• Jul 28, 2009


Following BMW's move into providing factory racing parts for amateurs, if you're a licensed racer in a Honda, you can now buy racing products directly from the Big Red H. Honda Performance Development is making the move into privateer support by opening Honda Racing Line, a membership portal that will "include and array of products and services for Honda and Acura customers who compete in amateur and professional racing."

You can buy parts once you become a member of Honda Racing Line. To do that, you need to show membership in a nationally recognized sanctioning body, and you need to show race results – actual finishes – from two races in the past year. Get over those hurdles, and your name could join those of Andretti-Green and Patron Highcroft in the hall of legends. You can check out the full press release after the jump.


[Source: Honda]

PRESS RELEASE

Honda Performance Development, Inc. Launches Grassroots Motorsports Initiative
Will Develop Products, Services for Amateur, Lower-Level Professional Racers

07/24/2009 - ELKHART LAKE, Wis. - Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD), the authorized Honda and Acura auto racing company in North America, today announced a new automotive initiative targeted at expanding its presence in the grassroots motorsports market.

The broad-based initiative will include the development of products and services that support competition in the amateur and entry-level professional ranks, and will also include integrated marketing activities designed to raise the profile of Honda Racing and HPD.

"For many years, Honda enthusiasts have campaigned our products in racing series throughout the U.S.," said Erik Berkman, President of Honda Performance Development. "On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Honda brand in the United States, we are pleased to announce that we will now support those efforts directly, by introducing products and services geared toward helping our customers fulfill their racing dreams."

The new program will ultimately include an array of products and services for Honda and Acura customers who compete in amateur and professional racing. These products include both original equipment parts and racing-performance parts.

To launch its new grassroots initiative, HPD will operate the Honda Racing Line, a club targeted at licensed participants in amateur and entry-level professional racing. The Honda Racing Line will provide its members with a direct connection to Honda Performance Development and its unparalleled record of success at the pinnacle levels of motorsport.

This channel to factory support, which will offer Honda Racing Line members the opportunity to purchase racing-performance parts for expedited delivery, has not existed previously.

"Thousands of our customers are racing Hondas or Acuras today with a need for regular access to parts," Berkman noted. "A market has clearly been established for a service like the Honda Racing Line. We are pleased to provide that service, and look forward to expanding the roster of benefits and services available to Honda Racing Line members."

Competitors may register for the Honda Racing Line club and gain access to the parts catalogue through a website portal, HondaRacingLine.com . Additional Racing Line membership benefits will be announced as they are developed.

HPD's new grassroots motorsports initiative also supports the fans of grassroots racing through an integrated marketing plan, focusing on fan identification with the Honda Racing brand through merchandise sales and additional services.

Specific details regarding other components of the new grassroots motorsports initiative will be announced throughout the year.

Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD) is the factory-authorized Honda and Acura racing company within North America. Founded in 1993, and located in Santa Clarita, Calif., HPD is the technical operations center for Honda and Acura's highperformance racing cars and engines. In addition to its grassroots motorsports participation, HPD is the single engine supplier to the IndyCar Series and competes in prototype sports-car racing under the Acura banner in the American Le Mans Series.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Sounds good.

      I wonder if honda powered cars count, because that's what i've been prepping my mini for...
      • 5 Years Ago
      and in the midst of this honda president says bye-bye to rear-wheel drive? yeah.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Perhaps you should check out the results for the RealTime Acura team. Their cars have always been at the top end of the competition.

        RWD has its advantages, and for most enthusiasts its the preferred way to go. But a properly setup FWD car can still be very competitive.

        Anyway, the bottom line... the more support available to amateur racing the better. So a big nod to Honda.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Jens -- *Equally* prepared, it wouldn't even be close.

        In any competition class that combines the types, the WrongWD cars are usually given preparation advantages while the RWD cars are given weight penalties to keep the cars even. Take away those and there is no contest.

        Doesn't mean they aren't fun or fast, just means they aren't as fast as similar RWD cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BMW and Honda owners will enjoy this, and it's a smart and long-overdue move for both companies.

      MAZDASPEED Motorsports (formerly Mazda Competition Parts) has been providing competition parts and stock parts at dealer cost to grassroots racers for at least 20 (30?) years. Combined with some seriously fun cars, it's no wonder Mazda absolutely dominates amateur motorsports in the USA.

      As they say in their ads in (appropriately) Grassroots Motorsports Magazine: "On any given weekend, more Mazdas are road-raced than any other car."
      • 5 Years Ago
      YAY! Something exciting from honda!
      • 5 Years Ago
      BLEH

      Honda,

      Just focus on your LAWNMOWER business oh yea and ASIMO.