BHA/Hyundai customer racing program to debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Indianapolis, IN. (Sept. 18, 2019) – Bryan Herta Autosport w/ Curb Agajanian will enter a single Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec TCA car in the final event of the 2019 SRO TC America Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 19th and 20th. American Tyler Gonzalez has been chosen to drive the first ever Veloster TCA machine in the official race debut for the car.
The car was built by Bryan Herta Autosport around the venerable Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec road car. The car will be homologated for TCA competition in the SRO TC America Series but will also be eligible to compete in multiple other series including SCCA and NASA. Bryan Herta Autosport, through their customer support division, BHA/Hyundai Customer Support Team will hand the running of the car for its debut before handing over to customer teams and drivers for next season. The BHA/Hyundai Customer Support Team will offer the same trackside engineering support, setup and tuning advice, and parts and order fulfillments already available to North American TCR teams and drivers from the team’s headquarters in Brownsburg, IN. “We are very excited to grow Hyundai’s motorsports reach into the TCA category moving forward,” said BHA president, Bryan Herta. He continued: “TCA provides an ideal, low cost, track ready option for racing enthusiasts and teams with now a clear pathway up the motorsports ladder to the TCR division. We selected the Veloster Turbo R-Spec as the perfect platform around which to build a race ready TCA car. We already know the Veloster has all the attributes you look for in a race car, great power and torque, low center of gravity, small frontal area and perfect wheelbase to wheel track ration. All the hard work was already done for us.”
In just two seasons of competition, Hyundai has tallied 11 TCR victories and the 2018 team and manufacturer championship in Pirelli World Challenge in partnership with Bryan Herta Autosport. With just one race to go in 2019, BHA and Hyundai lead the drivers’ championship in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. “With the success of the Veloster N TCR the past two years, it was only natural to expand our motorsports portfolio and put more Veloster’s on the track,” said Paul Imhoff, director, Marketing Communications, Hyundai Motor America. “Our objective is to reach racing enthusiasts across the spectrum, from high performance to grassroots and we hope to take the checkered flag in Las Vegas.”
In addition to their commitment to performance and development with the Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec, Hyundai Motorsports North America offers a compelling contingency program for customer teams. Teams competing next season with the Veloster Turbo R-Spec TCA car in the TC America Series will be eligible for substantial contingency awards, details will be announced soon.
Tyler Gonzalez, 15, of St. Cloud, Florida will transition to TCA from the Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup Presented by BF Goodrich, where this season, he’s earned three top five finishes, including a podium at Road America. “I am really excited to join Bryan Herta Autosport and be the first Hyundai TCA driver in North America,” said Gonzalez. “I am confident that I can work well with the team to develop the car to be one of the best in competition in both the United States and Canada. To have this opportunity is something that I have been working at for quite some time. I can’t thank Bryan and his team for believing me and I will make them proud in Las Vegas and hopefully onwards into the 2020 season.” A 10x karting champion, Gonzalez is a recipient of the Emerson Fittipaldi Driver of the Year Award and was honored by the Mayor of his hometown, St. Cloud, Fl when they officially declared October 31st ‘Tyler Gonzalez Day.’
Racers looking to learn more about racing in a Hyundai Veloster TCA machine in 2020 can contact Jeff Swoboda at firstname.lastname@example.org.