Sportscar 365 Article: Three Cars for LA Honda World at Daytona
LA Honda World Racing powered by LAP Motorsports will field three new Honda Civic Type-R TCRs for the Michelin Pilot Challenge season-opener at Daytona next weekend.
Former series champion Mike LaMarra and veteran Mat Pombo will continue with the No. 73 on their new Honda TCR, as the pairing look to continue the streak of success that culminated with victory last year in ST class competition.
Tom O’Gorman will team up with Shelby Blackstock, who is returning to IMSA competition in the No. 37 car, while Max Faulkner and Colin Mullan will share the No. 52 Honda TCR after battling each other in ST lat year.
“What a way to celebrate LAP Motorsports’ 10th anniversary,” said team principal Luis Perocarpi. “To have our road race program competing at the highest level in the US, in IMSA on their 50th anniversary, it couldn’t be any more exciting.
“With all the new manufacturers and teams entering the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR championship, it will be the most competitive racing in the country.
“We have put a significant amount of effort into our transition from ST to TCR and we have assembled a very strong driver lineup. We know it won’t be easy but every single team member is ready for the new challenge.”
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.
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. www.lahondaworldracing.com
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 www.hpd.honda.com