· Retro livery on #37 car pays homage to 1974 Honda Civic race car
· Celebrates 45 years of Honda Civic racing in closed-course competition
· Civic Type R TCR comes to Mid-Ohio with two wins in two races
SANTA CLARITA, CA. (May 2, 2019) – Celebrating 45 years of Honda Civic road racing in the U.S., the L.A.Honda World/LAP Motorsports team is debuting a “throwback” livery on its #37 Civic Type R TCR for this weekend’s IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge race at Mid-Ohio.
Recreating the look of the 1974 Honda Civic raced by “Honda Bob” Boileau, the current-spec Honda Civic Type R TCR, driven by Shelby Blackstock and Tom O’Gorman, is wrapped in metallic silver with back accents, while keeping the current series and sponsor logos.
In 1974, Bob Boileau, an early American Honda associate, took a new Civic 1200 and built the first American Honda race car, eventually winning six SCCA GT5 championships.
“Honda’s automotive racing legacy in the U.S. began with the 1974 Civic,” said John Whiteman, Manager, HPD Commercial and Customer Motorsports. “And that legacy remains as strong as ever, thanks to the success of the Civic Type R TCR and Civic Si race cars running this year”.
The Civic Type R TCR was developed by Honda partner JAS Motorsport in Italy and is available in race-ready condition through HPD. The race car features the latest developments in Touring Car competition, including a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine tuned to produce 340 horsepower. Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed, paddle-operated sequential gearbox. The Type R is fitted with a race-tuned suspension and anti-roll bar package, along with an aggressive, aerodynamic body kit that accentuates the performance-based styling of the Civic Type R.
“With Mid-Ohio being one of my favorite tracks,” noted Shelby Blackstock, Co-driver, Car #37, “I am very excited to get the weekend started in the #37 L.A. Honda World/LAP Motorsports Honda Civic Type R! We’ve had a very strong start to the year, so we are hoping to keep the streak alive!”
The highly successful 2018 season for the Civic Type R TCR not only demonstrated the outright performance capabilities of the car, but also reliability and quality, as it experienced no mechanical-related failures during the 12-race season, despite intense competition from a variety of manufacturers.
“With two wins already this year, I’m really stoked about getting to my home track to compete in this car,” said Tom O’Gorman, co-driver of the #37 race car. “It’s been a dream to progress through the Honda racing ladder, having raced the Honda Fit, Civic Si, and now, this amazing race car.”
Full specifications and ordering information are available at https://hpd.honda.com/Articles/Touring/TCR-Sales-Information