MICHAEL LEWIS TAKES HYUNDAI TO UTAH TCR POLE: POWELL SETS TCA TRACK RECORD
GRANTSVILLE, Utah – Michael Lewis of Laguna Beach, Calif., drove his No. 98 Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian Hyundai i30 N TCR to the TCR pole position Saturday morning at Utah Motorsports Campus in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Utah.
Lewis, the 27-year-old former open-wheel racer, made a sensational lap of one minute, 57.864 seconds for an average speed of 93.09 miles per hour in the TCR class debut at the fast 3.048, 14-turn outer road circuit at UMC. Michael will set from the pole in Saturday’s Round 9 TCR 40-minute feature set for 2:30 p.m. MDT.
Lewis’ pole gives him an added point in the TCR standings where he ranks second to leader Ryan Eversley. Eversley, the Atlanta veteran, took the second qualifying spot in TCR Saturday in his No. 43 RealTime Racing Honda Civic Type-R TCR machine with a 1:58.151 (92.87 mph) followed by Lewis’s BHA teammate Mark Wilkins in the No. 99 Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian Hyundai i30 N TCR at 1:58.158 (92.86 mph).
Fourth in the TCR starting grid is young Mason Filippi, Eversley’s teammate, with a 1:59.873 (91.53 mph) followed by J.T. Coupal in the No. 77 Compass Racing Audi RS3 LMS at 1:59.968 (91.46 mph).
In the TCA division, veteran Eric Powell also of Atlanta set a new Utah TCA track record with the No. 95 TechSport Racing Subaru BRZ tS with a 2:10.815 (83.88 mph), easily bettering the old mark set by Jason Wolfe of 2:11.687 (83.32 mph) in 2015.
Second on the TCA grid is TCA point leader Tom O’Gorman in the No. 94 TOMO racing Honda Civic Si at 2:11.019 (83.74 mph) with third to Portland doubleheader race winner Jeff Sexton in the No. 89 TechSport Racing Subaru BRZ tS at 2:12.327 (82.92 mph).
The Round 9 40-minute sprint race for TCR/TCA is schedule Saturday at 2:30 p.m. MDT. Sunda
Sunday’s Round 10 competition for the TCR/TCA division will begin at 1:00 p.m. MDT.
GRANTSVILLE, Utah – Qualifying results for the TCR/TCA classes in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Utah at Utah Motorsports Campus. Results are provisional until posted Final.
Pos,PIC,Class,Name,Hometown,Car,Laps,Status,Fastest Lap Time,Fastest Lap Avg. Speed
1,1, TCR,Michael LEWIS,Laguna Beach, CA,USA,Hyundai I30 N TCR,7,Not Running,1:57.864,93.0
2,2, TCR,Ryan EVERSLEY,Atlanta, GA,USA,Honda Civic Type-R TCR,4,Not Running,1:58.151,92.8
3,3, TCR,Mark WILKINS,Mulmur, ON,CAN,Hyundai I30 N TCR,8,Not Running,1:58.158,92.8
4,4, TCR,Mason FILIPPI,Alamo, CA,USA,Honda Civic Type-R TCR,4,Not Running,1:59.873,91.5
5,5, TCR,JT COUPAL,Bloomfield, NY,USA,Audi Sport RS3 LMS,6,Not Running,1:59.968,91.4
6,6, TCR,Michael HURCZYN,Granby, CT,USA,Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR,7,Not Running,2:00.135,91.3
7,7, TCR,Matt FASSNACHT,Lancaster, PA,USA,Audi Sport RS3 LMS,4,Not Running,2:00.446,91.1
8,8, TCR,Jarett ANDRETTI,Indianapolis, IN,USA,Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR,8,Not Running,2:00.539,91.0
9,9, TCR,Anthony GERACI,Glen Head, NY,USA,Audi Sport RS3 LMS,7,Not Running,2:01.097,90.6
10,10, TCR,Dwight MERRIMAN,New York, NY,USA,Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR,9,Not Running,2:02.814,89.3
11,11, TCR,Nate VINCENT,Pomfret, CT,USA,Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR,7,Not Running,2:03.872,88.5
12,1, TCA,Eric POWELL,Atlanta, GA,USA,Subaru BRZ tS,5,Not Running,2:10.815,83.8
13,2, TCA,Tom O’GORMAN,Mason, OH,USA,Honda Civic Si,6,Not Running,2:11.019,83.7
14,3, TCA,Jeff SEXTON,Austin, TX,USA,Subaru BRZ tS,7,Not Running,2:12.327,82.9
15,4, TCA,Moisey URETSKY,Yekaterinburg, RU,RUS,Mazda Global Mx5 Cup,10,Running,2:12.837,82.6
16,5, TCA,Spencer PATTERSON,Pittsburgh, PA,USA,Subaru BRZ tS,9,Running,2:13.575,82.1
17,6, TCA,Breton WILLIAMS,Clinton, Iowa,USA,Subaru BRZ tS,10,Running,2:13.679,82.0
18,7, TCA,P.J. GROENKE,Richmond Hill, ON,CAN,Subaru BRZ tS,8,Not Running,2:13.852,81.9
19,8, TCA,Jenny GANNETT,Steamboat Springs, CO,USA,Mazda Global Mx5 Cup,9,Running,2:14.932,81.3