2019 IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge
Lime Rock Park 120
#21 Harry Gottsacker and Mason Filippi
#98 Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis
July 19-20, 2019
Lime Rock Park
1.478-mile road course, features 7 turns “classic course”
Race: Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 11:10am ET (2 Hours)
TV: LIVE on IMSA.TV, IMSA Radio. NBC Sports Network Friday, July 26th, 2019 at 2pm
Live updates are available throughout the weekend on social media and www.bryanhertaautosport.com
In the Chase: Halfway into IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, Bryan Herta Autosport and the #98 Hyundai Veloster N TCR driven by Michael Lewis and Mark Wilkins is ranked 3rd in the championship, just one point behind second and six points out of the lead. The #21 car driven by Harry Gottsacker and Mason Filippi hope to turn their luck around at Lime Rock. The rookie duo has led several races and looked in position to savor their first victory, only to have it taken away by random misfortunes. The #21 car is currently ranked 6th, just four points out of the top five.
Champion: IMSA rookies Harry Gottsacker and Mason Filippi are maximizing their track opportunities on off weekends and doing so very successfully. Harry Gottsacker won the GT4 Sprint X Championship last weekend in Portland and Mason Filippi earned his fourth victory of the season racing with Copeland Motorsports in a Veloster N TCR built by Bryan Herta Autosport. Despite his late start to the TCR class championship, missing the first four races, Filippi is ranked 3rd.
SHOW: 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. The second episode released this week, heads home with the teams incredibaly talented young-guns; Mason Filippi and Harry Gottsacker... watch MotorTrend’s Pole Position: Next Level episode 2: Youth vs. Experience.
Bryan’s Blog: Released earlier this week, the third edition of “Bryan’s Blog” chronicles team owner Bryan Herta’s trip to Germany visiting the Hyundai factory and the 24 Hours of Nürburgring.
#98 Mark Wilkins: “Lime Rock aka the “bullring” always puts on some of the most exciting racing of the season! The track is fast and technical with no margin for error. Add in 35 plus cars and it’s a busy race! Staying out of trouble and keeping the car clean is key to challenging for the win. Our Veloster N TCR cars will be good her…it’s a handling track that requires a confident balanced car. It’ll be fun and I can’t wait to get the weekend started on Friday!”
#98 Michael Lewis: "Lime Rock is like a short oval or a “bull ring” for road racing, in that, there are few turns and most of the turns are in one direction. As a result, Lime Rock usually produces very close racing. This track really takes a rhythm to produce a fast lap. A rhythm is a good thing to have at all tracks, but I find it especially useful here. As there are only seven turns, the competition is really close. In the race, sometimes, you will see drivers make contact as they get frustrated from being nose-to-tail for so long. We will look to keep consistent and keep our Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster N TCR clean to be in contention for the win at the end of the race. Our car is very good in corners and as Lime Rock is a series of fast, right-hand turns, it should be good for us. The Michelin Pilot Challenge has produced some great races, and if you are at the track on Saturday, we hope you get to enjoy another exciting race!"
#21 Harry Gottsacker: “I’m looking forward to racing at Lime Rock Park with the Michelin Pilot Challenge series. I’ve been there a couple times, and it’s an iconic American racetrack. There are big consequences for mistakes on this bull ring, but carrying speed pays out huge on the lap times! This is week four of a four week stretch of racing for me. We have had successful parts of all the weekends so far, and I’m looking forward to putting it all together at Lime Rock four our first victory in the Veloster N TCR.”
#21 Mason Filippi: The short and fast Lime rock park will be great in the Veloster N TCR! I am looking forward to the battles we will have with traffic and other competitors in our class. Harry and I are coming off of a successful weekend at Portland and are looking to continue the momentum through Lime Rock! Time for our Hyundai 1,2 finish. We are dialing in our setup even more and it will be perfect at the Bull Ring.”
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.
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