Honda Performance Development, the company who look after the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and WeatherTech Sportscar Championship will be rebranded as Honda Racing Corporation U.S after parting with Honda Racing Corporation, Japan from 2024.
The new partnership will see Honda Performance Development work on Honda’s Formula One programme and also work on the global motorsport with Honda.
President of HPD David Salters, who has worked on Honda’s Formula One programme has been named President of HRC U.S.
Honda’s racing heritage is unparalleled and over the last 30 years and the talented men and women of HPD have contributed to that success in the U.S. We are thrilled and very proud to join forces with our friends and colleagues in HRC Japan and represent Honda Racing as a global racing organization. We will continue to challenge ourselves in U.S. motorsports activities even as we develop our people and technology to compete on a rapidly changing global motorsports stage.
HRC’s auto racing development center in Japan currently supports Red Bull Powertrains for F1 power units and contribute to world championship victories. Starting in 2026, HRC will partner with the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant F1 team as the official engine supplier. With three F1 races now in the U.S. (Austin, Miami, Las Vegas), the new HRC US will be involved in Formula One power unit development and race support starting in 2026.
Koji Watanabe, the president of HRC Japan said:
“Our goal is to increase the HRC brand and sustain the success of our racing activities and we believe that uniting Honda motorsports globally as one racing organization will help achieve that, Our race engineers in the U.S. and Japan will be stronger together and I am so happy to welcome our U.S. associates to the HRC team.”