The Tioga Downs 120
Round 5 of the 2022 IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge
June 23-25, 2022
Racetrack: Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY
3.4-mile road course, features 11 turns
Race: Saturday, June 25, 2022, at 4:10pm EST
Listen: Live radio commentary for every session at www.IMSA.com
Keys to the Title? Consistency: Teammates Taylor Hagler and Michael Lewis have proven that consistency is the key to success. In 2021, Taylor and Michael finished every race, scored one victory and finished on the podium in five additional races, including a pair of thirds at Watkins Glen en route to winning the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge title. 2022 is looking similar, as the Champions work to defend their title, they enter round five at Watkins Glen leading the championship by 130 points and they’ve finished second in three of the first four races.
WGI Podiums: Five of BHA’s 12 TCR drivers have finished on the podium racing a Hyundai at The Glen: Harry Gottsacker (2021), Mark Wilkins (2019), Michael Lewis (2019, 2021), Parker Chase (2021), Ryan Norman (2021) and Taylor Hagler (2021).
WGI Rookie: Despite years of open wheel and sports car racing, Robert Wickens has never driven at Watkins Glen International. Wickens will make his first laps at The Glen this weekend.
3 Out of 4: The 2022 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season is about to jump into a high gear, with three races in the next four weekends. To give this challenge some perspective, The six Bryan Herta Autosport Elantra N TCR’s are expected to complete approximately 248 race laps in the next four weeks. That’s just 40 laps less than the 282 race laps completed so far this season – over a five month period.
The 77 is Back: Tyler Maxson and Mason Filippi kicked off their season up front when they locked in the first TCR two pole positions of the season in their #77 Elantra N TCR. Their pole winning racer was destroyed in a heavy impact at Sebring. Shipping delays on a new Elantra N TCR car from Germany meant the young guns have been racing the Veloster N TCR the last two races. Upon arrival at the teams Speedway, Indiana headquarters, the BHA crew diligently built the new Elantra N to meet IMSA’s technical specifications and Mason Filippi gave it a successful shakedown last week at Putnam Park outside of Indianapolis. Filippi and Maxson will return to racing the Elantra N TCR this weekend at Watkins Glen.
Headed North: Canadian race fans are in for a extra special Canada Day celebration next weekend, when the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series returns to the legendary Canadian Tire Motorsports Park next weekend for the first time since 2019. Canadian teammates and fan favorites Mark Wilkins and Robert Wickens anxiously await their home race, and for Wickens, it will be his first time racing in Canada since he finished fourth racing in IndyCar at the Toronto Indy in 2018. He last competed at CTMP when it was known as MoSport in 2009, racing Formula Atlantic. Wickens commented, “Home races are always special so I’m really looking forward to racing on home soil again. In 2018 my home race was the highlight of my season, so hopefully we can get our Hyundai Elantra N TCR on the podium. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park has always been like a second home for me, and as a kid I spent most weekends at their karting track and watching the IMSA races. Those are some of the coolest moments of my childhood so I always enjoy going back to CTMP where I have some fond memories.”