Dixon Leads Honda Podium Sweep at Mid-Ohio

  • Scott Dixon scores second victory of 2019, sixth career Honda Indy 200 victory
  • Felix Rosenqvist fills out 1-2 for Chip Ganassi Racing
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay completes 1-2-3 sweep for Honda’s sixth win of 2019

The “Master of Mid-Ohio”, Scott Dixon, scored his sixth Honda Indy 200 victory Sunday, dominating the middle stage of the 90-lap contest and then holding off teammate Felix Rosenqvist on fading tires in the closing laps, taking the checkers by the narrow margin of 0.0934 seconds. Ryan Hunter-Reay completed a 1-2-3 sweep for Honda, finishing third, and his Andretti Autosport teammate Alexander Rossi closed to within 16 points of championship leader Josef Newgarden with a fifth-place finish.

Starting eighth on the hard-compound Firestone “Black” sidewall tires, Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing team was one of only three to successfully execute a two-pit-stop strategy.  Not pitting until Lap 30, Dixon then ran the soft-compound “Red” sidewall tires to build a massive 12.5-second lead on the field by Lap 50.  However, his team elected to run a second set of Red tires for the third and final stint of the race, and Dixon’s lead began to shrink rapidly in the final 15 laps.

In the closing laps, Dixon had to deal with both a group of lapped cars attempting to unlap themselves, and rapidly closing rivals Rosenqvist, Hunter-Reay and Newgarden.  On the final lap, Dixon and Rosenqvist made light contact in Turn 2, while Hunter-Reay and Newgarden had harder contact exiting the corner, sending Newgarden into the gravel trap and a 11th-place finish.  Rosenqvist continued to challenge his teammate throughout the rest of the lap, but came up just short at the finish.  Still, second-place is his best finish in his rookie IndyCar Series season and his first podium result.

Hunter-Reay survived the last-lap contact with Newgarden to finish third, his second podium of the year and first since the Circuit of the Americas.  While not figuring in the battle for the win, Rossi’s fifth-place finish was his 10th top-five result of 2019, as he continues to battle Newgarden for the IndyCar Drivers’ Championship.

A large crowd, including approximately 10,000 Honda associates from multiple central Ohio Honda facilities, filled the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio road circuit as the 90-lap race ran caution-free for the second year in succession.

Social media content and video links from this weekend’s IndyCar Series action from the Honda Indy 200 are available on the HPD Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD) channels.  Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, YouTube video packages can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.

Next
The NTT IndyCar Series now takes two weeks off before the final super-speedway race of the 2019 season, the August 18 ABC Supply Co., Inc., Pocono 500, at the unique, 2.5-mile tri-oval Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA.

Quotes
Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started eighth, finished first, second win of 2019, 46th career IndyCar win, sixth win at Mid-Ohio: “Oh man, that was crazy.  I feel a little bit bad for [teammate] Felix [Rosenqvist], we had to put some moves on him for sure during the last few laps. I had nothing else I could do. If I wasn’t his teammate, I think he’d had me off!  But a lot of respect there.  But Felix is going to have a ton of wins [in his career].   We went too aggressive running a second set of [softer, alternate Firestone] ‘Reds’, but they held up at the end.  Huge credit to the PNC team and Honda.  They did a phenomenal job strategy-wise and making the car better for the race.  This really helps our run for the championship, so just really proud we got it done today.”

Felix Rosenqvist (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started sixth, finished second, best finish in rookie IndyCar Series season, first podium finish: “Chip [Ganassi, team owner] lets us race [for the win], and that was the right thing to do.  That was a good couple of [final] laps there.  First, I had to get through the lapped traffic, and then I had to get to Scott [Dixon].  There was a little bit of a misunderstanding on the last lap, and we touched a little bit, but we raced hard and fair for the last couple of corners.  I almost got him there, but in the end it’s a fantastic podium for Chip Ganassi Racing”

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport Honda) Started tenth, finished third to complete Honda 1-2-3 podium sweep: “We were really pushing hard there at the end, and to see how quickly we were closing on [Scott] Dixon and [Felix] Rosenqvist, I thought, man, this could go anybody’s way. Amazing strategy from this #28 DHL Honda team. We were closing in on these guys. Obviously, congrats to Ganassi [Racing]. They ran a great race, good strategy, and we were closing on them, but just came up a little bit short.  If we keep knocking on the door like that, we’ll win plenty. It was nice to just get back on form where we should be.”

Ted Klaus (President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s Honda IndyCar Series win at Mid-Ohio: “What a great day for Honda Racing worldwide.  On top of this morning’s thrilling Formula One victory, we had a heart-stopping 1-2-3 sweep here at the Honda Indy 200, our second IndyCar Series podium sweep of the season.  We appreciate the great turnout and support from all of our Ohio-based associates today; and sincerely hope that all Honda associates share our joy and pride in these successes.”

NTT IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200
Circuit:               Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (2.258-mile road course) Lexington, Ohio
2017 Winner:    Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport) 116.957 mph average
Weather:           Mostly sunny, breezy, hot, 86 degrees F

Top-10 Race Results:

Fn. St. Driver       Team Manufacturer Laps Notes
  1.   8. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 90 115.837 mph average
  2.   6. Felix Rosenqvist-R Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 90 +0.0934 seconds
  3. 10. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda   90  
  4.   1. Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 90  
  5.   2. Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Honda   90  
  6.   4. Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 90  
  7. 13. Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 90  
  8.   7. Colton Herta-R Harding Steinbrenner Honda   90  
  9. 15. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 90  
10.   9. Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing Honda 90  

Other Honda Results

11.   5. Sebastien Bourdais DCR with Vasser-Sullivan Honda   90 Running
12. 14. Santino Ferrucci-R Dale Coyne Racing Honda   90 Running
15. 19. Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda   89 Running
19. 17. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda 89 Running
21. 20. Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Honda   90 Running
22. 11. James Hinchcliffe Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda 87 Running
23.   5. Marcus Ericsson-R Arrow Schmidt Peterson Honda   2 Did not finish – contact

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2020 Honda Pilot Launches with New Line-Topping Black Edition Trim

  • New Black Edition adds exclusive exterior and interior styling enhancements
  • Honda Sensing® standard on all trim levels, plus available HondaLink with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, CabinTalk™ and CabinControl™ app
  • Honda i-VTM4® torque-vectoring all-wheel drive available on all trims

Fresh from a thorough style and technology update for model year 2019, the 2020 Honda Pilot begins arriving in dealerships tomorrow with the addition of a new Black Edition trim. Positioned at the top of the Pilot lineup and with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) of $49,620, the new Black Edition features exclusive styling touches that distinguish it from the rest of the Pilot family.

The 2020 Pilot Black Edition is based on the Elite trim and features numerous exterior and interior styling enhancements. Like the similar Honda Ridgeline Black Edition, the Pilot Black Edition comes exclusively in Crystal Black Pearl paint and includes Black Edition badges on the grille and tailgate. Pilot Black Edition also includes black-painted 20-inch alloy wheels, and blackout treatments for the grille, headlight trim, side trim, door handles, window trim and fog light accents. Inside, there is red accent lighting for the dash, doors and center console, with red accent stitching on the front and second row captain’s chairs, door panels and steering wheel. The Black Edition logo is embossed on front seats and floor mats, and the front and second-row seats also get a red accent to the perforated leather seating surface.

The 2020 Pilot LX with standard 2-wheel drive carries a starting MSRP of $31,550 (excluding $1,095 destination and handling) and comes with the full suite of Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive systems as standard equipment. The all-wheel drive Pilot LX carries a starting MSRP of $33,550 and adds Honda’s exclusive i-VTM4® torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system.

The aggressive new styling introduced to Pilot last year emphasizes its capabilities while highlighting the state-of-the-art technology and family-friendly character that has made it one of the most popular midsize three-row SUVs. Pilot also remains one of the few models in its segment to offer eight seats (seven with the optional second-row Captain’s Chairs), with available three-person capacity in both the second and third rows. Third row access is made simple and easy by the available One-Touch Walk-In feature. In addition to standard Honda Sensing, technology highlights include an available 8-inch touchscreen Display Audio system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility, CabinTalk™ in-vehicle public address system, wireless smartphone charging, and a hands-free power tailgate. Touring, Elite and Black Edition trims feature 4G LTE in-vehicle Wi-Fi capability/compatibility, enabling expanded subscription-based HondaLink® services that include Amazon Key In-Car Delivery2, geo-fencing and speed alerts for parents of teen drivers, a stolen vehicle locator, enhanced roadside assistance, automatic collision notification, remote start, and even personal concierge services.3

The 2020 Pilot’s robust off-road and all-weather driving capabilities are assisted by Honda’s available intelligent Variable Torque Management system (i-VTM4®) with true torque-vectoring. Standard on all AWD trims, i-VTM4® uses an electronically-controlled, hydraulically-actuated rear differential to apportion engine torque between the front and rear axles, and dynamically distribute torque between the left and right rear wheels. The benefits are superior all-weather handling, and neutral, accurate steering under power.

2020 Pilot Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

TRIM / DRIVETRAIN TRANSMISSION MSRP1 MSRP4
Including $1,095 Destination
Charge
EPA Fuel Economy Ratings 
(City/Hwy/Combined)5
Pilot LX (2WD) 6AT $31,550  $32,645  19 / 27 / 22 
Pilot LX (AWD) 6AT $33,550  $34,645  18 / 26 / 21 
Pilot EX (2WD) 6AT $34,430  $35,525  19 / 27 / 22 
Pilot EX (AWD) 6AT $36,430  $37,525  18 / 26 / 21 
Pilot EX-L (2WD) 6AT $37,860  $38,955  19 / 27 / 22 
Pilot EX-L (AWD) 6AT $39,860  $40,955  18 / 26 / 21 
Pilot EX-L w/ Navi & Rear Entertainment System (2WD) 6AT $39,860  $40,955  19 / 27 / 22 
Pilot EX-L w/ Navi & Rear Entertainment System (AWD) 6AT $41,860  $42,955  18 / 26 / 21 
Pilot Touring
(2WD)
9AT $42,620  $43,715  20 / 27 / 23 
Pilot Touring
(AWD)
9AT $44,620  $45,715  19 / 26 / 22 
Pilot Touring w/ Rear Captain’s Chairs
(2WD)
9AT $42,920  $44,015  20 / 27 / 23 
Pilot Touring w/ Rear Captain’s Chairs
(AWD)
9AT $44,920  $46,015  19 / 26 / 22 
Pilot Elite
(AWD)
9AT $48,120  $49,215  19 / 26 / 22 
Pilot Black Edition
(AWD)
9AT $49,620  $50,715  19 / 26 / 22 

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2018, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

For More Information
Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of all 2019 Honda models is available at hondanews.com. Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com. To join the Honda community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/honda.

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2020 Honda Pilot Launches with New Line-Topping Black Edition Trim

  • New Black Edition adds exclusive exterior and interior styling enhancements
  • Honda Sensing® standard on all trim levels, plus available HondaLink with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, CabinTalk™ and CabinControl™ app
  • Honda i-VTM4® torque-vectoring all-wheel drive available on all trims

Fresh from a thorough style and technology update for model year 2019, the 2020 Honda Pilot begins arriving in dealerships tomorrow with the addition of a new Black Edition trim. Positioned at the top of the Pilot lineup and with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) of $49,620, the new Black Edition features exclusive styling touches that distinguish it from the rest of the Pilot family.

The 2020 Pilot Black Edition is based on the Elite trim and features numerous exterior and interior styling enhancements. Like the similar Honda Ridgeline Black Edition, the Pilot Black Edition comes exclusively in Crystal Black Pearl paint and includes Black Edition badges on the grille and tailgate. Pilot Black Edition also includes black-painted 20-inch alloy wheels, and blackout treatments for the grille, headlight trim, side trim, door handles, window trim and fog light accents. Inside, there is red accent lighting for the dash, doors and center console, with red accent stitching on the front and second row captain’s chairs, door panels and steering wheel. The Black Edition logo is embossed on front seats and floor mats, and the front and second-row seats also get a red accent to the perforated leather seating surface.

The 2020 Pilot LX with standard 2-wheel drive carries a starting MSRP of $31,550 (excluding $1,095 destination and handling) and comes with the full suite of Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive systems as standard equipment. The all-wheel drive Pilot LX carries a starting MSRP of $33,550 and adds Honda’s exclusive i-VTM4® torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system.

The aggressive new styling introduced to Pilot last year emphasizes its capabilities while highlighting the state-of-the-art technology and family-friendly character that has made it one of the most popular midsize three-row SUVs. Pilot also remains one of the few models in its segment to offer eight seats (seven with the optional second-row Captain’s Chairs), with available three-person capacity in both the second and third rows. Third row access is made simple and easy by the available One-Touch Walk-In feature. In addition to standard Honda Sensing, technology highlights include an available 8-inch touchscreen Display Audio system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility, CabinTalk™ in-vehicle public address system, wireless smartphone charging, and a hands-free power tailgate. Touring, Elite and Black Edition trims feature 4G LTE in-vehicle Wi-Fi capability/compatibility, enabling expanded subscription-based HondaLink® services that include Amazon Key In-Car Delivery2, geo-fencing and speed alerts for parents of teen drivers, a stolen vehicle locator, enhanced roadside assistance, automatic collision notification, remote start, and even personal concierge services.3

The 2020 Pilot’s robust off-road and all-weather driving capabilities are assisted by Honda’s available intelligent Variable Torque Management system (i-VTM4®) with true torque-vectoring. Standard on all AWD trims, i-VTM4® uses an electronically-controlled, hydraulically-actuated rear differential to apportion engine torque between the front and rear axles, and dynamically distribute torque between the left and right rear wheels. The benefits are superior all-weather handling, and neutral, accurate steering under power.

2020 Pilot Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

TRIM / DRIVETRAIN TRANSMISSION MSRP1 MSRP4
Including $1,095 Destination
Charge
EPA Fuel Economy Ratings 
(City/Hwy/Combined)5
Pilot LX (2WD) 6AT $31,550  $32,645  19 / 27 / 22 
Pilot LX (AWD) 6AT $33,550  $34,645  18 / 26 / 21 
Pilot EX (2WD) 6AT $34,430  $35,525  19 / 27 / 22 
Pilot EX (AWD) 6AT $36,430  $37,525  18 / 26 / 21 
Pilot EX-L (2WD) 6AT $37,860  $38,955  19 / 27 / 22 
Pilot EX-L (AWD) 6AT $39,860  $40,955  18 / 26 / 21 
Pilot EX-L w/ Navi & Rear Entertainment System (2WD) 6AT $39,860  $40,955  19 / 27 / 22 
Pilot EX-L w/ Navi & Rear Entertainment System (AWD) 6AT $41,860  $42,955  18 / 26 / 21 
Pilot Touring
(2WD)
9AT $42,620  $43,715  20 / 27 / 23 
Pilot Touring
(AWD)
9AT $44,620  $45,715  19 / 26 / 22 
Pilot Touring w/ Rear Captain’s Chairs
(2WD)
9AT $42,920  $44,015  20 / 27 / 23 
Pilot Touring w/ Rear Captain’s Chairs
(AWD)
9AT $44,920  $46,015  19 / 26 / 22 
Pilot Elite
(AWD)
9AT $48,120  $49,215  19 / 26 / 22 
Pilot Black Edition
(AWD)
9AT $49,620  $50,715  19 / 26 / 22 

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Insight, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan.

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2018, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

For More Information
Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of all 2019 Honda models is available at hondanews.com. Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com. To join the Honda community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/honda.

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Acura Provides All Access Look into the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC)

“Inside PMC” is an all-access pass to one of the world’s most advanced manufacturing facilities and home of the second-generation Acura NSX supercar

In a new video released today, Acura offers a comprehensive, behind-the-scenes look into its Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, the home of the NSX.

“Inside PMC” is the latest in a series of videos on the innovations and performance capabilities of the NSX, which began with the release of “NSX, 30 Years of Performance” at this year’s Chicago Auto Show, where Acura marked 30 years since the debut of the iconic supercar, followed most recently by “Face-off: Acura NSX vs NSX GT3 Evo,” highlighting the similarities between the production NSX and race-bred NSX GT3 Evo.

 

From its inception, the PMC was designed to innovate both the means and the methods of producing low-volume specialty vehicles by marrying the precision of advanced technology with the artistry of human craftsmanship1. “Inside PMC” presents some of the Performance Manufacturing Center’s most advanced and ingenious approaches to making a supercar, including its unique body construction method, world-class painting system, meticulous vehicle assembly process and total quality validation process, as well as the exclusive NSX Insider Experience for owners.

Precision Crafted Performance the PMC Way

Numerous qualities distinguish the PMC:

  • Ultimate Body Accuracy: PMC is the first plant in the world to utilize 100-percent robotic MIG welding for body construction, using eight robots to apply 860 MIG welds to the aluminum-intensive space frame with ultimate precision, to produce a highly accurate body with tolerances measurable down to the width of a human hair.
  • Inventive Technologies: PMC associates are responsible for the development of seven patented and four patent-pending technologies, a number of which were inspired by racing, including a novel 45-minutes process for exacting wheel alignment, a 4-corner weight and ride height check, and a dynamic 4-wheel braking performance measure.
  • In-house Validation: To ensure the pristine condition of NSX, each vehicle is performance-validated through a sophisticated series of measures within the walls of PMC, and its engine is bench tested to the equivalent of 150 break-in miles at the company’s Anna, Ohio, engine facility, such that every NSX is track-ready without ever having been driven on the street.
  • Ultimate Configurability: just like a race shop where items are moved around by hand, PMC has no conveyor belts or other automated parts delivery systems. This allows for maximum flexibility within the plant to accommodate different types of vehicles and new approaches to achieving ultimate quality for the customer.
  • Incredible Paint Quality: Andaro Paint is Acura’s most lustrous paint and among the highest quality finishes on any vehicle anywhere. Painting an NSX takes five days and creates a finish up to 17 millimeters thick, 3-times more than an average production car.
  • Quality You Can Track: Nearly every one of the NSX’s bolts is fastened initially by hand to avoid cross threading, and then torqued to exacting tolerances using wirelessly connected wrenches that validate and record every fastener’s setting in perpetuity, as a part of the specific vehicle’s build data.
  • Handmade Performance: Each NSX engine is hand assembled by a single master builder, within a bespoke production facility at the company’s nearby Anna, Ohio, engine plant. The Anna plant also manufactures the NSX’s six aluminum frame nodes, which utilize a world’s first ablation casting method to deliver both rigidity for performance and ductility for crash energy absorption.
  • Race Car Repair: The PMC produces the space frame for the NSX GT3 Evo race car. While nobody likes a crash, in racing, it’s bound to happen. In such cases the PMC repairs and rebuilds customer GT3 race cars, sometimes in as little as 2-3 days, to ensure Acura Motorsports customers are ready to go when the green flag drops.
  • Sharing the Dream: It was always Acura’s dream to share the passion and craftsmanship of the PMC team with more Acura customers. That dream came true with the July 2019 launch of the 2020 TLX PMC Edition, painstakingly finished, hand assembled and quality checked by the same master technicians that build the Acura NSX supercar. Only 360 lucky customers will get their hands on one.

About Acura
Acura delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of exceptional quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six Acura models sold in North America are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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Verstappen Wins as Honda Earns Double Podium in Germany

Kvyat scores first podium for Toro Rosso since 2008
Verstappen earns second win of 2019, 7th of career
Albon finishes career-best sixth for Toro Rosso

Sunday’s Formula 1 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim had more plot twists than a Quentin Tarantino movie but in the end, Honda fashioned its best weekend in 27 years as Max Verstappen stormed to a win while Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat placed third to put two Hondas on the podium for the first time since the 1992 Portugal GP.

Pre-race rains ramped up the difficulty on the standing start, and the day became a high-speed chess match from there as teams and drivers dealt with conditions that fluctuated between wet and dry, often without warning. But weather was just the appetizer for a full-course meal that included four safety-car periods, two championship leaders crashing on their own and a 360-degree Danny Sullivan-esque spin by a race winner that made five pit stops!

Verstappen made the first of his stops after just two laps to change to the intermediate tires to accommodate a drying track, which lasted until he pitted on Lap 18 for medium slicks that he hoped would last the remainder of the race. The call was a tough one for the Dutchman, who spun on the harder compound before going back to the intermediate tires as the rains reappeared at the race’s halfway point.

Toro Rosso’s Alex Albon was running in the rain for the first time in his F1 career and the rookie was a strong fourth through the middle stages of the race. His teammate Kvyat benefitted from a gutsy pit call after Nico Hulkenberg brought out the third safety car with 24 laps to go, becoming one of the first runners to switch to slick tires to navigate a drying track. The Russian, who had just celebrated the birth of his first child not 24 hours earlier, used the slick Pirellis to march through the field, passing Lance Stroll to take the second spot.

At this point, all four of the Honda-powered entries were running in the top seven, including holding down the top-two positions. But as a final act, Valtteri Bottas brought out the safety car with a trip into the frontstretch fence, bunching the field for a sprint over the final five laps. The restart put Gasly within reach of Albon, leading to heartbreak for the Frenchman, who hit Albon while trying to pass him for sixth and had to retire with damage.

The restart also put Kvyat within range of Sebastien Vettel, who passed Stroll and Kvyat, demoting Kyvat to third – where he would earn Toro Rosso’s first podium finish since 2008. Albon continued after his contact and finished a career-best sixth.

The teams have just a day or two to celebrate as the series head to Hungary this weekend for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

 

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Verstappen Wins as Honda Earns Double Podium in Germany

Kvyat scores first podium for Toro Rosso since 2008
Verstappen earns second win of 2019, 7th of career
Albon finishes career-best sixth for Toro Rosso

Sunday’s Formula 1 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim had more plot twists than a Quentin Tarantino movie but in the end, Honda fashioned its best weekend in 27 years as Max Verstappen stormed to a win while Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat placed third to put two Hondas on the podium for the first time since the 1992 Portugal GP.

Pre-race rains ramped up the difficulty on the standing start, and the day became a high-speed chess match from there as teams and drivers dealt with conditions that fluctuated between wet and dry, often without warning. But weather was just the appetizer for a full-course meal that included four safety-car periods, two championship leaders crashing on their own and a 360-degree Danny Sullivan-esque spin by a race winner that made five pit stops!

Verstappen made the first of his stops after just two laps to change to the intermediate tires to accommodate a drying track, which lasted until he pitted on Lap 18 for medium slicks that he hoped would last the remainder of the race. The call was a tough one for the Dutchman, who spun on the harder compound before going back to the intermediate tires as the rains reappeared at the race’s halfway point.

Toro Rosso’s Alex Albon was running in the rain for the first time in his F1 career and the rookie was a strong fourth through the middle stages of the race. His teammate Kvyat benefitted from a gutsy pit call after Nico Hulkenberg brought out the third safety car with 24 laps to go, becoming one of the first runners to switch to slick tires to navigate a drying track. The Russian, who had just celebrated the birth of his first child not 24 hours earlier, used the slick Pirellis to march through the field, passing Lance Stroll to take the second spot.

At this point, all four of the Honda-powered entries were running in the top seven, including holding down the top-two positions. But as a final act, Valtteri Bottas brought out the safety car with a trip into the frontstretch fence, bunching the field for a sprint over the final five laps. The restart put Gasly within reach of Albon, leading to heartbreak for the Frenchman, who hit Albon while trying to pass him for sixth and had to retire with damage.

The restart also put Kvyat within range of Sebastien Vettel, who passed Stroll and Kvyat, demoting Kyvat to third – where he would earn Toro Rosso’s first podium finish since 2008. Albon continued after his contact and finished a career-best sixth.

The teams have just a day or two to celebrate as the series head to Hungary this weekend for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

 

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Honda to Offer Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery for Eligible HondaLink® Remote Services Subscribers

  • Key by Amazon allows Honda customers with Amazon Prime memberships in 50 cities and surrounding areas to securely receive deliveries in their vehicles
  • Enhanced ownership benefits through HondaLink® Remote Package
  • Available on select trims of Accord, Accord Hybrid, Insight, Passport, Pilot and Odyssey

Starting today, Honda is offering Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery service for subscribers of its HondaLink® Remote Services connected-car system. Through the Key by Amazon app, owners of select Honda vehicles with compatible HondaLink®Remote Package and Amazon Prime membership can now opt to have their packages delivered to their vehicles.

“The addition of Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery to our HondaLink Remote Package of in-vehicle services comes at no additional cost to subscribers, yet another way we are creating new value for Honda customers,” said Daniel Tiet, project leader, connected business development for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “This latest addition to HondaLink provides a new service, heightening the Honda owner experience in this increasingly connected world.”

How Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery Works

Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery is available at no additional cost to owners of select trims of Accord, Accord Hybrid and Insight sedans, Passport and Pilot SUVs, and Odyssey minivan with a HondaLink® Remote Package subscription. Customers must also be Prime members and located in one of 50 cities and surrounding areas supported by the Key service. For more information on supported locations, please visit Amazon.com/keyforcar.

Members download the Key by Amazon app to their smartphone, log-in with their Amazon.com account information, and then select the year, make, and model of their Honda. The Key by Amazon app requests the user’s HondaLink® credentials, which enables Amazon delivery agents limited use of the remote features through HondaLink®. Once setup is complete and a delivery location is registered, customers can shop on Amazon.com and select the “In-Car” delivery option at checkout.

On delivery day, customers should park within two blocks of their selected delivery address. Customers will receive a 4-hour delivery window and an “Arriving Now” notification when the delivery driver is headed to their vehicle. Once Amazon determines that the customer’s car is within range of the delivery address, the driver will locate the car using its GPS location. After the vehicle is identified, the driver scans the package and requests for the vehicle to be unlocked. The driver then places the package inside the car and requests for the vehicle to be relocked. Once the in-car delivery is completed, customers receive a notification from the Key by Amazon app letting them know that their car is locked and their package is waiting inside.

For a limited time, Amazon customers will receive a $10 Amazon gift card after placing their first In-Car Delivery order.

Honda Models Available with Key by Amazon In-Car

Model Trim Model Years
Accord Touring 2018-2019
Accord Hybrid Touring 2018-2019
Insight Touring 2019-2020
Odyssey Touring and Elite 2018-2019
Passport Touring and Elite 2019
Pilot Touring and Elite 2019

HondaLink®

HondaLink® is Honda’s cloud-based connected car system, which links owners’ compatible smartphones and data packages to their Honda’s embedded telematics system. The subscription-based HondaLink® system works any time the phone and the vehicle both have a data connection, and allows Honda owners a wide range of features and functionality. Basic and Link services are complimentary, with Security, Remote and Concierge services available for an additional charge after a trial period.

The addition of Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery expands the already robust capabilities of the smartphone-based HondaLink®service and app, offering a wide variety of complementary services, such as the ability to make service appointments, get roadside assistance, and receive recall and vehicle notifications directly on the driver’s smartphone. Additional HondaLink services available on a subscription basis include geofencing and speed alerts for parents of teen drivers, a stolen vehicle locator, enhanced roadside assistance, automatic collision notification, remote start, and even personal concierge services.1

HondaLink® Services by Package1

Basic (Complimentary)
Vehicle Guides
Recall Notifications
Service Appointments
Roadside Assistance
Link (Complimentary)
Dashboard
Vehicle Notifications
Favorites
Send Destination
Security ($89/year after 12-month complimentary period)
Automatic Collision Notification
Emergency Call
Personal Data Wipe
Enhanced Roadside Assistance
Remote ($110/year after 3-month trial)
Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery (new service)
Remote Start
Remote Lock & Unlock
Geofence Alert
Speed Alert
Security Alarm Alert
Stolen Vehicle Locator
Find My Car
Destination by Voice
Concierge* ($260/year after 3-month trial)
Personal Concierge
*Includes Remote package

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Honda to Offer Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery for Eligible HondaLink® Remote Services Subscribers

  • Key by Amazon allows Honda customers with Amazon Prime memberships in 50 cities and surrounding areas to securely receive deliveries in their vehicles
  • Enhanced ownership benefits through HondaLink® Remote Package
  • Available on select trims of Accord, Accord Hybrid, Insight, Passport, Pilot and Odyssey

Starting today, Honda is offering Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery service for subscribers of its HondaLink® Remote Services connected-car system. Through the Key by Amazon app, owners of select Honda vehicles with compatible HondaLink®Remote Package and Amazon Prime membership can now opt to have their packages delivered to their vehicles.

“The addition of Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery to our HondaLink Remote Package of in-vehicle services comes at no additional cost to subscribers, yet another way we are creating new value for Honda customers,” said Daniel Tiet, project leader, connected business development for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “This latest addition to HondaLink provides a new service, heightening the Honda owner experience in this increasingly connected world.”

How Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery Works

Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery is available at no additional cost to owners of select trims of Accord, Accord Hybrid and Insight sedans, Passport and Pilot SUVs, and Odyssey minivan with a HondaLink® Remote Package subscription. Customers must also be Prime members and located in one of 50 cities and surrounding areas supported by the Key service. For more information on supported locations, please visit Amazon.com/keyforcar.

Members download the Key by Amazon app to their smartphone, log-in with their Amazon.com account information, and then select the year, make, and model of their Honda. The Key by Amazon app requests the user’s HondaLink® credentials, which enables Amazon delivery agents limited use of the remote features through HondaLink®. Once setup is complete and a delivery location is registered, customers can shop on Amazon.com and select the “In-Car” delivery option at checkout.

On delivery day, customers should park within two blocks of their selected delivery address. Customers will receive a 4-hour delivery window and an “Arriving Now” notification when the delivery driver is headed to their vehicle. Once Amazon determines that the customer’s car is within range of the delivery address, the driver will locate the car using its GPS location. After the vehicle is identified, the driver scans the package and requests for the vehicle to be unlocked. The driver then places the package inside the car and requests for the vehicle to be relocked. Once the in-car delivery is completed, customers receive a notification from the Key by Amazon app letting them know that their car is locked and their package is waiting inside.

For a limited time, Amazon customers will receive a $10 Amazon gift card after placing their first In-Car Delivery order.

Honda Models Available with Key by Amazon In-Car

Model Trim Model Years
Accord Touring 2018-2019
Accord Hybrid Touring 2018-2019
Insight Touring 2019-2020
Odyssey Touring and Elite 2018-2019
Passport Touring and Elite 2019
Pilot Touring and Elite 2019

HondaLink®

HondaLink® is Honda’s cloud-based connected car system, which links owners’ compatible smartphones and data packages to their Honda’s embedded telematics system. The subscription-based HondaLink® system works any time the phone and the vehicle both have a data connection, and allows Honda owners a wide range of features and functionality. Basic and Link services are complimentary, with Security, Remote and Concierge services available for an additional charge after a trial period.

The addition of Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery expands the already robust capabilities of the smartphone-based HondaLink®service and app, offering a wide variety of complementary services, such as the ability to make service appointments, get roadside assistance, and receive recall and vehicle notifications directly on the driver’s smartphone. Additional HondaLink services available on a subscription basis include geofencing and speed alerts for parents of teen drivers, a stolen vehicle locator, enhanced roadside assistance, automatic collision notification, remote start, and even personal concierge services.1

HondaLink® Services by Package1

Basic (Complimentary)
Vehicle Guides
Recall Notifications
Service Appointments
Roadside Assistance
Link (Complimentary)
Dashboard
Vehicle Notifications
Favorites
Send Destination
Security ($89/year after 12-month complimentary period)
Automatic Collision Notification
Emergency Call
Personal Data Wipe
Enhanced Roadside Assistance
Remote ($110/year after 3-month trial)
Key by Amazon In-Car Delivery (new service)
Remote Start
Remote Lock & Unlock
Geofence Alert
Speed Alert
Security Alarm Alert
Stolen Vehicle Locator
Find My Car
Destination by Voice
Concierge* ($260/year after 3-month trial)
Personal Concierge
*Includes Remote package

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Henderson, Lamb Run Fourth at Lime Rock Park

  • Brian Henderson, Todd Lamb finish fourth for Honda at Lime Rock Park
  • Ryan Eversley, Chad Gilsinger recover from pit penalty to finish fifth
  • Honda continues to lead TCR Manufacturers’ Championship after six of 10 rounds 

A tough day for Honda drivers and teams Saturday saw the Atlanta Speedwerks duo of Brian Henderson and Todd Lamb contend for a podium finish, but ultimately fade to fourth in the closing laps of the Lime Rock 120 MICHELIN Pilot Challenge at Lime Rock Park.

Starting third, Henderson kept his Honda Civic Type R TCR in third throughout much of his opening stint in the two-hour contest, then pitted near the one-hour mark to hand the driving duties over to Lamb. A late-race caution resulted in most of the front runners to make a second pit stop for fresh tires, but Atlanta Speedwerks elected not to stop in order to gain track position. However, the strategy failed to pay off as Lamb fell from second to fourth in the closing laps.

Two-time race winners this season, Shelby Blackstock and Tom O’Gorman started fourth in their LA Honda World Racing Honda Civic Type R TCR, but were forced to pit on Lap 74 when a fire in the engine bay resulted in significant under-hood damage, ending their race and seeing their Drivers’ Championship lead disappear. Race winners Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis now lead the title chase, with a 10-point margin over O’Gorman and Blackstock in second. However, Honda continues to hold a four-point lead in the TCR Manufacturers’ Championship over Audi after six of 10 rounds.

In the HART Honda, Chad Gilsinger qualified fifth and completed an uneventful opening stint, but the team was penalized for a pit infraction during their first stop, dropping them well down the order. A strong recovery drive from co-driver Ryan Eversley, including pitting for four new tires during the caution period, saw Eversely regain the lead lap and recover to finish fifth.

Next

The MICHELIN Pilot Challenge next travels to the classic Road America circuit in central Wisconsin for the August 3 two-hour Road America 120. The race can be streamed live on IMSA.tv with IMSA Radio commentary.

MICHELIN Pilot Challenge Lime Rock Park 120

Circuit: Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, CT
Weather: Mostly sunny, hot, 92 degrees F

Top Five TCR, Honda Race Results:

Ps. Drivers Team Chassis Laps/Notes
1. Mark Wilkins / Michael Lewis Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster N TCR 123 laps
2. Michael Johnson / Stephen Simpson JDC Miller Motorsports Audi RS3 LMS TCR +3.325
3. Mason Filippi / Harry Cottsacker Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster N TCR
4. Brian Henderson / Todd Lamb Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic Type R TCR
5. Chad Gilsinger / Ryan Eversley HART Honda Civic Type R TCR
6. Colin Mullan / Max Faulkner LA Honda World Honda Civic Type R TCR
12. Tom O’Gorman / Shelby Blackstock LA Honda World Honda Civic Type TCR Did not finish

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Hawaiian Charter Group Wing Spirit Commits to Purchasing 15 HondaJets

Honda Aircraft Company announced today that Hawaiian charter group Wing Spirit has purchased a total of 15 HondaJets to support inter-island transportation in the Hawaiian Islands.

With the initial deliveries to Wing Spirit taking place earlier this month, the HondaJet Elite became the first light jet to enter service in Hawaii. A newly-established aviation group, Wing Spirit will use its HondaJets to provide luxury inter-island transportation throughout the Hawaiian Islands. They are also exploring using HondaJets as air ambulances and for aviation education opportunities. The aircraft serving as air ambulances will be outfitted with custom medevac configurations, marking the first time this design has been implemented in the HondaJet program’s history.

“Wing Spirit’s purchase of 15 aircraft to operate throughout the Hawaiian Islands is a realization of our goal to expand the world’s business jet market. Prior to the HondaJet’s entry into service in the region, no other light jet had operated in Hawaii,” said Honda Aircraft Company president and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “We are confident the HondaJet’s efficiency, comfort and best-in-class performance are well-suited to Wing Spirit’s mission to revolutionize business aviation in the region.”

Sal Miwa, Wing Spirit’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, added, “When deciding how we could best provide convenient and luxurious transportation to the residents and tourists in Hawaii, the HondaJet was a natural choice. We are thrilled to expand our fleet to 15 HondaJets and for our customers to experience the most technologically advanced jet in its class. ”

The most delivered aircraft in its class for two consecutive years, the HondaJet fleet is comprised of more than 125 aircraft around the globe. Currently, Honda Aircraft Company sales and service network spans North America, Europe, Middle and South America, Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East, India and Japan.

About the HondaJet Elite

The HondaJet Elite is the fastest, farthest and highest-flying plane in its class. The HondaJet Elite incorporates Honda Aircraft’s many technological innovations, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) nose and wing and composite fuselage. These advancements contribute to the aircraft’s superior performance, unparalleled efficiency and maximized fuselage space, making the aircraft’s cabin the largest in its class. The HondaJet Elite cabin features a full service galley, a private lavatory with optional belted seat and an exclusive Bongiovi sound system. The aircraft sets the gold standard in safety and human-machine interface technology with an ergonomically designed cockpit and enhanced customized Garmin® G3000 avionics suite. Honda Aircraft continues to be committed to the improvement of lives through personal mobility while living in a sustainable society. The HondaJet Elite remains significantly more fuel efficient and emits less greenhouse gases than all other similarly sized twin-engine business jets. Certified for single pilot operation, the HondaJet Elite continues to live up to the company’s reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.

About Honda Aircraft Company

Honda Aircraft Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft’s world headquarters is located in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda’s longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.

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