BHA Hoping for a Hyundai Home Run at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
Hyundai takes the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Points lead to their title race, the Hyundai Motorsports Grand Prix at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Taylor Hagler became the first female to win a TCR race in North America earlier in the season and is on her way to becoming the first female IMSA Champion. She and teammate Michael Lewis hold a 90-point lead with just three rounds to go. The race will be streamed live on NBC Gold Track Pass. For more information about the race, cars and drivers visit www.bryanhertaautosport.com.
Next Level: The first of five episodes of Hyundai’s web series “Next Level” was just released. The first episode, titled “Robert’s Return” takes viewers behind the scenes of Robert Wickens return to the cockpit when he drove the #54 Hyundai Veloster N TCR with Bryan Herta Autosport at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. It was Wickens first time driving a racecar since he became paralyzed in a horrific IndyCar accident three years ago. Robert’s journey back to the track is one of determination and inspiration, he proved in the hand-controlled Hyundai Veloster, that he is capable and ready to win races again. Watch Next Level on Hyundai’s YouTube channel: (23) Robert Wickens’ Return | Next Level Ep. 1 | Hyundai – YouTube
Hyundai Home Run: Bryan Herta Autosport scored a home run for Hyundai in 2020, when Ryan Norman and Gabby Chaves won the Laguna Seca 120 at Hyundai’s home race. This year there seven Hyundai’s racing for the win at the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship. Headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, this is the second consecutive year Hyundai Motor America has served as the title sponsor of IMSA event at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
51%: Hyundai has proven to be the most reliable manufacture since joining the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge prior to the 2019 season. Since then, they’ve won 51% of the races, two driver championships and one manufacturers title. Searching for their 14th IMPC race win at the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship, Hyundai currently leads the manufacturers championship by 20 points over Honda.
Elantra N: Hyundai recently introduced the high performance, road going sister car to the Elantra N TCR race car, the Elantra N. A 276-hp cornering machine that makes driving more personal by letting you customize the drive mode and exhaust notes. Race fans will get their first look at the Elantra N at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Learn more: The all-new Elantra N Highlights | Cars Hyundai Worldwide
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|#77 Hyundai Veloster N TCR Best Start: 6th Best Finish: 1st Championship Standings: 1st A California native, Lewis has two wins and three poles at his “home track” – WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.Current points leaders with 90 point lead.Scored their first victory as co-drivers at the previous round at Lime Rock Park. It was Hagler’s first pro victory, Lewis’s sixth IMPC victory.
|Michael Lewis: “Laguna Seca is such a great track. It’s a track that provides a lot of action for the drivers as there are many corners back-to-back and there is no time to rest. It’s a fun challenge to keep in flowing with a rhythm to nail each turn and to be mistake free. Our Bryan Herta Autosport Veloster N race car is so good on braking, turning, and getting to power efficiently so I think this whole track really suits our car because of all the turns and the short straits.” Best part of Laguna Seca: “My favorite part of this track is probably Turn 6 and going up the hill to the corkscrew. T6 is really fast and challenging and then the drive up the hill is crazy as you just see blue sky before you get to the brake zone. It’s a cool feeling to experience. We hope to put on a good show for the fans here and for Hyundai at their home race.”
|Taylor Hagler: “I am looking forward to getting back in our Veloster N TCR at Laguna and continuing our hunt for a championship. We didn’t have our best weekend at Road America, but that has helped us focus on what we need to do for the last three races to finish strong. I only have one start at Laguna Seca in 2020 and it was one of our better races last season.” Best part of Laguna Seca: “I really enjoy turn 6 at Laguna Seca, it is a very unique corner and very high speed. It can help you set up for a good move on the brakes into The Corkscrew. We are always good on the brakes with our Veloster N!”