Taylor Hagler Joins Bryan Herta Autosport for 2021 IMSA Campaignadmin
Young American racer Taylor Hagler has signed with Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) for the 2021 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge (IMPC) season. The 25-year-old returns to the IMSA paddock to drive the No. 77 Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster N TCR to build on her rookie year of IMSA competition this year.
Hagler made her professional racing debut in 2020 IMPC competition with L.A. Honda World Racing onboard the Honda Civic Type R TCR. Hagler showed her natural speed and prowess in sports car racing alongside her co-driver Ryan Eversley.
The duo combined for five top-five finishes including Hagler’s IMSA debut podium at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after a strong run to second. That same weekend Hagler also secured her first TCR Motul Pole Award during the double-header race weekend. She was the third female-ever to win pole position in IMPC competition.
The move to the two-time IMSA championship-winning team will see Hagler set to drive alongside 2019 IMPC champion Michael Lewis. Lewis brings knowledge and success onboard a Hyundai having won the 2019 TCR Championship as well as two race wins at VIRginia International Raceway and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in 2020.
Bryan Herta Autosport was founded in 2009 and has grown into a two-time Indianapolis 500 and two-time IMSA championship winning franchise. Making its IMPC debut in 2019, BHA introduced the Hyundai Veloster N TCR to the series in dominant fashion as the team swept the Driver and Team championships.
“Making the move into IMSA this year, there was a big learning curve for me, but it was a great learning experience,” said Hagler. “Getting to work with L.A. Honda World Racing taught me so much and has positioned me well for the future. I owe a lot of my growth this year to Ryan Eversley and can’t thank him enough for his coaching, guidance, and support throughout my rookie season in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. We had a lot of fun this year and had some great results so I’m looking forward to building on that even more next year.
“I’m so honored to be joining a championship-winning organization like Bryan Herta Autosport,” continued Hagler. “Having competed against them this past year, they have proven to be top contenders in TCR and I’m excited to be a part of that in the No. 77 Hyundai Veloster N TCR in 2021. It will be great to work with Michael (Lewis) who has so much experience with the Hyundai and I can’t wait to get off to a strong start in January!”
Hagler will make her debut behind the wheel of the No. 77 Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster N TCR at Daytona International Speedway during the Roar Before the 24 which is set for January 22-24.
2021 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Schedule:
Daytona International Speedway – Jan 22 – Jan 24
Daytona International Speedway – Jan 27 – Jan 31
Sebring International Raceway – Mar 17 – Mar 20
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – May 14 – May 16
Watkins Glen International – Jun 24 – Jun 27
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – Jul 2 – Jul 4
Lime Rock Park – Jul 16 – Jul 17
Road America – Aug 6 – Aug 8
VIRginia International Raceway – Aug 20 – Aug 22
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca – Sept. 10 – Sept. 12
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta – Oct 6 – Oct 9