French Indycar Racing Star Simon Pagenaud Will Race At Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
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Colorado Springs, June 5----------Honda-powered IndyCar racer Simon Pagenaud of France, winner of Sunday's IZOD IndyCar Series race at the Detroit Grand Prix, and eighth at the Indianapolis 500 two weeks ago, will make his Pikes Peak International Hill Climb debut on June 30 at the 91st edition of the storied race, driving a highly-modified Honda Odyssey in the Exhibition Automobile division as part of Honda's record-setting 11-vehicle, nine-class effort in America's second-oldest motor sports race.

'This is something I'm really looking forward to,' the 29-year-old Pagenaud said of Pikes Peak. 'I've done a little bit of rallying in France, and I used to watch highlights of the Pikes Peak race on television as a kid. Our entry will be unique, to say the least! A Honda Odyssey with power similar to an IndyCar will raise some eyebrows for sure! But with the preparation it is getting from Team Honda Research, it will be a proper race car, and I'm very excited about it.'

Pagenaud, starting in 21st place, finished eighth at this year's Indy 500 behind winner Tony Kanaan, but posted the fastest practice time of the week in the run up to the famed race. He was 16th at Indy in 2012.

A dead ringer for the 'Jean Gerrard' character portrayed by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen in the movie 'Talladega Nights', Simon Pagenaud displays far more genuine talent than his fictional counterpart. He continues his successful association with Honda and HPD as lead driver for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series.

Pagenaud and his Schmidt team put together an outstanding season in 2012, with four podium finishes and fifth in the final championship standings taking him to series Rookie of the Year honors by a wide margin, more than 180 points ahead of his nearest rookie competitor.

Growing up less than 100 miles from Le Mans in the town of Poitiers, France, the racing 'bug' bit Pagenaud early in life, along with a love of athletic endeavors such as skiing, cycling and rowing. He also frequently competes in triathlons.

But Pagenaud's first love is motorsports of all types. He has raced everything from IndyCars and HPD-powered sports prototypes to a Honda Fit B-Spec racer and Honda-powered Formula F. When not at an American race circuit, he can often be found managing his French-based racing school.

With support from Honda's North American motorsports and R&D companies – Honda Performance Development and Honda R&D Americas, Inc. – the company will campaign a broad range of Honda and Acura vehicles, motorcycles and ATVs. Pagenaud will pilot a turbocharged, 500+ horsepower HondaOdyssey, originally developed for competition by associates at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama.

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    Modifications to Pagenaud's Odyssey include a turbocharged, intercooled 3.5-liter V6 engine; six-speed transmission and limited-slip differential from the Acura TL product line; racing suspension and brakes, including 19-inch BBS wheels equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires; and a full competition roll cage.

    The 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year, Pagenaud started sixth in last Sunday's Indy Dual at Detroit and dominated the second half of the 70-lap contest, taking the checkers more than five seconds clear of the field for his first IndyCar Series victory. The win also moved the 29-year-old Frenchman to fifth in the drivers' championship standings after seven of 19 races.

    Pagenaud and his Odyssey will be entered in the 'Exhibition' category on the Peak, as will a Honda CR-Z hybrid sports coupe, driven by Sage Marie from Honda North America, as Honda showcases a diverse range of 'fun to drive/ride' products in both car and motorcycle classes. Other than Pagenaud, the entries will be piloted by Honda associates under the Honda Performance Development (HPD) and Team Honda Research (THR) banners.

    American Honda Motor Co., Inc. will serve as Partnering Sponsor of the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the first time the company has participated as a corporate sponsor of this historic event, which celebrates its 91st running on June 30. In addition, Honda Power Equipment will be supporting race operations, with Honda generators providing electricity and light to the pits and staging area.

    Honda has competed in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on a less ambitious scale in the recent past. In 2011, Honda campaigned a Fit hatchback that was built and piloted by Honda engineers from North America.

    In 2012, the company fielded an Acura NSX powered by an ALMS P2 twin-turbo V6 engine supplied by Honda Performance Development (HPD), and outfitted with an ex-Le Mans body and wide body kit, with support from members of the Ohio-based Honda of America Race Team (HART).

    In prior years, Honda set records in the EV class in 1994 and 1999 with the Honda EV Plus. This year also marks the return of advanced Honda EV technology to America's second-oldest race, in the form of a 2012 Honda Fit EV.

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