to dry tires. The guys did a great job in the pits. We never lost motivation. I really enjoyed the race & hopefully we'll be strong the rest of the season."</p> <p><strong>Justin Wilson </strong>(#19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda) <strong>started 15<sup>th</sup>, finished 10<sup>th</sup>, led xx laps: "</strong>That's just the way our season has been going. We made what I believe was the right call [remaining on treaded, wet-weather 'rain' tires to complete the race with just a single pit stop] and we tried to make it work, but events conspired against us. If it had continued to rain just a little bit longer, or if the red flag had not come out for that last crash in Turn 3, I believe we would have had a least a podium finish, and perhaps a win. But it wasn't to be for us today."</p> <p><strong>Art St. Cyr </strong>(President, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on today's two-race Honda Indy Toronto: </strong>"It was a very challenging weekend, to say the least, as our teams dealt with the weather, the delays, the compressed schedule and two races in one day. It's unfortunate that the race results weren't what we were hoping for, but out teams and HPD are going to redouble our efforts as we head to our home track at Mid-Ohio in two weeks."</p> Corporate Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:25:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/ab82f5ba-7948-49b2-8505-98eff1eabe89 http://hondanews.com/releases/ab82f5ba-7948-49b2-8505-98eff1eabe89 Honda Indy Toronto Race 2 Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Exhibition Place (1.755-mile temporary street circuit) Toronto, Ont., Canada<br> <strong>2013 Winners:<br> </strong>Race 1 Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 88.370 mph average<br> Race 2 Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 94.177 mph average <br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Overcast, rain on laps 10-33, 71 degrees F</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Race Results:</strong></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>Fn.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>St.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Driver</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Engine - Chassis</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>Laps</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Average Speed/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>1.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>11.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Mike Conway</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>56</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>73.168 mph avg.; led 7 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>9.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>56</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>+3.5418 seconds;</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>3.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Will Power</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>56</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>Led 5 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>4.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>16.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Charlie Kimball</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>56</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>5.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>22</strong>.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Takuma Sato</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>56</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>6.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>18.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Jack Hawksworth-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Bryan Herta Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>56</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>7.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>7.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Scott Dixon</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>56</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>8.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>8.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>56</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p> 9.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>11.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Sebastien Bourdais</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>KVSH Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>56</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>10.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Justin Wilson</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>56</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Led 5 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><em>Other Honda-powered Results:</em></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>56</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Led 7 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>14.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>4.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>56</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Huertas-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>56</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>16.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>23.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Luca Filippi-R</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>56</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Post-race penalty</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>6.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Munoz-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>52</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – mechanical </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>18.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>James Hinchcliffe</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>52</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>19.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Graham Rahal</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>50</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – transmission</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>3.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson Hamilton</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>47</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>23.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>14.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Mikhail Aleshin-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson </strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>11</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – crash </strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p align="center"><strong>Changing Conditions Hamper Honda Efforts in Toronto Nightcap</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Takuma Sato charges from 22<sup>nd</sup> to fifth for Honda</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Justin Wilson, Josef Newgarden lead race on rain tire gamble that comes up short</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>In a race that had a little bit of everything – from a mid-race rain shower to the fact it was the second points-paying Verizon IndyCar Series race in a single day, to a multi-car collision that resulted in a late-race red flag – Justin Wilson and his Dale Coyne Racing team gambled and came close to pulling off an unexpected victory in the second race of Sunday's Honda Indy Toronto, but ultimately came up short in the last two laps, and faded to a 10<sup>th</sup>-place finish.</p> <p>Attempting to complete the race with just a single pit stop, Wilson switched from dry weather "slicks" to treaded "rain tires" on his Lap 11 stop after showers dampened the 1.755-mile Exhibition Place temporary street circuit. Several other Honda drivers and teams – including Josef Newgarden and Carlos Huertas, made the same strategic choice, and on Lap 45 of what became a 56-lap, timed event, were running 1-2-3 with Wilson in front, followed by Newgarden and Huertas.</p> <p>But the showers had ended ten laps earlier, and as the track rapidly dried during the final minutes of the 1 hour, 20-minute contest, eventual winner Mike Conway advanced quickly through the field, after being among the first to change back to slick tires on Lap 43. When the race was briefly stopped on Lap 51 for a multi-car collision in Turn 3, Conway had moved up to second, behind only Wilson.</p> <p>When the green waved for the final time on Lap 52, Conway was quickly through for his second victory of 2014, followed by a string of dry-tire-shod competitors. This group included Takuma Sato, who capped his best run of the season with a fifth-place finish after starting 22<sup>nd</sup>.</p> <p>Rookie Jack Hawksworth also moved up on dry tires in the final laps, finishing sixth, his best result since finishing third in Houston earlier this month. Wilson took the checkers a disappointed 10<sup>th</sup>, while Newgarden fell to 13<sup>th</sup> as his rain tires also faded on the now-dry circuit.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's action in Toronto are being posted on a "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG will be providing video highlight packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2014. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>After six races over four consecutive weeks, including two doubleheader race weekends, the Verizon IndyCar Series now takes a one-week break before resuming August 3 with the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.</p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p><strong>Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship </strong>(after 14 of 18 rounds):</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>1. Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td><p>533 points (1 win)</p></td> <td><p>6. Scott Dixon</p></td> <td><p>387</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>2. Will Power</p></td> <td><p>520 (2 wins)</p></td> <td><p><strong>7. Carlos Munoz (R)</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>384</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>3. Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>464 (3 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p>8. Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td><p>380</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>4. Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>462 (2 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>9. Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>375</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>5. Juan Pablo Montoya</p></td> <td><p>428 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p>10. Sebastien Bourdais</p></td> <td><p>358</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p><strong>Manufacturers' Championship:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>1. Chevrolet</p></td> <td><p>2,066 (8 wins)</p></td> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>2. Honda</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>1,242 (6 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Takuma Sato </strong>(#14 A.J. Foyt Racing Honda) <strong>started 22<sup>nd</sup>, finished 5<sup>th</sup>, first top-five finish of 2014:</strong> "Toronto is a great event, as always. We've been unlucky all this season, but we bounced back strong and finishing as the highest Honda-powered car makes me proud. The race was really tricky--the dry to wet to dry tires. The guys did a great job in the pits. We never lost motivation. I really enjoyed the race & hopefully we'll be strong the rest of the season."</p> <p><strong>Justin Wilson </strong>(#19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda) <strong>started 15<sup>th</sup>, finished 10<sup>th</sup>, led xx laps: "</strong>That's just the way our season has been going. We made what I believe was the right call [remaining on treaded, wet-weather 'rain' tires to complete the race with just a single pit stop] and we tried to make it work, but events conspired against us. If it had continued to rain just a little bit longer, or if the red flag had not come out for that last crash in Turn 3, I believe we would have had a least a podium finish, and perhaps a win. But it wasn't to be for us today."</p> <p><strong>Art St. Cyr </strong>(President, Honda Performance Development) <strong>on today's two-race Honda Indy Toronto: </strong>"It was a very challenging weekend, to say the least, as our teams dealt with the weather, the delays, the compressed schedule and two races in one day. It's unfortunate that the race results weren't what we were hoping for, but out teams and HPD are going to redouble our efforts as we head to our home track at Mid-Ohio in two weeks."</p> Corporate: Honda Indy Toronto Race 1 Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Exhibition Place (1.755-mile temporary street circuit) Toronto, Ont., Canada<br> <strong>2013 Winners:<br> </strong>Race 1 Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 88.370 mph average<br> Race 2 Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 94.177 mph average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong>Overcast, steady light rain, 76 degrees F</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Race Results:</strong></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>Fn.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>St.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Driver</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Engine - Chassis</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>Laps</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Average Speed/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>1.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>1.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Sebastien Bourdais</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>KVSH Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>65</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>90.370 mph avg.; led 58 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>3.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>65</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>+3.3408 seconds; led 1 lap</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>3.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>6.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>65</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>4.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>5.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson Hamilton  </strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>65</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Led 6 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>5.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>12.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Scott Dixon</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>65</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>6.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>14.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Graham Rahal</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>65</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>7.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>20.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Charlie Kimball</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>65</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>8.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>9.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>James Hinchcliffe</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>65</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>9.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>8.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Justin Wilson</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>65</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>10.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Will Power</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>65</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><em>Other Honda-powered Results:</em></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>11.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Mikhail Aleshin-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson </strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>65</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>18.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Jack Hawksworth-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Bryan Herta Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>65</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>14.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Huertas-R</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>65</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>16.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>23.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>65</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Munoz-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>65</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>63</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – contact</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>4.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>39</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – contact</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>7.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Luca Filippi - R</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>17</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – contact</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>23.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>15</strong>.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Takuma Sato</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>10</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – contact</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p align="center"><strong>Pagenaud Finishes Fourth for Honda in Toronto Race 1</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Recovers from first-lap contact</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Strong drive, pit-stop strategy maintain championship challenge</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>A storming recovery effort from Simon Pagenaud and his Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports team, following first-lap contact, resulted in a fourth-place finish Sunday to lead the Honda-powered field in the opening race of a same-day Verizon IndyCar Series doubleheader Sunday at the Honda Indy Toronto.</p> <p>Starting fifth, Pagenaud was tipped into an opening-lap spin by contact from seventh-starting Luca Filippi, triggering a chain-reaction collision and a complete race restart, with Pagenaud at the rear of the field. An early, "off-sequence" pit stop from the Schmidt team on Lap 11 allowed Pagenaud to move into the lead when most of the remainder of the 23-car starting field made their own mid-race stops. While in front, Pagenaud clicked off a series of fast race laps, ensuring that he remained in the lead group, even after making a second stop on Lap 40, resuming and finishing fourth. </p> <p>This morning's race was the first of two 65-lap races in Toronto. Coverage of the 65-lap "nightcap" starts at 4 p.m. EDT on the NBC Sports Network.</p> <p><strong>Simon Pagenaud </strong>(#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda) <strong>started 5th, fell to the back of the field after first lap contact, finished 4th:</strong> "I was really upset [after being tipped into an opening-lap spin] but also, I was really lucky that the damage was not too bad and I didn't get 'T-boned'. The team did a great job with the repair and also with the pit strategy. Fourth is a very good result, and I think we can win this afternoon."</p> Corporate Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:22:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/ee63e0a8-bd3a-44b3-ac86-236669f7b289 http://hondanews.com/releases/ee63e0a8-bd3a-44b3-ac86-236669f7b289 Honda Indy Toronto Race 1 Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Exhibition Place (1.755-mile temporary street circuit) Toronto, Ont., Canada<br> <strong>2013 Winners:<br> </strong>Race 1 Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 88.370 mph average<br> Race 2 Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) 94.177 mph average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong>Overcast, steady light rain, 76 degrees F</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Race Results:</strong></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>Fn.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>St.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Driver</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Engine - Chassis</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>Laps</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Average Speed/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>1.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>1.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Sebastien Bourdais</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>KVSH Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>65</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>90.370 mph avg.; led 58 laps</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>3.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>65</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p>+3.3408 seconds; led 1 lap</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>3.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>6.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>65</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>4.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>5.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson Hamilton  </strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>65</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Led 6 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>5.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>12.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Scott Dixon</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>65</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>6.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>14.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Graham Rahal</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>65</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>7.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>20.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Charlie Kimball</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>65</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>8.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>9.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>James Hinchcliffe</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>65</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>9.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>8.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Justin Wilson</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>65</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>10.</p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p>2.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p>Will Power</p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p>65</p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><em>Other Honda-powered Results:</em></p> <table border="1"> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>11.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Mikhail Aleshin-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson </strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>65</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>18.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Jack Hawksworth-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Bryan Herta Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>65</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>14.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Huertas-R</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>65</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>16.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>23.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>65</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>17.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Munoz-R</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>65</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>63</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – contact</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>4.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>39</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – contact</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>7.</strong></p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Luca Filippi - R</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>17</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – contact</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>23.</strong></p></td> <td width="23" valign="top"><p><strong>15</strong>.</p></td> <td width="99" valign="top"><p><strong>Takuma Sato</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="122" valign="top"><p><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong><strong> </strong></p></td> <td width="86" valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td width="32" valign="top"><p><strong>10</strong></p></td> <td width="261" valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – contact</strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p align="center"><strong>Pagenaud Finishes Fourth for Honda in Toronto Race 1</strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Recovers from first-lap contact</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Strong drive, pit-stop strategy maintain championship challenge</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>A storming recovery effort from Simon Pagenaud and his Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports team, following first-lap contact, resulted in a fourth-place finish Sunday to lead the Honda-powered field in the opening race of a same-day Verizon IndyCar Series doubleheader Sunday at the Honda Indy Toronto.</p> <p>Starting fifth, Pagenaud was tipped into an opening-lap spin by contact from seventh-starting Luca Filippi, triggering a chain-reaction collision and a complete race restart, with Pagenaud at the rear of the field. An early, "off-sequence" pit stop from the Schmidt team on Lap 11 allowed Pagenaud to move into the lead when most of the remainder of the 23-car starting field made their own mid-race stops. While in front, Pagenaud clicked off a series of fast race laps, ensuring that he remained in the lead group, even after making a second stop on Lap 40, resuming and finishing fourth. </p> <p>This morning's race was the first of two 65-lap races in Toronto. Coverage of the 65-lap "nightcap" starts at 4 p.m. EDT on the NBC Sports Network.</p> <p><strong>Simon Pagenaud </strong>(#77 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda) <strong>started 5th, fell to the back of the field after first lap contact, finished 4th:</strong> "I was really upset [after being tipped into an opening-lap spin] but also, I was really lucky that the damage was not too bad and I didn't get 'T-boned'. The team did a great job with the repair and also with the pit strategy. Fourth is a very good result, and I think we can win this afternoon."</p> Corporate: Europe gives the All-New ASIMO a warm welcome <p>In front of a crowd of gathered media, the All-New ASIMO made its European debut this week in Brussels, Belgium.</p> <p>The All-New ASIMO, which Honda hopes in the future will able to help people in need, incorporates several significant advancements over its predecessors. These include improved intelligence, enhanced hand dexterity (enabling it to open a bottle and pour a drink or express sign language), as well as the ability to run faster, run backwards, climb and descend stairs more smoothly, hop and even jump.</p> <p>The advancements take Honda another step closer to creating a robot for practical use in the home environment, or wherever assistance is required.</p> <p>Also making its European debut at the event was the UNI-CUB β (beta), a new personal mobility device that features Honda's omni-directional driving wheel system and utilises balance control technology amassed from Honda's extensive research into bipedal humanoid robots.</p> <p>ASIMO was first introduced to Europe in 2003 at a scientific symposium entitled "From High Tech to Intelligence – The Challenge of Humanoid Robots" held at the Technical University of Darmstadt.</p> <p>Since then, ASIMO has travelled throughout Europe with a tour which has included many prestigious scientific and robotics events.  It is also used extensively to inspire young people about science and engineering, attending events such as the Science Picnic in Warsaw, the world's largest public outdoor science event, and the Greenlight for Girls event in Brussels, to inspire young women to consider a future in maths, science, technology and engineering.</p> <p>The All-New ASIMO and the UNI-Cub β made their European debuts at a press conference held at the ASIMO Studio in Brussels, Belgium. The ASIMO Studio is the home of Honda Robotics communications in Europe.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> Corporate Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:57:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/3bff3b63-2b68-4de0-af83-c0e68d0e1a5d http://hondanews.com/releases/3bff3b63-2b68-4de0-af83-c0e68d0e1a5d Europe gives the All-New ASIMO a warm welcome <p>In front of a crowd of gathered media, the All-New ASIMO made its European debut this week in Brussels, Belgium.</p> <p>The All-New ASIMO, which Honda hopes in the future will able to help people in need, incorporates several significant advancements over its predecessors. These include improved intelligence, enhanced hand dexterity (enabling it to open a bottle and pour a drink or express sign language), as well as the ability to run faster, run backwards, climb and descend stairs more smoothly, hop and even jump.</p> <p>The advancements take Honda another step closer to creating a robot for practical use in the home environment, or wherever assistance is required.</p> <p>Also making its European debut at the event was the UNI-CUB β (beta), a new personal mobility device that features Honda's omni-directional driving wheel system and utilises balance control technology amassed from Honda's extensive research into bipedal humanoid robots.</p> <p>ASIMO was first introduced to Europe in 2003 at a scientific symposium entitled "From High Tech to Intelligence – The Challenge of Humanoid Robots" held at the Technical University of Darmstadt.</p> <p>Since then, ASIMO has travelled throughout Europe with a tour which has included many prestigious scientific and robotics events.  It is also used extensively to inspire young people about science and engineering, attending events such as the Science Picnic in Warsaw, the world's largest public outdoor science event, and the Greenlight for Girls event in Brussels, to inspire young women to consider a future in maths, science, technology and engineering.</p> <p>The All-New ASIMO and the UNI-Cub β made their European debuts at a press conference held at the ASIMO Studio in Brussels, Belgium. The ASIMO Studio is the home of Honda Robotics communications in Europe.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> Corporate: ASIMO prepares to be filmed by a European crew <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/d9c7/3dfb/d9c73dfb-311b-46fe-b9ee-919f82989e86-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> ASIMO prepares to be filmed by a European crew Corporate Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:53:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/asimo-prepares-to-be-filmed-by-a-european-crew http://hondanews.com/photos/asimo-prepares-to-be-filmed-by-a-european-crew ASIMO prepares to be filmed by a European crew <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/d9c7/3dfb/d9c73dfb-311b-46fe-b9ee-919f82989e86-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> ASIMO prepares to be filmed by a European crew Corporate: Riding a UNI-Cub <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/0059/16c2/005916c2-9303-4df2-8239-c4bf1dd75f06-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Riding a UNI-Cub Corporate Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:53:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/riding-a-uni-cub http://hondanews.com/photos/riding-a-uni-cub Riding a UNI-Cub <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/0059/16c2/005916c2-9303-4df2-8239-c4bf1dd75f06-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Riding a UNI-Cub Corporate: ASIMO shows visitors a timeline of Honda's robotic research <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/4828/0aae/48280aae-f9fb-4507-b57a-d99e329a0e8c-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> ASIMO shows visitors a timeline of Honda's robotic research Corporate Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:53:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/asimo-shows-visitors-a-timeline-of-honda-s-robotic-research http://hondanews.com/photos/asimo-shows-visitors-a-timeline-of-honda-s-robotic-research ASIMO shows visitors a timeline of Honda's robotic research <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/4828/0aae/48280aae-f9fb-4507-b57a-d99e329a0e8c-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> ASIMO shows visitors a timeline of Honda's robotic research Corporate: Honda Ticket Packages Ramp Up the Red Bull Indianapolis GP Experience <p>Race fans planning to attend the 2014 Red Bull Indianapolis GP on August 8-10 can enjoy an epic weekend of racing courtesy of Honda. This VIP-level experience comes through two ticket packages that will make your "Brickyard" GP weekend an unforgettable time.</p> <p><strong>Honda Premium Package</strong></p> <ul> <li>Three-day general admission to Indianapolis Motor Speedway</li> <li>Corner 9 select seating</li> <li>Corner 9 Club exclusive access with unlimited food and beverages, closed-circuit TV, air conditioning and entertainment</li> <li>Paddock Pass</li> <li>Special Honda meet-and-greet session with Honda MotoGP racers Friday evening*</li> <li>Motorcycle parking</li> <li>Track lap of the famed Brickyard</li> <li>Special Honda goody bag**</li> <li>Cost: $550 per ticket</li> </ul> <p><strong>Honda Reserved Seating Package</strong></p> <ul> <li>Three-day general admission to Indianapolis Motor Speedway</li> <li>Reserved Front Straight grandstand seating</li> <li>Motorcycle parking</li> <li>Track lap of the famed Brickyard</li> <li>Special Honda goody bag**</li> <li>Cost: $103 per ticket</li> </ul> <p>The Repsol Honda Team is super-hot in 2014: current champ Marc Márquez is on fire, with veteran teammate Dani Pedrosa on his heels. Since his debut in MotoGP last year, Marquez has won every MotoGP race held on U.S. soil—and he isn't about to give up that streak at Indy. With the Premium Package, you will enjoy the opportunity to meet some of our Honda MotoGP racers, including Nicky Hayden and his teammate Hiro Aoyama, plus other exclusive amenities.</p> <p>We'll have a huge display of 2014 and 2015 Honda motorcycles so you can get a first-hand look at the newest and coolest machines. Honda official licensed apparel will also be available on site so you can fly the company colors. The famed Indy Mile will take place on the same weekend, so if you're still hungry for more racing action check out the State Fairgrounds Friday afternoon. </p> <p>Don't miss out on this exclusive offer. Join us as we cheer on all of the Honda Red Riders in what is already looking like a championship season for Honda. </p> <p>To buy tickets now: <a href="http://info.ims.com/hondaMotoGP">http://info.ims.com/hondaMotoGP</a></p> <p><sub>*Contingent upon rider/team availability during the day of the event.</sub></p> <p><sup>** Goody bags provided on a first come, first served basis; limited quantities.</sup></p> <p><strong>About American Honda</strong><br> American Honda Motor Co., Inc. was established in 1959 and is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides in the U.S. The American Honda Motorcycle Division is responsible for the sales, marketing, and operational activities for these products through authorized Honda dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to <a href="http://www.powersports.honda.com">www.powersports.honda.com</a>.</p> Corporate Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:12:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/0073bba6-5408-44f5-ac74-835922979399 http://hondanews.com/releases/0073bba6-5408-44f5-ac74-835922979399 Honda Ticket Packages Ramp Up the Red Bull Indianapolis GP Experience <p>Race fans planning to attend the 2014 Red Bull Indianapolis GP on August 8-10 can enjoy an epic weekend of racing courtesy of Honda. This VIP-level experience comes through two ticket packages that will make your "Brickyard" GP weekend an unforgettable time.</p> <p><strong>Honda Premium Package</strong></p> <ul> <li>Three-day general admission to Indianapolis Motor Speedway</li> <li>Corner 9 select seating</li> <li>Corner 9 Club exclusive access with unlimited food and beverages, closed-circuit TV, air conditioning and entertainment</li> <li>Paddock Pass</li> <li>Special Honda meet-and-greet session with Honda MotoGP racers Friday evening*</li> <li>Motorcycle parking</li> <li>Track lap of the famed Brickyard</li> <li>Special Honda goody bag**</li> <li>Cost: $550 per ticket</li> </ul> <p><strong>Honda Reserved Seating Package</strong></p> <ul> <li>Three-day general admission to Indianapolis Motor Speedway</li> <li>Reserved Front Straight grandstand seating</li> <li>Motorcycle parking</li> <li>Track lap of the famed Brickyard</li> <li>Special Honda goody bag**</li> <li>Cost: $103 per ticket</li> </ul> <p>The Repsol Honda Team is super-hot in 2014: current champ Marc Márquez is on fire, with veteran teammate Dani Pedrosa on his heels. Since his debut in MotoGP last year, Marquez has won every MotoGP race held on U.S. soil—and he isn't about to give up that streak at Indy. With the Premium Package, you will enjoy the opportunity to meet some of our Honda MotoGP racers, including Nicky Hayden and his teammate Hiro Aoyama, plus other exclusive amenities.</p> <p>We'll have a huge display of 2014 and 2015 Honda motorcycles so you can get a first-hand look at the newest and coolest machines. Honda official licensed apparel will also be available on site so you can fly the company colors. The famed Indy Mile will take place on the same weekend, so if you're still hungry for more racing action check out the State Fairgrounds Friday afternoon. </p> <p>Don't miss out on this exclusive offer. Join us as we cheer on all of the Honda Red Riders in what is already looking like a championship season for Honda. </p> <p>To buy tickets now: <a href="http://info.ims.com/hondaMotoGP">http://info.ims.com/hondaMotoGP</a></p> <p><sub>*Contingent upon rider/team availability during the day of the event.</sub></p> <p><sup>** Goody bags provided on a first come, first served basis; limited quantities.</sup></p> <p><strong>About American Honda</strong><br> American Honda Motor Co., Inc. was established in 1959 and is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides in the U.S. The American Honda Motorcycle Division is responsible for the sales, marketing, and operational activities for these products through authorized Honda dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to <a href="http://www.powersports.honda.com">www.powersports.honda.com</a>.</p> Corporate: Select Honda Pre-Owned Vehicles Recognized as Safer Choices for Teen Drivers by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) <ul> <li><strong><em>Certain model year Honda Accord, CR-V, Element, Odyssey and Pilot vehicles rated as some of the best pre-owned vehicles for teen driver safety</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Honda is the most durable, longest lasting brand in its class<sup>1</sup></em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Several model years of Honda pre-owned vehicles have been recognized by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as part of its first-ever list of safer used vehicles for teen drivers. Research conducted by IIHS found that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers, and suggests that the type of vehicle driven has a big effect on the degree of risk. Further IIHS research showed many teens drive used vehicles lacking important safety technology, and, as a result, a list was compiled to help guide parents in making safer choices. </p> <p> Honda pre-owned vehicles earning this first recognition from IIHS as among the best, safer choices for teen drivers under $20,000<sup>2</sup> include the Honda Accord Sedan (2012 and later), Accord Coupe (2013-14), CR-V (2012 and later), Element (2007 and later) and Honda Odyssey (2011 and later). Additionally, the Honda Pilot (2006 and later) and the Honda Odyssey (2005-10) were included on the list of good choices for teen drivers under $10,000<sup>2</sup>.</p> <p> "Enhancing the safety of our customers and the quality of our products is a top priority for Honda," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. "Our long-term commitment to enhancing safety and durability makes Honda an ideal choice when shopping for safe, reliable transportation, new or pre-owned, for all drivers including teens."</p> <p> For added piece of mind, customers choosing a Certified Pre-Owned Honda (<a href="http://www.certified.honda.com" target="_blank">http://www.certified.honda.com</a>) vehicle on this list from one of our authorized Honda dealerships, an extensive limited warranty is included. According to IHS Automotive vehicle registration statistics, Honda is the most durable, longest lasting brand in its class<sup>1</sup>.</p> <p> Vehicles considered "best choices" for under $20,000<sup>2</sup> have good ratings for side crash protection, good head restraints and seats for rear crash protection, and good roof strength to protect occupants in rollover crashes. Vehicles considered "good choices" for under $10,000<sup>2</sup> have good or acceptable side crash protection and head restraints rated better than poor. If rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the vehicles earn a 4 or 5 Star Overall Vehicle Score, for model years 2011 and later, or 4 or 5 Stars in the front and side crash safety tests for earlier models tested under NHTSA's old rating system.</p> <p> All Honda vehicles on the list come equipped with standard Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control (what IIHS calls Electronic Stability Control or ESC) and provide good protection in moderate overlap front crash tests. According to IIHS, systems like Honda's VSA® reduce fatal single-vehicle crash risk by about half and fatal multiple-vehicle crash risk by one-fifth (see Status Report, June 19, 2010, at iihs.org).</p> <p><strong>Honda Safety Leadership</strong><br> Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies and designs meant to enhance the safety of all road users, including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders, and pedestrians. The company operates two of the world's most sophisticated crash test facilities in the U.S. and Japan, and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety. American Honda leads the industry for 2014 in third party crash test ratings with more models rated <em>TOP SAFETY PICK</em> and <em>TOP SAFETY PICK+</em> by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) than any other manufacturer.</p> <table border="0"> <tr> <td><p><strong>IIHS Best Used Car Choices for Teens Under $20,000:</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>IIHS Good Used Car Choices for Teens Under $10,000:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Honda Accord Sedan (2012 and later)</td> <td><p>Honda Pilot (2006 and later)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Honda Accord Coupe (2013-14)</td> <td><p>Honda Odyssey (2005-10)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Honda CR-V (2012 and later)</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Honda Element (2007 and later)</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Honda Odyssey (2011 and later)</td> <td> </td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <p align="center"># # #</p> <sup>1</sup> Durability based on longevity. Longevity based on IHS Automotive: Polk U.S. vehicles in operation vs. new vehicle registrations for 1988-2013 for Honda and competing non-luxury brands.<br> <sup>2</sup> Based on IIHS pricing research among all used vehicles. Prices will vary and may be higher for certified pre-owned vehicles, which offer multiple benefits, including limited warranty coverage. Corporate Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:01:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/5a0ad603-18fb-4a85-8cfc-b86115c17418 http://hondanews.com/releases/5a0ad603-18fb-4a85-8cfc-b86115c17418 Select Honda Pre-Owned Vehicles Recognized as Safer Choices for Teen Drivers by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) <ul> <li><strong><em>Certain model year Honda Accord, CR-V, Element, Odyssey and Pilot vehicles rated as some of the best pre-owned vehicles for teen driver safety</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Honda is the most durable, longest lasting brand in its class<sup>1</sup></em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Several model years of Honda pre-owned vehicles have been recognized by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) as part of its first-ever list of safer used vehicles for teen drivers. Research conducted by IIHS found that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers, and suggests that the type of vehicle driven has a big effect on the degree of risk. Further IIHS research showed many teens drive used vehicles lacking important safety technology, and, as a result, a list was compiled to help guide parents in making safer choices. </p> <p> Honda pre-owned vehicles earning this first recognition from IIHS as among the best, safer choices for teen drivers under $20,000<sup>2</sup> include the Honda Accord Sedan (2012 and later), Accord Coupe (2013-14), CR-V (2012 and later), Element (2007 and later) and Honda Odyssey (2011 and later). Additionally, the Honda Pilot (2006 and later) and the Honda Odyssey (2005-10) were included on the list of good choices for teen drivers under $10,000<sup>2</sup>.</p> <p> "Enhancing the safety of our customers and the quality of our products is a top priority for Honda," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda. "Our long-term commitment to enhancing safety and durability makes Honda an ideal choice when shopping for safe, reliable transportation, new or pre-owned, for all drivers including teens."</p> <p> For added piece of mind, customers choosing a Certified Pre-Owned Honda (<a href="http://www.certified.honda.com" target="_blank">http://www.certified.honda.com</a>) vehicle on this list from one of our authorized Honda dealerships, an extensive limited warranty is included. According to IHS Automotive vehicle registration statistics, Honda is the most durable, longest lasting brand in its class<sup>1</sup>.</p> <p> Vehicles considered "best choices" for under $20,000<sup>2</sup> have good ratings for side crash protection, good head restraints and seats for rear crash protection, and good roof strength to protect occupants in rollover crashes. Vehicles considered "good choices" for under $10,000<sup>2</sup> have good or acceptable side crash protection and head restraints rated better than poor. If rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the vehicles earn a 4 or 5 Star Overall Vehicle Score, for model years 2011 and later, or 4 or 5 Stars in the front and side crash safety tests for earlier models tested under NHTSA's old rating system.</p> <p> All Honda vehicles on the list come equipped with standard Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control (what IIHS calls Electronic Stability Control or ESC) and provide good protection in moderate overlap front crash tests. According to IIHS, systems like Honda's VSA® reduce fatal single-vehicle crash risk by about half and fatal multiple-vehicle crash risk by one-fifth (see Status Report, June 19, 2010, at iihs.org).</p> <p><strong>Honda Safety Leadership</strong><br> Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies and designs meant to enhance the safety of all road users, including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders, and pedestrians. The company operates two of the world's most sophisticated crash test facilities in the U.S. and Japan, and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety. American Honda leads the industry for 2014 in third party crash test ratings with more models rated <em>TOP SAFETY PICK</em> and <em>TOP SAFETY PICK+</em> by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) than any other manufacturer.</p> <table border="0"> <tr> <td><p><strong>IIHS Best Used Car Choices for Teens Under $20,000:</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>IIHS Good Used Car Choices for Teens Under $10,000:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Honda Accord Sedan (2012 and later)</td> <td><p>Honda Pilot (2006 and later)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Honda Accord Coupe (2013-14)</td> <td><p>Honda Odyssey (2005-10)</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Honda CR-V (2012 and later)</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Honda Element (2007 and later)</td> <td> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Honda Odyssey (2011 and later)</td> <td> </td> </tr> </table> <p> </p> <p align="center"># # #</p> <sup>1</sup> Durability based on longevity. Longevity based on IHS Automotive: Polk U.S. vehicles in operation vs. new vehicle registrations for 1988-2013 for Honda and competing non-luxury brands.<br> <sup>2</sup> Based on IIHS pricing research among all used vehicles. Prices will vary and may be higher for certified pre-owned vehicles, which offer multiple benefits, including limited warranty coverage. Corporate: Honda's Award-Winning Environmental Short Film Series Takes Home Two 2014 Telly Trophies <p>Honda's Environmental Short Film Series has received national recognition for the second consecutive year. "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_cSlFyzkD0&list=PL333B2CC25D4227B7&index=1" target="_blank">Never Ending Race</a><em>,"</em> a film that captures Honda's pioneering efforts to dramatically reduce vehicle emissions over four decades, has received 2014 Telly Awards in two online video categories: Green/Eco-Friendly and Social Responsibility. The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding video and film productions. With nearly 12,000 entries from five continents, this year's competition was one of the most sought-after in history. </p> <p>Honda's Environmental Short Film Series highlights remarkable initiatives - dreamed up and developed by Honda associates - that fulfill the company's vision for reducing its environmental impact and creating a sustainable future. "Never Ending Race," the third film in the series, tells the story of Honda's industry-leading efforts to reduce vehicle emissions, and how its technology leadership led to more stringent exhaust emissions standards. Today, as a result, smog-forming emissions from new vehicles are one one-thousandth of 1970 levels.<sup>1</sup> The video has garnered more than 130,000 views online since its release.</p> <p>"Our greatest challenge in creating "Never Ending Race" was to successfully capture in just four minutes a story that unfolded over four decades," said Marcos Frommer of Honda North America, Inc., one of the producers of the film series. "In accepting this award, Honda thanks its associates – past and present – who have worked to reduce vehicle tailpipe emissions with the same competitive spirit and vigor that defines our racing spirit."</p> <p>The <a href="http://corporate.honda.com/environment/film-series/" target="_blank">Honda Environmental Short Film Series</a>, featured on Honda's YouTube Channel, was launched in August 2012 with the film, "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKLPXvZytIs" target="_blank">Paint by Numbers</a>," which told the story of Honda engineer Shubho Bhattacharya who, inspired by his belief that global climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing mankind today, developed technology to reduce energy use in the auto body-painting process at Honda manufacturing plants in North America. The second film, "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiMJ4JEC2iA" target="_blank">Every Drop Counts</a>," released in October 2012, tells the story of how a retired plant engineer's sketch inspires a team of associates to generate clean, renewable energy using a simple but ingenious device. "Paint by Numbers" was awarded two 2013 Telly Awards.</p> <p><strong>Honda Environmental Leadership</strong></p> <p>Honda's diverse portfolio of alternative fuel vehicles has included numerous technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions including the first EV leases in California (1997 Honda EV Plus), the retail introduction of America's first hybrid (1999 Honda Insight), delivery of the first fuel-cell electric vehicle in the U.S. (2002 Honda FCX) and five generations of the Civic Natural Gas (first introduced in 1998). Honda has been recognized as among the top automakers in the Union of Concerned Scientists' (UCS) rankings of overall vehicle environmental performance since 2000, and a Honda vehicle has been included on the list of America's greenest vehicles from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for the past 16 years. </p> <p># # #</p> <p><sup>1</sup> Honda calculation based on publicly available data.</p> Corporate Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:26:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/5b6a8bda-d309-46d6-9393-649db2a9e952 http://hondanews.com/releases/5b6a8bda-d309-46d6-9393-649db2a9e952 Honda's Award-Winning Environmental Short Film Series Takes Home Two 2014 Telly Trophies <p>Honda's Environmental Short Film Series has received national recognition for the second consecutive year. "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_cSlFyzkD0&list=PL333B2CC25D4227B7&index=1" target="_blank">Never Ending Race</a><em>,"</em> a film that captures Honda's pioneering efforts to dramatically reduce vehicle emissions over four decades, has received 2014 Telly Awards in two online video categories: Green/Eco-Friendly and Social Responsibility. The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding video and film productions. With nearly 12,000 entries from five continents, this year's competition was one of the most sought-after in history. </p> <p>Honda's Environmental Short Film Series highlights remarkable initiatives - dreamed up and developed by Honda associates - that fulfill the company's vision for reducing its environmental impact and creating a sustainable future. "Never Ending Race," the third film in the series, tells the story of Honda's industry-leading efforts to reduce vehicle emissions, and how its technology leadership led to more stringent exhaust emissions standards. Today, as a result, smog-forming emissions from new vehicles are one one-thousandth of 1970 levels.<sup>1</sup> The video has garnered more than 130,000 views online since its release.</p> <p>"Our greatest challenge in creating "Never Ending Race" was to successfully capture in just four minutes a story that unfolded over four decades," said Marcos Frommer of Honda North America, Inc., one of the producers of the film series. "In accepting this award, Honda thanks its associates – past and present – who have worked to reduce vehicle tailpipe emissions with the same competitive spirit and vigor that defines our racing spirit."</p> <p>The <a href="http://corporate.honda.com/environment/film-series/" target="_blank">Honda Environmental Short Film Series</a>, featured on Honda's YouTube Channel, was launched in August 2012 with the film, "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKLPXvZytIs" target="_blank">Paint by Numbers</a>," which told the story of Honda engineer Shubho Bhattacharya who, inspired by his belief that global climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing mankind today, developed technology to reduce energy use in the auto body-painting process at Honda manufacturing plants in North America. The second film, "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiMJ4JEC2iA" target="_blank">Every Drop Counts</a>," released in October 2012, tells the story of how a retired plant engineer's sketch inspires a team of associates to generate clean, renewable energy using a simple but ingenious device. "Paint by Numbers" was awarded two 2013 Telly Awards.</p> <p><strong>Honda Environmental Leadership</strong></p> <p>Honda's diverse portfolio of alternative fuel vehicles has included numerous technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions including the first EV leases in California (1997 Honda EV Plus), the retail introduction of America's first hybrid (1999 Honda Insight), delivery of the first fuel-cell electric vehicle in the U.S. (2002 Honda FCX) and five generations of the Civic Natural Gas (first introduced in 1998). Honda has been recognized as among the top automakers in the Union of Concerned Scientists' (UCS) rankings of overall vehicle environmental performance since 2000, and a Honda vehicle has been included on the list of America's greenest vehicles from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for the past 16 years. </p> <p># # #</p> <p><sup>1</sup> Honda calculation based on publicly available data.</p> Corporate: Honda's Eli Tomac and Trey Canard go 3-4 at Budds Creek National <p>The excitement continued this past Saturday at Budds Creek Motocross Park in southern Maryland for round seven of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, and the Honda Red Riders fought through the hot and humid conditions to post solid results. Muscle Milk-supported GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac continues to impress, landing on the podium for the third consecutive week with a third overall. Team Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard picked up a strong fourth-place finish with 3-4 scores aboard his Honda CRF45R. </p> <p>450 Race</p> <p> When the gate dropped for moto one of the 450 class, Canard grabbed a second-place start and then took over the early lead. With a crowd of competitors in tow, Canard led the first four laps before relinquishing two positions to finish third. During the final race of the day, he launched off the line to a fourth-place start, moving into third by lap two. He fought hard to maintain his position, ultimately taking the checkered in fourth. His 3-4 marks landed him fourth overall for the day.</p> <p> "Overall I'm happy with how today went because we made a lot of progress," stated Canard. "I think the bike was the best that it has been all season so that was good. I was able to lead some more laps and really feel like I am getting closer to a win. We are leaving healthy and with points, so I am looking forward to getting back on the podium next weekend."</p> <p> During his second appearance aboard the Team Honda Muscle Milk CRF450R, Fredrik Noren put together a respectable performance, landing 12th overall with 10-16 scores. He grabbed a 15th-place start in moto one and worked his way into 10th by the end of the race. During the final moto of the day, Noren grabbed another mid-pack start and began methodically advancing through the field. While running an impressive eighth, the Sweden-native went down twice, causing him to lose multiple positions. He remounted his bike and pressed on, crossing the finish line in 16th.</p> <p> "I'm a little upset with how today went, to be honest," said Noren. "The first moto was good. I got an okay start but worked my way up to 10th by the end of the race. In the second moto, I got another okay start and made some passes, putting myself in a good position. I think I was running eighth before I went down twice and lost a lot of time. My riding was strong all day but just made some mistakes that set me back. We will continue to test and work from here, trying to get better every weekend."</p> <p> Muscle Milk-sponsored GEICO Honda rider Eli Tomac has continued to be a constant threat since returning to the lineup three races ago. Tomac scored a fourth-place finish in moto one, holding the position from nearly beginning to end. In moto two, he got off the line to a sluggish start and then worked his way from 11th to third by the end of the 17-lap race. His 4-3 scores landed him on the podium for the third consecutive week. </p> <p>"Honestly, at the start of the day I didn't know if I was going to be racing, so to turn it into a podium is awesome," explained Tomac, who had been suffering from nagging back pain. "It was fun. I got in a good flow and had some good lines out there. Honestly, it was a really tough track to pass on. A lot of the lines drifted into each other, so when you tried to pass the other guys would kind of cut you off. To make a pass stick, you had to be really aggressive and hope the other guys would make a mistake."</p> <p> 250 Race </p> <p> Justin Bogle led the 250 efforts for the Muscle Milk-supported GEICO Honda squad, grabbing sixth overall with 4-5 marks. In moto one, Bogle propelled his CRF250R off the line, nailing down the holeshot and early lead. He maintained his lead for the opening laps of the race before losing a couple positions and finishing fourth. Bogle struggled in moto two, getting off the line to a top-10 start and spending the remainder of the 30 minute-plus-two lap race working his way into fifth.</p> <p> "I got tight. It definitely wasn't my best display of riding today," stated Bogle. "The day started off good in practice and I felt good. For me, practice usually doesn't go that well, so it was a good start to the day and a great start to the first moto with the holeshot. We led a few laps and then ran up front the rest of the time. Moto two was just really tough for me. I didn't get the greatest start and got shuffled back the first couple laps. I felt good and was catching guys at the end, but I need to make it happen sooner."</p> <p> Teammate Matt Bisceglia and Zach Bell persevered despite a challenging day to finish 15th and 16th overall, respectively. </p> <p> The Focus: Budds Creek Honda History </p> <p> The first time a national was hosted just below the Chesapeake Bay at Budds Creek Motocross park was in 1989. That first year, American Honda swept both races with Mike Kiedrowski on a 125 and Jean-Michel Bayle on a 500cc two-stroke; 250s did not race that year. Kiedrowski and Jeff Stanton swept both classes again the next year for Honda. Other Honda Red Riders swept the podium three more times at the southern Maryland track, including 1995 and 1996 with Jeremy McGrath and Steve Lamson, then in 1999 with Kevin Windham and Tallon Vohland.  </p> <p> <strong>450 Class Overall Results <br> </strong>1. Ryan Dungey 2-1<br> 2. Ken Roczen 1-2<br> <strong>3. Eli Tomac (Honda) 4-3 </strong><br> <strong>4.</strong> <strong>Trey Canard (Honda) 3-4 </strong><br> 5. Weston Peick 6-5<strong></strong><br> 6. Josh Grant 9-6<br> 7. Andrew Short 8-7<br> 8. Brett Metcalfe 7-11<br> 9. Phillip Nicoletti 12-8<br> 10. Matthew Goerke 11-10<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>450 Class Championship Points (after 7 of 12 rounds)</strong> <br> 1. Ken Roczen 327<br> 2. Ryan Dungey 301<br> <strong>3.</strong> <strong>Trey Canard 264</strong><br> 4. James Stewart 212<br> 5. Brett Metcalfe 192<br> 6. Josh Grant 186<br> 7. Weston Peick 162<br> 8. Andrew Short 161<br> 9. Chad Reed 132<br> <strong>10.</strong> <strong>Malcolm Stewart 128</strong></p> <p><strong>250 Class Overall Results <br> </strong>1. Blake Baggett 3-1<br> 2. Jeremy Martin 2-2<strong></strong><br> 3. Jason Anderson 1-7<br> 4. Christopher Pourcel 6-3<br> 5. Cooper Webb 5-4<strong></strong><br> <strong>6. Justin Bogle (Honda) 4-5<br> </strong>7. Justin Hill 13-6<br> <strong>8. Cole Seely (Honda) 10-9</strong><br> 9. Anthony Rodriguez 9-10<strong><br> </strong>10. Marvin Musquin 8-14</p> <p><strong>250 Class Championship Points (after 7 of 12 rounds)</strong><br> 1. Jeremy Martin 294<br> 2. Blake Baggett 267<br> 3. Cooper Webb 261<br> <strong>4. Justin Bogle 225</strong><br> 5. Christopher Pourcel 211<br> 6. Jason Anderson 206<strong><br> </strong>7. Marvin Musquin 201<br> <strong>8.</strong> <strong>Cole Seely 166</strong><br> 9. Justin Hill 150<br> <strong>10. Jessy Nelson 144</strong></p> Corporate Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:31:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/f13415f9-cdf7-4c06-afb6-98e890e947bb http://hondanews.com/releases/f13415f9-cdf7-4c06-afb6-98e890e947bb Honda's Eli Tomac and Trey Canard go 3-4 at Budds Creek National <p>The excitement continued this past Saturday at Budds Creek Motocross Park in southern Maryland for round seven of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, and the Honda Red Riders fought through the hot and humid conditions to post solid results. Muscle Milk-supported GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac continues to impress, landing on the podium for the third consecutive week with a third overall. Team Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard picked up a strong fourth-place finish with 3-4 scores aboard his Honda CRF45R. </p> <p>450 Race</p> <p> When the gate dropped for moto one of the 450 class, Canard grabbed a second-place start and then took over the early lead. With a crowd of competitors in tow, Canard led the first four laps before relinquishing two positions to finish third. During the final race of the day, he launched off the line to a fourth-place start, moving into third by lap two. He fought hard to maintain his position, ultimately taking the checkered in fourth. His 3-4 marks landed him fourth overall for the day.</p> <p> "Overall I'm happy with how today went because we made a lot of progress," stated Canard. "I think the bike was the best that it has been all season so that was good. I was able to lead some more laps and really feel like I am getting closer to a win. We are leaving healthy and with points, so I am looking forward to getting back on the podium next weekend."</p> <p> During his second appearance aboard the Team Honda Muscle Milk CRF450R, Fredrik Noren put together a respectable performance, landing 12th overall with 10-16 scores. He grabbed a 15th-place start in moto one and worked his way into 10th by the end of the race. During the final moto of the day, Noren grabbed another mid-pack start and began methodically advancing through the field. While running an impressive eighth, the Sweden-native went down twice, causing him to lose multiple positions. He remounted his bike and pressed on, crossing the finish line in 16th.</p> <p> "I'm a little upset with how today went, to be honest," said Noren. "The first moto was good. I got an okay start but worked my way up to 10th by the end of the race. In the second moto, I got another okay start and made some passes, putting myself in a good position. I think I was running eighth before I went down twice and lost a lot of time. My riding was strong all day but just made some mistakes that set me back. We will continue to test and work from here, trying to get better every weekend."</p> <p> Muscle Milk-sponsored GEICO Honda rider Eli Tomac has continued to be a constant threat since returning to the lineup three races ago. Tomac scored a fourth-place finish in moto one, holding the position from nearly beginning to end. In moto two, he got off the line to a sluggish start and then worked his way from 11th to third by the end of the 17-lap race. His 4-3 scores landed him on the podium for the third consecutive week. </p> <p>"Honestly, at the start of the day I didn't know if I was going to be racing, so to turn it into a podium is awesome," explained Tomac, who had been suffering from nagging back pain. "It was fun. I got in a good flow and had some good lines out there. Honestly, it was a really tough track to pass on. A lot of the lines drifted into each other, so when you tried to pass the other guys would kind of cut you off. To make a pass stick, you had to be really aggressive and hope the other guys would make a mistake."</p> <p> 250 Race </p> <p> Justin Bogle led the 250 efforts for the Muscle Milk-supported GEICO Honda squad, grabbing sixth overall with 4-5 marks. In moto one, Bogle propelled his CRF250R off the line, nailing down the holeshot and early lead. He maintained his lead for the opening laps of the race before losing a couple positions and finishing fourth. Bogle struggled in moto two, getting off the line to a top-10 start and spending the remainder of the 30 minute-plus-two lap race working his way into fifth.</p> <p> "I got tight. It definitely wasn't my best display of riding today," stated Bogle. "The day started off good in practice and I felt good. For me, practice usually doesn't go that well, so it was a good start to the day and a great start to the first moto with the holeshot. We led a few laps and then ran up front the rest of the time. Moto two was just really tough for me. I didn't get the greatest start and got shuffled back the first couple laps. I felt good and was catching guys at the end, but I need to make it happen sooner."</p> <p> Teammate Matt Bisceglia and Zach Bell persevered despite a challenging day to finish 15th and 16th overall, respectively. </p> <p> The Focus: Budds Creek Honda History </p> <p> The first time a national was hosted just below the Chesapeake Bay at Budds Creek Motocross park was in 1989. That first year, American Honda swept both races with Mike Kiedrowski on a 125 and Jean-Michel Bayle on a 500cc two-stroke; 250s did not race that year. Kiedrowski and Jeff Stanton swept both classes again the next year for Honda. Other Honda Red Riders swept the podium three more times at the southern Maryland track, including 1995 and 1996 with Jeremy McGrath and Steve Lamson, then in 1999 with Kevin Windham and Tallon Vohland.  </p> <p> <strong>450 Class Overall Results <br> </strong>1. Ryan Dungey 2-1<br> 2. Ken Roczen 1-2<br> <strong>3. Eli Tomac (Honda) 4-3 </strong><br> <strong>4.</strong> <strong>Trey Canard (Honda) 3-4 </strong><br> 5. Weston Peick 6-5<strong></strong><br> 6. Josh Grant 9-6<br> 7. Andrew Short 8-7<br> 8. Brett Metcalfe 7-11<br> 9. Phillip Nicoletti 12-8<br> 10. Matthew Goerke 11-10<strong></strong></p> <p><strong>450 Class Championship Points (after 7 of 12 rounds)</strong> <br> 1. Ken Roczen 327<br> 2. Ryan Dungey 301<br> <strong>3.</strong> <strong>Trey Canard 264</strong><br> 4. James Stewart 212<br> 5. Brett Metcalfe 192<br> 6. Josh Grant 186<br> 7. Weston Peick 162<br> 8. Andrew Short 161<br> 9. Chad Reed 132<br> <strong>10.</strong> <strong>Malcolm Stewart 128</strong></p> <p><strong>250 Class Overall Results <br> </strong>1. Blake Baggett 3-1<br> 2. Jeremy Martin 2-2<strong></strong><br> 3. Jason Anderson 1-7<br> 4. Christopher Pourcel 6-3<br> 5. Cooper Webb 5-4<strong></strong><br> <strong>6. Justin Bogle (Honda) 4-5<br> </strong>7. Justin Hill 13-6<br> <strong>8. Cole Seely (Honda) 10-9</strong><br> 9. Anthony Rodriguez 9-10<strong><br> </strong>10. Marvin Musquin 8-14</p> <p><strong>250 Class Championship Points (after 7 of 12 rounds)</strong><br> 1. Jeremy Martin 294<br> 2. Blake Baggett 267<br> 3. Cooper Webb 261<br> <strong>4. Justin Bogle 225</strong><br> 5. Christopher Pourcel 211<br> 6. Jason Anderson 206<strong><br> </strong>7. Marvin Musquin 201<br> <strong>8.</strong> <strong>Cole Seely 166</strong><br> 9. Justin Hill 150<br> <strong>10. 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Honda Generators, Honda Engines and Honda Performance Development (HPD) are working together to assist QMA in its efforts to make racing a reality for young racers, and have been doing so since 1995.</p> <p>During this season of QMA racing, Honda Engines will be the Title Engine of the QMA Eastern Grand Nationals, Honda Performance Development will be the title sponsor of the QMA Western Grand Nationals, and Honda Generators will be the Title Generator of the QMA Dirt Nationals. At the Grand Nationals, Honda Generators will be the exclusive generator of the race, providing power to meet the needs of the QMA.</p> <p>As an official sponsor, Honda Engines and Honda Generators will host an interactive exhibit at each QMA Grand event, with company representatives available to answer questions and provide support to race participants, their families and fans.</p> <p>The upcoming racing season is especially meaningful for the Honda relationship with QMA on two fronts: Honda GX120 and GX160 engines are used in quarter midget racers, and this year marks introduction of the new Honda sponsored "Speed King" Trophy in victory circle. This special trophy has been created to honor Dave King, a Honda Engines associate who dedicated almost 20 years of his career to support QMA activities until his passing in 2012. It will be awarded to every Grands A main class winner.</p> <p>"Providing support to the QMA allows Honda Power Equipment and our associates to be a part of the youthful spirit of racing," said Alex Torre, marketing manager, Honda Power Equipment. "Honda understands the value of racing at all levels, and the impact of events that develop enthusiasts for a lifetime."</p> <p>Honda Power Equipment markets a complete line of generators for commercial and consumer applications. Lightweight, compact Honda generators produce between 1,000 and 10,000 watts of power, providing smooth, dependable power for recreation, construction, rental, and emergency use.</p> <p>Honda is the world's largest manufacturer of engines, producing and marketing more engines globally than any other company through a diverse array of automotive, motorcycle, marine, and power equipment products. Honda Engines offers a complete line of small, general purpose engines for commercial, rental industry, and consumer applications. Honda engines supply smooth and dependable power for more than 3,000 different product applications including pressure washers, lawnmowers, rammers, and rescue and construction equipment.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><strong>About Honda Performance Development<br> </strong>HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda Motor Company. Today, HPD offers a line of race engines and other motorsports products for track applications from karting and Quarter Midgets to Indy cars and prototype sports cars, showcasing "fun to drive" products for professional, amateur and entry-level efforts.</p> <p>No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in IndyCar open-wheel racing, which includes 210 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and 10 Indianapolis 500 victories from 2004-2014.</p> <p>HPD's Le Mans prototype sports car racing efforts have resulted in more than 70 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series engine, chassis, team, and drivers' championships. HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship, and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.</p> <p>For more information about HPD and the company's racing and street performance product lines, please visit <a href="http://hpd.honda.com/">http://hpd.honda.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>Editor's Note</strong><br> Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by 4-stroke engines.</p> <p>Information for media regarding Honda Engine products is available at <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/channels/honda-marine/releases">www.hondanews.com</a>.</p> <p>Consumer information, including model overviews and updates, video clips, and complete specifications regarding Honda products, is available at <a href="http://www.honda.com/">www.honda.com</a>.</p> <p>Connect with Honda Generators on Facebook by visiting <a href="http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators">http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators</a>.</p> Corporate Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/251dc5f7-cdad-40d4-9445-2d85afbd0998 http://hondanews.com/releases/251dc5f7-cdad-40d4-9445-2d85afbd0998 Honda Power Equipment Sponsors Quarter Midgets of America Youth Racing <ul> <li><strong><em>Honda Generators, Honda Engines and Honda Performance Development involved in several program aspects</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda Power Equipment has entered into a sponsorship agreement with Quarter Midgets of America (QMA) to support fun and exciting racing for children between five and 17 years of age. Honda Generators, Honda Engines and Honda Performance Development (HPD) are working together to assist QMA in its efforts to make racing a reality for young racers, and have been doing so since 1995.</p> <p>During this season of QMA racing, Honda Engines will be the Title Engine of the QMA Eastern Grand Nationals, Honda Performance Development will be the title sponsor of the QMA Western Grand Nationals, and Honda Generators will be the Title Generator of the QMA Dirt Nationals. At the Grand Nationals, Honda Generators will be the exclusive generator of the race, providing power to meet the needs of the QMA.</p> <p>As an official sponsor, Honda Engines and Honda Generators will host an interactive exhibit at each QMA Grand event, with company representatives available to answer questions and provide support to race participants, their families and fans.</p> <p>The upcoming racing season is especially meaningful for the Honda relationship with QMA on two fronts: Honda GX120 and GX160 engines are used in quarter midget racers, and this year marks introduction of the new Honda sponsored "Speed King" Trophy in victory circle. This special trophy has been created to honor Dave King, a Honda Engines associate who dedicated almost 20 years of his career to support QMA activities until his passing in 2012. It will be awarded to every Grands A main class winner.</p> <p>"Providing support to the QMA allows Honda Power Equipment and our associates to be a part of the youthful spirit of racing," said Alex Torre, marketing manager, Honda Power Equipment. "Honda understands the value of racing at all levels, and the impact of events that develop enthusiasts for a lifetime."</p> <p>Honda Power Equipment markets a complete line of generators for commercial and consumer applications. Lightweight, compact Honda generators produce between 1,000 and 10,000 watts of power, providing smooth, dependable power for recreation, construction, rental, and emergency use.</p> <p>Honda is the world's largest manufacturer of engines, producing and marketing more engines globally than any other company through a diverse array of automotive, motorcycle, marine, and power equipment products. Honda Engines offers a complete line of small, general purpose engines for commercial, rental industry, and consumer applications. Honda engines supply smooth and dependable power for more than 3,000 different product applications including pressure washers, lawnmowers, rammers, and rescue and construction equipment.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><strong>About Honda Performance Development<br> </strong>HPD was founded in 1993 as the performance arm of American Honda Motor Company. Today, HPD offers a line of race engines and other motorsports products for track applications from karting and Quarter Midgets to Indy cars and prototype sports cars, showcasing "fun to drive" products for professional, amateur and entry-level efforts.</p> <p>No other manufacturer has matched Honda's success in IndyCar open-wheel racing, which includes 210 race victories, 15 drivers' championships, six manufacturers' championships and 10 Indianapolis 500 victories from 2004-2014.</p> <p>HPD's Le Mans prototype sports car racing efforts have resulted in more than 70 victories and multiple American Le Mans Series engine, chassis, team, and drivers' championships. HPD won the LMP2 title in the inaugural 2012 World Endurance Championship, and has twice won the LMP2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.</p> <p>For more information about HPD and the company's racing and street performance product lines, please visit <a href="http://hpd.honda.com/">http://hpd.honda.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>Editor's Note</strong><br> Honda Power Equipment, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., markets a complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawn mowers, pumps, snow blowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and residential applications. Its comprehensive product line is powered exclusively by 4-stroke engines.</p> <p>Information for media regarding Honda Engine products is available at <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/channels/honda-marine/releases">www.hondanews.com</a>.</p> <p>Consumer information, including model overviews and updates, video clips, and complete specifications regarding Honda products, is available at <a href="http://www.honda.com/">www.honda.com</a>.</p> <p>Connect with Honda Generators on Facebook by visiting <a href="http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators">http://www.facebook.com/HondaGenerators</a>.</p> Corporate: All-New 2015 Acura TLX Performance Sedan Begins Production in Marysville, Ohio <p>Acura today marked the start of mass-production of the all-new 2015 Acura TLX at the Marysville Auto Plant with Acura's new performance luxury sedan slated to land at dealerships nationwide in August. With the launch of the new TLX, more than 90 percent of Acura vehicles sold in America are now produced in America<sup>1</sup>. </p> <p>Designed, developed and engineered by R&D teams in Ohio and Los Angeles, and manufactured exclusively in Ohio, the all-new 2015 TLX delivers on its advertising tagline of "It's that kind of thrill" combining incredible sports-sedan athleticism with premium luxury-sedan refinement. The new TLX is a technological powerhouse, featuring two advanced new powertrains and two next-generation Acura precision-handling technologies – Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) – all delivered in a sophisticated and dynamic new exterior package.</p> <p>"The start of mass production of the TLX marks a new era for our Acura sedan lineup," said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of Acura. "The TLX is built in a world-class facility with a world class workforce and we can't wait to get this thrilling sedan into the hands of our customers in just a few short weeks."</p> <p>"We are proud to be the exclusive global manufacturer of the Acura TLX," added Marysville Auto Plant Manager, Rob May. "Working side-by-side with our Acura engineers, our dedicated team of manufacturing associates is committed to exceeding the expectations of every customer and producing the best products in the world."</p> <p>Located northwest of Columbus, Ohio, the Marysville Auto Plant implemented sophisticated new manufacturing technologies to assure superior build quality and luxury refinement. Innovations to the manufacturing process included a new roll hemming technology that allows for more sophisticated vehicle styling, and the application of new sound-deadening materials that contribute to the ultra-quiet cabin of the TLX.</p> <p>The TLX's two powerful and efficient direct-injected engines – a 206-horsepower 2.4-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder, and a 290-horsepower 3.5-liter SOHC V-6 – are both produced locally, at the company's state-of-the-art engine plant in nearby Anna, Ohio.</p> <p><strong>About Acura</strong><br> Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance-luxury vehicles through a network of approximately 270 U.S. Acura dealers. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX compact luxury sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the 7-passenger Acura MDX, America's all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV. Acura was recently recognized by Edmunds.com for the third consecutive year as leading all luxury brands in retained value after five years of ownership. More than 90 percent of the Acura vehicles sold in America are produced at the company's manufacturing facilities in America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p><strong>About Honda in Ohio<br> </strong>Based on the company's longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer," Honda began auto production at its first U.S. auto plant more than 30 years ago, on November 1, 1982, in Marysville, Ohio. Using domestic and globally sourced parts, Honda now has the capacity to build 680,000 automobiles annually at its two Ohio auto plants.</p> <p>Honda also has established substantial R&D operations in Ohio, along with other operations that support product development, manufacturing and sales of Honda and Acura products in North America. The company's total investment in its extensive operations in Ohio totals $9 billion. Honda employs 14,200 Ohioans and tens of thousands more through its suppliers and other business partners.  </p> <p><strong>For More Information</strong><br> <em>Consumer information is available at <a href="http://www.acura.com/" target="_blank">http://www.acura.com/</a>. To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Acura" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/Acura</a>. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the Acura line can be found at <a href="http://www.acuranews.com/">http://www.acuranews.com/</a></em><a href="http://www.acuranews.com/"></a></p> <p><sup>1</sup> More than 90 percent of the Acura vehicles sold in America are produced at the company's manufacturing facilities in America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p># # #</p> Corporate Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/fadc3043-ccc0-45f2-90e0-f52cb96daf09 http://hondanews.com/releases/fadc3043-ccc0-45f2-90e0-f52cb96daf09 All-New 2015 Acura TLX Performance Sedan Begins Production in Marysville, Ohio <p>Acura today marked the start of mass-production of the all-new 2015 Acura TLX at the Marysville Auto Plant with Acura's new performance luxury sedan slated to land at dealerships nationwide in August. With the launch of the new TLX, more than 90 percent of Acura vehicles sold in America are now produced in America<sup>1</sup>. </p> <p>Designed, developed and engineered by R&D teams in Ohio and Los Angeles, and manufactured exclusively in Ohio, the all-new 2015 TLX delivers on its advertising tagline of "It's that kind of thrill" combining incredible sports-sedan athleticism with premium luxury-sedan refinement. The new TLX is a technological powerhouse, featuring two advanced new powertrains and two next-generation Acura precision-handling technologies – Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) – all delivered in a sophisticated and dynamic new exterior package.</p> <p>"The start of mass production of the TLX marks a new era for our Acura sedan lineup," said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of Acura. "The TLX is built in a world-class facility with a world class workforce and we can't wait to get this thrilling sedan into the hands of our customers in just a few short weeks."</p> <p>"We are proud to be the exclusive global manufacturer of the Acura TLX," added Marysville Auto Plant Manager, Rob May. "Working side-by-side with our Acura engineers, our dedicated team of manufacturing associates is committed to exceeding the expectations of every customer and producing the best products in the world."</p> <p>Located northwest of Columbus, Ohio, the Marysville Auto Plant implemented sophisticated new manufacturing technologies to assure superior build quality and luxury refinement. Innovations to the manufacturing process included a new roll hemming technology that allows for more sophisticated vehicle styling, and the application of new sound-deadening materials that contribute to the ultra-quiet cabin of the TLX.</p> <p>The TLX's two powerful and efficient direct-injected engines – a 206-horsepower 2.4-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder, and a 290-horsepower 3.5-liter SOHC V-6 – are both produced locally, at the company's state-of-the-art engine plant in nearby Anna, Ohio.</p> <p><strong>About Acura</strong><br> Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance-luxury vehicles through a network of approximately 270 U.S. Acura dealers. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX compact luxury sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the 7-passenger Acura MDX, America's all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV. Acura was recently recognized by Edmunds.com for the third consecutive year as leading all luxury brands in retained value after five years of ownership. More than 90 percent of the Acura vehicles sold in America are produced at the company's manufacturing facilities in America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p><strong>About Honda in Ohio<br> </strong>Based on the company's longstanding commitment to "build products close to the customer," Honda began auto production at its first U.S. auto plant more than 30 years ago, on November 1, 1982, in Marysville, Ohio. Using domestic and globally sourced parts, Honda now has the capacity to build 680,000 automobiles annually at its two Ohio auto plants.</p> <p>Honda also has established substantial R&D operations in Ohio, along with other operations that support product development, manufacturing and sales of Honda and Acura products in North America. The company's total investment in its extensive operations in Ohio totals $9 billion. Honda employs 14,200 Ohioans and tens of thousands more through its suppliers and other business partners.  </p> <p><strong>For More Information</strong><br> <em>Consumer information is available at <a href="http://www.acura.com/" target="_blank">http://www.acura.com/</a>. To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Acura" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/Acura</a>. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the Acura line can be found at <a href="http://www.acuranews.com/">http://www.acuranews.com/</a></em><a href="http://www.acuranews.com/"></a></p> <p><sup>1</sup> More than 90 percent of the Acura vehicles sold in America are produced at the company's manufacturing facilities in America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p># # #</p> Corporate: Iowa Corn Indy 300 Race Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Iowa Speedway (0.894-mile oval) Newton, IA<br> <strong>2013 Winner:</strong> James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport) 148.559 mph average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Overcast, scattered showers, 81 degrees F</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Race Results:</strong></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Fn.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>St.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Driver      </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Engine - Chassis</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Laps</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Average Speed/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 1.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>300</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>131.923 mph avg.; led 2 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 2.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>300</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>-0.5814 seconds</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 3.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> 2.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>300</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 4.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> 1.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Scott Dixon</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>300</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 5.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>10.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>300</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>6.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>14.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>James Hinchcliffe</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>300</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>7.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Graham Rahal</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>300</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>8.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>3.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>300</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>9.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>8.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Ryan Briscoe</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>300</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>10.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> 7.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Charlie Kimball</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>300</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><em><u>Other Honda-powered Results:</u></em></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>11.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>11.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson Hamilton  </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>300</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>12.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 5.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Munoz-R</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>300</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>18.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Justin Wilson</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>300</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Jack Hawksworth-R</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Bryan Herta Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>296</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>18.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 8.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>229</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – mechanical </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Huertas-R</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 78</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – driver illness </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>12.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Mikhail Aleshin-R</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 47</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – crash </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>16</strong>.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Takuma Sato</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 47</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – crash </strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong><u>Honda Finishes 1-2 at Iowa Speedway</u></strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Ryan Hunter-Reay scores his third win of 2014 in a 1-2 finish for Honda</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Josef Newgarden finishes second, equaling career-best finish</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Honda's sixth IndyCar Series race victory of 2014</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda-powered Ryan Hunter-Reay became the first three-time winner of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series Saturday night at Iowa Speedway, when his Andretti Autosport team made a bold call to give up track position and make a pit stop for fresh tires during a late-race caution period.</p> <p>Running in 10th place when the green flag waved with just nine laps remaining around the tight, eight-tenths of a mile oval, Hunter-Reay rocketed through the field, passing multiple cars, and overtook race leader Tony Kanaan as the pair took the white flag for the penultimate lap. The victory was Hunter-Reay's third of the season, following wins at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and the Indianapolis 500.</p> <p>With his Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team making the same late-race call, Josef Newgarden emerged from the pits even further back – 12th – but put on an equally impressive charge to also work his way past Kanaan on the final lap. His second-place finish is his best of 2014, and equals his career-best IndyCar Series result.</p> <p>Pamela Doucot, from Santa Maria, California, led the field prior to today's race start in the two-seat Honda Indy car driven by two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Arie Luyendyk. For more information on the Honda <em>Fastest Seat in Sports</em> sweepstakes, go to <a href="http://www.shophonda.com">www.shophonda.com</a>.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's action in Iowa – and Sunday's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park – are being posted on a "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG will be providing video highlight packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2014. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The Verizon IndyCar Series summer run of consecutive races continues next weekend with the third and final "doubleheader" race weekend of 2014, the July 19-20 Honda Indy Toronto, on the downtown Exhibition Place temporary street circuit in Toronto, Ont.</p> <p><strong>Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship </strong>(after 12 of 18 rounds):</p> <table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2"> <tr> <td><p>1. Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td><p>471 points (1 win)</p></td> <td><p><strong>6. Carlos Munoz (R)</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>358</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>2. Will Power</p></td> <td><p>462 (2 wins)</p></td> <td><p><strong>7. Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>337</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>3. Ryan Hunter Reay</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>439 (3 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p>8. Scott Dixon</p></td> <td><p>331</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>4. Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>421 (2 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p>9. Ryan Briscoe</p></td> <td><p>307</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>5. Juan Pablo Montoya</p></td> <td><p>405 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p>10. Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td><p>305</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p><strong>Manufacturers' Championship:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>1. Chevrolet</p></td> <td><p>1,631 (6 wins)</p></td> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>2. Honda</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>1,096 (6 wins)</strong> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay </strong>(#28 Andretti Autosport Honda) <strong>Iowa race winner, first three-time race winner in 2014:</strong>"What a crazy night; it was unreal. We up picked some spots early in the race, but it was really frustrating at times, as we seemed unable to move up from seventh or eighth. At the end, [team owner] Michael Andretti made a bold move, calling for fresh tires. That was so much fun, to be on new tires while everyone else was on old ones. I was passing cars right and left. It was blur, picking a line and just slicing through them. Tony [Kanaan] was tough, though, even on old tires. It made for a good show. We definitely stole one tonight."</p> <p><strong>Josef Newgarden </strong>(#67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda) <strong>started 21st, finished 2nd: "</strong>It's nice to get a result, finally. Maybe it was a little unorthodox, but sometimes you've got to make the calls that will put you in that position. It was like a video game at the end, and I knew it was going to be really interesting. It was just a question of finding a clear lane [to move forward]. It was crazy how effective new tires were compared to 30-35 lap-old tires. They were so much faster, it was almost easy. We probably got more than we deserved tonight, and sometimes you have to take that. I'm happy for our group. Hopefully we can build some momentum from this."</p> <p><strong>Marc Sours </strong>(Senior Manager, Chief Engineer, Commercial Division) <strong>on tonight's 1-2 finish for Honda: </strong>"Tonight's race just goes to show that in racing, just as in life, perseverance is a useful characteristic. Until the final 10 laps, when different tire strategies came into play, it appeared to be difficult to pass in the race, and for a lot of the race, the running order was not too different from qualifying. It took a calculated risk by a few of our teams right at the end to make the difference. Congratulations to Ryan Hunter-Reay, the Andretti Autosport organization and to Josef Newgarden and the Sarah Fisher Hartman team on making the right calls, and never giving up."</p> <p><strong>For photos from today's race, go to:</strong><a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101723">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101723</a></p> Corporate Sun, 13 Jul 2014 01:13:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/bf3f185f-b546-4a1e-854f-ed2f235266f3 http://hondanews.com/releases/bf3f185f-b546-4a1e-854f-ed2f235266f3 Iowa Corn Indy 300 Race Report <p><strong>Circuit:</strong> Iowa Speedway (0.894-mile oval) Newton, IA<br> <strong>2013 Winner:</strong> James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport) 148.559 mph average<br> <strong>Weather:</strong> Overcast, scattered showers, 81 degrees F</p> <p><strong>Top 10 Race Results:</strong></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Fn.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>St.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Driver      </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Team</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Engine - Chassis</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Laps</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Average Speed/Notes</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 1.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>300</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>131.923 mph avg.; led 2 laps</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 2.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Josef Newgarden</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Sarah Fisher Hartman</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>300</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>-0.5814 seconds</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 3.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> 2.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>300</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 4.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> 1.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Scott Dixon</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>300</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p> 5.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>10.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Ed Carpenter Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>300</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>6.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>14.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>James Hinchcliffe</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>300</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>7.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Graham Rahal</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Rahal Letterman Lanigan</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>300</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>8.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>3.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Team Penske</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>300</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>9.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>8.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Ryan Briscoe</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>300</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p>10.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> 7.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Charlie Kimball</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chip Ganassi Racing</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>Chevrolet Dallara</p></td> <td valign="top"><p>300</p></td> <td valign="top"><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><em><u>Other Honda-powered Results:</u></em></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2" width="100%"> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>11.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>11.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson Hamilton  </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>300</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>12.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 5.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Munoz-R</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>300</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>13.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>18.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Justin Wilson</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>300</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>15.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Jack Hawksworth-R</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Bryan Herta Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>296</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Running</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>18.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 8.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Andretti Autosport</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>229</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – mechanical </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>20.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Carlos Huertas-R</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Dale Coyne Racing</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 78</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – driver illness </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>21.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>12.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Mikhail Aleshin-R</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Schmidt Peterson </strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 47</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – crash </strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top"><p><strong>22.</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>16</strong>.</p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Takuma Sato</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>A.J. Foyt Racing</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Honda Dallara</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong> 47</strong></p></td> <td valign="top"><p><strong>Did not finish – crash </strong></p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong><u>Honda Finishes 1-2 at Iowa Speedway</u></strong></p> <ul> <li><strong><em>Ryan Hunter-Reay scores his third win of 2014 in a 1-2 finish for Honda</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Josef Newgarden finishes second, equaling career-best finish</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Honda's sixth IndyCar Series race victory of 2014</em></strong></li> </ul> <p>Honda-powered Ryan Hunter-Reay became the first three-time winner of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series Saturday night at Iowa Speedway, when his Andretti Autosport team made a bold call to give up track position and make a pit stop for fresh tires during a late-race caution period.</p> <p>Running in 10th place when the green flag waved with just nine laps remaining around the tight, eight-tenths of a mile oval, Hunter-Reay rocketed through the field, passing multiple cars, and overtook race leader Tony Kanaan as the pair took the white flag for the penultimate lap. The victory was Hunter-Reay's third of the season, following wins at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and the Indianapolis 500.</p> <p>With his Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing team making the same late-race call, Josef Newgarden emerged from the pits even further back – 12th – but put on an equally impressive charge to also work his way past Kanaan on the final lap. His second-place finish is his best of 2014, and equals his career-best IndyCar Series result.</p> <p>Pamela Doucot, from Santa Maria, California, led the field prior to today's race start in the two-seat Honda Indy car driven by two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Arie Luyendyk. For more information on the Honda <em>Fastest Seat in Sports</em> sweepstakes, go to <a href="http://www.shophonda.com">www.shophonda.com</a>.</p> <p>Video News Releases from this weekend's action in Iowa – and Sunday's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park – are being posted on a "Honda Racing/HPD Trackside" YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG will be providing video highlight packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2014. The video packages can be found at: <a href="http://youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside">youtube.com/hondaracingtrackside</a>.</p> <p>The Verizon IndyCar Series summer run of consecutive races continues next weekend with the third and final "doubleheader" race weekend of 2014, the July 19-20 Honda Indy Toronto, on the downtown Exhibition Place temporary street circuit in Toronto, Ont.</p> <p><strong>Verizon IndyCar Series Drivers' Championship </strong>(after 12 of 18 rounds):</p> <table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="2" cellpadding="2"> <tr> <td><p>1. Helio Castroneves</p></td> <td><p>471 points (1 win)</p></td> <td><p><strong>6. Carlos Munoz (R)</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>358</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>2. Will Power</p></td> <td><p>462 (2 wins)</p></td> <td><p><strong>7. Marco Andretti</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>337</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>3. Ryan Hunter Reay</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>439 (3 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p>8. Scott Dixon</p></td> <td><p>331</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>4. Simon Pagenaud</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>421 (2 wins)</strong></p></td> <td><p>9. Ryan Briscoe</p></td> <td><p>307</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>5. Juan Pablo Montoya</p></td> <td><p>405 (1 win)</p></td> <td><p>10. Tony Kanaan</p></td> <td><p>305</p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="4"><p><strong>Manufacturers' Championship:</strong></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>1. Chevrolet</p></td> <td><p>1,631 (6 wins)</p></td> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p><strong>2. Honda</strong></p></td> <td><p><strong>1,096 (6 wins)</strong> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> <td><p> </p></td> </tr> </table> <p><strong>Ryan Hunter-Reay </strong>(#28 Andretti Autosport Honda) <strong>Iowa race winner, first three-time race winner in 2014:</strong>"What a crazy night; it was unreal. We up picked some spots early in the race, but it was really frustrating at times, as we seemed unable to move up from seventh or eighth. At the end, [team owner] Michael Andretti made a bold move, calling for fresh tires. That was so much fun, to be on new tires while everyone else was on old ones. I was passing cars right and left. It was blur, picking a line and just slicing through them. Tony [Kanaan] was tough, though, even on old tires. It made for a good show. We definitely stole one tonight."</p> <p><strong>Josef Newgarden </strong>(#67 Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda) <strong>started 21st, finished 2nd: "</strong>It's nice to get a result, finally. Maybe it was a little unorthodox, but sometimes you've got to make the calls that will put you in that position. It was like a video game at the end, and I knew it was going to be really interesting. It was just a question of finding a clear lane [to move forward]. It was crazy how effective new tires were compared to 30-35 lap-old tires. They were so much faster, it was almost easy. We probably got more than we deserved tonight, and sometimes you have to take that. I'm happy for our group. Hopefully we can build some momentum from this."</p> <p><strong>Marc Sours </strong>(Senior Manager, Chief Engineer, Commercial Division) <strong>on tonight's 1-2 finish for Honda: </strong>"Tonight's race just goes to show that in racing, just as in life, perseverance is a useful characteristic. Until the final 10 laps, when different tire strategies came into play, it appeared to be difficult to pass in the race, and for a lot of the race, the running order was not too different from qualifying. It took a calculated risk by a few of our teams right at the end to make the difference. Congratulations to Ryan Hunter-Reay, the Andretti Autosport organization and to Josef Newgarden and the Sarah Fisher Hartman team on making the right calls, and never giving up."</p> <p><strong>For photos from today's race, go to:</strong><a href="http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101723">http://broadcast.sportssystems.com/hosting/display.cfm?key=101723</a></p> Corporate: Acura MDX Cements Position as America's All-Time Best-Selling 3-Row Luxury SUV <p>Record sales in the first six months of 2014 have strengthened the third-generation MDX's position as America's best-selling three-row luxury SUV – not only in 2014, but of all time. Through June, sales of MDX are up 68.4 percent (compared to the same period last year) to 30,664 units, bringing cumulative sales of the MDX over its nearly 15-year history to 692,710 units, making it the most popular three-row luxury SUV of all time*. In fact, the MDX has topped all other three-row luxury SUVs in the annual sales rankings in every year since 2002.  Cumulative U.S. sales of MDX are anticipated to surpass 700,000 units before the end of the year.</p> <p> "Luxury car buyers have spoken, and we really want to thank our Acura customers for making the MDX the clear winner among three-row luxury SUVs," said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of Acura Division. "MDX is the clear benchmark in its class, consistently delivering the best combination of features, function and performance that luxury buyers are after."  </p> <p> Acura pioneered the three-row crossover luxury SUV segment when it launched the first-generation MDX in 2000 as a 2001 model, when the MDX captured both the Motor Trend SUV of the Year and North American Truck of the Year titles. For three generations, the U.S. engineering team responsible for MDX has steadily advanced and refined the original concept of the MDX – a three-row, 7-passenger luxury SUV with superior packaging, fuel efficiency, and ride and handling performance. </p> <p>The third-generation, 2014 Acura MDX, introduced in June 2013, has undergone a complete makeover, starting with the development of an all-new, more rigid and lightweight body and chassis, dropping more than 275 pounds versus the previous model and boasting major gains in body rigidity, aerodynamic efficiency and low running resistance. </p> <p> A safety leader, the third-generation MDX applies Acura's next-generation ACE™ body structure and the first-ever use of Acura's new hot-stamped steel, one-piece door stiffener ring.  As a result of these and other design enhancements, the MDX obtained class-leading EPA fuel-economy ratings of 20/28/23 mpg city/highway/combined while earning both a five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA and a <em>TOP SAFETY PICK+</em> rating from the IIHS, a feat only one other luxury SUV has matched. The MDX also offers greater interior comfort, advanced connectivity via its next-generation AcuraLink™ system, and greatly improved third-row entry and exit via its kid-friendly One-Touch Walk-In feature.</p> <p> The MDX has been designed, developed and manufactured in North America for three generations. The third-generation MDX is manufactured exclusively at the company's Lincoln, Alabama automobile and engine production facility, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p> <strong>About Acura</strong><br> Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance-luxury vehicles through a network of 275 U.S. Acura dealers. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models: the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan (arriving this summer), the ILX compact luxury sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the 7-passenger MDX luxury sport utility vehicle. Acura was recently recognized by Edmunds.com for the third consecutive year as the top luxury brand for retained value, with products that are projected to hold more of their original value after five years of ownership than any other luxury brand. </p> <p><strong>For More Information</strong><br> <em>Consumer information is available at <a href="http://www.acura.com/" target="_blank">http://www.acura.com/</a> .  To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Acura" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/Acura</a>. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the Acura line can be found at <a href="http://www.acuranews.com/" target="_blank">http://www.acuranews.com/</a><a href="http://www.acuranews.com/" target="_blank"></a></em></p> <p>*Sales numbers based on Automotive News Sales Database 1999-2014; manufacturer data for prior to 1994. </p> <p> </p> <p> # # #</p> Corporate Fri, 11 Jul 2014 02:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/7d637787-4268-44e6-a505-07c3c18d0eab http://hondanews.com/releases/7d637787-4268-44e6-a505-07c3c18d0eab Acura MDX Cements Position as America's All-Time Best-Selling 3-Row Luxury SUV <p>Record sales in the first six months of 2014 have strengthened the third-generation MDX's position as America's best-selling three-row luxury SUV – not only in 2014, but of all time. Through June, sales of MDX are up 68.4 percent (compared to the same period last year) to 30,664 units, bringing cumulative sales of the MDX over its nearly 15-year history to 692,710 units, making it the most popular three-row luxury SUV of all time*. In fact, the MDX has topped all other three-row luxury SUVs in the annual sales rankings in every year since 2002.  Cumulative U.S. sales of MDX are anticipated to surpass 700,000 units before the end of the year.</p> <p> "Luxury car buyers have spoken, and we really want to thank our Acura customers for making the MDX the clear winner among three-row luxury SUVs," said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of Acura Division. "MDX is the clear benchmark in its class, consistently delivering the best combination of features, function and performance that luxury buyers are after."  </p> <p> Acura pioneered the three-row crossover luxury SUV segment when it launched the first-generation MDX in 2000 as a 2001 model, when the MDX captured both the Motor Trend SUV of the Year and North American Truck of the Year titles. For three generations, the U.S. engineering team responsible for MDX has steadily advanced and refined the original concept of the MDX – a three-row, 7-passenger luxury SUV with superior packaging, fuel efficiency, and ride and handling performance. </p> <p>The third-generation, 2014 Acura MDX, introduced in June 2013, has undergone a complete makeover, starting with the development of an all-new, more rigid and lightweight body and chassis, dropping more than 275 pounds versus the previous model and boasting major gains in body rigidity, aerodynamic efficiency and low running resistance. </p> <p> A safety leader, the third-generation MDX applies Acura's next-generation ACE™ body structure and the first-ever use of Acura's new hot-stamped steel, one-piece door stiffener ring.  As a result of these and other design enhancements, the MDX obtained class-leading EPA fuel-economy ratings of 20/28/23 mpg city/highway/combined while earning both a five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA and a <em>TOP SAFETY PICK+</em> rating from the IIHS, a feat only one other luxury SUV has matched. The MDX also offers greater interior comfort, advanced connectivity via its next-generation AcuraLink™ system, and greatly improved third-row entry and exit via its kid-friendly One-Touch Walk-In feature.</p> <p> The MDX has been designed, developed and manufactured in North America for three generations. The third-generation MDX is manufactured exclusively at the company's Lincoln, Alabama automobile and engine production facility, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p> <strong>About Acura</strong><br> Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance-luxury vehicles through a network of 275 U.S. Acura dealers. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models: the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan (arriving this summer), the ILX compact luxury sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the 7-passenger MDX luxury sport utility vehicle. Acura was recently recognized by Edmunds.com for the third consecutive year as the top luxury brand for retained value, with products that are projected to hold more of their original value after five years of ownership than any other luxury brand. </p> <p><strong>For More Information</strong><br> <em>Consumer information is available at <a href="http://www.acura.com/" target="_blank">http://www.acura.com/</a> .  To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Acura" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/Acura</a>. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the Acura line can be found at <a href="http://www.acuranews.com/" target="_blank">http://www.acuranews.com/</a><a href="http://www.acuranews.com/" target="_blank"></a></em></p> <p>*Sales numbers based on Automotive News Sales Database 1999-2014; manufacturer data for prior to 1994. </p> <p> </p> <p> # # #</p> Corporate: Honda R&D engineer Annie Boh <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3990/a798/3990a798-30e8-4759-9a85-39b26f1cd1f0-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda R&D engineer Annie Boh Corporate Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-r-d-engineer-annie-boh http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-r-d-engineer-annie-boh Honda R&D engineer Annie Boh <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/3990/a798/3990a798-30e8-4759-9a85-39b26f1cd1f0-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda R&D engineer Annie Boh Corporate: Honda R&D engineer Annie Boh <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/f975/d732/f975d732-e81b-4f31-a7c2-d22850a3d6ca-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda R&D engineer Annie Boh Corporate Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-r-d-engineer-annie-boh-2 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-r-d-engineer-annie-boh-2 Honda R&D engineer Annie Boh <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/f975/d732/f975d732-e81b-4f31-a7c2-d22850a3d6ca-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda R&D engineer Annie Boh Corporate: Aerospace Engineer is Who Makes a Honda <p>Honda today unveiled the newest associate profile in its 12-part <em>What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda</em> video series. Annie Boh is an aerospace engineer focused on vehicle aero acoustics at Honda R&D Americas (HRA). </p> <p>An 11-year Honda veteran, Boh oversees wind noise marketability throughout a product's development. From concept to mass production model, the vehicle's aerodynamics are evaluated by Boh and her team using computer aided testing and full scale wind tunnel testing. By understanding how the air outside the vehicle impacts the noise inside, Boh develops modifications that help lead to the quiet, smooth ride of Honda and Acura products.</p> <p>"We have the opportunity to impact the lives of so many people through the power of engineering and design," said Boh. "To help develop a product used everyday that adds efficiency, functionality and safety to a person's life is a responsibility the Honda team and I take very seriously."</p> <p>In addition to her work at Honda, Boh is a guardian ad litem for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). As a CASA volunteer, Boh serves as a voice in the court system for children who have been the victims of severe abuse or neglect. By getting to know both the children and the adults in their lives, she can make recommendations on what is best for the children long term. </p> <p>"CASA helps foster the human spirit in a child. A little bit of empowerment – just knowing a child has a choice in life – goes such a long way," said Boh. "And statistically, this program works. As an engineer, that is very important to me."</p> <p>The <em>What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda </em>video series focuses on Honda's commitment to innovation, inclusion, a youthful spirit and respect for the individual – core tenets of Honda's approach to business that work equally well in the community. In addition, the videos spotlight the diverse career opportunities that exist within Honda, while also showcasing inspiring ways these associates engage in their communities.</p> <p>The What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda series will run on Honda's YouTube channel at <a href="http://www.youtube.com/Honda" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/Honda</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Honda</strong><br> Honda established operations in America in 1959, and now employs more than 33,000 associates in its North America sales, R&D and manufacturing. It now operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, and power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p> This includes eight Honda auto plants in the North American region that have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year.  Honda operates major research and development centers in the U.S. that fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America. </p> <p>In 2013, more than 90 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"># # #</p> Corporate Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/964f9420-5f39-45bd-ad6d-c357751cb279 http://hondanews.com/releases/964f9420-5f39-45bd-ad6d-c357751cb279 Aerospace Engineer is Who Makes a Honda <p>Honda today unveiled the newest associate profile in its 12-part <em>What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda</em> video series. Annie Boh is an aerospace engineer focused on vehicle aero acoustics at Honda R&D Americas (HRA). </p> <p>An 11-year Honda veteran, Boh oversees wind noise marketability throughout a product's development. From concept to mass production model, the vehicle's aerodynamics are evaluated by Boh and her team using computer aided testing and full scale wind tunnel testing. By understanding how the air outside the vehicle impacts the noise inside, Boh develops modifications that help lead to the quiet, smooth ride of Honda and Acura products.</p> <p>"We have the opportunity to impact the lives of so many people through the power of engineering and design," said Boh. "To help develop a product used everyday that adds efficiency, functionality and safety to a person's life is a responsibility the Honda team and I take very seriously."</p> <p>In addition to her work at Honda, Boh is a guardian ad litem for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). As a CASA volunteer, Boh serves as a voice in the court system for children who have been the victims of severe abuse or neglect. By getting to know both the children and the adults in their lives, she can make recommendations on what is best for the children long term. </p> <p>"CASA helps foster the human spirit in a child. A little bit of empowerment – just knowing a child has a choice in life – goes such a long way," said Boh. "And statistically, this program works. As an engineer, that is very important to me."</p> <p>The <em>What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda </em>video series focuses on Honda's commitment to innovation, inclusion, a youthful spirit and respect for the individual – core tenets of Honda's approach to business that work equally well in the community. In addition, the videos spotlight the diverse career opportunities that exist within Honda, while also showcasing inspiring ways these associates engage in their communities.</p> <p>The What Makes a Honda is Who Makes a Honda series will run on Honda's YouTube channel at <a href="http://www.youtube.com/Honda" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/Honda</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Honda</strong><br> Honda established operations in America in 1959, and now employs more than 33,000 associates in its North America sales, R&D and manufacturing. It now operates 16 major manufacturing facilities in North America, producing a wide range of Honda and Acura automobiles, automobile engines and transmissions, Honda all-terrain vehicles, and power equipment products such as lawn mowers, mini-tillers and general purpose engines, using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p> This includes eight Honda auto plants in the North American region that have the capacity to produce 1.92 million automobiles each year.  Honda operates major research and development centers in the U.S. that fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America. </p> <p>In 2013, more than 90 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"># # #</p> Corporate: Honda R&D engineer Annie Boh <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/8531/cf90/8531cf90-f62a-42c5-ac19-6b9f139c965e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda R&D engineer Annie Boh Corporate Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-r-d-engineer-annie-boh-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-r-d-engineer-annie-boh-1 Honda R&D engineer Annie Boh <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/8531/cf90/8531cf90-f62a-42c5-ac19-6b9f139c965e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda R&D engineer Annie Boh Corporate: 2015 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 ES EPS <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/10ec/21e6/10ec21e6-f7c6-4663-be02-562047985702-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 ES EPS Corporate Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fourtrax-foreman-4x4-es-3 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fourtrax-foreman-4x4-es-3 2015 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 ES EPS <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/10ec/21e6/10ec21e6-f7c6-4663-be02-562047985702-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 ES EPS Corporate: 2015 Honda FourTrax Rancher 4x4 Automatic DCT EPS <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/5f4f/7eef/5f4f7eef-68f4-4e8e-a2db-ada41f2646ea-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda FourTrax Rancher 4x4 Automatic DCT EPS Corporate Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fourtrax-rancher-4x4-automatic-dct-eps-3 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fourtrax-rancher-4x4-automatic-dct-eps-3 2015 Honda FourTrax Rancher 4x4 Automatic DCT EPS <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/5f4f/7eef/5f4f7eef-68f4-4e8e-a2db-ada41f2646ea-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda FourTrax Rancher 4x4 Automatic DCT EPS Corporate: 2015 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 ES EPS <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9042/c43d/9042c43d-ce3c-4730-9af1-3a3a750242d7-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 ES EPS Corporate Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fourtrax-foreman-4x4-es-5 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fourtrax-foreman-4x4-es-5 2015 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 ES EPS <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9042/c43d/9042c43d-ce3c-4730-9af1-3a3a750242d7-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 ES EPS Corporate: 2015 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 EPS <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/fbca/a91a/fbcaa91a-ece4-44bc-a146-705e347d33d8-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 EPS Corporate Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fourtrax-foreman-4x4-eps-5 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fourtrax-foreman-4x4-eps-5 2015 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 EPS <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/fbca/a91a/fbcaa91a-ece4-44bc-a146-705e347d33d8-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 EPS Corporate: 2015 Honda FourTrax Rancher 4x4 Automatic DCT <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/ea85/24ad/ea8524ad-77b3-4f2f-a3eb-e60fd8020109-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda FourTrax Rancher 4x4 Automatic DCT Corporate Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fourtrax-rancher-4x4-automatic-dct-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fourtrax-rancher-4x4-automatic-dct-1 2015 Honda FourTrax Rancher 4x4 Automatic DCT <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/ea85/24ad/ea8524ad-77b3-4f2f-a3eb-e60fd8020109-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda FourTrax Rancher 4x4 Automatic DCT Corporate: Innovation Marks Honda’s 2015 New-Model Expansion <p>Whether you enjoy riding on the street or off-road, this latest introduction of new models from Honda gives you more choices than ever. Honda's engineering prowess paves the way with a new street bike plus some new and returning popular ATVs join the lineup.</p> <p>"This release really broadens our 2015 product line, especially on the ATV side," said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications. "In addition to the most-popular selling, straight-axle swingarm-equipped Rancher and Foreman ATVs, our Rubicon family of ATVs is now also equipped with Independent Rear Suspension [IRS] to suit a wider range of riders and give the ATVs even more recreation capability. The new-generation Rancher Automatic DCT also has IRS for 2015, plus other new features shared throughout the Rancher and Foreman lines. We now have a complete line of IRS-equipped ATVs and a complete line of swingarm/axle ATVs to fit whatever need our customers have. There's also the new CB300F that's a really fun and affordable option for beginners and experienced street riders."</p> <p><strong>- FourTrax® Foreman® Rubicon™ Series</strong><br> For years, the Rubicon name anchored a well-respected position in the lineup of Honda's high-end full-sized ATVs. Now that reputation grows with the introduction of our all-new Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) system in the full-size class. With this new chassis design, the Rubicon offers more fun and comfort than ever, and it's still able to tackle just about any task at hand.</p> <p>It's easy to spot the all-new look of these machines, and they all incorporate features that can both work hard and play hard in the real world. The new dual-shock IRS system combines increased suspension travel and chassis-tuning capabilities for superb handling plus all-day ride comfort. Beneath the new, aggressive look, the beauty runs deep. The long list of new features includes: new, longer-travel suspension front and rear with spring preload adjustability; increased ground clearance; rear disc brake; new, higher-wattage headlight; new handlebar grip design; new Maxxis tires with a more aggressive tread pattern for improved traction; roomier ergonomics plus a thick, plush seat for improved comfort; and a redesigned Electric Power Steering (EPS) system for reduced steering effort and less kickback. There's also a full front differential lock for added traction when the going gets tough; speed override function for increased wheel speed in severe conditions; increased towing and hauling capacities; a new steel rack with flat plates for easier packing; a new, easy-to-use reverse gear selector and parking brake lever; and a sturdy full-coverage front bumper featuring integrated mounts for an accessory winch. </p> <p>Packing a powerful 500-class engine, the Rubicon comes with two exclusive transmission options for its class, with a choice of either a five-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed Automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). The DCT model incorporates a new drive/low-range sub-transmission that lowers the final-drive gear ratio for added versatility. The Rubicon is available with or without EPS, and there is a new Deluxe package that includes custom-style aluminum wheels, special decals, and special painted suspension components. With a full line of Honda Accessories on hand—including more new accessories for 2015—the multiple options now available make the Rubicon more versatile than ever. Price: TBD; Availability: Fall</p> <p><strong>- FourTrax® Foreman® Series</strong><br> The popular Foreman family also returns in 2015 with its swingarm rear suspension system. This rugged, full-sized workhorse remains exceptionally affordable for its class, and is available with a manual transmission or Honda's renowned Electric Shift Program (ESP®) for push-button shifting, with the option of EPS. All versions incorporate the new one-lever engagement system for actuating Reverse gear or the parking brake. Price: Starting at $7099; Availability: Fall</p> <p><strong>- FourTrax® Rancher® Series</strong><br> For 2015, the Rancher Automatic DCT incorporates IRS, and there's more suspension travel at both ends—2.2 inches more in back—plus a new chassis, more ground clearance, a larger, more comfortable seat, larger front disc brakes for added stopping power, a new, larger rear carrier with flat plates for packing and tie-down convenience, and a new easy-to-engage reverse lever, and it's also available with an improved EPS system. The Rancher Automatic DCT is powered by a rugged 420cc engine, and features a five-speed automatic DCT with improved shift program and shaft drive that's virtually maintenance-free. Brighter headlights, increased electrical output, more fuel capacity, a larger, softer seat, and a new digital meter package are just a few features that add even more value to the Rancher Automatic DCT. A full line of Honda accessories will be available to complement these models. Price: TBD; Availability: Fall</p> <p>The rest of the Rancher series with swingarm rear suspension systems also returns for 2015, now equipped with Honda's new, easy-actuation reverse lever. The wealth of driveline options includes 2WD and 4WD models, manual transmissions, ESP for push-button shifting and automatic DCT. Price: Starting at $5199; Availability: Fall</p> <p><strong>- CB300F</strong><br> This light and nimble-handling naked bike offers plenty of fun for motorcyclists—experienced riders and those new to the sport. Featuring a 300-class engine, the new CB300F carries a dash of attitude along with its versatile creds. Whether you're commuting, zipping around town or headed out for a weekend ride, its roomy ergonomics, great handling and broad powerband make every ride a blast. Thanks to its affordable price tag, adding on a few Honda accessories is easy—a simple way to give it that extra bit of flair and make it uniquely your own. For example, a lower and narrower seat can be selected to create an easier reach to the ground for those with a shorter inseam. Price: $3999; Availability: Fall</p> <p><strong>- TRX90X</strong><br> The TRX90X has been a great starting point for thousands of ATV riders. An exceptionally smooth power delivery and great handling are backed by Honda's renowned quality and reliability. Electric starting makes it easy to get going, and the durable automatic clutch, four-speed transmission, refined suspension system, sealed drum brakes and sporty styling combine to make the TRX90X a great place to start discovering the world of off-road riding. Price: $2999; Availability: Fall</p> <p><strong>About American Honda</strong><br> American Honda Motor Co., Inc. was established in 1959 and is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides in the U.S. The American Honda Motorcycle Division is responsible for the sales, marketing, and operational activities for these products through authorized Honda dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to www.powersports.honda.com.</p> <p>©2014 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. All Rights Reserved.</p> Corporate Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/e91328bc-d7ac-44de-81ca-d48e17108526 http://hondanews.com/releases/e91328bc-d7ac-44de-81ca-d48e17108526 Innovation Marks Honda’s 2015 New-Model Expansion <p>Whether you enjoy riding on the street or off-road, this latest introduction of new models from Honda gives you more choices than ever. Honda's engineering prowess paves the way with a new street bike plus some new and returning popular ATVs join the lineup.</p> <p>"This release really broadens our 2015 product line, especially on the ATV side," said Lee Edmunds, Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications. "In addition to the most-popular selling, straight-axle swingarm-equipped Rancher and Foreman ATVs, our Rubicon family of ATVs is now also equipped with Independent Rear Suspension [IRS] to suit a wider range of riders and give the ATVs even more recreation capability. The new-generation Rancher Automatic DCT also has IRS for 2015, plus other new features shared throughout the Rancher and Foreman lines. We now have a complete line of IRS-equipped ATVs and a complete line of swingarm/axle ATVs to fit whatever need our customers have. There's also the new CB300F that's a really fun and affordable option for beginners and experienced street riders."</p> <p><strong>- FourTrax® Foreman® Rubicon™ Series</strong><br> For years, the Rubicon name anchored a well-respected position in the lineup of Honda's high-end full-sized ATVs. Now that reputation grows with the introduction of our all-new Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) system in the full-size class. With this new chassis design, the Rubicon offers more fun and comfort than ever, and it's still able to tackle just about any task at hand.</p> <p>It's easy to spot the all-new look of these machines, and they all incorporate features that can both work hard and play hard in the real world. The new dual-shock IRS system combines increased suspension travel and chassis-tuning capabilities for superb handling plus all-day ride comfort. Beneath the new, aggressive look, the beauty runs deep. The long list of new features includes: new, longer-travel suspension front and rear with spring preload adjustability; increased ground clearance; rear disc brake; new, higher-wattage headlight; new handlebar grip design; new Maxxis tires with a more aggressive tread pattern for improved traction; roomier ergonomics plus a thick, plush seat for improved comfort; and a redesigned Electric Power Steering (EPS) system for reduced steering effort and less kickback. There's also a full front differential lock for added traction when the going gets tough; speed override function for increased wheel speed in severe conditions; increased towing and hauling capacities; a new steel rack with flat plates for easier packing; a new, easy-to-use reverse gear selector and parking brake lever; and a sturdy full-coverage front bumper featuring integrated mounts for an accessory winch. </p> <p>Packing a powerful 500-class engine, the Rubicon comes with two exclusive transmission options for its class, with a choice of either a five-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed Automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). The DCT model incorporates a new drive/low-range sub-transmission that lowers the final-drive gear ratio for added versatility. The Rubicon is available with or without EPS, and there is a new Deluxe package that includes custom-style aluminum wheels, special decals, and special painted suspension components. With a full line of Honda Accessories on hand—including more new accessories for 2015—the multiple options now available make the Rubicon more versatile than ever. Price: TBD; Availability: Fall</p> <p><strong>- FourTrax® Foreman® Series</strong><br> The popular Foreman family also returns in 2015 with its swingarm rear suspension system. This rugged, full-sized workhorse remains exceptionally affordable for its class, and is available with a manual transmission or Honda's renowned Electric Shift Program (ESP®) for push-button shifting, with the option of EPS. All versions incorporate the new one-lever engagement system for actuating Reverse gear or the parking brake. Price: Starting at $7099; Availability: Fall</p> <p><strong>- FourTrax® Rancher® Series</strong><br> For 2015, the Rancher Automatic DCT incorporates IRS, and there's more suspension travel at both ends—2.2 inches more in back—plus a new chassis, more ground clearance, a larger, more comfortable seat, larger front disc brakes for added stopping power, a new, larger rear carrier with flat plates for packing and tie-down convenience, and a new easy-to-engage reverse lever, and it's also available with an improved EPS system. The Rancher Automatic DCT is powered by a rugged 420cc engine, and features a five-speed automatic DCT with improved shift program and shaft drive that's virtually maintenance-free. Brighter headlights, increased electrical output, more fuel capacity, a larger, softer seat, and a new digital meter package are just a few features that add even more value to the Rancher Automatic DCT. A full line of Honda accessories will be available to complement these models. Price: TBD; Availability: Fall</p> <p>The rest of the Rancher series with swingarm rear suspension systems also returns for 2015, now equipped with Honda's new, easy-actuation reverse lever. The wealth of driveline options includes 2WD and 4WD models, manual transmissions, ESP for push-button shifting and automatic DCT. Price: Starting at $5199; Availability: Fall</p> <p><strong>- CB300F</strong><br> This light and nimble-handling naked bike offers plenty of fun for motorcyclists—experienced riders and those new to the sport. Featuring a 300-class engine, the new CB300F carries a dash of attitude along with its versatile creds. Whether you're commuting, zipping around town or headed out for a weekend ride, its roomy ergonomics, great handling and broad powerband make every ride a blast. Thanks to its affordable price tag, adding on a few Honda accessories is easy—a simple way to give it that extra bit of flair and make it uniquely your own. For example, a lower and narrower seat can be selected to create an easier reach to the ground for those with a shorter inseam. Price: $3999; Availability: Fall</p> <p><strong>- TRX90X</strong><br> The TRX90X has been a great starting point for thousands of ATV riders. An exceptionally smooth power delivery and great handling are backed by Honda's renowned quality and reliability. Electric starting makes it easy to get going, and the durable automatic clutch, four-speed transmission, refined suspension system, sealed drum brakes and sporty styling combine to make the TRX90X a great place to start discovering the world of off-road riding. Price: $2999; Availability: Fall</p> <p><strong>About American Honda</strong><br> American Honda Motor Co., Inc. was established in 1959 and is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides in the U.S. The American Honda Motorcycle Division is responsible for the sales, marketing, and operational activities for these products through authorized Honda dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to www.powersports.honda.com.</p> <p>©2014 American Honda Motor Co., Inc. All Rights Reserved.</p> Corporate: 2015 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 ES EPS <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/18ee/8324/18ee8324-aaf1-45ed-bce9-d01caf244395-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 ES EPS Corporate Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fourtrax-foreman-4x4-es-4 http://hondanews.com/photos/2015-honda-fourtrax-foreman-4x4-es-4 2015 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 ES EPS <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/18ee/8324/18ee8324-aaf1-45ed-bce9-d01caf244395-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2015 Honda FourTrax Foreman 4x4 ES EPS