Bryan Herta Autosport moves Hyundai TCR program to IMSA
By Marshall Pruett | RACER magazine and racer.com sports car correspondent
Bryan Herta Autosport has chosen IMSA’s Michelin Pilot Challenge series as the next destination for its TCR program. After a championship-winning debut in the Pirelli World Challenge series with the Hyundai i30 N TCR model, BHA will campaign the new 350hp Veloster TCR model (pictured below) in the category formerly known at the Continental Tire Series. Drivers will be named at a later date.
BHA has also been chosen as the primary TCR sales and technical support partner for the i30 N and Veloster.
“Chapter two is going to be exciting,” said Herta, whose team won seven PWC TCR races in 2018, plus the Teams’ title and the Manufacturers’ championship for Hyundai.
“We learned so much by racing and winning with the i30 N TCR last season. We know just how excellent the platform is in hard competition. The Veloster N TCR retains everything great about the i30 N and gives us a world-class race car with a direct road-car counterpart that our fans can purchase and drive every day.”
Hyundai also confirmed a contingency plan that offers prize money for those racing with its cars in IMSA and the rebranded Blancpain GT World Challenge America series.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to have Bryan Herta Autosport back with us, racing the new Veloster N TCR at America’s most fabled racing circuits in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge,” said Dean Evans, Hyundai Motor America’s Chief Marketing Officer. “After their championship run in 2018, we can’t wait to see the show they put on for our fans and customers in the Veloster N TCR race cars.”
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The 2018 season marks Marshall Pruett's 32nd year working in the sport. In his role today for RACER, Pruett covers open-wheel and sports car racing as a writer, reporter, photographer, and filmmaker. In his previous career, he served as a mechanic, engineer, and team manager in a variety of series, including IndyCar, IMSA, and World