Among Sage Marie's standout races: Three Pikes Peak hill climbs.
A car guy working for a car company is lucky. Sage Marie is luckier than most.
In his 19 years working up the corporate ladder at American Honda to assistant vice president of public relations, Marie has had his share of memorable racing experiences.
But a few stand above the rest.
There was driving the famed Baja 1000 off-road race in 2015 in a Class 2 Trophy Truck wearing Honda Ridgeline body panels.
"You talk about memorable machines -- that was a memorable machine," Marie said. How memorable? Thirty inches of wheel travel mixed with an unconfirmed amount of horsepower (think many hundreds) from a twin-turbo V-6 engine.
He has driven the Pikes Peak hill climb three years in a row in unique Honda and Acura cars. That's three checks for a bucket-list item most car guys never do once.
And there was the season Marie raced a unique all-wheel-drive Acura TL cobbled together by Honda's geek squad of race-obsessed engineers. Used by Honda for Pikes Peak in 2013, Marie ran it in the 2014 Sports Car Club of America season and came in fourth in runoffs that year.
"It was a very unusual car on the track," Marie said. "But it was the best race car I've ever driven. It was so easy to drive, so forgiving and so capable."
Yet, as with most car guys, it's the early stuff that tugs at his heartstrings. He still owns the 1968 Mercury Cougar his grandmother bought new, Lime Frost Green with a Merc-O-Matic three-speed automatic. She promised it to him when he was 3 and the car made an early mark on his car-loving life.
What else does he miss from his past? His first company car, a 2000 Honda Accord Coupe. Black on black.
"I loved that car," Marie said. "I was totally excited to get that car. I was 24 years old at the time. I thought I was the man."