Team Honda Racing Off-Road Wins Baja 500 In New Ridgeline

Team Honda Racing Off-Road threw its newly completed Honda Ridgeline race truck into the crucible that is the Baja Peninsula, and came out on top. With limited test time, the team set out to conquer all 500 miles of brutal Baja terrain included in the 51st running of the SCORE Baja 500. After over 15 hours of racing, they were standing on the top of the podium.

The new truck uses their tried and true Honda Performance Development twin turbo 3.5L HR35TT V6 engine, and sequentially shifted Albins transmission, but in a new chassis built by TSCO Racing. The new truck is according to team Manager Pat Dailey, “A totally new animal; lighter, faster, and stronger. It’s a rocket ship!”

The course got nasty from mile 2 where impossible silt beds trapped trucks, burned up transmissions, and caused mayhem to the field. Those who survived the initial punishment at mile 2 got another dose at mile 15. A huge bottleneck was created there with stuck, and broken competitors everywhere.

Some were already out before they even got started. Fortunately for Team Honda Racing, their phenomenal new truck, experience, and driving skills, got them through the melee, and right into the hard work of surviving Baja. They experienced a problem with one of the axle drive plates, and the rear hub assembly departed, but fortunately co-driver Evan Weller was able to retrieve it, and make it work. The crew kept an eye on it, and the rest of the race went right to plan. After hours of tough racing, they took the lead with 20 miles to go. By that point, the Ridgeline was flying as they streaked towards the finish line. The course made a huge loop so everyone had to make their way through the same sections that caused so much trouble at the start. Many had their dreams crushed with success in their sights, but Team Honda Racing Ridgeline was not to be denied.

“I would say this is probably one of the most challenging, technical, and rough courses that we have raced in the last five years,” said Team Principal Jeff Proctor. “It was just brutal out there from the first miles of the race. I’m in a bit of disbelief right now. To take a brand new race truck to one of the harshest off-road environments in the world, and win is a testament to the fortitude of our entire Honda Racing Team. We just finished this truck on Friday at 5 a.m. and we won. I can’t thank our team enough.”

Team Honda Racing Ridgeline’s strong performance in the legendary SCORE, Baja 500 was made possible by strong support from Honda Racing / HPDGeneral TireFOXBaja DesignsKMC WheelsSTEEL-IT CoatingsSparcoEibach SpringsNEO Synthetic OilRPI RacingPCI Race RadiosAEM Air FiltersPro EagleJE REEL DrivelineMPI Innovations, and Trayco.

For all the latest on the Honda Ridgeline Off-road team go to: http://www.hondaoff-road.com/ or HondaOffRoadRacing on Facebook, Instagram: @HondaOffRoadRacing or Jeff Proctor on Personal Instagram: @proctor_race.

Team Honda Racing Off-Road And Honda Powersports To Campaign Honda Talons

Team Honda Racing will campaign a pair of Honda Talon’s in 2020. The most exciting Powersports vehicle to hit the market, the Honda Talon, will compete in the most iconic off-road races in North America; King of the Hammers, The Mint 400, The UTV World Championships, The SCORE International Baja 500, Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno, and the granddaddy of them all, the SCORE International Baja 1000.

Talented drivers, and promising prospects will be selected to take the wheel in order to facilitate a driver development program, and to build a Honda mega team for the future. The driver’s names will be announced at a later date. “Honda has such a rich history in racing, especially on two wheels, and in Baja,” says Jeff Proctor/Team Principal fresh off his SCORE International Baja 500 victory this past weekend. “I am humbled to be able to represent Honda Powersports, and the Talon at the highest level of desert racing.”

The Honda Talon is available in several configurations specifically designed to tackle the off-road; all with Honda’s legendary performance, and reliability. With an industry leading Dual Clutch Transmission and I-4WD system the Honda Talon goes where no others have before.  Switch from 2WD to 4WD on the fly, and take full advantage of the FOX Podium 2.5-inch shocks with QS3 quick adjusters to fine tune your suspension. 20 inches of suspension travel in the rear, and 13 inches of ground clearance is available on some models to take on the most challenging trails.

The Talon will be right at home taking on the toughest off-road races on the planet. The unique driver line-up racing under the direction of Team Honda Racing Off-Road, and Honda Powersports will open many eyes. Stay tuned for further announcements about the Talon team to come.

Team Honda Racing Ridgeline Claims Victory At The Mint 400 In Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV

Known as “The Great American Off-road Race”, The Mint 400 is often referred to as the most prestigious and challenging Off-Road race in the United States. This annual four-hundred mile marathon nestled in the foothills outside Jean, Nevada is known for large tire puncturing rocks, long sandy uphill sections and whoops for miles.

Team Honda Racing Ridgeline arrived in Las Vegas with confidence from their latest test session and was ready for battle. Coming off of their win at the season opener in Parker, Arizona, Team Honda is awarded the pole position in class while starting in rows of two. As the green flag dropped just after 6am, Team Principle and Driver Jeff Proctor with Navigator Evan Weller took the hole shot and headed out onto their first of three laps. Within the first three miles and just outside the infield section, Proctor and Weller encountered a flash fire under the hood. Quickly evacuating the race truck, they were able to extinguish the fire, assess the situation and continue racing.

The Ridgeline Race truck was settling into a groove by Race Mile 53 and Proctor and Weller began to work their way through some class 10 traffic while leading class 7. By the end of the first lap, Team Honda had a comfortable 32 min lead on P2. After a quick pit stop for fuel and rear tires, Proctor and Weller headed out for Lap 2. “This Ridgeline race truck was on rails all day. Our General Tires were so tough out there as we didn’t have a single puncture the entire race. This entire team worked so hard and was flawless in the pits” said Team Principal and Driver Jeff Proctor.

At the conclusion of Lap 2, Navigator Evan Weller stayed in the truck while Proctor jumped out and Pat Dailey took the driving duties for the final stint of the race. “Evan set this truck up to win in the race shop and he is even better calling the race in the right seat. We couldn’t race at this level without his commitment to this Honda program” Said Proctor.

Pat Dailey once again drove a flawless lap and extend the lead in the closing miles of a very rough Mint 400 loop race course. Dailey has proved to be the right driving combination for Driver Jeff Proctor as the two have racked up five wins in the last 7 races together. “ Jeff, Evan and I have found our rhythm together in the race truck and in the race shop. Our driving styles complement one another and it seems to be the key to our success.” Said Team Manager / Driver Pat Dailey.

After a brutal 6 hours and 18 minutes, Team Honda Racing Ridgeline crossed the checkered flag in dominating fashion to win the most prestigious Off-Road race in the United States. “Our day couldn’t have gone better. This Ridgeline race truck was flawless, our pit stops were on point and I didn’t have to get out of the Navigators seat all race…. I couldn’t be happier with this whole team” Said Navigator Evan Weller.

Team Honda logs two wins in two races to kick off 2019 as they set their sights on Baja California, Mexico and the SCORE Baja 500 course on June 1st.

Team Honda Racing Ridgeline is supported by Honda Racing / HPDGeneral TireFOXBaja DesignsKMC WheelsSTEEL-IT CoatingsSparcoEibach SpringsNEO Synthetic OilRPI RacingPCI Race RadiosAEM Air FiltersPro EagleJE REEL DrivelineMPI Innovations, and Trayco.

For all the latest on the Honda Ridgeline Off-road team go to: http://www.hondaoff-road.com/ or HondaOffRoadRacing on Facebook, Instagram: @HondaOffRoadRacing or Jeff Proctor on Personal Instagram: @proctor_race.

Team Honda Racing Ridgeline Wins Season Opener At Parker 425

Parker, AZ

Team Honda Racing Ridgeline wins their season opener at the Best In The Desert Parker 425 in Parker, Arizona. After coming off of a 2018 season best, Team Honda continues the momentum by backing up their win from last year at the grueling Parker 425.

The Arizona desert nestled along the Colorado River hosts some of the most chalenging off-road terrain in the sport. The difficulty of this race is often low winds and dry dusty conditions,  making for very little driver visibility. With a storm lurking on the horizon, the conditions appeared to be uncharacteristically ideal for Off-Road racing on Saturday morning as the green flag dropped.

Team Honda drew the second starting spot as Driver and Team principal, Jeff Proctor and Navigator Evan Weller took the green flag. The duo got the hole shot off the start and headed out in the lead to battle for 3 laps on the 143 mile loop. The conditions were ideal for off-road racing with recent precipitation holding in the dust and unusually high winds blowing the occasional dust off the course.

This clean air allowed the Baja Ridgeline to maximize the Honda Performance Development tuned 3.5L twin turbo power to pull away from their class of competitors. Proctor and Weller continued to lengthen their lead and click off miles heading into their first full pit stop at the end of lap one. After a regularly scheduled pit stop of 55 gals and fresh rear General Tires, the Ridgeline headed back out onto lap two.

Lap two continued as planned with the team taking full advantage of the ideal conditions and clean air. “This Ridgeline was working so well today. We had a lot of fun pushing this Honda engine and FOX suspension to the limit” Said Weller. Proctor brought the Ridgeline in for a driver change with a 15 minute lead on their next closest class competitor.

Pat Dailey took the wheel while Weller stayed in to navigate the final lap. Dailey and Weller executed their stint in the Ridgeline by preserving the race truck and holding their track position as the team communicated their split times. The Ridgeline race truck reached the checkered flag, taking the win in class 7200 (Unlimited V6 Truck) over second place by 16 minutes for a total time of 7 hours, 30 minutes and 58 seconds.

“I am incredibly proud of this entire Honda Racing Ridgeline Team! These endurance races require total commitment and months of dedicated preparation to pull off a win in this type of unforgiving terrain. Our team is in a really good place right now; good energy, great talent, and incredible synergy.” Said Team Principal and Driver Jeff Proctor.

Team Honda Racing Ridgeline looks forward to taking this momentum next month to Las Vegas for The Mint 400March 6th-10th.

Team Honda Racing Ridgeline is supported by Honda Racing / HPDGeneral TireFOXBaja DesignsKMC WheelsSTEEL-IT CoatingsSparcoEibach SpringsNEO Synthetic OilRPI RacingPCI Race RadiosAEM Air FiltersPro EagleJE REEL DrivelineMPI Innovations, and Trayco.

For all the latest on the Honda Ridgeline Off-road team go to: http://www.hondaoff-road.com/ or HondaOffRoadRacing on Facebook, Instagram: @HondaOffRoadRacing or Jeff Proctor on Personal Instagram: @proctor_race.