Austin, TX – The multirace-winning L.A. Honda World Team is adding to its performance portfolio by fielding two HPD Civic Type R TC race cars at this weekend’s SRO TC Americas event at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The Type R TC-class race cars, designed, built, and sold by Honda Performance Development (HPD), will be driven by L.A. Honda World drivers Mike LaMarra (#37) and Mat Pombo (#73) and will compete in the final five races of the 2020 TC Americas season.
Pombo and LaMarra have significant experience with Civic Type R power, having competed and won in the Civic Type R TCR in endurance racing competition. Rather than pairing in a single car, the duo will each pilot their own Civic Type R TC race car on the Austin and Indianapolis circuits, supported by the L.A. Honda World/LAP Motorsports crew and expect to compete for wins right away.
“We’re really excited to add these Type R TC race cars to our racing lineup,” said Mario Biundo, President, L.A. Honda World. “As the first purchaser of the Type R TCR last year, we committed to Honda and HPD to help showcase the performance potential of the production-based Civic line. Plus, with our purchase of the Civic Si race car, we’re creating a complete driver development opportunity from TCA to TC and beyond!"
The HPD Civic race car line, with their affordable, reliable, and consistent Honda power, give racers the best path to further their talents, while receiving unparalleled trackside engineering support. All three vehicles are based on their showroom-stock counterparts, they also feature distinct modifications to allow them to compete successfully in a wide variety of touring car race series in the U.S. and around the world, fitting a variety of different budgets.
“The L.A. Honda World team has shown that they have the ability to win races and compete for championships,” said John Whiteman, Manager, HPD Commercial Motorsports. “They have been a huge asset in showing how good the Civic platform translates to on track success, and we are thrilled to have them showcase our commitment to develop the next gen of North American racing talent.”
The racing at COTA kicks off at 1:05pm CT on Friday, September 18th with TC Americas Race 1. The racing can be viewed live at: https://www.tcamerica.us/live.