• Dec 8th 2008 at 7:01PM
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The current economic climate has only just started to wreak havoc in the motorsports world, with last week's announcements that Honda is pulling out of F1 and Audi is leaving the American LeMans Series. Things are likely to get worse before they get better as other automakers, including those based in Detroit, will almost certainly cut racing programs and budgets.

What won't be affected – at least for now – are Honda's non-F1 endeavors, including its motorcycle programs, the Indy Racing League and the American Le Mans Series. The ALMS and IRL programs are both operated by Honda Performance Development out of Torrance, CA. Unlike the F1 program, the IRL engine program generates revenue from the teams that lease these engines. The Acura ALMS program will definitely continue in 2009 as the team moves up from the LMP2 to the LMP1 class. The big bummer is that Acura won't have any competition from the Audi R10, which is leaving the ALMS next year.

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[Source: F1-Live]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      What more does Bernie and Mad Max need?

      No F1 in North America. No Honduh.
      Soon no Toyota too.

      I'm glad Honda is sticking around in North America. It makes sense for their business and it keeps racing in North America competitive.
      • 6 Years Ago
      IMO, F1 has too much hype nowadays, the real great racing is in Le Mans and other sports car races. Heck, they allow more variations and innovations than F1 does and it's nice to see some resemblence between those on track and those on them roads. And if the pictures of next year's BMW F1 is anything to go by, it is quite an eyesore.
      • 6 Years Ago
      just about every team has had a bad dry spell. but F1 isnt worth competing in anymore, not with all the retarded spec rules now.

      i do wish they had a better series with touring cars.. im tired of seeing the corvette dominating their own class, and the porsches killing everyone in their own class as well. or maybe im just looking for a better marketed racing league with touring cars... im just not a fan of watching speed channel, aside from the fact the channel is buried somewhere in the 300-400s with my cable provider.

      I do miss watching the old school DTM/BTCC cars race... so much action..
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is great that HPD and Wirth Research will continue with non-spec racecars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, Honda sucked eggs in F1 anyway. Total money pit for them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, early on Honda decided to put the '08 season on the backburner and spend its time and money in preparation for '09, letting itself go in '08 because there was no point. It really just makes it even more painful that they are dropping out before the season that they'd actually be doing well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Honda has the right idea. Endurance racing is where its at.... Now lets see an NSX racer!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good to see Honda sticking around in the states with their racing program. There's more money to make here anyway than in F1 which is an endless expense trap with boring races, except for the standing starts or when it rains. ALMS is a very exiciting series, too bad Acura won't be challenging those Audis this year. It should be a great showdown in Sebring against the TDI R15 and possibly the Peguot HDi. Travis, hang in there, this is one of the best motorsport racing out there. I was like you at first when I began watching in 2006 but in 2007, I became more familiar with the teams and classes. Wow! what an exciting series. Better than F1 for sure.

      P.S. - NBC's coverage is the worst and I don't know why IMSA keeps selling them a date.
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