Taylor Hagler Remains Consistent in IMPC Laguna Seca Stopadmin
Beginning her international racing tour, Taylor Hagler brought the No. 1 Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) Hyundai Elantra N TCR home a sixth-place finish in the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120 during the Course de Monterey Presented by Hyundai race weekend on Saturday.
Consistency was key for Hagler in the third stop on the 2023 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge (IMPC) calendar. Starting from eighth, a mad dash to the first corner of the 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course. Hagler made quick work of the racing pack moving up a position before the third corner on the opening lap. By lap five, Hagler picked up another position moving her into sixth.
As the race clock counted down towards the one-hour mark, Hagler successfully built a 13 second gap to the position behind while closing in on the fifth place entry. The momentum continued as she closed the gap and made the pass to take over fifth place. Hagler again built a sizable gap to the rest of the TCR field while cruising to pit stop on lap 36 handing the No. 1 Hyundai to Michael Lewis.
Lewis returned to the course in sixth and remained steady holding the position through the second half of the race. A late race penalty forced the No. 1 Hyundai to pit lane. Luckily with a one lap advantage over the trailing in class cars, Lewis held his position. Five laps later, the No. 1 Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Elantra N TCR crossed the finish line in sixth.
Following the race, Hagler and her BHA teammates will head to Germany to compete in the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring representing Hyundai Motor America in a single Elantra N TCR entry. Prior to the endurance race, Hagler completed all portions of the required prerequisite qualifying events including three Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) and two qualifying races. Hagler took the top spot in the first of the two qualifying spots, marking her first international victory.
The ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring race weekend begins May 18 with the marquee race on May 20, 2023.
Taylor Hagler – No. 1 Hyundai Elantra N TCR
“Another race in the books. We have been consistent all year and today showed that. I felt good during my stint and pushed the No. 1 Hyundai as hard as I could, even pushing deep into the corners to gain positions. Every race that we collect points is a good race, but we want to be on the podium. Every race that we aren’t, the desire builds to get back there. I am excited to get over to Germany to the Nürburgring in the meantime and be able to run a race around the clock in the Hyundai Elantra N TCR.”