Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD)

Founded in 1993, Honda Performance Development is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and is Honda’s racing company in North America.

Honda Performance Development facility, Santa Clarita, California.

Located in a 167,000-square-foot building in Santa Clarita, California, 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 through comprehensive motorsports research and development operations.

HPD also offers parts and race support to Honda and Acura grassroots motorsports racers, and are expanding our support of multiple motorsports divisions and programs from karting to the highest levels of pro racing.

In 2017, CPG will produce coverage of the F4 United States Championship powered by Honda; and ‘Honda Racing: At Speed,’ a video magazine of all of American Honda and HPD’s motorsports activities. Both programs will receive comprehensive national cable/broadcast network syndication including MAV TV and Rev’N.

CPG is also breaking new ground this year in digital coverage, by creating Facebook Live content for Honda Racing. CPG will produce “Facebook Live” broadcast quality shows at each Verizon IndyCar Series event this season. CPG has developed a proprietary plan incorporating closed-captioning and TV-ready graphics to create strong, engaging content.

Additionally, CPG will continue its “HPD Trackside” franchise – a weekly recap of on-track action from the Verizon IndyCar Series, the IMSA SportsCar Championship, Pirelli World Challenge, and major off-road races in North America. “HPD Trackside” is found on YouTube, on the Honda Racing/HPD page.

To learn more about Honda Performance Development and all things Honda Racing, please visit www.hpd.honda.com.

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Trans Am

Trans Am – “America’s Road Racing Series” – dates back to 1966 and moves into its second half-century of competition in 2017.

Since the addition of the Trans Am Race Company, LLC in late 2011, Trans Am has experienced unprecedented growth as a new class based model has been implemented. Now, three distinct classes take center stage; TA, TA2 and TA3.

Today, Trans Am features 70-plus car grids populated by Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Camaros, Dodge Challengers and Chevrolet Corvettes— a massive dose of pure Americana, with just a touch of nostalgia recalling the division’s roots.

Trans Am Series races are all-out sprints – 100 miles in length with no required pit stops for fueling, tires or driver changes.

In 2017, Carolinas Production Group will produce 12 Trans Am Series events showcasing the series on a national stage to a growing and dedicated audience on CBS Sports Network.

The Trans Am Race Company, LLC manages the day-to-day business of the Trans Am Series, including marketing, public relations and promotions, while SCCA Pro Racing provides contracted event operations services.

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F4 US Championship Powered by Honda 

In 2013, the The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) saw the need for an entry into open-wheel racing for graduates of disciplines such as Go Karting, but at a lower expense than Formula 3.

The resulting F4 race vehicles were achieved thanks to a partnership between Honda (engines), Pirelli (tires), and Crawford Composites (chassis).

The FIA has officially sanctioned F4 Championships throughout the world. In America today, the events are sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and contested as the F4 United States Championship certified by FIA and Powered by Honda.

The Honda engine used in F4 is based on the engine currently used in the Civic® Type R® recently launched in Europe. The engine has been detuned to meet FIA-mandated output of approximately 160 horsepower. Both the engine and the ECU have been sealed to help maintain parity and compliance.

Carolinas Production Group is a proud partner of the series producing television coverage of the F4 United States Championship powered by Honda in 2017. CPG will also produce ‘Honda Racing: At Speed,’ a video magazine of all of American Honda and HPD’s motorsports activities. Both programs will receive comprehensive national cable/broadcast network syndication including MAV TV and Rev’N.

For more information about the F4 US Championship Powered by Honda, please visit www.f4uschampionship.com

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Replay XD Action Cameras

Replay XD Action Cameras are among the smallest, lightest, ultra-rugged, and most versatile cameras in the world today.

Designed by a group of racing professionals with over 50 years of experience in the high performance racing industry, Replay XD Action Cameras capture video from human and machine in the most extreme environments on Earth.

In 2017, Carolinas Production Group will again use Replay XD Action Cameras in the production of multiple cable and digital network television shows including 12 Trans Am races on CBS Sports Network. CPG will also employ Replay XD Action Cameras in the production of the F4 United States Championship powered by Honda; and ‘Honda Racing: At Speed,’ a video magazine of all of American Honda and HPD’s motorsports activities receive comprehensive national cable/broadcast network syndication including MAV TV and Rev’N.

Replay XD, an AerNow company is located in Newbury Park, California. To access more information about Replay XD cameras, camera systems, mounts, accessories and more, please visit www.replayxd.com

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Speedcom Communications

Created and owned by racers for racers, Speedcom Communications, Inc. has first hand experience in understanding the needs of competitors – behind the wheel and in the pits – and the incredible demands required of equipment and reliable communications in all forms of racing.

Established in 1996, Speedcom offers a wide array of high performance communications products and accessories for companies and competitors in all facets of the motorsports industry. Speedcom is a Radium Authorized Dealer and features equipment from Motorola Solutions and Roux Helmets USA.

With headquarters in the heart of the “World Center of Racing” in Daytona Beach, Florida and in the European gateway city of Barcelona, Spain, Speedcom products and technologies are distributed globally throughout North and South America, Europe, Scandinavia, The Caribbean, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the U.A.E.

In addition to providing communications equipment to Carolinas Production Group in 2017, Speedcom is the Official Communications Equipment supplier to the United States F-4 Championship presented by Honda, Trans AM, the Pirelli World Challenge, FARA, Mazda MX5 Cup, SVRA, HSR, NARA, GT open, GT Spain, and Supercar Challenge.

For more information about Speedcom Communications, Inc., please visit www.speedcomracing.com

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Visioncast

Visioncast, Inc. a company closely affiliated with Carolinas Production Group, is also owned and operated by Rick Benjamin.

Launched in 2001, Visioncast initially focused on Benjamin’s on-air broadcasting career. A welcome regular on television in homes across the globe for nearly three decades, Benjamin has served as an award-winning motorsports television host on multiple broadcast networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, NBC Sports Network, CBS Sports Network, SPEED, TNN, TBS, FSN, and Velocity. Rick currently keeps a busy on-air schedule on a variety of platforms.

Over the years, Benjamin’s ability to see the big picture of a given project and develop the right solution in the broadcast environment has allowed him to mold Visioncast into a significant consulting entity. The company’s portfolio includes creative, development, management, and strategic planning in all forms of digital and broadcast media. Rick and Visioncast currently provide strategic support to several clients.

Benjamin also introduced Career Media Coaching to the Visioncast mix more than a decade ago. Media coaching is among the services the company currently provides and offers.

To inquire about how Visioncast can best serve you, your company, or your sports/motorsports property, please contact our offices at 704-844-0836 or rick@rickbenjamin.tv.

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