Honda Performance Development Expands Professional Touring Car Program
| Honda Performance Development's production-based racing program continues to grow as the 2012 racing season begins, with customer Honda and Acura teams racing in Touring Car series in both the United States and Canada.
In 2012, drivers and teams will be competing in series ranging from the Grand-Am Continental Tire Challenge Series to Sports Car Club of America Club Racing. In addition, new B-Spec category Honda Fits will be raced in both professional and amateur categories this year. HPD provides components and technical support to teams competing in all of these series - from professional organizations to the smallest club racing teams making their initial forays into motorsports - through the Honda Racing Line.
Developed from the popular 'Showroom Stock' racing series of the 1980s, today's professional North American Touring Car racing series - the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Pirelli World Challenge and Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) - all feature large fields, with fierce competition throughout.
'With the development of the 2012 Honda Civic Si for Touring Car racing and the introduction of B-Spec for both professional and club racing, it's been a very busy off-season for HPD,' said Lee Niffenegger, HPD senior engineer responsible for production-based racing. 'There has been a definite upsurge in interest from both the U.S. and Canada for this year, and we're looking forward to exciting seasons in Grand-Am, World Challenge and Canadian Touring Cars.'
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