Honda Civic Type R TCRs Head to Daytona International Speedway
Honda Civic Type R TCR makes Michelin Pilot Challenge debut at Roar Before The 24, ahead of Daytona season-opening race.
Three teams brought a total of four Honda Civic Type R TCR entries this weekend to the “Roar Before the 24,” a three-day test open to all IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series entrants in preparation for the start of the 2019 race season.
Atlanta Speedwerks led the way for Honda after five on-track practice sessions, with driver Brian Henderson posting the fourth-fastest time on Sunday in the Civic Type R TCR that he shared with co-driver Todd Lamb.
The Honda of America Racing Team (HART) duo of Chad Gilsinger and Ryan Eversely finished the day sixth with Gilsinger at the wheel. The third Honda team in attendance, a two-car effort from LA Honda World, was excluded from the event on Saturday due to a minimum weight violation. According to a bulletin from IMSA, a technical inspection revealed both cars were below the published minimum weight, and had not been properly ballasted to meet series weight requirements.
The Honda Civic Type R TCR made its North American racing debut in 2018, with Eversley claiming the Pirelli World Challenge TCR Drivers’ Championship with RealTime Racing. Developed by Honda partner JAS Motorsport in Italy, and the Civic Type R TCR is offered in race-ready condition through Honda Performance Development.
This week’s test at Daytona International Speedway completes official preparations for the 2019 Michelin Pilot Challenge season. The 10-race championship opens January 26 at Daytona International Speedway.