|Honda Powers the IZOD IndyCar Series
The start of a new decade marks the introduction of IZOD as title sponsor for the IndyCar Series in 2010, and Honda?s seventh year of participation in North America's premier open-wheel racing category. It also will be the fifth consecutive year in which the manufacturer supplies the entire IZOD IndyCar Series field with Honda Indy V-8 engines Honda joined the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2003, competing against General Motors and Toyota. Over the next three seasons, Honda-powered drivers and teams posted a total of 28 race wins, including the 2004 and '05 Indianapolis 500s.
"Providing reliable, equal engines for the entire IZOD IndyCar field is a major task for our associates," said HPD President Erik Berkman." It provides numerous challenges, not only for HPD, but for several departments at American Honda as well. We take a great deal of pride in the effort put forth by all of our associates, and the results are demonstrated in engines that combine equal performance with amazing reliability."
In seven years of IndyCar competition, Honda drivers and teams have compiled an unmatched record of achievement. They include IRL Manufacturers' Championships for Honda from 2004-2009; six Indianapolis 500 triumphs (Buddy Rice in 2004, Wheldon in 2005, Sam Hornish, Jr. in 2006, Dario Franchitti in 2007, Scott Dixon in 2008 and Helio Castroneves in 2009); six consecutive Drivers Championships (Tony Kanaan in 2004, Wheldon in 2005, Hornish Jr. in 2006, Franchitti in 2007 and 2009; and Dixon in 2008); seven Rookie of the Year awards (Wheldon in 2003, Matsuura in 2004, Patrick in 2005, Marco Andretti in 2006, Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2007, Hideki Mutoh in 2008 and Raphael Matos in 2009); and a total of 94 IndyCar Series race victories.
In 2006, Honda marked its 100th open-wheel race victory at Richmond International Raceway, a string of triumphs in both Championship Auto Racing Team and IndyCar competition that began with Andre Riberio's victory at New Hampshire International Speedway (a CART event) in 1995. The company's 100th IZOD IndyCar Series victory will come, fittingly enough, at this year's Indianapolis 500.