Honda-powered IndyCar racer Simon Pagenaud, winner of this year's IZOD IndyCar Series race in Detroit, will make his “Race to the Clouds” debut later this month, driving a highly modified Honda Odyssey as part of Honda’s record-setting 11-vehicle, nine-class effort at the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
With support from Honda’s North American motorsports and R&D companies–Honda Performance Development and Honda R&D Americas, Inc.–the company will campaign a broad range of Honda and Acura vehicles, motorcycles and ATVs.
Pagenaud will pilot a turbocharged, 500+ horsepower Honda Odyssey, originally developed for competition by associates at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama.
Modifications to the Odyssey include a turbocharged, intercooled 3.5-liter V6 engine; six-speed transmission and limited-slip differential from the Acura TL product line; racing suspension and brakes, including 19-inch BBS wheels equipped with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 tires; and a full competition roll cage.
Pagenaud and his Odyssey will be entered in the “Exhibition” category, as will a Honda CR-Z hybrid sports coupe, driven by Sage Marie from Honda North America, as Honda showcases a diverse range of “fun to drive/ride” products in both car and motorcycle classes.
Other than Pagenaud, the entries will be piloted by Honda associates under the Honda Performance Development (HPD) and Team Honda Research (THR) banners.
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. will serve as Partnering Sponsor of the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the first time the company has participated as a corporate sponsor of this historic event, which celebrates its 91st running on June 30.
In addition, Honda Power Equipment will be supporting race operations, with Honda generators providing electricity and light to the pits and staging area.
For more information, visit hpd.honda.com.