01/25/2019, Daytona, FL
2019 IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge
January 24-25, 2019
Racetrack: Daytona International Speedway
3.56-mile “Roval”, comforts 12 turns
Race: Friday, Jan 25, 2019 during 12:15pm
TV: Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019 during 1pm on NBC Sports Network
Live updates are accessible via a weekend on amicable media and www.bryanhertaautosport.com
CHAMPIONS: Bryan Herta Autosport w/ Curb Agajanian won a 2018 Pirelli World Challenge TCR organisation and manufacturer (Hyundai) championships in their rookie season. Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis won 8 of 13 races pushing a Hyundai i30 N.
New for 2019: Bryan Herta Autosport moves to a IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge with a two-car entry. Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis will expostulate a #98 Bryan Herta Autosport w/ Curb-Agajanian entrance while Harry Gottsacker and Mason Filippi will join a organisation to expostulate a #21 Hyundai Veloster N TCR.
Veloster N: The Veloster N will make a American entrance during Daytona International Speedway.
What is N? Introducing Hyundai’s new high-performance series: N. It’s a initial minute of
Namyang – a plcae of Hyundai’s tellurian RD facility, where a models are created. And it’s also a initial minute of Nürburgring, a epic lane where they’re serve tested and developed.
The idea of N: to send a race-inspired disturb surging by we a impulse we squeeze a wheel.
Endurance: Endurance racing is a new plea for a Bryan Herta Autosport team. They competed and won their initial and usually continuation try to date: The SRO California 8 Hours during Laguna Seca final October.
TCR during Daytona…How it Works: From a salon to a speedway, Each TCR (Touring Car Racing) entrance will accept 6 sets of Michelin tires. Each motorist contingency finish during slightest forty mins of expostulate time. The MICHELIN Pilot Challenge has dual classes, GS (Grand Sport) and TCR.
Mark Wilkins: “Daytona is an implausible circuit. I’ve been advantageous to contest in many Rolex 24 events over a past 15 years with a inflection being a category feat in a PC category in 2014. I’ve positively run a lot of laps during Daytona though nothing in a Veloster N TCR, so I’m excited. On a lane transition from a oval to a highway course: “Based on a knowledge final year with a Hyundai i30N, we consider a transition in this automobile will be utterly good. The Veloster is aerodynamic and has good down force, so fortitude will be a clever indicate for us. We will be means to be assertive on entrance and assured a automobile will be fast going into spin one.”
Michael Lewis: “Arriving during this lane is an experience, there is an strenuous feeling here. It’s a large venue with a really colorful story and pushing here is an honor. Although it will be my initial time pushing here during Daytona, ovals are really informed to me with my mud lane experience. I’ve never raced on an oval/road march mixed and it is going to be neat to mix a two. The Veloster N has a clever following and we demeanour brazen to stability a successful module in a IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge. Fans who follow a deteriorate can describe a Veloster N on a travel to a Veloster N TCR that we use for racing purposes, and we consider that is really cool. Additionally, a continuation foe format with live array stops and motorist changes in a MICHELIN Pilot Challenge is a fun and new try for a team. Our engineers, management, mechanics, and drivers will work to move courtesy to a fact that Hyundai not usually builds fit and mercantile cars, though also opening cars. we am looking brazen to racing tough opposite a competition.”
Harry Gottsacker: “It’s always been a idea of cave to contest in continuation racing, so we am vehement about a module in a IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. I’ve finished one other continuation race, a IMSA Prototype Challenge foe during Atlanta final year and we finished fourth. The longer races take a bit of a opposite approach, ease is critical and so is communication and teamwork. we suffer carrying a co-driver and we am looking brazen to pushing with Mason. This is new domain for us as a team, though we consider we have a really rival package with a Veloster N, and we know we have a resources as a organisation to do well.”
Mason Filippi: “I am looking brazen to pushing with such a clever organisation and a Veloster N TCR will be really competitive. The transition to IMSA’s format and prolonged races presents a few some-more hurdles that we am energetically anticipating. Our concentration currently will be to govern and learn. we consider we’re all concerned to take a immature dwindle and get after it, though we’ll have to demeanour during a large picture, ease a horses for a few laps and find a baseline. After that, diversion on!”
Bryan Herta Autosport
Founded in 2009, Bryan Herta Autosport has grown from a singular automobile Indy-Lights organisation 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 organisation 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 organisation 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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