2019 IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge | Road America 120 | #21 Harry Gottsacker and Mason Filippi | #98 Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis | August 2-3, 2019

2019 IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge
Road America 120
#21 Harry Gottsacker and Mason Filippi
#98 Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis
August 2-3, 2019


Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI
4.048-mile road course, features 14 turns
Race: Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 4:05 pm CT (2 Hours)
TV: LIVE on IMSA.TV, IMSA Radio. NBC Sports Network Monday, August 12th, 2019 at 3pm ET
Live updates are available throughout the weekend on social media and www.bryanhertaautosport.com


FAST FACTS:

Leading the ChaseWith two victories and two pole positions heading into Road America, Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis lead the 2019 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge driver’s championship by 10 points over the second place LA Honda World Racing Honda Civic. 

Episode 3 Just Dropped: Pole Position: Next Level chronicles Bryan Herta Autosport’s 2019 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season with an exciting behind the scenes look at team and drivers.  In the third episode, released this week, Bryan Herta gives viewers an exclusive look inside the Hyundai Motorsports headquarters in Alzenau, Germany, where the Hyundai Veloster production cars are transformed into the Veloster N TCR racecars. Bryan also visits the 24 Hours of Nürburgring for the first time, where the Hyundai Veloster N TCR car finished second in the legendary event. 
WATCH: Episode 3 Pole Position: Next Level right here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdBk03CKHJE&t=183s


By the Numbers:
The BHA Hyundai Veloster N TCR’s are in the midst of an outstanding IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge rookie season.  The team has collected two pole positions, four podiums and at least one Hyundai Veloster N TCR has finished in the top five in five of the six races completed.  A dominant performance at Lime Rock two weeks ago gave Hyundai their first double podium in IMSA racing when championship leaders Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis scored their second victory of the season in the #98 Hyundai Veloster N TCR, and rookies Harry Gottsacker and Mason Filippi finished third, earning their first appearance on the podium. Driving the #21 Hyundai Veloster N TCR, Gottsacker and Filippi are tied for fifth in the championship and just six points away from second.

Sheboygan Roots: Road America is particularly special for Harry Gottsacker, driver of the #21 Hyundai Veloster N TCR, as his family is from Sheboygan.  While Harry grew up in San Antonio, Texas, his summers as a child were spent at Road America with his father and grandfather. Harry will have some extra boost this weekend with a large contingency of enthusiastic friends and family from the area.


QUOTES:

#98 Mark Wilkins: "After a great weekend at Lime Rock Park for both Hyundai Veloster N TCR’s we look to keep the momentum up at Road America this weekend! I’m always excited to race at Road America, it’s one of the classic, old school circuits that makes for great racing. The track just has so much variety; a real drivers circuit. Our car has worked so well everywhere we’ve raced so far this season. I anticipate the same at Road America, with plenty of technical sections where the Veloster N TCR really shines! It’s been a busy month and we’re in the throes of the season now with only four events remaining. Our goal will be to maximize our points and think about the big picture.   I’m looking forward to meeting the Veloster Nation guests at the team meet and greet on Saturday!”

#98 Michael Lewis: "Road America is a fast track with many high-speed turns that our Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster N TCR Race Car should take really well. There are three main straights, so drafting will be key in the race for both passing and also for fuel saving. Because this track is so big and because it has many fast turns, in addition to three long straights, we should be on the throttle for a long time around the lap. Keeping up your momentum will be key to prepare for the long straights in a pack and even by yourself.”  Michael’s Best Lap: “I really like the entire track! Turn 1 is cool as you have a fast turn, about 4th gear, after a long straight. You brake really late for Turn 1, get off the brakes quickly, and get right back to throttle very quickly; I love the feeling of Turn 1. Also, the Turn 5 through 6 complex is a section I enjoy. I like the hard-braking zone of Turn 5 and also the tricky Turn 6 which is a left-hand turn over a crest of a hill. For fans visiting the event, standing on the outside of Turn 6 is a pretty cool viewing point because you can get really close to the race cars on the track. Honestly, most of the track has great vantage points. If you are at the race this weekend, please stop by our tent to see our Veloster N TCR Race Cars and enjoy the scenery and many viewing points around the track!"

#21 Harry Gottsacker: “This is the race that I have looked forward to all season!  Road America is a home track for me because the Gottsacker family is from Sheboygan, WI.  We will have a bunch of friends and family out for the weekend and their support here is always an extra boost.  Lime Rock was a great, complete race for both of the BHA cars.  I’m looking forward to competing for victory again this weekend and keep moving up in the championship.  We have a lot of good momentum and our Hyundai Veloster N TCR just keeps getting better.”

#21 Mason Filippi: “I can’t wait for my first lap at Road America.  I have never been there, but on the simulator it is incredible.  I am especially excited for the carousel and the back half of the track.  We have a fast, reliable Hyundai Veloster N TCR and we have a bit of extra momentum coming off our first podium two weeks ago, I am pumped.”

 

Bryan Herta Autosport w/Curb Agajanian
2019 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge
Harry Gottsacker and Mason Filippi
No. 21 Hyundai Veloster N TCR

EVENT

START/FINISH

Fast Lap

Laps

Laps

Led

Points

Driver

Rank

Team

Rank

Manufacturer

Rank

Rolex 24 At Daytona

13/5

02:00.941

96/100

Mechanical

0

26

4th

4th

3rd

Sebring

8/4

02:16.807

49

0

28

2nd

2nd

3rd

Mid-Ohio

11/7

01:31.522

68

2

25

4th

4th

3rd

Watkins Glen

12/8

01:58.811

91/103

11

101

6th

6th

2nd

MoSport

3/10

01:26.446

75/78

0

122

6th

6th

6th

Lime Rock

7/3

00:55.398

123

0

152

6th

5th

3rd

Road America

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laguna Seca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Road Atlanta

                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis
#98 Hyundai Veloster N TCR

EVENT

START/FINISH

Fast Lap

Laps

Laps

Led

Points

Driver

Rank

Team

Rank

Manufacturer Rank

Rolex 24 At Daytona

8/9

02:00.160

76/100

Mechanical

0

22

9th

9th

3rd

Sebring

3/6

02:016.594

49

2

25

7th

7th

3rd

Mid-Ohio

6/1

*01:29.893

68

35

35

2nd

2nd

3rd

Watkins Glen

1/2

01:58.618

103

50

114

2nd

2nd

2nd

MoSport

2/12

01:26.020

63/78

0

133

3rd

3rd

3rd

Lime Rock

1/1

00:55.541

123

100

168

1st

1st

3rd

Road America

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laguna Seca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Road Atlanta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Indicates fastest lap of the race, set my Mark Wilkins

 

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.  Just three races into their IMSA debut, BHA won the Mid-Ohio 120 in the #98 Hyundai Veloster N TCR with Wilkins and Lewis. 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.

 

Media Contact:
Katie Brannan
Bryan Herta Autosport
Tel. 775-783-9033
www.bryanhertaautosport.com

 

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2019 IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge Lime Rock Park 120 #21 Harry Gottsacker and Mason Filippi #98 Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis
Aug 1, 2019

2019 IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge Lime Rock Park 120 #21 Harry Gottsacker and Mason Filippi #98 Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis

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