IndyCar's 2011 season finale's name got a little bit longer Friday afternoon. The series announced Honda – in its last race as sole engine supplier – will be a presenting sponsor of the race in Las Vegas. The race will now be known as the IZOD IndyCar World Championships Presented by Honda.
“We couldn't think of a better way to cap off our season than to have Honda join as presenting sponsor of the IZOD IndyCar World Championships,” said IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard. “Honda has been a valued partner over the years. Whether it's producing a flawless race product or creating unique promotions, they help define the speed and excitement that is the IZOD IndyCar Series.”
The race also features the GoDaddy IndyCar Challenge, where Dan Wheldon will start from the rear of the 30-plus car field in his Sam Schmidt Motorsports with Bryan Herta Autosport entry, in a quest to earn $5 million split between himself and a fan if he wins the race.