Honda Canada Becomes Official Car Sponsor/Supplier Of Mosport International Raceway Sponsorship highlights Honda's motorsport activities in Canada TORONTO (April 12, 2004) -- Honda Canada Inc. today announced it would become the Official Car...
Honda Canada Becomes Official Car Sponsor/Supplier Of Mosport International Raceway
Sponsorship highlights Honda's motorsport activities in Canada
TORONTO (April 12, 2004) -- Honda Canada Inc. today announced it would become the Official Car Sponsor and Vehicle Supplier of Mosport International Raceway, located just north-east of Toronto. The racetrack will also be home to four races for the Honda / Michelin Challenge Series (HMCS), making a return in 2004 to Canadian "grass-roots" racing after a 12-year hiatus.
"Mosport International Raceway has a long history in Canadian motorsports dating back to 1960," said Kalim Ansari, Executive Vice President of Honda Canada Inc. "Becoming the official car sponsor of Mosport was a logical extension of Honda's equally long history in automobile and motorcycle competition both in Canada and the world."
As part of the agreement, Honda will provide Mosport with two pace cars, one pursuit car and two rapid response vehicles to support world-class racing events.
The Mosport track sponsorship adds to Honda's support of motorsport activities in Canada. Honda Canada is a major sponsor and primary vehicle supplier to the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix to be held June 11-13 in Montreal.
Canada will host numerous race events in which Honda-powered drivers and riders will compete. In addition to the return of the Honda / Michelin Challenge Series, the B*A*R Honda Formula One team will travel to the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix. Drivers Jenson Button and Takuma Sato will pilot their B*A*R Honda 006 car equipped with the RA004E Honda V10 engine to continue their strong performance in the 2004 season.
HMCS competitors will also race in Honda Civics on the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit as a warm up to the main Formula One event. The Grand Prix stop will be one of the 10 races scheduled in Ontario and Quebec.
Honda's history of racing extends beyond automobiles. Honda's first motorsport competition was with a Honda motorcycle in 1954 in the Isle of Mann TT race -- six years after Honda Motor Co. was established in Japan.
"Since that very first race, Honda has developed a strong dedication to motorcycle racing, and it can be seen to this day in Canada," said Mr. Ansari.
In addition to the Mosport and Canadian Grand Prix sponsorship, Honda supports the Canadian National Motocross Series and is the Title Sponsor of the August 14-15 Canadian Grand National Championship in Walton, Ontario.
Current and three-time Canadian Champion Jean-Sebastien Roy (JSR) will be back with the Honda Canada Blackfoot Racing team to defend the 250 Pro Class Number-1 plate in the Canadian Motocross Series. Teammate and current Number-2 plate holder, Damon Huffman, will also be back. In 2003, JSR and Huffman won 15 of the possible 16 competitions racing the Honda CR250R competition off-road bike.
Motorcycle road racing also remains in focus as former Canadian Superbike Champion Jordan Szoke joins the Honda Canada team for 2004. Szoke, joined by second rider Andrew Nelson, will pilot the all-new CBR1000RR in the Superbike class and the CBR600RR in the Hindel Pro 600 Sport Bike class.
"With such a wide variety of Honda-powered vehicles racing in Canada, we are looking forward to an exciting race season this year," said Mr. Ansari.
<pre> 2004 HONDA / MICHELIN CHALLENGE SERIES Preliminary Schedule
April 16 Shannonville Motorsport Park (optional test day) May 23 Mosport International Raceway June 12 Grand Prix du Canada Gilles Villeneuve Circuit June 20 Mosport International Raceway July 4 Shannonville Motorsport Park (double race) August 1 Trois Rivieres Circuit August 8 American Le Mans Series Mosport International Raceway September 26 Mt. Tremblant Circuit October 3 Mosport International Raceway
* One additional race to be confirmed in Quebec