Filippi Scores First IMSA Pole, Wickens on the Front Row

The #77 Elantra N TCR of Mason Filippi will lead the pack to the green flag tomorrow for the first time in his IMSA career. It was also the first time Filippi has qualified in TCR since 2020. This is the second consecutive pole position for the #77 driver pairing of Filippi and Maxson. Maxson qualified first in the season opener at Daytona.
Teammate Robert Wickens was second fastest, just one-tenth of a second behind Filippi. Wickens’ result was notable as it was just his second time qualifying using hand controls.
Harry Gottsacker rounds out the top three, with all six BHA Elantra’s starting inside the top seven positions. The green flag will fall at 4:25 pm ET tomorrow, March 17th for the Alan Jay Automotive 120 at Sebring International Raceway. Catch the action live on Peacock TV.
BHA RESULTS Qualifying Driver/Finishing Driver:
P. 1 #77 Elantra N TCR Filippi/Filippi
P. 2 #33 Elantra N TCR Wickens/Wilkins
P. 3 #98 Elantra N TCR Gottsacker/Chase
P. 5 #1 Elantra N TCR Hagler/Lewis
P. 6 #2 Elantra N TCR Muss/Norman
P. 7 #54 Universal Coating Elantra N TCR Johnson/Simpson
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Mason Filippi, driver of the #77 Elantra N TCR qualified fastest, and will start from the pole position at Sebring in the Alan Jay 120 on March 17, 2022
Robert Wickens will start second in his second event ever using hand controls.
Starting: 1st Qualifying Time: 2:14.446
Mason Filippi: “It feels amazing to be on pole here at Sebring. Our Hyundai Elantra N TCR was hooked up and felt great out there in qualifying. The weather has been on and off all day, so the track was a bit green, but it was a blast. Big thanks to Hyundai and my BHA crew, they’ve been nailing it and I can’t wait to race tomorrow.”
Starting: 2nd Qualifying Time: 2:14.517
Robert Wickens: “It was fun, I felt like we could have had a result like this in Daytona, but the conditions were changing and it didn’t happen. It hasn’t been easy. A lot of hard work has gone into this. Mark has been doing a great job coaching me and letting me know how to drive these car. Really, the Hyundai Elantra N TCR car is on rails here at Sebring. We locked in the top-three and all of the BHA cars are in the top ten, so now we just need to make sure we challenge for the win tomorrow.”
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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 27 race wins, and three TCR championship titles.
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