Bryan Herta Autosport
Round 2 of the 2022 IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge
March 16-17, 2022
Racetrack: Sebring International Raceway
3.74-mile road course, features 17 turns
Race: Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 4:25pm ET
Sebring Satisfaction: BHA has enjoyed significant success at Sebring the last few seasons. Mark Wilkins and Harry Gottsacker won both races at Sebring in 2020, and the team locked-in the first three positions in the IMPC championship at the season finale at Sebring later that year. In 2021, Taylor Hagler and Michael Lewis scored their first podium as teammates, when they finished third at Sebring. It turned out to be the first of five consecutive podium finishes for the pair who went on to win the series title last season.
A Look Back at Daytona: BHA kicked off the 2022 season with their best results ever. BHA newcomers Tyler Maxson and AJ Muss made it an all-Elantra front row in qualifying. It was the 17-year old Maxson who scored the pole position, BHA’s first at the Speedway. After four intense hours of wheel-to-wheel racing, BHA earned a double podium finish at the Daytona season opener. Defending Champions Taylor Hagler and Michael Lewis finished second while Robert Wickens and Mark Wilkins finished third.
A Successful Transition: Racing with hand-controls for the first time, Robert Wickens finished on the podium at Daytona, alongside his teammate, fellow Canadian Mark Wilkins. His return to racing came after a three-year hiatus while recovering from an IndyCar incident in August of 2018 that left him disabled.
Womens History Month: In line with March being National Women’s History Month, Hyundai recently launched their 2022 Women in STEM scholarship. Hyundai’s goal is to continuously evolve toward the future of sustainable mobility, autonomy and to positively affect the world in which we live. Recognizing women who wish to pursue a STEM-related field of education, applicants are asked to submitted an essay combining Hyundai’s goals to their chosen STEM field. Five chosen scholarship winners will receive $10,000 each. Initiatives like Hyundai’s Women in STEM program have contributed to the expanded presence of women working in all roles in the IMSA paddock. BHA data acquisition engineers Megan Ryder and Josephine Eskildsen joined the team as interns from Hyundai’s Women in STEM initiative in 2021. BHA’s Taylor Hagler became the first woman ever to win an IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge title in 2021: Hyundai_TaylorHaglerWIMPiece_JS_V1.mp4 (dropbox.com)
It’s Your Turn: Now you can experience the thrills of racing the three-time championship winning Hyundai Veloster N TCR – virtually on iRacing. The worlds leading racing simulation platform just added the Veloster to its paddock of virtual racers, which includes the Elantra N TCR. BHA drivers Tyler Maxson and Mark Wilkins helped iRacing develop the Hyundai entries for the virtual platform.
Hyundai Drivers’ Camp: North America’s Hyundai racing drivers recently completed a four-day training camp in Indianapolis. Presented by BHA, the drivers completed four days of intense physical and cognitive training at Pit Fit, in addition to trainings focused on sports psychology and mental health, engineering and data acquisition.
Growth: Coming off of their third consecutive IMSA title, Bryan Herta Autosport has expanded from four cars to six Elantra N TCR entries in 2022. The team welcomes three new drivers, AJ Muss, Robert Wickens and Tyler Maxson. Hyundai driver Mason Filippi is back racing under the BHA banner for 2022 after a year away racing for Hyundai at Copeland Motorsports.
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 four championships in as many seasons, including three consecutive team and driver championships, and two consecutive (2020, 2021) manufacturer’s titles in IMSA’s Michelin Pilot Challenge. For more information, visit: www.BryanHertaAutosport.com
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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