As the initial shock of Honda’s termination of their F1 program, many started asking questions about their IRL supply contracts and Acura’s ALMS program. ALMS is feeling it’s own exodus as series-dominating Audi have withdrawn from the program but Honda say that Acura will stay:
“It is unfortunate that current global economic challenges have necessitated the cessation of Hondaâ€™s participation in Formula One racing. However, Hondaâ€™s U.S.-based motorsports activities are expected to continue in 2009.
“Racing has played an essential role in Hondaâ€™s history as a company, and the competition that racing provides has always been a cornerstone of Hondaâ€™s corporate values. We race to learn, and we race to win. We plan to continue both of those traditions in 2009 and beyond.”