Yesterday, during the IndyCar race at Watkins Glen, there were a number of caution laps. These are laps when the competitors are required to slow down due to some sort of ontrack incident – essentially because of an accident or other unsafe situation. These laps are lead by a pace car, usually a current model vehicle that may be modified for track use for safety reasons, and maybe some performance alterations.
The IndyCar pace car is the 2008 Honda Accord Coupe. For this vehicle, modifications include a safety roll cage and high-performance wheels and tires for racetrack use. Hmmm, not what I would think of as a performance vehicle to lead the field on caution laps. It looked nice, featuring a rich blue paint scheme (with some red & white thrown in for visibility), and “performance” IndyCar graphics. I was willing to consider it.
In fact, I saw a three Honda Accord Coupes on the way home from work, today. I did not see these as inspirational vehicles. I thought to myself, “Is this a vehicle I could see myself enjoying both as a daily driver AND a competative autocross vehicle on weekends?” I came away thinking, not!
Oh well, so much for Honda’s insprational marketing…I don’t feel this model of Honda is Racing Ready.