Honda Performance Development, Inc. Wins Second Consecutive NTT Manufacturer’s Championship


(Monterey, CA) The 2019 NTT Indy Car Season of the NTT Indy Car Series, officially, began on March 10th, 2019.  In total, there were 17 racing events that, made up the 2019 season.  NTT is the title sponsor.  On January 15th, 2019 the new agreement went into effect.  The title sponsorship agreement is a multiple year deal.  Additionally, NTT is the acronym of a Japanese corporation.  The official name is Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, NTT.  Honda Performance Development, Inc. (H.P.D.), is a subsidiary of the American Honda Motor Company.  The aforementioned business was established in the year 1993.  Recently, Honda Performance Development, Inc. announced that, the 2019 NTT Indy Car Season has been concluded.  Specifically, the aforementioned business revealed that, it has won its second consecutive Manufacturer’s Championship.  The previous occurred, at the NTT Indy Car Series Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.  The speedway or circuit was, the Weather Tech Raceway Laguna Seca. 
            The Weather Tech Raceway Laguna Seca, which hosted the NTT Indy Car Series Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey, is a 2.238 mile (3.602 km) course.  Additionally, it is located in Monterey County, California U.S.A.  However and returning to; Honda Performance Development, Inc., the aforementioned has its headquarters office in Santa Clarita, California U.S.A.  Additionally, this is also where Honda’s American Motorsports Programs are housed.  The latter, do involve technical operations, design and development.  For the most part, race engines and chassis are designed and built here.  The destiny of these race engines and chassis is actual, auto racing.  The Indy Car Series, American Le Mans Series (A.L.M.S.), Le Mans Series (L.M.S.), FIA World Endurance Championship (W.E.C.) and the I.M.S.A. Sports Car Championship are the series where the actual auto racing occurs.  As previously said, the 2019 NTT Indy Car Season has been concluded.  The 2020 season will start on March 15th, 2020.  The location will be the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.  The latter, is located in the State of Florida, U.S.A. 
            Returning to, the 2019 NTT Indy Car Series Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey, the aforementioned was concluded in the following way.  Driver Colton Herta won the racing event.  Driver Scott Dixon won third place.  Driver Felix Rosenqvist finished in fifth place, and, won Rookie of the Year.  Driver Alexander Rossi finished in sixth place.  As it concerns, Honda Performance Development, Inc. (H.P.D.) the previous racing results mean the following.  First, it means that Herta’s win at the 2019 NTT Indy Car Series Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey, is Honda Performance Development’s eighth of the 2019 NTT Indy Car Season.  Second, the previously stated racing results earn H.P.D., a Manufacturer’s Championship.  Third, it is also H.P.D.’s second consecutive NTT Indy Car Series Manufacturer’s Championship.  Fourth and finally, it is the eighth time in its history, in which it has won the previously stated championship title. 
            Colton Herta of Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda, did release a press statement.  Through a press statement, driver Colton Herta said the following.  “It was a tough race.  I was either getting hounded by Dixon, or Pagenaud, or Power the whole time, so they definitely didn’t make it easy on me.  But yeah, happy to kind of put together what we had in Portland and learn from our mistakes of the tire-wear issues and go forward with it.  Whenever you win an IndyCar race, it has to be a perfect race.  You can’t really make mistakes and get away with it, just because there’s always two or three other guys on that day that can win.  For sure, there were a few guys that could win today, and we just outdid them.  We had the pace on them, and we were definitely the best today, so we definitely deserved to win.”  Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, did release a press statement.  Through a press statement, driver Scott Dixon said the following.  “The car was by far better on the ‘Red’ [alternate, softer compound] Firestone tires than the black primaries.  There was a ton of tire degradation, and it kind of threw us for a loop.  It’s a great result for [primary sponsor] PNC Bank; great for Honda winning the Manufacturer title; and great for [teammate] Felix [Rosenqvist] for the Rookie title.  It was a hard-fought battle with Simon [Pagenaud] at the end, and I hope it was a good show as we haven’t been back at Laguna Seca for some time.” 
            Felix Rosenqvist of Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, did release a press statement.  Through a press statement, driver Felix Rosenqvist said the following.  “Today was exciting, with [fellow rookie] Colton [Herta] starting P1 and us in 14th for the Rookie battle.  He led almost every lap.  We managed to pass a ton of cars and executed perfectly.  It’s well-deserved for all the NTT DATA guys on a season-long effort.  I think I used a lot of anger from yesterday to move forward [in the race].  It was a great way to finish the season and I can’t wait until next year with this team.”  Alexander Rossi of Andretti Autosport Honda, did release a press statement.  Through a press statement, driver Alexander Rossi said the following.  “I think the ‘blacks’ [harder compound primary tires] were much friendlier for us, which was unfortunate because we started on the used [softer compound] ‘reds.’  We made the decision to go opposite of the two cars in front at the start because we knew we were ultimately racing them.  We took a gamble.  We were pretty committed to trying to do something different, and if we ended up third swinging, it was better than just being complacent and coming home second.  It was a risk that didn’t pay off, unfortunately, but yeah, it was—it just wasn’t meant to be.” 
            To end, Honda Performance Development, Inc. (H.P.D.) did release a press statement.  Ted Klaus is the President of Honda Performance Development, Inc.  Through a press statement, Mr. Klaus said the following.  “This award is shared equally by all of our associates at Honda Performance Development.  It is through their unstinting efforts that we now get to share this award with them.  I also want to thank all of our partner teams, each of which contributed to our successful title defense.  A win today from our youngest driver, and newest team, helps demonstrate the overall depth of the Honda Racing effort and bodes well for the future.  We were fortunate to have multiple promising rookies as part of our IndyCar program this year, so congratulations to Felix Rosenqvist for becoming Rookie of the Year.  Thanks to Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon for again taking the title chase down to the final race of the season, and to all of our drivers for their commitment to excellence.”  As previously stated, Honda Performance Development, Inc. recently announced that, the 2019 NTT Indy Car Season has been concluded.  Specifically, the aforementioned business revealed that, it has won its second consecutive Manufacturer’s Championship.  The previous occurred, at the NTT Indy Car Series Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.  Lastly, the speedway or circuit was, the Weather Tech Raceway Laguna Seca. 

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09/25/2019

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