Honda and IndyCar sign Multiyear contract extension

by Paul Hensby

Honda has signed a new ‘multiyear’ agreement with the Verizon IndyCar Series to remain as an engine supplier in the North American-based championship.

Since it arrived in IndyCar racing, Honda has racked up 217 race victories, including ten triumphs at the Indianapolis 500, and before Chevrolet’s return in 2012 was the sole engine supplier for six seasons.

“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,” said Art St. Cyr, the president of Honda Performance Development.

“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 will continue in competition with Chevrolet in 2016, not only in the 2.2-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine department but also with the bodykits that were introduced in 2015, with Mark Miles, the CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent company of IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, welcoming Honda’s decision to continue for the long term.

“We’re grateful for Honda’s longstanding partnership with INDYCAR the last 13 years,” said Miles. “Racing is a part of Honda’s DNA and its continued investment in the Verizon IndyCar Series – technically on the competition side, but also through sponsoring of events and additional activation – is instrumental to the success and continued growth of our sport.”

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