Clarke, Ray Receive Herb Porter Award INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 21, 2006) -- Honda Performance Development President Robert Clarke and Ilmor Engineering Inc.'s Paul Ray were named joint recipients of the 2006 Herb Porter Award Saturday night at...
Clarke, Ray Receive Herb Porter Award
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 21, 2006) -- Honda Performance Development President Robert Clarke and Ilmor Engineering Inc.'s Paul Ray were named joint recipients of the 2006 Herb Porter Award Saturday night at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame's annual banquet in Indianapolis.
The award, named in honor of famed race engine builder Herb Porter, is presented annually to an individual(s) "who, through motivation, technical advancement or other accomplishments, has enhanced the philosophies and goals of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway." Previous recipients of the Porter Award include Penske Racing President Tim Cindric in 2002; and Dean Sicking and Ron Faller, honored for their development of the Steel and Foam Energy Reducing [SAFER] barrier system now in use at many American top-level race tracks, in 2004.
"This is quite an honor," Clarke said. "The sense of history conveyed by Hall of Fame is awe-inspiring. Herb Porter was a legendary engine builder, with an impressive list of accomplishments in the '500' and other racing series from the 1960s onward, unmatched by any other individual. I'm humbled and honored to receive this award."
This year's award was presented to Clarke and Ray for their role in securing Honda's participation in the Indy Racing League and the Indianapolis 500 through 2009, and continuing as sole engine supplier following the decisions of Chevrolet and Toyota to withdraw from IndyCar competition at the end of the 2005 season.
"Providing engines for the entire IndyCar field is a dramatically different role for Honda from that as one competitor in a multi-manufacturer championship," Clarke said. "Certainly, manufacturing and preparing sufficient primary and backup engines for all 33 starters at the Indianapolis 500 is a major effort for the company. We've met this need and look forward to working with the IRL to grow the IndyCar Series in the seasons to come."
In three years of IndyCar racing, Honda, its drivers and teams have compiled an enviable record of achievement. It includes IRL Manufacturers' Championships for Honda in 2004 and 2005; a pair of Indianapolis 500 triumphs (Buddy Rice in 2004 and Dan Wheldon in 2005); two Drivers' Championships (Tony Kanaan in 2004 and Wheldon in 2005); three Rookie of the Year awards (Wheldon in 2003, Kosuke Matsuura in 2004 and Danica Patrick in 2005); and a total of 31 IndyCar Series race victories.
Honda Performance Development (HPD), a subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., is the technical operations center for Honda's high performance racing engines. HPD coordinates Honda's participation in the IRL IndyCar Series, with Ilmor Engineering of Plymouth, Michigan, serving as technical partner in the production and maintenance of the Honda Indy V-8 engines used in the series.