Honda Performance Development to fund karting champions

SAFEisFAST partner Honda Performance Development (HPD) is helping to boost the career of up-and-coming karting racers.

One of the initiatives supported by HPD gives the next SuperKarts USA S1 class champion financial assistance to make the transition into the inaugural Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Pro Racing Formula 4 US Championship series in 2016.

HPD has teamed up with SCCA Pro Racing and Crawford Composites to assist the S1 champion make the next step in their racing career by providing discounts to help with the cost of an F4 car and its engine, as well as the series’ entry fee.

The winner will receive a $3,500 discount towards an F4 chassis, a series entry fee waiver to the value of $6,000 and an F4 engine lease, which is provided by HPD, worth $6,600.

As the awards package was announced, Robert Clarke, President of SCCA Pro Racing, said: “The fundamental premise of the F4 program is to create the opportunities to develop that next generation of racers. From our strict cost controls to our driver-development efforts, the F4 US Championship is focused on accessibility, affordability, and competitive racing.”

“This awards package is another example of how HPD endeavours to support the grassroots racing community,” said Jeff Barrow, HPD’s commercial motorsports manager. “Many of the great Honda racers got their starts in karting, and we see this as a natural bridge between the two series.”

“SKUSA is pleased to have a cooperative alliance with SCCA Pro Racing and the F4 United States Championship,” said Tom Kutscher, owner and CEO of SuperKarts USA. “Both entities represent the premier organisations in their respective circles, and Superkarts USA is pleased to provide the platform for young talent to flourish. For those interested in pursuing a career in motorsport, or those looking to continue in karting, we couldn’t be more pleased.”

The awards take immediate effect with the order of the Crawford F4 chassis, the signing of the Honda F4 engine lease agreement and a commitment to the full 2016 SCCA Pro F4 championship program, which consists of 15 total races at five venues, beginning with the inaugural race weekend at Lime Rock Park on 27-28 May. For more information on the F4 US Championship, click here.

Published on 02 December 2015 at 01:00PM by , tags , , , , , , ,

From the Bottom to the Top: Honda’s Racing Ladders

One of the classic issues aspiring drivers face is picking the correct racing ladder through which they progress their career. It’s not always clear which series a racer should aim to progress to next or even where that move will allow them to go in seasons to come. Honda is striving to change that.

The brand’s racing division, Honda Performance Development (HPD), is developing a linear path for racers to follow to the pinnacle of the sport, with clear progressions for open wheel, short track and closed wheel drivers.

In an in depth article on HPD personnel explain how they’ve created three Honda-oriented paths that give a clear route from karts, quarter midgets and saloon cars all the way up to Indy Car and prototype sports cars.

They also layout the benefits of Honda’s involvement at every step of the ladder and explain that it is possible for a driver to never have to move away from the brand’s cars and equipment from motor sport’s grass roots to the top of the racing world.

The idea behind the scheme is to try to keep the barriers to entry to professional motors port at a reasonable level. By creating a linear and clear path to follow and by being able to rely upon the support of a single manufacturer along the way, Honda believe they can help many aspiring achieve their goal of reaching the upper echelons of motor sport.

Learn more about HPD’s racing ladders here:

Published on 11 March 2015 at 11:19AM by , tags , , , ,