LA Honda World Debuts with 1-2 Finish at Daytona

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Racing in the ultra-competitive TCR class of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, LA Honda World Racing scored a remarkable debut performance with a one-two finish in TCR in Friday’s BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona International Speedway.

Shelby Blackstock and Tom O’Gorman won in the No. 37 LA Honda World Honda Civic TCR, edging the team’s No. 73 of Mike LaMarra and Mat Pombo by just 1.605 seconds in the opening round of the rebranded IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.

All three of the team’s cars led during the final 45 minutes of the four-hour race. The event came down to an 11-minute sprint following the ninth and final caution period. O’Gorman quickly moved ahead of the class-leading Audi, followed by teammate Pombo as the two Hondas pulled away in the battle to the checkered flag.

“First race, 1-2, pretty impressive,” said team owner Luis Perocarpi. “Man, we’ve put a lot of work into this. Literally, we started this program with Honda a year ago today. We got the cars early and did a lot of work at the shop. The Roar didn’t go how we wanted it to so we went back home, fixing everything we needed to. We showed what we could do here today.”

The third LA Honda World Racing car of Max Faulkner and Colin Mullan was leading with 30 minutes remaining, but encountered a problem on the out lap following its final pit stop for the No. 52 Honda. It finished seventh.

“Unfortunately, something happened and we cut a tire,” Mullan said. “I wasn’t able to continue, so I pulled off onto one of the exit roads. It was unfortunate for our car, but I’m real proud of our team. We had the car all prepped up for this weekend, and it had never even seen the track before. We were in the race all the way up until the very end, and it’s great to have the team finish 1-2.”

Round 2 of the Michelin Pilot Challenge will be the two-hour Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 at Sebring on Friday, March 15.