AutoWeek Article - L.A. Honda World Takes 1 - 2 Finish in Michelin Pilot Challenge Season Opener

January 26, 2019

“In the TCR class, side-by-side battles between competing manufacturers became the norm over the course of the four-hour race, but it was Honda and L.A. World Racing that took the top spot. Crossing the stripe first  was the No. 37 Honda Civic TCR of Tom O’Gorman and Shelby Blackstock,  one of three entries for the team.

“The hardest part was to stay  out of trouble, keep your wits about you, keep the car underneath us,  because these guys were racing so hard,” said O’Gorman. “It was really  easy to get caught up in all of it, the GS guys and the TCR guys. If  you’d have told me this yesterday that we would be standing here, I  wouldn’t have believed you. We worked really hard overnight, the L.A.  Honda World guys did an amazing job. The race was really challenging and  we just kind of checked ourselves until the end and we found ourselves  in the lead and it came to us.”

For O’Gorman, Friday’s victory is  his third in the series in only seven races contested since joining the  series midway through 2018. Meanwhile, the victory caps off a  triumphant return to the Michelin Pilot Challenge for Blackstock, whose  last race in the series came in 2014.”

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Part of the HRC program, L.A. Honda World Racing is the official race team of L.A. Honda World, a factory-authorized Honda dealership in the Los Angeles suburb of Downey, CA.

For more information about the drivers and team, visit L.A. Honda World Racing on the web at  and

About L.A. Honda World Racing

L.A. Honda World Racing is an in-house professional racing team based in Southern California and participates in the SRO / TC America  racing series exclusively racing touring cars built by HRC. They are also a factory authorized Honda dealer for American Honda Motor Co.

About Honda Racing Corporation US

Honda Racing Corporation US, (HRC), has a rich heritage creating, manufacturing, and supporting Honda Racing and Acura Motorsports customers. From pinnacle racing in Formula 1, INDYCAR, and IMSA Sports Cars to commercial racing programs, HRC powers the dreams of professional and amateur racers from age 4 to 40+. HRC leads all of Honda and Acura's high-performance racing programs in North America. HRC specializes in the design and development of powertrain, chassis, electronics, and performance parts, as well as technical and race support. HRC offers parts and race support to Honda and Acura amateur and professional motorsports racers and is continually expanding its palette of racing programs that make Honda racing products available to all racing styles, from karting and Quarter Midgets to the highest levels of pro racing. For more information, visit

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