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FROM SAUKVILLE TO THE WORLD...
hen Peter Cunningham picked up the
phone in the winter of ’ 86, punched in the
number he’d found and, as he recalls it, cold
called American Honda with a half-formed
idea to take a Civic ice racing, little could
he know the journey it would take him
and his Real Time Racing team on.
Honda said yes to supporting his ice
racing foray, and Cunningham – born and
raised in Wisconsin, so no stranger to getting
it sideways on frozen roads – delivered a
championship at the first time of asking.
That led to an enduring and successful
relationship with Honda and, notably, its
Acura brand which still continues and
thrives more than three decades later.
Central to it has been Real Time Racing’s
25-year involvement with World Challenge
racing. Starting out with a Honda Prelude Si
in 1993, it’s gone on to amass 88 race wins
in multiple classes with eight different
Honda/Acura models and 12 drivers, plus
14 manufacturers’ championships (four
for Honda; 10 for Acura) and 14 drivers’
titles. Cunningham alone has earned seven
of those drivers’ crowns and 37 race wins.
Now, the Saukville, Wis.-based team is
beginning a new chapter with its long-time
partner. For 2017, it’s working with Honda
Performance Development to hone the
new Acura NSX GT3 into a potent
customer racecar, and it’s doing it in
the familiar cauldron of Pirelli World
Challenge GT class competition.
It’s a challenge that Cunningham and
his close-knit team are relishing as they
still continue to evolve and grow.
But as the mission changes, Real Time
Racing’s collective philosophy never does:
strive to be the very best. Always.
THE REAL DEAL
Real Time Racing’s enduring partnership with Honda and
Acura is built on three decades of motorsports success.
REALTIME RACING, THEN AND NOW...
How Real Time
winning, and never
stopped – for three
Shank Racing gave
the GT3 a first win.
Real Time Racing is
helping turn the
Acura NSX GT3
into a winner.
AT THE WHEEL
RACER got the
chance to sample
NSX GT3 racecar. It
starts with a great
street machine and
just gets better.
Four race wins in a first-gen Acura NSX
(ABOVE) earned Peter Cunningham the
1997 World Challenge GT drivers’ title.
ACURA NSX: THE PREQUEL
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A NEW MISSION