Honda Racing is combining two of its major racing divisions, with Honda Performance Development (HPD) and Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) merging to become Honda Racing Corporation US (HRC US) starting with the 2024 season.
The two independent divisions of the company have operated beside each other for 30 years, with each handling different areas of Honda’s worldwide racing ambitions.
By joining into a single entity, HRC US will be able to combine the unique knowledge learned across all motorsports divisions to help push the program forward.
David Salters, the current president of HPD, will become the president of the newly-combined entity starting next year.
“Honda’s racing heritage is unparalleled and over the last 30 years and the talented men and women of HPD have contributed to that success in the U.S.,” said Salters in the press release.
“We are thrilled and very proud to join forces with our friends and colleagues in HRC Japan and represent Honda Racing as a global racing organization.
“We will continue to challenge ourselves in U.S. motorsports activities even as we develop our people and technology to compete on a rapidly changing global motorsports stage.”
HRC was established in Japan in 1982, and has overseen the company’s motorcycle racing endeavors, and recently added Honda’s F1 program to its responsibilities.
HPD was established in 1993, and has been the entity serving America’s racing needs. HPD has managed Honda’s IndyCar and IMSA programs, as well as multiple other touring car and off road series.
The HRC branding will appear on the Acura prototype livery for the upcoming 24 Hours of Daytona. Image: Honda
HRC US will officially debut for the 2024 Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 27-28, when the Acura prototypes will carry the new HRC logos as part of their liveries.
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