BHA Fast Facts – The Glen Part 2

2021 IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge
Sahlen’s 120 at The Glen
Friday, July 2, 2021
Round: 5 of 10 in the 2021 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge (IMPC)
Racetrack: Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY
3.4-mile road course, featuring 11 turns
Race: Friday, July 2, 2021, at 2:35 pm ET (11:35 am PT) (2 Hours)
TV: LIVE on NBC Gold Track Pass
Live timing and scoring from each session available at
Live radio commentary for every session at and
Replay: NBCSN Tuesday, July 6th at 5 pm ET
Return of The Champion: Gabby Chaves, 2020 TCR co-champion with Ryan Norman returns to Bryan Herta Autosport for the Sahlen’s 120 to sub for Norman in the #98 Elantra N TCR. Norman, a veteran of the Road to Indy program and Indy Lights race winner, will make his NTT INDYCAR Series debut this weekend at his home track at Mid-Ohio, driving for Dale Coyne Racing. Norman recently won at Mid-Ohio, scoring BHA’s first victory of 2021 and the Elantra’s first victory in North American competition.
3 for 4: Taylor Hagler and Michael Lewis scored their third consecutive podium of the 2021 season when they finished 3rd at The Glen last weekend. Approaching the top step, the duo has a pair of thirds and a second-place finish. Teammates Ryan Norman and Parker Chase followed up their victory at Mid-Ohio with a second-place finish last weekend after a hard-fought four-hour battle.
The Points Picture: As we approach the halfway point of the season with four of ten races complete, Hagler and Lewis are ranked second (1200), just ten points out of the championship lead, Ryan Norman and Parker Chase (1100) are 100 points behind in third, and the #54 Veloster N TCR of Michael Johnson and Stephen Simpson are fourth. Despite some bad luck early in the season, Mark Wilkins and Harry Gottsacker are within striking distance of the top five, ranked seventh with 950 points.
N: Thousands of race fans were treated to an up-close look at the newest “N” vehicles last weekend at The Glen. The Elantra N Line, Sonata N Line, Veloster N and the all-new Kona N, most of which have not been released yet in North American were on display. Hyundai’s performance line, “N” represents Namyang, the global R&D center where the “N” high-performance models are created. It’s also the first letter of Nürburgring, the epic track where they’re rigorously tested and refined. Engineered from Hyundai’s success in the World Rally Championship and Touring Car Racing series, N and N Line vehicles are built to give consumers a race-inspired rush.
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#77 Hyundai Veloster N TCR
Best Start: 9th Best Finish: 2nd Championship Standings: 2nd
  • Finished second at The Glen last weekend.
Michael Lewis: “It’s awesome racing back to back. The competition is so close, but makes for great racing, the fans had a great show last weekend and it was so great to see them here back with us in the paddock. We’ll keep working hard to put the #77 BHA Hyundai Veloster N TCR on the top step.”
Taylor Hagler: “It was nice to have a few days off here in beautiful up state New York. It will be a bit of a different dynamic this weekend with the two-hour, no time for mistakes. We had a really good result last weekend in what turned out to be a wild race. I am looking forward to getting back out there for another podium this weekend.”
#54 Universal Coating Veloster N TCR
Best Start: 11th Best Finish: 3rd Championship Standings: 4th
Of Note:
  • Stephen Simpson made a late race pass for the overall win in the 2018 6 hours of Watkins Glen, driving a DPi.
  • Stephen Simpson and Michael Johnson finished second at The Glen in 2018.
  • The #54 Hyundai Veloster N TCR finished sixth last weekend.
Michael Johnson: “The guys have been here all week working hard. The race last weekend was pretty crazy, a lot of incidents and attrition, it will be interesting to see if it is the same in the 2-hour format. We’ll be ready to maximize our opportunities either way.”
Stephen Simpson: “Looking for a strong weekend. Our Hyundai Veloster N TCR car was good last weekend, I am glad we had a quick turn around because I felt we had a lot more than a sixth place car last weekend, so I am anxious to get back out there and finish on the podium.”
#33 Elantra N TCR
Best Start: 7th Best Finish: 8th Championship Standings: 7th
  • The #33 finished 10th at The Glen in the 4 hour.
Mark Wilkins: “After a weekend that showed a great deal of promise, our end result was not where we should have been. I’m elated that we are back at it again this weekend with a shot at redemption tomorrow! We know our Elantra N TCR is fast, and we know how to win!”
Harry Gottsacker: “We’ve had a good car these last few races and haven’t been able to put it all together. The competition is fierce. Mark and I are still searching for our first podium, we need to do the Elantra N justice.”
#98 Elantra N TCR
Best Start: 2nd Best Finish: 1st Championship Point Standings: 3rd
  • Gabby Chaves is subbing for Ryan Norman this weekend.
  • The #98 Elantra N TCR scored BHA’s first and only victory of 2021 at Mid-Ohio. Chase and Norman finished second last weekend.
Gabby Chaves: “It’s great to be back with BHA and Hyundai at The Glen. This is one of my favorite tracks and I am looking forward to getting a taste of the new Elantra TCR and do my part in driving the development forward. Good luck to Ryan (Norman) this weekend and thank you Bryan (Herta) and Hyundai.”
Parker Chase: “Our Elantra N was so good last weekend, that I’ve been giddy all week knowing we’re getting another shot at The Glen this weekend. Both Ryan and I had a great run for 2nd, it was a tough race and a lot of work but great to the end. Based on that, we should be in good shape this weekend.”
Mason Filippi – Hyundai Pro Driver
#51 Veloster N TCR Copeland Motorsports
Best Start: 11th Best Finish: 4th Championship Point Standings: 7th
  • The #51 Veloster was hit and damaged during the 4 hour at The Glen.
” I cannot wait to get back on the track, two in a row at The Glen is a drivers dream! My #51 Veloster N TCR was killer out there last weekend but we got caught up in one of the incidents and it shortened our day. We’re seeking redemption this week.”
Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb Agajanian:
Founded in 2009, Bryan Herta Autosport has grown from a single car Indy-Lights team into a multi-championship winning auto racing franchise. Led by IndyCar and Sports Car star Bryan Herta, Bryan Herta Autosport has won races in every discipline they have entered, including Indy Lights, Indy Car, Global Rallycross, and championship titles in Pirelli World Challenge and IMSA. 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 later, BHA partnered with Andretti Autosport, and defied the odds again, winning their second Indianapolis 500 with rookie driver Alexander Rossi. In 2018, BHA entered the American Sports Car scene beginning its immensely successful partnership with Hyundai. Together, BHA and Hyundai have won three championships in as many seasons, including their dominating performance finishing first, second and third in the 2020 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, where Hyundai won its first manufacturers title. For 2021, BHA will debut the all-new Hyundai ELANTRA N TCR and continue with the proven Veloster N TCR with a three-car assault in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. For more information, visit:
BHA/Hyundai Customer Support: Bryan Herta Autosport is the U.S. sales agent and part support representative of Hyundai TCR and TCA race cars for customer teams. The BHA/Hyundai Customer Support Team offers trackside engineering support, setup and tuning advice, and part and order fulfillments for the Hyundai Veloster N TCR and TCA teams and drivers from the BHA’s headquarters in Speedway, IN. Since its North American debut in 2019, the Hyundai Veloster N TCR has scored 26 race wins, and three TCR championship titles.
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