Le Mans Prototypes

MAGICAL MONZA FOR TOYOTA GAZOO Racing

Monday, July 19, 2021 - 9:08am

TOKYO, July 19, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - TOYOTA GAZOO Racing extended its 100% winning record with the new GR010 HYBRID Hypercar thanks to a hard-earned victory in an enthralling 6 Hours of Monza, the third round of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

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  • TOKYO, July 19, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - TOYOTA GAZOO Racing extended its 100% winning record with the new GR010 HYBRID Hypercar thanks to a hard-earned victory in an enthralling 6 Hours of Monza, the third round of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
  • With that result, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing extends its lead in the manufacturers' World Championship to 30 points over Alpine.
  • "It has been a positive day for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing; congratulations to the #7 car and also our colleagues in the World Rally team for their victory in Rally Estonia.
  • But it is better we had a day like this here in Monza rather than at Le Mans.

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Motivated for Monza

Monday, July 12, 2021 - 9:03am

TOKYO, July 12, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - TOYOTA GAZOO Racing aims to maintain its 100% winning Hypercar record this week when the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) returns to Italy for the first time in nearly 30 years for the 6 Hours of Monza.

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  • TOKYO, July 12, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - TOYOTA GAZOO Racing aims to maintain its 100% winning Hypercar record this week when the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) returns to Italy for the first time in nearly 30 years for the 6 Hours of Monza.
  • TOYOTA GAZOO Racing heads to Monza leading both World Championships following an exciting start to the season.
  • But that will change in Monza, when a limited number of spectators will make a welcome return.
  • Monza has a great history in endurance racing and it's great that it's back on the WEC calendar.

Acura Scores Fourth Consecutive Victory at Mid-Ohio

Monday, May 17, 2021 - 3:44am

The fuel economy of this Acura was just outstanding today, and all credit to the team, really.

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  • The fuel economy of this Acura was just outstanding today, and all credit to the team, really.
  • "\nFilipe Albuquerque (#10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05) race winner, second win of 2021: "Unbelievable race, this is all about IMSA.
  • We lost a bit of paste in the second half of our stints, and that\'s something we need to continue to work to make better.\nJon Ikeda (Acura Brand Officer) on today\'s fourth consecutive win for Acura at Mid-Ohio: "Amazing.
  • Building on a lineage of driver-focused refinement, the all-new TLXType Sis the most powerful Acura sedan ever.

Acura Wins IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona

Monday, February 1, 2021 - 4:14pm

Today's overall win at the Rolex 24 comes almost exactly 30 years after Acura scored its first major endurance racing victory, the Camel Lights class win at Daytona, February 2-3, 1991.

Key Points: 
  • Today's overall win at the Rolex 24 comes almost exactly 30 years after Acura scored its first major endurance racing victory, the Camel Lights class win at Daytona, February 2-3, 1991.
  • Acura first entered IMSA competition in 1991, shortly after the company's founding in 1986, and the 1991 Daytona race was the first major event for the company.
  • Filipe Albuquerque (#10 Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05) Rolex 24 at Daytona winner: "I think it was a hell of a show.
  • David Salters (President, Honda Performance Development) on this weekend's Acura victory at the season-opening Rolex 24: "It's an historic day for Acura, and thanks to IMSA for putting on a stunning event.

Honda Performance Development Names David Salters President

Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 3:28am

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Honda Performance Development (HPD), which leads all Honda and Acura high-performance racing programs in North America, today announced that David Salters will become the seventh president in its history, succeeding Ted Klaus, who will retire from HPD, effective Dec. 1, after a 30-year career with Honda.

Key Points: 
  • SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Honda Performance Development (HPD), which leads all Honda and Acura high-performance racing programs in North America, today announced that David Salters will become the seventh president in its history, succeeding Ted Klaus, who will retire from HPD, effective Dec. 1, after a 30-year career with Honda.
  • Klaus, who became president of HPD in April 2019, joined Honda in 1990 at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Ohio, where the company has a full-fledged product development center.
  • Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD), has a rich heritage creating, manufacturing, and supporting Honda Racing and Acura Motorsports customers since 1993.
  • HPD specializes in the design and development of race engines, chassis and performance parts, as well as technical and race support.

GR Super Sport Makes Dynamic Public Debut at Le Mans

Monday, September 21, 2020 - 2:24am

Fittingly for a vehicle based on the two-time Le Mans-winning TS050 HYBRID race car, a customized GR Super Sport development model, customized as a convertible and in GR camouflage livery, completed a demonstration lap, before participating in the ceremony to return the Le Mans trophy for this year's race.

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  • Fittingly for a vehicle based on the two-time Le Mans-winning TS050 HYBRID race car, a customized GR Super Sport development model, customized as a convertible and in GR camouflage livery, completed a demonstration lap, before participating in the ceremony to return the Le Mans trophy for this year's race.
  • Those performances are the inspiration for the GR Super Sport, a hypercar with race car pedigree and performance.
  • "It was an honour to drive this development version of the GR Super Sport for the first time in public, and especially at a circuit like Le Mans which is so closely connected to this car.
  • The GR Super Sport was born at Le Mans so this felt like a homecoming.

Toyota Gazoo Racing Takes Le Mans Hat-Trick

Monday, September 21, 2020 - 2:11am

Toyota City, Japan, Sept 21, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - TOYOTA GAZOO Racing earned a third consecutive overall Le Mans 24 Hours win with the TS050 HYBRID after a turbulent and ultimately-successful race at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

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  • Toyota City, Japan, Sept 21, 2020 - (JCN Newswire) - TOYOTA GAZOO Racing earned a third consecutive overall Le Mans 24 Hours win with the TS050 HYBRID after a turbulent and ultimately-successful race at the Circuit de la Sarthe.
  • It is a big achievement for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing to win this big race for the third time in a row.
  • When the #7 car had the issue, it was all about winning the race for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing and this was quite tough.
  • Everything was executed really well, so a big thank you to TOYOTA GAZOO Racing."

Acura Wins Wet & Wild Road America

Monday, August 3, 2020 - 12:55am

ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Helio Castroneves found traction with his Acura ARX-05 where others could not, as he and his Acura Team Penske co-driver Ricky Taylor prevailed in monsoon-like conditions in the final hour to win Sunday's IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Road America.

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  • ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Helio Castroneves found traction with his Acura ARX-05 where others could not, as he and his Acura Team Penske co-driver Ricky Taylor prevailed in monsoon-like conditions in the final hour to win Sunday's IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Road America.
  • Helio Castroneves (#7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05) race winner: "Before the race, and knowing the forecast, we made sure our Acura was set up well for the wet.
  • And we used the experience we gained at Daytona and other wet races we had before to learn.
  • Ricky Taylor (#7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05) race winner: "My teammate [Castroneves] is unbelievable, that was such an exciting finish.

Acura Completes Championship Season at Petit Le Mans

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 3:31pm

Montoya followed his teammate home in fourth to claim his first IMSA championship, a second prototype title for co-driver Cameron, and the Teams crown for Acura Team Penske.

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  • Montoya followed his teammate home in fourth to claim his first IMSA championship, a second prototype title for co-driver Cameron, and the Teams crown for Acura Team Penske.
  • Dane Cameron (#6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05) wins 2019 DPi Drivers' Championship with co-driver Juan Pablo Montoya; Acura wins the DPi Manufacturers' Championship and Acura Team Penske claims the DPi Teams' Championship: "It's a tremendous day.
  • I came into this program at the start last year and to win the championship for Acura and Acura Team Penske is amazing.
  • Jon Ikeda (Vice President and Acura Brand Officer): on Acura's 2019 IMSA championship-winning season: "We started this motorsports journey in 2017.

Garrett Motion Back in the Winner's Circle for the 20th Consecutive Year at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 2:53pm

LE MANS, France, June 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --Garrett Motion Inc. (NYSE: GTX), a leading differentiated technology provider in the automotive industry, has won its 20th consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race with the #8 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing team.

Key Points: 
  • LE MANS, France, June 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --Garrett Motion Inc. (NYSE: GTX), a leading differentiated technology provider in the automotive industry, has won its 20th consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race with the #8 TOYOTA GAZOO Racing team.
  • Garrett turbos were an integral part of all three podium finishers in the premier LMP1 class.
  • "Le Mans is the most grueling and difficult race a team can face and requires technology that enhances both performance and reliability to succeed," said Eric Fraysse, president of global Motorsports for Garrett.
  • Our portfolio of turbocharging, electric boosting and automotive software solutions empowers the transportation industry to redefine and further advance motion.