BHA Returns to The Glen in Quest for Endurance Victory
BHA FAST FACTS:
Championship Leaders: Taylor Hagler and Michael Lewis, the drivers of the #77 Hyundai Veloster N TCR are leading the IMPC TCR championship by 40 points. The duo, paired together for the first time this season have finished on the podium the last two races, with a third at Sebring and second at Mid-Ohio.
The Elantra Wins On and Off the Track: Parker Chase and Ryan Norman drove the all-new #98 Elantra N TCR to it’s first victory in North America at Mid-Ohio. Already a winner off the track, the Elantra was named the 2021 North American Car of the Year in January, just a week before the racing version, the Elantra N TCR made its’ world debut in TCR competition with BHA at Daytona.
Drivers Camp: The Hyundai Drivers’ Camp, presented by Bryan Herta Autosport wrapped this week. The 2021 camp featured six weeks of intense training from industry leaders.
- PitFit Training
- Dr. Jack Starke renowned sports psychologist
- Kevin Sullivan, the former communications director at the White House,
NBC Universal and The Dallas Mavericks.
The camp also featured corporate presentations from Hyundai Motor America and engineering workshops focusing on set-up, aerodynamics, data acquisition and more.
Hyundai driver Mark Wilkins, the 2019 TCR Champion commented, “It’s incredible that Hyundai and Bryan Herta Autosport provide this type of training both physically and mentally, with the individuals who are considered the best in their industries. This opportunity to better enhance our performance, and to get the most out of ourselves mentally shows massive commitment from BHA and Hyundai. They’ve provided the 2021 class of Hyundai drivers the tools to allow us to perform at our best, and it’s been an exceptional opportunity for us drivers to capitalize on something so unique.”
Women in STEM: Hyundai Motor America is pleased to provide funding for the Hyundai Women in STEM Scholarship for any female students in the United States pursuing an undergraduate degree in STEM disciplines. Each of five winners will receive a prize of $10,000. To apply, entries must be submitted no later than June 30, 2021 and applicants can apply here: THE HYUNDAI WOMEN IN STEM SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST: Application Form | The University Network (tun.com).
#77 Hyundai Veloster N TCR
Drivers: Taylor Hagler and Michael Lewis
Best Start: 9th Best Finish: 2nd Rank: 1st
· Hagler and Lewis hold a 40 point championship lead.
· Mark Wilkins finished second, en-route to the 2019 IMPC Championship (co-driving with Michael Lewis) the last time IMSA raced at The Glen.
Taylor Hagler: “We have put together a solid run through the first three races in the Michelin Pilot Challenge season. It is my first time to lead a championship, so I am really leaning on Michael’s experience to shape our races. Our focus is to keep executing and be calculated in the risks that we take to make sure we are there at the end of the race.”
Michael Lewis: “Watkins Glen is a super fun track and our Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster N was really fast the last time we raced there. Taylor and I will keep working hard to execute well during the race to put us in contention to be on the podium. That’s what we have been doing and that’s all we can do. It’s a long race around this super speedway style of a race track, and we must survive and protect the car to have a shot at the end! Points wise, the championship really starts now. If we keep working hard and keep executing flawless races, we will have a good shot at podiums and hopefully something more at the end of the year. Just keep your head down and keep digging. Don’t stop! Additionally, our on track performance has been a result of testing before each event. The more practice we get seems to translate well during the race weekends!”