Honda to enter Ridgeline in off-road events

Ridgeline Racing To Tackle Baja ORANGE, Calif. (March 1, 2006) The Honda Ridgeline, voted Truck of the Year by both the North American International Auto Show and Truck Trend magazine, will tackle the demands of SCORE off-road...

Ridgeline Racing To Tackle Baja

ORANGE, Calif. (March 1, 2006) The Honda Ridgeline, voted Truck of the Year by both the North American International Auto Show and Truck Trend magazine, will tackle the demands of SCORE off-road racing and the harsh environment of Baja California in 2006, starting with the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250, March 10-12.

Coming on the heels of a class victory in last year's Henderson 400, Gavin Skilton and his California Race and Rally organization will again lead the Ridgeline Racing effort in 2006. Competing in the International Stock Mini Truck class, the Orange, California-based team will focus on the three SCORE events taking place in Baja this season.

By conforming to stock class regulations, Skilton and his CaRR team utilize the stock Honda Ridgeline platform, with only limited modifications permitted to the suspension and engine, in addition to required safety-related items such as the roll cage, radios, H.I.D. auxiliary lighting and fire suppression system. The CaRR Ridgeline runs on 33-inch B.F.Goodrich tires specifically designed for the demands of off-road racing.

The competition Ridgeline has been developed by CaRR with additional input from engineers at American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

"Competing in Baja is an excellent test for the Ridgeline, and one we feel confident will demonstrate the full capabilities of Honda's new pickup," Skilton said. "Limiting ourselves to the Stock Mini Truck category will prove the quality of construction and off-road abilities of the Honda design, as demonstrated by our victory last year at the Henderson 400. This year, our goal is to win in Baja."

A winning competitor in off-road racing, CaRR has previous class victories in both the Baja 500 and 1000, and has also competed in the famed Dakar Rally and the cross-continent Australian Safari Rally. The Honda Ridgeline project debuted in the Experimental Truck category at the 2005 Baja 1000, followed by a class victory in the Henderson 400 in December. <pre> California Race and Rally 2006 Schedule Highlights:

Date                     Event
March 10-12              Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250
June 2-4                 Tecate SCORE Baja 500
November 15-18           Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, Ensenada to La Paz

-honda-

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