Honda, Skip Barber launch new racing effort

Program will give students and racers seat time in Civic Type R and Si racing cars

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Skip Barber Racing Schools will add race-prepped Honda Civics to their fleets | Honda Performance Development photo

Honda’s Civic Type R and Si already are popular “future classics” and their appeal is likely to increase with the announcement that Honda Performance Development and the Skip Barber Racing School will use specially prepared versions in racing school and track day programs.

“The racing school programs allow students to polish their competition skills and ultimately earn a racing license that will permit them to compete in touring car series,” according to the announcement by Honda Performance Development. “To complement this training, SBRS plans to field the Skip Barber Race Team during the 2020 season of the SRO TC America series.

“Through this partnership, SBRS will use the HPD Civic Race cars to train new drivers to obtain a provisional racing license and experienced drivers looking to hone their skills with expert instruction from the Skip Barber instructor corps.  

“In addition, the cars will be used in retail Skip Barber Racing School programs offering motorsports enthusiasts an opportunity to experience the Race cars.”

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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