Honda Talon Factory Racing Welcomes Baja Specialist Elias Hanna and Zach Sizelove to the Team
“We are thrilled to welcome, Elias Hanna and Zach Sizelove to our Talon Factory Racing Team. Both racers bring a wealth of knowledge and many desert wins to our young Talon program. We are looking forward to seeing Elias and Zach battling all season for podium positions and wins” says Team Principal Jeff Proctor.
Elias Hanna has become one of the most notable Baja racers south of the border as he has claimed 6 championships, including 7 Millstone awards in his career. In addition, he conquered victory 5 times at the Baja 500 and another 5 times at the Baja 1000. Hanna is known for his knowledge of the Baja terrain and race craft which has propelled him to be at threat at the starting line in any race.
“I’m thankful to have been given this opportunity to race for PRG and Factory Honda in the Talon. I can’t wait to get behind the wheel and share with everyone the capabilities of these Talon SXS’s.” Said Hanna.
Zach grew up in the high desert of Southern California racing with his family. From a young age, Zach learned how to work on and build 1600 race cars with his father. “Zach is quiet and humble, but there’s a unique switch that turns on once he puts his helmet on. He is a competitor with laser like focus and you can see it in his eyes! We are looking for exciting results from Zach this season”. says Proctor.
“This is a strong team and I feel fortunate to be a part of this Factory Honda program. The Talon is an incredible platform to take racing and I am looking forward to making the best of this opportunity.” says Sizelove.
Elias Hanna will be lining up in his Talon alongside teammate Zack Sizelove as the team kicks off their 2021 Desert season in April at the SCORE San Felipe 250 in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.
Photography By: Bink Designs
About Jeff Proctor / Honda Off Road
Jeff Proctor grew up surfing in Southern California and like most American kids played traditional stick and ball sports as well. The allure of racing was sparked from his competitive nature, but it wasn’t until starting his first business, an action sports clothing brand in his college dorm room, that Proctor was able to buy his first motocross bike and begin his lifelong journey in off-road racing.
Today, Jeff has embarked on his most ambitious chapter of his race career – Partnering with American Honda, HPD-Honda Performance Development and Honda Powersports to create an Off-Road Racing Factory Mega Team. Jeff will not only pilot a custom unlimited Twin Turbo off-road race vehicle but also direct and oversee the team’s entire race operation, including a two car Honda Talon Side by Side team in 2020. Jeff will lead his team and Honda to the podium, bringing more high-level race teams to the exciting sport of off-road racing.
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About The Honda Talon 1000R
The Team Honda Works Edition Talon 1000R Turbo features FOX Live Valve internal by pass shocks, Maxxis Razr XT Tires, KMC Wheels, STEEL-IT coated chassis, Baja Designs lights, Jsport SXS Race Suspension Kit, Sparco Seats and Harnesses, MPI Steering Wheel.
About The Honda Ridgeline
Powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 produced by Honda Performance Development, the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck features a body designed by Honda R&D Americas’ Los Angeles Design Studio, with inspiration taken from the current Honda Ridgeline, also designed and developed by Honda R&D North Americas. Key design cues drawn from the 2019 Honda Ridgeline can be seen in the front fascia, hood, roof, bed and side profile.
Making approximately 550 horsepower, HPD’s 3.5-liter HR35TT engine uses the same block, cylinder heads and crankshaft as the production V6 engine that powers the all-new Ridgeline. Additional, custom elements of the powertrain include an HPD-designed intake plenum and custom Engine Control Unit programming.
About Honda Powersports
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and Side-by-Sides in the United States. American Honda’s Powersports Division conducts the sales, marketing and operational activities for these products through independent authorized Honda retail dealers.
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About Honda Performance Development, Inc.
(HPD) is Honda’s racing company in North America and is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 1993, 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. We are proud to also offer parts and race support to Honda and Acura grassroots motorsports racers, and are expanding our support of racing series and programs that make Honda racing products available to all racing styles, from karting and Quarter Midgets to the highest levels of pro racing.
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