68 OCTOBER 2017
IMSA WEATHERTECH SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP
When Acura called on Roger Penske’s legendary team to run
its 2018 DPi program, it was a return to the Captain’s roots.
WORDS Marshall Pruett MAIN IMAGE Acura
Honda’s reasoning for returning to the
top level of North American prototype
racing through its Acura brand is an honest
reflection of its enduring self image.
“We’re a racing company that also
sells cars,” says Honda Performance
Development CEO Art St. Cyr.
The echoes of Soichiro Honda can be
heard when HPD’s towering leader speaks
to the passion that fuels its business.
Considering its active involvement in the
Verizon IndyCar Series, the IMSA
Weather Tech Championship’s GT Daytona
category, Pirelli World Challenge, Global
Rallycross and USF4, as well as extensive
grassroots support with the SCCA and
NASA, the need to commission an
expensive, multi-year IMSA Prototype effort
merely reconfirms its racing-centric culture.
“We have a rich history in prototypes
with Acura, starting in 2007 when we won