The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR class championship-leading Honda Civic Type-R will debut a throwback livery in this weekend’s race at Mid-Ohio.
The No. 37 LA Honda World Honda TCR, to be shared by Tom O’Gorman and Shelby Blackstock, recreates the 1974 Honda Civic raced by “Honda Bob” Boileau in being wrapped in metallic silver with black accents.
Boileau, an early American Honda associate, took a new Civic 1200 and built the first American Honda race car, eventually winning six SCCA GT5 championships.
“Honda’s automotive racing legacy in the U.S. began with the 1974 Civic,” said John Whiteman, Manager, HPD Commercial and Customer Motorsports. “And that legacy remains as strong as ever, thanks to the success of the Civic Type R TCR and Civic Si race cars running this year.”
O’Gorman and Blackstock have swept the opening two Pilot Challenge races of the season, taking the LAP Motorsports-run car to class victories at Daytona and Sebring.
“With two wins already this year, I’m really stoked about getting to my home track to compete in this car,” O’Gorman said. “It’s been a dream to progress through the Honda racing ladder, having raced the Honda Fit, Civic Si, and now, this amazing race car.”
Blackstock added: “With Mid-Ohio being one of my favorite tracks, I am very excited to get the weekend started in the #37 L.A. Honda World/LAP Motorsports Honda Civic Type R.
“We’ve had a very strong start to the year, so we are hoping to keep the streak alive!”