NASA Speed News - Volume 7, Issue 3, April

INSIDE INFORMATION: HONDA CHALLENGE Get the scoop on one of NASA’s most competitive classes.

Story by Brett Becker

Y ou always know when some of the best noises that can come from four-cylinder engine. They trumpet a primal scream of combustion so visceral, so unmistakable, that you want to climb to the top of the bleachers just to watch them race. From the way the front-drive cars lift their inside rear wheels in tight corners to the wail of an S2000’s 9,000-rpm redline, Honda Challenge is a class Honda Challenge cars hit the track. Hondas make

worth looking into — so we did. We contacted some of the most noteworthy Honda Challenge drivers from across the country to find out what they know and love about the class. In the interest of giving racers who might be marginally interested in joining the fun in Honda Challenge a closer look, we’ve put together another installment of “Inside Information.” This feature will give you virtual walk through paddocks

across the country so you can hear straight from the racers’ mouths — well, keyboards, actually — what’s so appealing about the class and some tips and tricks for achieving success. So, if you’ve been driving a Honda in HPDE or Time Trial and have been considering racing in Honda Challenge, see what these racers have to say about the class. Naturally, some of them had similar suggestions, so we have edited their submissions to avoid excess repetition.

Q What is the one thing people should know about racing in the Honda Challenge?

Erik Olson H2, NASA Northeast

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A “We are a family. We race together, we eat together, work on cars together and help one another out. If there is something you need at the track, chances are good

PHOTO COURTESY OF ERIK OLSON

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