Mario Farnbacher reviews real time data with students

Trent Hindman demonstrates driver change procedure

Supporting driver development is a fundamental value of Acura Motorsports and Honda Performance Development (HPD). The HPD Driver Academy represents the latest demonstration of this commitment. As talented drivers rise through the sports car developmental ladder, many find that reaching the next level is limited by access to in-vehicle/team experience, promotional ability, and paddock knowledge. The Driver Academy Program provides the knowledge, training, and hands-on education, preparing them to reach the highest levels of the racing profession.

The comprehensive curriculum includes on-track coaching sessions in the championship-winning Acura NSX GT3 Evo or Honda Civic Type R TCR, advanced on-track techniques used by championship winning drivers, as well as off-track instruction relating to effective communication with crew and engineers, driver marketing and sponsor insights and diet and training, all taught by HPD affiliated personnel from championship winning programs. At each track location - Mid Ohio Sports Car Course, VIRginia International Raceway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Sebring International Raceway-  elements are added onto those from the prior events. For example, practicing pit stop procedures, driver changing techniques, in-laps and out-laps, culminating in a night-time racing simulation with live, full speed pit stops. Each Academy event builds upon the lessons learned at the previous events, resulting in a thoroughly prepared professional sports car driver, ready for competition.

Racers Edge Motorsports operates the program under the guidance and direction of Honda Performance Development with Team Principal Jon Mirachi developing the curriculum and Race Engineer Jim Pattin leading the on-track sessions. Acura Motorsports/HPD provides specific support at each event to increase driver learning, including key race engineers and championship drivers from Acura and Honda global motorsports.

Championship winning drivers Ricky Taylor, Dane Cameron, Mario Farnbacher, Trent Hindman, Kyle Marcelli and Ryan Eversley make up the roster of instructors throughout the program, all of whom have contributed to Acura's multiple manufacturer, driver, and team championship titles in both IMSA and SRO GT World Challenge America. Engineers Lee Niffenegger from HPD, Jim Pattin from Racers Edge Motorsports, and several HPD engine engineers will all join in the Academy instruction.

The HPD Driver Academy will offer 4 spots for the GT3 car and 4 spots for the TCR car, allowing for drivers of a diverse backgrounds and career goals to be considered for the program.

While personnel from HPD and Racers Edge Motorsports constantly search for and evaluate potential candidates, young drivers interested in going through the program should contact Jon Mirachi at Racers Edge today to see if they qualify for one of the limited spots available. 




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Inaugural HPD GT3 Academy graduates

2020 HPD GT3 Driver Academy graduates: (L-R) Taylor Hagler, Jacob Abel, Dakota Dickerson, Karl Wittmer

Trent Hindman demonstrates driver change

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