- Eric Powell snares a Saturday TC Podium in his HPD Honda Civic Type R
- Carter Fartuch earns second runner-up TCA finish of 2021 for HPD Honda Civic Si
- Powell, Kevin Boehm lead Touring Car America season standings after six races
HPD Honda Civic Si and Type R racers kept themselves in the thick of the hunt for 2021 Touring Car America championships as the season hit the halfway point with this weekend’s races at Virginia International Raceway.
In the TC class, Eric Powell used a third-place run on Saturday and a fourth-place effort on Saturday to wrest the championship lead from fellow HPD Honda Civic Type R pilot Kevin Boehm, besting the DXDT Racing driver in a pair of races that both ended early due to red-flag incidents involving non-Honda competitors.
Boehm shook off a seventh-place run to open the weekend to come back for a fifth-place result in Sunday’s race and is just 2.5 points behind Powell for the TC class championship lead, and is the only driver in the class to have multiple victories through the first six races of the year.
Lindsay Brewer carded a pair of top-10 runs, allowing the Skip Barber Racing School HPD Honda Civic Type R driver to extend a season-long streak of points-paying finishes. In addition, Frank Szczesnick matched a season-best with an 11th-place run on Sunday in his second race weekend of the year in his Honda.
In the TCA category where the HPD Honda Civic Si is featured, Carter Fartuch moved into second in the season championship on the strength of two top-five results this year, including a second-place run on Sunday. Fartuch had a spirited battle with Luke Rumberg as the race passed the halfway mark, but was denied a chance to battle for the win when a hard crash with 23 minutes to go caused damage to the guardrail and ended the race prematurely.
Sally McNulty had her best weekend of the season in her HPD Honda Civic Si, running seventh in the opener before finishing a season-best fifth in the Sunday event. Mario Biundo also carded a season-high result on Sunday, taking his LA Honda World Racing Honda Civic Si to sixth, just ahead of Chris Harrison. Jose Blanco also earned a pair of top-10 runs over the weekend and is fifth in the TCA point standings.
HPD has two ready-to-race Civic models for touring car competition. The line starts with the affordable and reliable Civic Si TCA race car, then leads to the Civic Type R TC racer that puts legendary Type R performance on track, Our unparalleled trackside support at every level from HPD engineers is a unique benefit that no other manufacturer can offer. Find out more about these cars and our touring programs at: https://hpd.honda.com/Motorsports/Touring.
After the first six rounds of the 2021 season, the SRO Touring Car America series now takes an extended break before resuming with rounds 7 and 8, July 27-29 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
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Touring Car America presented by Skip Barber Racing School VIR Saturday Honda Results
- •3rd TC - #92 Eric Powell, Skip Barber Racing School Honda Civic Type R
- •7th TC - #9 Kevin Boehm, DXDT Racing Honda Civic Type R
- •10th TC - #29 Lindsay Brewer, Skip Barber Racing School Honda Civic Type R
- 13th TC - #73 Frank Szczesnick, LA Honda World Racing Honda Civic Type R
TCA Honda Results
- 5th TCA - #16 Carter Fartuch, Skip Barber Racing School Honda Civic Si
- 7th TCA - #780 Sally McNulty, Team Sally Racing Honda Civic Si
- 8th TCA - #99 Jose Blanco, VGMC Racing Honda Civic Si
- 9th TCA - #77 Mario Biundo LA Honda World Racing Honda Civic Si
- 10th TCA - #2 Colin Harrison, Skip Barber Racing School Honda Civic Si
Touring Car America presented by Skip Barber Racing School VIR Sunday Honda Results
- 4th TC – #92 Eric Powell, Skip Barber Racing School Honda Civic Type R
- 5th TC - #9 Kevin Boehm, DXDT Racing Honda Civic Type R
- 9th TC – #29 Lindsay Brewer, Skip Barber Racing School Honda Civic Type R
- 11th TC – #73 Frank Szczesnick, LA Honda World Racing Honda Civic Type R
TCA Honda Results
- 2nd TCA - #16 Carter Fartuch, Skip Barber Racing School Honda Civic Si
- 5th TCA - #780 Sally McNulty, Team Sally Racing Honda Civic Si
- 6th TCA - #77 Mario Biundo LA Honda World Racing Honda Civic Si
- 7th TCA - #2 Colin Harrison, Skip Barber Racing School Honda Civic Si
- 9th TCA - #99 Jose Blanco, VGMC Racing Honda Civic Si
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