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Honda Performance Development Supports Honda Teams in USTCC

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (February 13, 2013) – Honda Performance Development, the racing arm of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., has announced the details of their 2013 contingency program for participants in the Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC).

HPD will award cash contingency prizes for the USTCC competitors racing the 2006 or newer Honda Civic Si. Teams racing these models can win $1000 at each race with a $2000 bonus for winning the championship. The 2013 program also provides support for teams racing older Honda and Acura products who are eligible to win Honda parts credit vouchers that can be used for OE parts, HPD performance parts, and select Honda generators

“We are excited to continue our relationship with the US Touring Car Championship and its competitors for 2013,” said Lee Niffenegger, Senior Engineer at HPD. “This is a growing series that provides a cost effective championship for those with their sights on professional touring car racing.”

To be eligible for the HPD Contingency Program, competitors must be registered members of the Honda Racing Line program. To register, visit http:// hpd.honda.com/racing-line/become-a- member/. Contingency forms and information will be available at http://hpd.honda.com/racing-line/contingency-programs/

Launched in July 2009, the Honda Racing Line is a program targeted at licensed participants in sanctioned amateur and entry-level professional racing. The Honda Racing Line was formed to provide its members with a direct connection to Honda Performance Development and its unparalleled record of success at the highest levels of motorsport.

Honda Performance Development (HPD) is the Honda racing company within North America. Located in Santa Clarita, Calif., HPD is the technical operations center for high-performance Honda racing cars and engines.

As one of three engine suppliers to the IZOD IndyCar Series, Honda won this year’s Indianapolis 500 with driver Dario Franchitti; and competes in prototype sports-car racing in the American Le Mans Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship, where it again took a P2 class win at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and swept all manufacturer, engine, team and driver awards in the ALMS LMP1 and LMP2 categories. HPD offers a variety of race engines for track applications from prototype sports cars to karting; and showcases “fun-to-drive” products for professional, amateur and entry-level racers.

The Nitto Tire United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) is America's most exciting touring car racing. Cars are mass produced sedans, coupes and hatchbacks with chassis and drivetrains that have been modified for maximum performance. The USTCC is supported by many manufacturers and aftermarket companies that want to see their products used in action. The USTCC can be seen on TV in the USA on Final Drive TV and worldwide on the Internet on www.finaldrive.net. The Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship season starts on April 13-14, 2013, at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, California. More information on USTCC can be found at www.ustcc.com