BMW Endurance Challenge
at The Rolex 24 at Daytona
Round 1 of the 2024 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge
January 26, 2024
Racetrack: Daytona International Speedway
3.56-mile road course, features 12 corners
Race: Friday, January 26, 2024, at 1:45 pm EST (4 Hour Race)
TV: Live on NBC’s PEACOCK: www.peacock.tv
Listen: Live radio commentary for every session at www.IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com Live timing and scoring from each session available at www.IMSA.com. Live updates are available throughout the weekend on BHA social media and www.bryanhertaautosport.com
2023 Champions: Harry Gottsacker and Robert Wickens return to IMPC competition as the defending series champions. The pair won the title in their first season as co-drivers. 2023 was Wickens’ second season of racing with hand-controls, it took him just 20 races to win his first series title controlling the accelerator, brake, steering and transmission with his hands. Wickens is the first driver in North America to win a professional title using hand controls and the third in the world.
HHOW: Hyundai Hope On Wheels donated $100 for every lap a Hyundai vehicle was in the lead during the final two races of the 2023 season. This raised nearly $20,000 to support pediatric cancer research. In 2024, Hyundai Hope On Wheels has pledged to donate $100 for every lap a Hyundai Elantra N TCR is leads during every race of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season. The Arnold Palmer Childrens Hospital will receive the donation based on laps led at Daytona.
+1 Elantra N TCR: Bryan Herta Autosport will enter four Elantra N TCR cars in the 2024 IMPC. Denis Dupont and Preston Brown join BHA to co-drive the #76 Hyundai Elantra N TCR. The pair welcome Nick Looijmans as a third driver for the four-hour season opener.
Daytona x20: Mark Wilkins will make his 20th consecutive start at Daytona International Speedway on Friday. The 2019 IMPC Champion is also a Daytona 24 race winner, he won the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona with Core Autosport, in Prototype Challenge. In his debut at Daytona 20 years ago, Wilkins raced a Porsche, co-driving with his father, the late Greg Wilkins and they finished third. Wilkins has six podium finishes at Daytona, including back-to-back third place finishes racing the Elantra N TCR in 2022 and 2023.
New Faces and New Roles: 18 year-old Bryson Morris joins BHA full-time in 2024, co-driving with Taylor Hagler in the #77 Hyundai Elantra N TCR. Bryson made his debut with the team at the 2023 season finale at Road Atlanta. Veteran motorsports engineer Chris Finch is BHA’s Technical Director, he remains the lead engineer on the #98. Megan Ryder joined the team as an intern from IUPI’s Motorsports Engineering program in 2021. In 2022 Ryder joined the team full-time as an assistant engineer and in 2023, she was the assistant engineer on the #33 championship winning team. New for 2024, Ryder has been promoted to lead engineer on the #77 Elantra N TCR driven by Taylor Hagler and Bryson Morris. Additionally, veteran IndyCar engineer Mike Colliver joins the team as the lead engineer for Harry Gottsacker and Robert Wickens and the #33 team.
Camp: Hyundai TCR drivers participated in the first half of the fifth annual Hyundai Drivers’ Camp between the Roar and the start of the race event at Daytona. Drivers completed media training with NBC Pit Reporter, Matt Yokum, and also a behind the scenes race control briefing with IMSA’s Race Director, Beau Barfield. BHA’s Technical Director Chris Finch and Systems Engineer Josefine Eskildsn presented engineering systems and strategies, while Hyundai Motor America’s marketing and social teams briefed the manufacturer’s latest developments, campaigns and social strategies. The camp resumes with two days of fitness and health training in NYC in early March.
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