Potent Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai TCR Team Set for Pirelli World Challenge TCR Doubleheader at Lime Rock Park
Mark Wilkins, Michael Lewis look to continue TCR success at tight 1.5-mile road circuit
LAKEVILLE, Conn. – The Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/Agajanian team is ready to do battle this Friday and Saturday at the tight, fast Lime Rock Park when Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis drive the squad’s Hyunadai i30 N TCR machines in the Pirelli World Challenge doubleheader sports car weekend.
Entering the Lime Rock Park events, Wilkins and Lewis piloted their identical Hyundai i30 N TCR sedans to victory in three of the first four TCR 40-minute sprint races this year. Driving the No. 99 BHA Hyundai i30 N TCR, Wilkins, the veteran Canadian driver, has scored a win at Circuit of the Americas (COTA and VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) in the opening four rounds.
In the No. 98 BHA Hyundai i30 N TCR cars, Lewis, the young California racer, recorded a victory at COTA along with second place finishes at COTA and VIR.
Both Hyundai competitors are expected to be in the contender positions this Saturday in the Round 5 and 6 events scheduled on the 1.5-mile, seven-turn road course in northwest Connecticut. Race one Saturday begins at 10:50 a.m. EDT with Race two at 3:35 p.m. EDT.
“The new TCR class has been an exciting new road racing division this year in North America,” said Herta, the two-time Indy 500 champion team owner. “Being associated with a great manufacturer such as Hyundai is an honor for our Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/Agajanian organization. While there have been just four rounds so far this year in the Pirelli World Challenge, you can see a great deal of interest and excitement with this form of road racing.”
Herta will be busy this weekend with his roles at Lime Rock Park as well as the Indianapolis 500 race Sunday where Bryan calls the strategy for racer Marco Andretti.
Both Wilkins and Lewis might be listed as favorites entering Saturday’s Lime Rock Park doubleheader TCR races, the two BHA Hyundai i30 H TCR competitors expect plenty of competition when the green flag drops in the 40-minute contests.
“We had a spectacular debut at COTA with Michael and myself winning races there,” said Wilkins, also a successful GT and GTS driver in the Pirelli World Challenge. “However, you could see the competition would be tough at VIR and, now at Lime Rock, we believe there will an even stronger field with the new Balance of Performance adjustments. I know that Bryan’s team is a very good one and is working hard to get us back to the top of the podium. The Lime Rock track is fast and tricky. It will be a challenge this weekend.”
“I really want to get driving with my team and to have some fun this weekend at Lime Rock,” said Lewis. “It is a track that always has close racing, and you have to be used to having someone right in your mirror and having someone right in front of you. This weekend is pretty special for the entire team in that Bryan Herta Autosport is also competing in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500. Our entire BHA, Hyundai TCR team will cheer on Bryan and his team at Indianapolis!”
The TCR class officially begins on-track action this Friday (May 25) at 10:05 a.m. EDT with a 40-minute practice as well as at 11:55 a.m. EDT for 40 minutes. TCR class qualifying is set for 4:00 p.m. EDT. Saturday’s Round 5 40-minute race at 10:50 a.m. EDT with Round 6 at 3:35 p.m. EDT.
All TCR races at Lime Rock park will have live streaming on www.world-challenge.com.
About Pirelli World Challenge (PWC): The Pirelli World Challenge is a North American auto racing series launched in 1990 by the Sports Car Club of America. It has been managed by WC Vision since 2008, and sanctioned by the United States Auto Club since 2017. The series consists of seven driver classifications and several classes of vehicles, including: Grand Touring, GT Cup, GTS, TCR, TC and TCA. The series frequently races alongside the IndyCar Series on race event weekends. Each Pirelli World Challenge Touring TCR season consists of six event weekends with doubleheader races for a total of 12 rounds. Each weekend has one standing start as well as one rounding start. Each TCR race has a maximum 40-minute time limit.
About Bryan Herta Autosport
Co-Founded by Bryan Herta in 2009, Bryan Herta Autosport has grown from a single-car Indy Lights team into a world-renowned auto-racing franchise. The team made its first foray into IndyCar action in 2010 with an entry in the Indianapolis 500 while continuing to run a full-time multi-car Indy Lights program. The 2011 Indianapolis 500 was the final race of the Centennial Era, a celebration of 100 years of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Also known as “The Most Important Race in History,” the 100th anniversary of the inaugural 1911 race was the second IndyCar race in which Herta Racing competed.
Five years later, Bryan Herta Autosport, while partnered with Andretti Autosport, defied the odds again and won their second Indianapolis 500 with rookie driver Alexander Rossi. In 2015, Bryan Herta Rallysport made its debut in the exciting Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship.
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