2019 IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge
#21 Harry Gottsacker and Mason Filippi
#98 Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis
May 4-5, 2019
Racetrack: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
2.258-mile road course, features 13 turns
Race: Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 1:45pm ET (2 Hours)
TV: LIVE on IMSA.TV, IMSA Radio and Sat. May 11, 2019 at 11pm on NBC Sports Network
Live updates are available throughout the weekend on social media and www.bryanhertaautosport.com
2nd in the Championship: IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge’s youngest rookie pairing, Mason Filippi and Harry Gottsacker have two top five finishes this season and are currently ranked 2nd in the TCR Championship with 51 points.
Skill Over Horsepower: Known as a "driver's track" that rewards technical skills over horsepower, Mid-Ohio is famous for its flowing flowing and complex course, which requires finesse, patience, and courage. Mark Wilkins has finished on the podium multiple times at Mid-Ohio: “I really enjoy the challenges of Mid-Ohio and especially the rhythm and flow. I always find there are so many places to eek out a little bit more lap time and being precise really pays off. Whether it's finding the right balance of entry speed to corner exit in the keyhole or tackling the elevation changes in the esses through Thunder Valley the track keeps you focused and on your game.”
Tech for a Day: Alex Delly, a Hyundai Master Technician at Ken Ganley Hyundai in Norwalk, Ohio will be the “Hyundai Team Tech” this weekend at Mid-Ohio. The service team at Hyundai Motor America’s headquarters uses the “Tech for a Day” program as part of their motorsports program activation.
Mid O Stats: Mason Filippi is the only Mid-Ohio Rookie in the BHA line-up. His teammates Mark Wilkins, Michael Lewis and Harry Gottsacker have all enjoyed success on sports car course. Harry Gottsacker counts it as one of his favorite tracks, he has raced there twice scoring a pole and two third place finishes.
Harry Gottsacker: “I’m looking forward to getting back to Mid-Ohio this weekend. It was the location of my first professional pole position and double podium finish in sports car racing. Mid-Ohio will be the first track on the IMSA calendar that I have raced on previously and will look to get our first podium in the Veloster N TCR. The BHA team has been working hard to develop the car further since Sebring and I can’t wait to get on track.”
Mason Filippi: “I have never been to Mid-Ohio, but it looks like a great track that will suit the Veloster N TCR car well! I am excited to get there, learn the track and be back in the car after our break since Sebring! Every time we are in the car, we make huge gains. We’ve been consistent, and that has put us in second in the championship.”
Mark Wilkins: “The Veloster N is known as the corner rascal and Mid-Ohio certainly has its fair share of corners! This is a busy track from behind the wheel and one that is technical in nature, known for its vast elevation changes, tricky sight lines and fast flowing sections. The Veloster N TCR impressed at both Daytona and Sebring but I think its nimble precise handling will really shine at Mid-Ohio. The team has been busy since Sebring and we are hungry for a great result next weekend!”
Michael Lewis: "We are back racing and this time it is at the twisty and technical track of Mid-Ohio. I like this track for that reason as many of the turns seem like conventional turns, but there are some nuances that you must adjust for in your line. Additionally, this track doesn't have too many long straights, so you really are busy and working hard during the lap. It is almost like an oval mentality; in that you are in corners a lot and you get to see the same corner many times. For sure the competition will be close and our Bryan Herta Autosport team is prepared for that. We look to execute well and honestly do what we've been doing the past two race weekends, as our car has been competitive in each event. Our Veloster N TCR is solid in the corners and as Mid-Ohio has many corners throughout its lap, perhaps this can be good for us. After the first two races of the season, it is really great to see the #21 car with Mason and Harry in second place in the points. For Mark and I, we will work to score more points for the #98 car and work as a team to get the most points we can for Hyundai and Bryan Herta Autosport this weekend."
About Bryan Herta Autosport:
Founded in 2009, Bryan Herta Autosport has grown from a single car Indy-Lights team into a championship winning auto racing franchise. Led by IndyCar and Sports Car star Bryan Herta, Bryan Herta Autosport has won races in every discipline they’ve entered, including Indy Lights, Indy Car, Global Rally Cross, and Pirelli World Challenge. BHA rose to prominence after winning the 2011 Indianapolis 500 in what was the final race of the Centennial Era, a celebration of 100 years of racing at The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with driver Dan Wheldon. Five years late, BHA partnered with Andretti Autosport, and defied the odds again, winning their second Indianapolis 500 with rookie driver Alexander Rossi. BHA entered the Global Rally Cross Championship in 2015 under the name Bryan Herta Rallysport, scoring multiple podiums and wins. In 2018, BHA entered the Pirelli World Challenge in partnership with Hyundai and dominated the TCR class, winning seven races with drivers #98 Michael Lewis and #99 Mark Wilkins in the Hyundai i30N TCR, securing the team and manufacturers championships in the process. For 2019, BHA continues its’ successful partnership with Andretti Autosport to field the #98 U.S. Concrete Honda w/ Curb Agajanian in the IndyCar series for driver Marco Andretti. Also, in 2019, BHA takes their championship winning Hyundai TCR team to the IMSA Pilot Challenge where they will enter the #98 Hyundai Veloster N TCR for Michael Lewis and Mark Wilkins and the #21 for Harry Gottsacker and Mason Filippi. Bryan Herta Autosport is the U.S. sales agent and parts support representative of Hyundai TCR race cars for customer teams. For more information, visit www.BryanHertaAutosport.com.
About Hyundai Motor America:
Hyundai Motor America is focused on delivering an outstanding customer experience grounded in design leadership, engineering excellence and exceptional value in every vehicle we sell. Hyundai’s technology-rich product lineup of cars, SUVs and alternative-powered electric and fuel cell vehicles is backed by Hyundai Assurance—our promise to deliver peace of mind to our customers. Hyundai vehicles are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide with the majority sold in the U.S. built at U.S. manufacturing facilities, including Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Hyundai Motor America is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, and is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea.
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