Copeland Motorsports is expanding its arsenal of racecars today with the acquisition of a Hyundai Veloster N TCR car from Bryan Herta Autosport. Copeland Motorsports is a major player in the SRO Motorsports Group promoted TC America racing series. They are also the current point leaders of the Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup presented by BF Goodrich. The team will hit the track testing potential drivers within the next two weeks and have targeted participation in their first race shortly thereafter.
“We have been in discussions with Bryan Herta Autosport on acquiring a Hyundai since mid-March and closed the deal late last week,” explained Dean Copeland of Copeland Motorsports. “We have had some interest from several drivers that knew about the expansion in our program, but we tried to keep it quiet for a little while. We are finally ready to tell the motorsports industry and begin our venture back into TCR.”
“We are thrilled that Copeland Motorsports has selected the Hyundai Veloster N TCR car as the perfect solution for their growing team,” said Bryan Herta, president and CEO of Bryan Herta Autosport. “We look forward to working closely with the team to provide best in class support and service, and I am sure they will be immediately competitive in the already stout TCR class.”
“We are really looking forward to getting on track and up to speed,” Copeland added. “We have several opportunities for drivers interested in getting behind the wheel of the Hyundai Veloster N. We are looking at participating in both TC America and IMSA events in the future. Our first priority is to begin testing immediately.”
Along with customer support from Bryan Herta Autosport, and a list of benefits, also comes the Hyundai contingency award program for all TC America and IMSA events for Hyundai drivers. With money up for grabs for race and podium winners, Copeland Motorsports Hyundai drivers have the opportunity to win performance-based cash paybacks.
With the car on the way to North America, Copeland Motorsports is set to receive their new Hyundai late next week.
Copeland added, “To say that we are excited is an understatement. We have competed in TCR in the past and have been working several avenues to find a way to reengage in the program for the future.”
Photos by: Hyundai Motor Corporation