The fact that Honda is making a return to Formula 1 with the McLaren team is possibly the biggest piece of news that we’ve heard in recent times. It’s a move that has made Honda fans around the world very happy, especially since it revives a legendary partnership between Honda and McLaren. The partnership that saw the team win four Formula 1 championship titles between 1989 and 1991.
And with Honda’s biggest motorsport move in recent times, this could well be the right time for Honda Car India to finally take the plunge and go the motorsport way. The company’s India operations, given their global motorsport scenario, would do well to consider circuit racing, with the possibility of a one-make series. Planning the series to coincide with their F1 return, for the year 2015, will result in considerable interest in Honda’s motorsport operations world over.
Given that there are only two one-make touring car championships in the country at the moment, if Honda does decide to enter the domestic motorsport scene, budding race car drivers will finally have another series in which they can participate.
Globally, Honda currently competes in the IndyCar Championship with 2014 Indy500 winner Ryan Hunter Reay driving for Andretti Autosport and Takuma Sato driving for A.J Foyt Racing. More important, of course, is the manufacturer’s involvement in touring car racing. The World Touring Car Championship currently features a two-man Honda team, with Tiago Monteiro and Gabriele Tarquini fielding a pair of Honda Civics in the WTCC.