SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – A successful debut season for the 2017 Honda Civic Si saw the Shea Racing-led effort score a pair of victories in the TCA class of the Pirelli World Challenge, leading Honda to second in the Manufacturers’ Championship in the competitive category.
Running a full season in the #94 Shea Racing Honda Civic Si, Tom O’Gorman put the new car in Victory Circle in just its fourth race, at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. The CTMP weekend also included a fourth-place finish and fastest race lap in Saturday’s opener of the weekend racing doubleheader, earning O’Gorman the pole for his winning effort on Sunday.
Through the final 10 races in the 12-round championship, O’Gorman only once finished worse than sixth: a 10th-place result in the first of two races at Lime Rock due to a pit stop for a flat tire. In the remaining races, O’Gorman took his Civic to four podium results and four more top-six finishes to finish third in the TCA Drivers’ Championship.
“I’m really excited [to finish third in the championship]” O’Gorman said. “This was the development year for the Civic Si, so our expectations were to prove the reliability, the durability, and the competitiveness of the car. Finishing third in the championship is the cherry on top of that. I’m really excited to see more people running this car in 2018, as it’s the most affordable platform in TCA.”
Unveiling her #67 Honda Civic Si at mid-season, team owner Shea Holbrook put together her own string of impressive results, including a pole and debut win at Utah Motorsports Campus, followed by a quartet of top-six finishes, to boost Honda to second in the TCA Manufacturers’ Championship.
“Being a part of the development of the 2017 Honda Civic Si for TCA has been a true honor,” Holbrook recounted. “Coming from a long history of driving Civics, the 10th generation Civic has been hugely fun to drive. It has shown to be competitive, reliable and fast. Honda continues to show strength in power, even more so than previous generation cars. Having that competitive advantage really helps, especially when the competition is as tough as it is in TCA. The season certainly feels like an overall success, and I look forward to what 2018 has to bring.”
Jeff Barrow, Manager, HPD Commercial Motorsports notes, “We’ve been developing the racing parts for the Civic Si ever since we got our hands on a preproduction car, but you don’t really know how good the parts will be until you get them on the race track. All the work done by Tom and Shea this year proved that the cars are competitive, and we can’t thank the Shea Racing Team enough for their efforts!”
About Honda Performance Development:
Honda Performance Development, Inc., (HPD) is Honda’s racing company in North America and is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 1993, HPD is the technical operations center for Honda’s high-performance racing programs. HPD specializes in the design and development of race engines, chassis and performance parts, and technical/race support. It also offers parts and race support to Honda and Acura grassroots motorsports racers, and is expanding its support of racing series and programs to make Honda racing products available to participants in all racing disciplines, from karting and Quarter Midgets to the highest levels of pro racing.