For the sixth consecutive year, the full starting field of the Indianapolis 500 was powered by Honda. Not only did the 100th anniversary of the Memorial Day race exclusively feature Honda racing engines, but the there wasn’t a single engine failure either.
Honda has been active in North American open-wheel racing since 1994, and continues to help grow the IZOD IndyCar Series. Honda services as both a Manufacturers’ Championship competitor and single engine supplier.
The company scored its first Indianapolis 500 victory in 2004 with Buddy Rice; earned Manufacturers’ Championships in 2004 and ’05; and became engine supplier to the entire IZOD IndyCar Series in 2006.
For the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series, Honda will be ditching its current V8 engine in favor of an all-new 2.2-liter turbocharged V6 engine. This unit has been designed at Honda Performance Development’s Santa Clarita, California, facility and will undergo track testing in August.