Head of Honda Performance Development Ted Klaus says that he has had an incredible time working for Honda for the last 30 years or so.
Speaking to Paddock Eye following the conclusion of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Klaus, who will retire at the end of November commented on his time with HPD saying:
Yeah, Honda is a very special company, formed by a gentleman post-World War II who I think had the soul of a maverick wonky American or Italian or whoever. Mr. Honda, I mean, he built Suzuka F1 track at a time when only 3% of the roads in Japan were paved.
So for me personally, even though I never met Mr. Honda, I’ve been spiritually motivated and been fully engaged to work at Honda for over 30 years. At that time I worked on technologies like super handling, all-wheel drive. I was able to lead the second generation NSX. For the last couple years I’ve led a group of people at HPD that are just so invested and so motivated on behalf of our drivers.
To me, to have had such a wonderful experience at Honda all these years, then kind of that topping on whatever it is you think is delicious, that little extra topping, to have this kind of a season in this kind of a year, I just feel very blessed.
Those are the thoughts.
Speaking to Paddock Eye about Scott Dixon who secured his sixth NTT IndyCar Series championship on Sunday Klaus said:
Human beings are the thing that make the world go round. Scott is a very special human being. We called them the driver for the reason, because they drive the whole team. So Scott drives everything about not just Chip Ganassi Racing, but HPD. He drives us.
We need those kind of strong drivers to get the achievements that we seek. So, boy, I think Scott, I don’t think he’s done. I think he’s still hungry. I think it humbles all of us. So good for Scott