October 1, 2020

“Business limitations” keep Honda out of NASCAR for now

Klaus, who will retire and hand over the reins of HPD to David Salter in December, was asked by Motorsport.com about the occasional rumors of Honda tackling NASCAR once the Gen. 2 car was brought online.Last October, former HPD president Art St. Cyr told Motorsport.com that the company would consider such a move only if it made sense from a budgetary perspective.Almost a year on …Keep reading …

Salters replaces retiring Klaus as HPD president

HPD, which leads all Honda and Acura high-performance racing programs in North America, hired Salters in 2015 as a chief engineer and engine technical leader, and he has served as technical director since 2019.Prior to joining HPD, Salters served as head of ICE power unit development for the Ferrari Formula 1 program, as head of F1 engine development at Mercedes-Benz High Performance …Keep reading …

Lexus aces credit strategy call for Mid-Ohio victory

Telitz, starting from pole at Mid-Ohio’s beautiful undulating 2.258-mile track, burst into a comfortable lead ahead of the Acura NSXs of Meyer Shank Racing. However, when the broken and stranded Turner Motorsports BMW needed rescuing, thereby bringing out the caution flag, everyone headed for pitlane.A slight delay in the #14 Lexus’s stop saw Telitz emerge from the behind the #86 MSR Acura …Keep reading …

Taylor revels in “perfect weekend” for #3 Corvette at Mid-Ohio

Taylor took a dominant pole around the 2.258-mile course on Sunday morning, and while he lost the lead at the start of the race to teammate Oliver Gavin, he kept applying pressure until Corvette Racing’s British veteran made a slight error at Turn 4 on Lap 18.That allowed Taylor to move alongside the #4 car and wrest the lead away in a class that featured only Corvette and the BMW M8s …Keep reading …

IMSA Mid-Ohio: Castroneves, Taylor score third straight Acura win

At the start, polesitter Dane Cameron retained his advantage but Acura Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves was jumped by Action Express Racing’s Cadillac piloted by Pipo Derani and Jonathan Bomarito of Mazda. By Lap 20, Cameron had pulled a 5sec advantage over Derani, but 14sec on Bomarito who occasionally felt some pressure from Castroneves but always seemed to have the pace to ease away. A …Keep reading …

IMSA Mid-Ohio: Acura Team Penske locks out front row

Cameron eventually chiseled his lap time down to 1min10.839sec, a time he all-but replicated with his final flyer, to wind up 0.016sec faster than Castroneves.Best of the rest was Jonathan Bomarito in the #55 Mazda RT24-P who was 0.165sec off the pace and a mere 0.063sec ahead of fastest Cadillac DPi-V.R driver, Pipo Derani in the Action Express Racing entry.Championship leader Ryan …Keep reading …

IMSA Mid-Ohio: Castroneves leads van der Zande in FP2

Castroneves’ Acura ARX-05 lapped the 2.258-mile course in 1min11.395sec, almost two tenths of a second quicker than van der Zande’s Cadillac DPi-V.R, and precisely 0.25sec faster than Dane Cameron in the second Acura.Half a second behind was Pipo Derani of Action Express Racing, ahead of the two Mazda RT24-Ps which were over 0.4sec apart.Sebastien Bourdais was fastest JDC-Miller Cadillac …Keep reading …

IMSA Mid-Ohio: Montoya puts Acura on top in first practice

The #6 Acura ARX-05 of reigning IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar champions Montoya and Dane Cameron lapped the 2.358-mile road course in 1min13.057sec to beat the #31 Cadillac by 0.236sec, while Ricky Taylor was just 0.009sec further back in the second Acura.A late improvement from Harry Tincknell saw him beat Mazda teammate Oliver Jarvis by 0.02sec to land P4, albeit over half a second off the lead …Keep reading …

GM restructures its motorsports operations with two new hires

The internal changes in GM’s racing operations were triggered by the move of Mark Kent, previously GM’s director of motorsports competition, into the role of role of Director, GM Defense Facility Operations.According to a statement provided to Motorsport.com, Kent’s experience in motorsports competition will “support the rapid growth of GM Defense. He will be responsible for …Keep reading …

Jarvis on Mazda: IMSA championship destiny is “in our hands”

Oliver Jarvis and co-driver Tristan Nunez currently lie fifth in the points table, three points behind teammates Harry Tincknell and Jonathan Bomarito and nine behind leaders Ryan Briscoe and Renger van der Zande.There are four rounds left in the 2020 IMSA title battle – two 2hr40min races at Mid-Ohio (this weekend) and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and the endurance events of Petit Le …Keep reading …