2019 IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge Round 1 Race Report

Posted on 23. Feb, 2019 by in Hyundai Canada

01/25/2019, Fountain Valley, CA

2019 IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge
Round 1 Race Report -BMW Endurance Challenge during Daytona 
#21 and #98 Bryan Herta Autosport w/ Curb Agajanian/Hyundai Veloster N TCR
 

Round one of a 2019 IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge is in a books for a Bryan Herta Autosport w/ Curb Agajanian entries.  The Indianapolis formed group perceived their dual new Hyundai Veloster N TCR racecars from Germany progressing this month and ran a cars for a initial time during a deteriorate opener during Daytona International Speedway on Thursday.  The eventuality featured an accelerated report for a IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge teams, with 6 sessions and a four-hour foe over dual days.  Under a instruction of group owners Bryan Herta, a organisation and drivers took a routine and obliged proceed to a weekend, as they familiarized themselves with their new apparatus and new vicinity by carefully executing a use sessions, qualifying, and pitstops.

New to BHA, co-drivers Harry Gottsacker and Mason Filippi, a youngest twin in a IMSA MPC margin met for a unequivocally initial time on their attainment during Daytona.  While they are new to TCR competition, they are assimilated by BHA Sports Car veterans Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis who lapse to a group after a unequivocally successful deteriorate racing a Hyundai i30N TCR, a sister-car to a Veloster N TCR.  That bid led to a group and manufacturer championship for BHA and Hyundai in 2018.

Mother Nature greeted a IMSA teams Thursday morning with complicated rain, thunder, lightning and clever winds.  The IMSA Pilot Challenge array non-stop a famed Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona eventuality with initial use during 9 am on Thursday.  By a time a immature dwindle fell on a initial eventuality of a season, a continue had subsided to light rain.  Many teams chose to abstain a eventuality with no other sleet forecasted over a event.  The BHA patrol energetically approaching their Veloster entrance and took to a lane notwithstanding a soppy conditions.  The group successfully used a eventuality to give a all-new Veloster N TCR’s a systems check, confirming a championship teams’ preparations.

With any use session, a #21 and #98 drivers worked diligently with their engineers to familiarise themselves with a Veloster N TCR and a response to set-up changes.  As this swell developed, so did a opening and a path times.  Mark Wilkins set a 8th fastest subordinate time Thursday afternoon, while Mason Filippi was 13th.  The drivers were not assured with their formula yet knew they did not have a speed to contest for a pole, so they chose instead to run smallest laps in subordinate and save tires for a race.

Cool temperatures and balmy skies greeted a teams for a foe on Friday.  The two-car Hyundai Veloster N TCR group ran inside a top-five several times in a four-hour event, with a #98 automobile driven by Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis using as high as second on a high banks of Daytona. From a immature dwindle until a checker, a four-hour foe was movement packaged with heated foe and lots of carnage.  Mark Wilkins had a good start and had clever foe pace, branch a automobile over to Michael Lewis in fourth position after completing one stint.  Lewis staid in early, with 3 buliding of a foe ahead.  An emanate in a initial pitstop pushed him down a charts, yet it wasn’t prolonged before he was operative his approach behind by a field.  Mid-race strike with a Honda Civic driven by Ryan Eversley eventually finished a day early for a #98.  Eversley was deemed obliged for a strike and penalized for a incident.  The BHA organisation done several stops in bid to gauze a car, yet a repairs valid to be too serious and late on path 76. The #98 group hold on prolonged adequate to collect points for eighth position.

The BHA sister car, a #21 driven by rookies Harry Gottsacker and Mason Filippi finished fifth.  Filippi started 13th and quick accelerated by a margin to sixth.  A prolonged pitstop sent Filippi behind to his starting position, yet once again he worked his approach behind toward a top-five.   While Filippi consistently ticked off rival path times, Gottsacker celebrated from a pits, watchful patiently for a vigilance to get ready.  Just over half approach by a foe Gottsacker took over pushing duties, tasked with a shortcoming of bringing home a #21 Veloster N TCR after a four-hour challenge.  Trouble during a pitstop behind his foe entrance even further, Gottsacker had a sizeable pursuit brazen to get a automobile behind into a tip five.  Shortly into his army Gottsacker knew something was amiss.  Focused on collecting as many points as possible, Gottsacker remained in a foe and stayed unchanging until he was forced to retire 3 laps before a mottled flag.  It was not a approach a immature rookies wanted to finish their IMSA debut, yet their calm paid off, they cumulative fifth place notwithstanding their retirement.  The group now turns a concentration to their subsequent challenge, a Alan Jay Automotive 120 from a ancestral Sebring Raceway on Mar 15th.  Watch a movement from Daytona on Wednesday, Feb 6th during 1pm ET on NBC Sports SN.

Team owners Bryan Herta: “Our idea this weekend was to execute…with a concentration on consistency.  We knew we had a poignant plea brazen with debuting a new automobile and module during Daytona.  While we’re not assured with a results, we schooled a lot this weekend about a car, and a team.  We’re looking brazen to this month to continue a module growth and to revisit a endless records from a weekend so we will come out clever during Sebring.  we am unequivocally gratified with a Veloster N TCR and a drivers. The large pattern looks good for a group and Hyundai.”


CAR #98 Bryan Herta Autosport w/ Curb Agajanian

Qualified: Mark Wilkins: 8th 

Highest Race Position: 2nd

Finished: DNF – Contact, 76 laps p.9

 

Mark Wilkins: “We had a good start. The margin was a bit sparse to be honest, no one unequivocally bunched up.  We have a lot of new here this weekend and I’m training a field, perplexing to figure out that drivers we can work with and that we need to watch out for, there’s a lot of new.  We got adult to fourth and a automobile felt good. The Veloster N is a good racecar. It’s a initial foe for this car, 4 hours and it is solid.  we am assured it is going to be another good deteriorate with Hyundai and Bryan Herta Autosport.”

Michael Lewis: “Thank we to Bryan Herta Autosport and a whole group for operative really, unequivocally tough all week long.  They got a cars on a lane in a quick and protected condition.  Mark had a good stint, he was looking risque and brought a automobile into a pits in fourth. we was pumped!  Once we got in and got my pace, we were throwing a leaders and we consider we had a good car.  We were a top-five automobile currently and even ran as high as second.  It was all looking flattering good by a initial half of a race.  On a re-start with about an hour and a half to go, we were strike tough from behind and that combined utterly a bit of damage.   We attempted to keep going after a contact, yet a repairs was too severe. That is a approach racing goes, yet I’m unhappy we were not means to give Hyundai and BHA a outcome they deserved currently with a Veloster N.  we am happy yet that we’ve got certainty and we know we have a rival package going forward. It is going to be a good season.”

 

CAR #21 Bryan Herta Autosport w/ Curb Agajanian

Qualified: Mason Filippi: 13th

Highest Race Position: 4th

Finished: Gottsacker:  96 of 101 laps finished – personal 5th


Harry Gottsacker on a race: “It was frustrating that conjunction automobile was means to finish a race, yet we are looking brazen to Sebring where will be stronger.  It was a initial foe as a group all together. Mason my teammate did a good job, he was super consistent.  We positively all schooled a lot this weekend.  On a competition: “It was a small bit of a opposite than what we am used to, generally racing in a TCR difficulty with a front circle drive.  It’s a totally opposite round diversion unequivocally and something we need to get used to.  I’m unequivocally looking brazen to removing behind in a automobile and stability a development.”

Mason Filippi on a weekend: “It was my initial time here during Daytona and It’s been an implausible experience. To be a racecar motorist competing during a place like this, is incredible. It was also a initial weekend with a Veloster and my initial impressions are unequivocally good. It was gentle to expostulate right away, and it was fun to race.  My teammate Harry and we have been means to work together good right from a beginning.  we had a good initial army today, we enjoyed it unequivocally much.  It was fun flitting cars out there, not indispensably where we would have approaching to, not meaningful my foe and their characteristics.  Ultimately, we were dual laps bashful of finishing a foe with some arrange of a problem that forced us to retire a #21, yet we still scored points for fifth, that shows some consistency.  We’ve got collection in a box to take to Sebring and we am looking brazen to it.”

Founded in 2009, Bryan Herta Autosport has grown from a singular automobile Indy-Lights group into a championship winning automobile racing franchise.  Led by IndyCar and Sports Car star Bryan Herta, Bryan Herta Autosport has won races in each fortify they’ve entered, including Indy Lights, Indy Car, Global Rally Cross, and Pirelli World Challenge.  BHA rose to inflection after winning a 2011 Indianapolis 500 in what was a final foe of a Centennial Era, a jubilee of 100 years of racing during The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with motorist Dan Wheldon.  Five years late, BHA partnered with Andretti Autosport, and defied a contingency again, winning their second Indianapolis 500 with rookie motorist Alexander Rossi.  BHA entered a Global Rally Cross Championship in 2015 underneath a name Bryan Herta Rallysport, scoring mixed podiums and wins.  In 2018, BHA entered a Pirelli World Challenge in partnership with Hyundai and dominated a TCR class, winning 7 races with drivers #98 Michael Lewis and #99 Mark Wilkins in a Hyundai i30N TCR, securing a group and manufacturers championships in a process.  For 2019, BHA continues its’ successful partnership with Andretti Autosport to margin a #98 U.S. Concrete Honda w/ Curb Agajanian in a IndyCar array for motorist Marco Andretti.  Also, in 2019, BHA takes their championship winning Hyundai TCR group to a IMSA Pilot Challenge where they will enter a #98 Hyundai Veloster N TCR for Michael Lewis and Mark Wilkins and a #21 for Harry Gottsacker and Mason Filippi.  Bryan Herta Autosport is a U.S. sales deputy and tools support deputy of Hyundai TCR foe cars for patron teams.  For some-more information, revisit www.BryanHertaAutosport.com.

 

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Bryan Herta Autosport
Founded in 2009, Bryan Herta Autosport has grown from a singular automobile Indy-Lights group into a championship winning automobile racing franchise.  Led by IndyCar and Sports Car star Bryan Herta, Bryan Herta Autosport has won races in each fortify they’ve entered, including Indy Lights, Indy Car, Global Rally Cross, and Pirelli World Challenge.  BHA rose to inflection after winning a 2011 Indianapolis 500 in what was a final foe of a Centennial Era, a jubilee of 100 years of racing during The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with motorist Dan Wheldon.  Five years late, BHA partnered with Andretti Autosport, and defied a contingency again, winning their second Indianapolis 500 with rookie motorist Alexander Rossi.  BHA entered a Global Rally Cross Championship in 2015 underneath a name Bryan Herta Rallysport, scoring mixed podiums and wins.  In 2018, BHA entered a Pirelli World Challenge in partnership with Hyundai and dominated a TCR class, winning 7 races with drivers #98 Michael Lewis and #99 Mark Wilkins in a Hyundai i30N TCR, securing a group and manufacturers championships in a process.  For 2019, BHA continues its’ successful partnership with Andretti Autosport to margin a #98 U.S. Concrete Honda w/ Curb Agajanian in a IndyCar array for motorist Marco Andretti.  Also, in 2019, BHA takes their championship winning Hyundai TCR group to a IMSA Pilot Challenge where they will enter a #98 Hyundai Veloster N TCR for Michael Lewis and Mark Wilkins and a #21 for Harry Gottsacker and Mason Filippi.  Bryan Herta Autosport is a U.S. sales deputy and tools support deputy of Hyundai TCR foe cars for patron teams.  For some-more information, revisit www.BryanHertaAutosport.com.

 

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