Honda appoints new chief of its HPD motorsport arm

Honda's American-based racing arm Honda Performance Development has appointed Allen Miller as the new head of its pinnacle motorsports programmes

Honda appoints new chief of its HPD motorsport arm

Miller's promotion to the position of race team leader places him in charge of on-track activities for HPD's IndyCar, endurance sportscar and Pirelli World Challenge efforts.

"This is an exciting time in HPD's history," said Miller. "We're carrying on a multitude of new programmes, including aero kits in IndyCar, the new ARX-04b Honda prototype sportscar, and the exciting Pirelli World Challenge programme for the Acura TLX GT.

"Each presents its own challenges and opportunities for the company, and I'm looking forward to contributing to our future success."

Prior to taking on his new role, Miller had held a variety of positions within HPD.

He joined the company 21 years ago as an engine builder after having spent four years with Nissan Performance Technology, and went on to serve senior postings on Honda's successful CART engine programme.

He was named project manager for HPD's prototype sportscar programme in 2006, and was promoted to project leader two years later.

Under his watch, HPD recorded 74 race victories across the American Le Mans Series/United SportsCar Championship and World Endurance Championship, including two class wins at the Le Mans 24 Hours and the LMP2 title in the WEC in 2012.

HPD president Art St Cyr said that Miller's broad experience made him a natural choice for the role.

"Allen has been a vital part of HPD, virtually from the start of the company, " St Cyr said.

"His management skills, diverse racing background and extensive experience will be a huge benefit for HPD and our racing efforts in the IndyCar Series, the Pirelli World Challenge, and endurance sportscar series."

Three experienced HPD engineers will assist Miller across the various categories.

Matt Niles will take over from Miller as the head of the sportscar programme, while Troy Hanson has been named manager of the IndyCar effort and Lee Niffenegger placed into the same role for the Acura programme in the PWC.

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