Honda Racers Chase Titles At NASA National Championships

Honda and Acura racers from across the country will journey to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course next weekend in pursuit of club-racing glory at the September 5-9 National Auto Sport Association (NASA) Championships, Presented by Toyo Tires.

Contingency awards of up to $2,500, offered through the Honda Racing Line, will be available to Honda and Acura drivers taking part in the Honda Challenge classes.  In addition to the Honda Challenge, other events with Honda and Acura entries include the Performance Touring and Time Trial categories.

Honda Performance Development will once again provide catered trackside hospitality exclusively for Honda/Acura competitors and their crews.  The hospitality tent will offer a buffet lunch from Thursday, Sept. 6 through Saturday, Sept. 9.

Drivers to watch this year include defending Honda Challenge 1 title-holder Kevin Helms of Charlotte, N.C.; Manny Coats, H2 winner in 2011; and two-time NASA champion Jonathan Meris, who will debut a new Acura Integra at the National Championships.

Launched in July 2009, the Honda Racing Line is a program targeted at licensed participants in sanctioned amateur and entry-level professional racing. The Honda Racing Line was formed to provide its members with a direct connection to Honda Performance Development and its unparalleled record of success at the highest levels of motorsport. Competitors may register for the Honda Racing Line through HondaRacingLine.com.

Honda Performance Development (HPD) is the Honda racing company within North America. Founded in 1993, and located in Santa Clarita, Calif., HPD is the technical operations center for high-performance Honda racing cars and engines. 

As one of three engine suppliers to the IZOD IndyCar Series, Honda won this year's Indianapolis 500 with driver Dario Franchitti; and competes in prototype sports-car racing under the HPD banner in the American Le Mans Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship.  HPD offers a variety of race engines for track applications from prototype sports cars to karting; and showcases 'fun-to-drive' products for professional, amateur and entry-level racers.

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