Honda strikes fresh IndyCar Series extension

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Wednesday 3rd February, 2016 - 8:45am

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The Mid-Ohio race is one of three on the IndyCar calendar which Honda maintains naming rights sponsorship

The Mid-Ohio race is one of three on the IndyCar calendar which Honda maintains naming rights sponsorship

Honda has stretched its involvement in the Verizon IndyCar Series after striking a fresh multi-year extension.

The deal will see the Japanese firm move into 15 years of consecutive involvement with America’s primary open-wheel class.

Honda goes into the duopoly with Chevrolet for a fifth consecutive season.

Over a span of more than two decades Honda has collected 217 IndyCar wins and has claimed 10 manufacturers crowns which includes the six years it was the sole engine supplier to IndyCar.

While making the 2.2litre twin turbocharged V6 engines, Honda and Chevrolet have also developed aero kits for their teams specific to the variety of circuits IndyCar uniquely competes on.

“In the 13 years that Honda has been a part of IndyCar, we’ve had a great deal of success, both against strong competition from other auto manufacturers and as single engine supplier,” Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development, said.

“Honda is pleased to be part of the Verizon IndyCar Series, as it provides both a technical challenge for our associates and a showcase for Honda products worldwide.”

Honda used the American-based Honda Performance Development to start supplying IndyCar teams in 1994 in the then CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams) category.

Honda maintains naming rights sponsorships of the Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park (April 22-24), the Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (July 29-31) and the Toronto race from July 15-17.

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