10 Aug Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame selects Honda as its 2018 International Inductee
A manufacturer with a deep connection to Canadian racing and long history of global motorsport success, Honda is the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame’s 2018 International inductee.
“We are pleased to recognize the great contributions made by Honda to motorsport not only in Canada, but also around the world,” said Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame chairman Dr. Hugh Scully.
“Honda has been a powerhouse over the year and it’s clear that without Honda, Canadian racing and global motorsport would be much poorer. It’s connection to some of the most important events in Canadian racing are a testament to its dedication to this country’s long motorsport heritage.”
In Formula One, Honda-powered cars have taken 77 poles, 72 victories, five drivers championships, and six constructors titles since its first grand prix in 1964, while it has delivered comparable success in IndyCar taking six manufacturers’ titles, 15 drivers’ championships and 12 victories in the the Indianapolis 500 after entering the series in 1994. The same is true on two wheels, with Honda riders taking 18 world championships in MotoGP since 1979 and winning the Isle of Man TT more than any manufacturer.
Closer to home, Honda played an integral role in the racing careers of countless Canadian drivers though its successful grassroots Honda-Michelin Challenge Series that began in 1976 and went for almost two decades.
“Induction into the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame is an honour for all Honda associates world-wide. Our company’s founder, Soichiro Honda, was famous for saying ‘Without racing, there would be no Honda’,” said Honda Canada president and chief executive officer Dave Gardner.
“This recognition by the Hall is due in large part to Mr. Honda’s challenging spirit which is being carried forward by today’s Honda associates. Our motorsports activities, including support of both two and four wheel grass roots and professional racing across many series, as well as our participation in the Honda Indy of Toronto, can be traced directly back to Mr. Honda’s spirit.”
As a sponsor of events, Honda has been involved in most major races and tracks in the country, including as a sponsor for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal and the Verizon IndyCar Series race in Toronto. At the Honda Indy Toronto, Honda Canada sponsors “Free Friday” which raised money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Today, Honda plays a key role in the careers of Canada’s highest profile racers, James Hinchcliffe and Robert Wickens, in IndyCar.
Honda will be enter the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame alongside this year’s eight inductees
- Formula Atlantic championship winning engineer Doug Crosty;
- Grand Prix du Canada promoter Francois Dumontier;
- two-time NASCAR Canada champion Douglas James “D. J.” Kennington;
- television producer and filmmaker Jim Robinson;
- championship driver and race association official John Sambrook;
- four-time NASCAR Canada champion Scott Steckly;
- Honda Indy Toronto official Jim Tario; and,
- Formula One world champion, CART champion, and Indianapolis 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve.
In addition, the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame Rising Star Award will be given to a young Canadian racer who will be announced prior to the gala.
The 24th Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame’s Induction Ceremonies takes place at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.’s Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto on Oct. 20, 2018. Tickets are on sale at CMHF.ca for $95.