TORONTO, ON (April 28, 2014) – Move Motorsports Management (Canadian formula car series promoters) and Honda Performance Development jointly announced today a contingency agreement of the growing Toyo Tires F1600 Championship.
“We are very thrilled to make this announcement today,” stated series promoter Jason Sharpe. “Our relationship with Honda Performance Development has been a huge catalyst for the series’ growth and stability over the last couple of seasons. They work closely with our Series Officials to ensure we are on the cutting edge of technology and have created a contingency program that is unprecedented in Canada at this level of the sport,” he added.
With more than 120 Honda Formula 1600 engines sold to racers in the United States and Canada, Honda Performance Development has played a major role in the revitalization of North American Formula 1600 competition over the last four years.
“We are very excited to see how the Toyo Tires Formula 1600 series has progressed,” stated Jeff Barrow, Manager Motorsports, Commercial Division at HPD. “We at Honda Performance Development are committed to supporting the series with our technical support and contingency programs.”
The 1.5-liter HPD L15A7 became eligible for SCCA Formula 1600 competition in 2010, introducing a modern racing engine to the category while strengthening Formula 1600’s historic position as the first step in open-wheel racing.
Developed from the current Honda Fit passenger car, introduced in 2009, the L15A7 engine in Formula 1600 form provided open-wheel racers with a modern, fuel-injected design offering superior reliability, service life, increased availability and lower operating costs compared to the category’s traditional engines.
Founded in 1993, Honda Performance Development (HPD) is the technical operations center for high-performance Honda racing cars and engines, and operates at race circuits around the world from its headquarters in Santa Clarita, California. HPD offers a line of race engines for track applications from karting and Quarter Midgets up to Indy cars and prototype sports cars; and showcases “fun to drive” products for professional, amateur and entry-level efforts.
Launched in 2009, the Honda Racing Line is a program targeted at licensed participants in sanctioned amateur and entry-level professional racing. The Honda Racing Line was formed to provide its members with a direct connection to Honda Performance Development and its unparalleled record of success at the highest levels of motorsport. For more information about HPD and to register for the Honda Racing Line, please visit http://hpd.honda.com.
The Toyo Tires F1600 Championship, sanctioned by CASC – Ontario Region, is the premiere open wheel road racing series based in Ontario. It features technologically advanced formula cars, close wheel-to-wheel action and is recognized as the ultimate place to launch a young driver’s racing career. The Series competes at world-class facilities including Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Calabogie Motorsport Park and will be showcased at the 2014 Honda Indy Toronto.
More information on this partnership can be found by contacting:
SERIES CONTACT: Jason Sharpe, (416) 557-5451 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter: @jasonsharpe
HPD Contact: Jeff Barrow, (661) 702-7845 or JBarrow@hra.com