Honda Scores 50th Cart Victory

1/2/2001 6:16:12 AM

Mid-way through the 2000 racing season, Honda secured the 50th champ car victory since the manufacturer entered CART (Championship Auto Racing Teams) FedEx Series competition at the start of 1994.

Honda powered CART drivers have won on all four types of race tracks that make up the CART series: high-banked super-speedways, short ovals, permanent road courses and temporary street circuits. The 50 wins contributed to Honda's three CART Manufacturer's Championships ('96, '98 and '99); four consecutive Driver's Titles (Jimmy Vasser in '96, Alex Zanardi in '97-98 and Juan Montoya in '99); and three Rookies of the Year (Zanardi in '96, Tony Kanaan in '98, and Juan Montoya in '99).

Last year was another record breaker for Honda racing: its third CART Triple Crown Championship, 14 race victories, and Juan Montoya claiming both the driver's and rookie titles contributed to Honda's success.

Since joining Championship Car racing six and a half years ago, no other car company has matched Honda's performance record. This season at press time Honda was leading the CART Manufacturer's Championship.

Continuing on CART's success, after a seven year absence, Honda entered its third era of F1 participation in 2000 with British American Racing (BAR) and drivers Jacques Villeneuve (1997 F1 World Championship) and Ricardo Zonta. Honda dominated F1 competition in 1988 with 15 wins in 16 races.

BAR Honda, located in Great Britain, will receive Honda developed F1 engines. Honda and BAR will be involved in chassis development, with Honda taking the lead in new technology fields, including chassis management systems.

Honda's successes in the CART and F1 Series' are a continuation of the company's early accomplishments in motorsports. Company founder and visionary, Soichiro Honda, believed in the importance of racing as a key component in the development, testing and growth of the new technology and as a training ground for engineers.