Honda Drivers Dominate on Iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The SCCA National Championship Runoffs®, the pinnacle of amateur road racing, took over the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway the week of September 23 thru October 1. Among the record setting 1000 entries in the event, the largest event ever held at IMS, were a myriad of Honda and Acuras. These amateur racers, given the rare opportunity to race a track typically reserved solely for professionals, made Honda fans proud as many of our beloved Honda racecars ended atop the podium after the checkered flag flew.
After a week of testing, tuning, and qualifying, each of the 28 SCCA national classes battled it out in a one-race, winner-take-all showdown around the 15-turn, 2.592-mile road course that culminated on those famous Indy finish line bricks.
Saturday Races: 24 Honda and Acura drivers represented in GT3, EP, P1 and the packed STL class, where Honda swept the podium!
Sunday Races: GTL and STU were the final two classes representing Honda Racing, and Honda took home the win in both of them.
In total, the Honda Racing team at the 2017 SCCA Runoffs concluded the week with four National Championships and 11 podium finishes. STL winner Adam Roberts was quoted after his win: “Honda powered my dreams today.”
Civic Body-in-White Program
In addition to providing race support under the Honda Racing/Honda Performance Development tent throughout the week of the Runoffs, Honda is making it easier than ever for amateur racers to get in on the action. The 2017 Civic Body-in-White program allows teams to build a new race car without having to tear apart an existing production vehicle.
Kevin Boehm, driver of the green #9 STU Civic, built his competition car through the program. In fact, the #9 is one of the first Civic racecars to house the new Type R engine. His team had to wait until late in the season after the Type R powertrain had been released and became legal in STU to begin competing. They started with the Civic Si Body-in White, “Then it was a simple modification to add the Type R engine as it uses the same mounts as the Si motor. But with the new Type R under the hood instead, the overall horsepower increased from 200 with the Si to over 300.”
The HPD program also provides a full line of performance parts (engines, transmissions, suspensions, and brakes, for example) needed for any Honda or Acura competition race car. More information is available at Honda Racing Line.
Photos and Videos
Herb Chambers Honda of Seekonk was thrilled to have representatives from our dealership on site at this year’s Runoffs to catch all the action. Photos and video highlights were shared throughout the week via our Twitter account. If you missed any of it, go back and check it out. Then follow us to ensure you don’t miss any Honda news in the future.