Derek Bell on the High Banking at Daytona International Speedway

January 21, 2019

This Friday, January 25, 2019, L.A. Honda World Racing will takeoff from the starting line for the first stint in the 2019 Michelin Pilot Challenge with IMSA.

The first race is an endurance challenge at Daytona International Speedway. Endurance challenges are four hours long and test the cohesion and stability of a team in addition to their performance.

One of the factors that makes following race seasons so interesting is that each race is done on a different track, and each track possesses it’s own personality and challenges.

Daytona International Speedway is largely famous for the high banking. The natural inclination of a driver is to slow down after coming off of a straight-a-way and hitting a curvature (turn) in the track. At Daytona, however, this natural instinct could cost you the race. The high banking in Daytona is designed in a way in which you must utilize gravity and the gas pedal (acceleration) on the vehicle to keep traction and speed throughout the whole of the turn!

Watch the video above to hear legendary racer Derek Bell share his experiences with Daytona International Speedway. Then, check out the photo below of L.A. Honda World’s own Tom O’Gorman (Blue #37) hitting the Daytona banking preparing for our upcoming race!

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Part of the Honda Performance Development 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.

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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 and IMSA racing series exclusively racing touring cars built by Honda Performance Development. They are also a factory authorized Honda dealer for American Honda Motor Co.

About Honda Performance Development

Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD), has a rich heritage creating, manufacturing, and supporting Honda Racing and Acura Motorsports customers since 1993. From pinnacle racing in INDYCAR and IMSA Sports Cars to commercial racing programs, HPD powers the dreams of professional and amateur racers from age 4 to 40+. HPD is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and leads all of Honda and Acura's high-performance racing programs in North America. HPD specializes in the design and development of powertrain, chassis, electronics, and performance parts, as well as technical and race support. HPD 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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