Veloster N shifts into competition mode.
The green flag drops on an exciting new season for Hyundai in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.
Hyundai Veloster N
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Sights set on a new trophy.
After winning the TCR Team championship and TCR Manufacturer's title in the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge, Hyundai Motorsports with partner Bryan Herta Autosport are ready for more. The team will run a pair of all-new Veloster N TCRs in the 2019 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. Check back here for all the news as the season develops.
Photo Credit: Bryan Herta Autosport
Third straight podium for Hyundai. Fight for the title heats up.
Virginia International Raceway - Alton, VA – 8/24/19
Despite intermittent rain and multiple late-race restarts, the Hyundai sponsored Bryan Herta Autosport team prevailed, with the #21 car finishing second and #98 taking fourth in the race. For the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series championship #98 stands in first and #21 in second with just two tracks remaining.
On Friday, lightning and heavy rains washed out qualifying so the grid was determined by the championship standings. Series leaders Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis in #98 started from the pole position for the third time this year while Harry Gottsacker and Mason Filippi secured a second-row starting position.
Race day saw both Hyundai cars contesting for the lead from the drop of the green flag. Following the first few laps, a large accident caused a lengthy caution and 20-minute delay. As the race and the rain started up the pitched battle between the two Hyundais resumed.
At the halfway point, the pit crew proved rock-solid, as usual, performing perfect stops for both cars. Unfortunately, the racing conditions were not as predictable and multiple incidents caused yellow flags and challenging restarts. Even so, rookie driver Filippi, driving #21, held on steadily to third position throughout the final hour. The racing was fierce, sometimes three-wide, and on the final lap, the race leader crashed and Filippi advanced to a second-place finish; the third straight podium for Filippi and Gottsacker in the #21 Hyundai Veloster N TCR.
The #98 car remains in the championship lead after a taxing stint for Michael Lewis. A quick off-track excursion put Lewis eighth with less than five minutes remaining in the race. It looked like the race would finish under yellow, but the safety team hustled and the green and white flags were waved for one final racing lap. Lewis seized the opportunity and charged to fourth position, securing the fifth top-five finish of the season for the #98 Veloster N TCR. Nearly every manufacturer in the TCR class took a turn in the top five, but both Velosters were there in the end.
Next up: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca - Monterey, CA - 9/14/19
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Photo Credit: James Armas
Wet and wild first win for Hyundai rookie drivers.
Road America - Elkhart Lake, WI - 8/3/19
A lightning storm delayed, then shortened the Road America 120. Intermittent rain and wild track conditions made just surviving difficult but nothing could stop young guns Mason Filippi and Harry Gottsacker from driving a perfect race, which resulted in their first IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge victory.
Over an hour-long weather delay shortened the race from 120 to 75 minutes. Mason Filippi and the #21 crew gambled and chose to start the race on slick tires. The green flag dropped and Filippi, who qualified sixth, dropped to 13th in the opening laps on the still wet track. As the dry line developed, he began to work his way through the competition.
Strategy became the challenge, as each driver is required to complete 25 minutes of drive time in the race. The team decided Filippi would stay on track until the rain returned. He raced to third position. With exactly 25 minutes remaining the team pitted and Harry Gottsacker took over as the rain returned. Gottsacker was flawless. He charged to second position and chased the leader through the heavy rain to the checkered flag.
During the cool down lap, IMSA race control officials announced that the leading TCR car which finished just ahead of Gottsacker would be disqualified for failure to meet the drive-time requirements. The #21 Hyundai was elevated to first.
Michael Lewis and Mark Wilkins were a little less fortunate. With Wilkins driving, the #98 Hyundai Veloster N TCR started on the front row for the fourth consecutive race. Alternating wet and dry weather caused chaos on the track. Multiple cars spun in the late stages of the race. Lewis took over and drove with precision working into the top five. With ten minutes to go, a puncture of the left rear tire forced a pit stop. Coincidentally, the skies opened up and the crew added rain tires. Lewis took advantage of the wet set-up and passed multiple cars on the last lap to finish fourth and keep the championship lead.
Next up: Virginia International Raceway - Alton, VA — 8/24/19
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Photo Credit: Bryan Herta Autosport
Hyundai dominates. Takes first and third place.
Lime Rock Park - Lakeville, CT - 7/20/19
It was a flag to flag victory for the #98 Veloster N TCR car driven by Michael Lewis and Mark Wilkins and a third-place finish for the #21 Veloster N TCR with Harry Gottsacker and Mason Filippi. Extreme heat and humidity made for a very slick racing surface, tough driving conditions and a challenging day.
Lewis started from the pole for the second time this season in #98 and had a terrific first stint. Co-driver Wilkins kept control of the race pace, dominating the class. With just 30 minutes to go, a yellow flag created a late-race caution wiping out Wilkins’ massive lead. After a perfect pit stop #98 restarted in second place then quickly took the lead. It was the second victory of the season for Wilkins and Lewis. Harry Gottsacker qualified the #21 car 7th but charged into the top five in the opening laps and up to second by lap 25. Taking the wheel, Mason Filippi was in the top three throughout the last half of the race driving the #21 Hyundai Veloster N to the checkered flag in third position.
Next up: Road America - Elkhart Lake, WI — 8/3/19
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Photo Credit: Bryan Herta Autosport
Amazing teamwork. Bizarre circumstances.
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park - Bowmanville, Ontario CDN – 7/6/19
Michael Lewis and local favorite Mark Wilkins put the #98 Hyundai Veloster N TCR on the front row for the second consecutive weekend. Mason Filippi qualified the #21 car third, for his best start of the year. On race day, both cars ran comfortably in the top three for the first half of the race. Then things changed.
Both cars took advantage of a perfectly timed caution period to execute their first pit stop. But the #21 car lost time when a wheel nut jammed between the rim and the wheel hub—a strange circumstance, never seen before by the experienced pit crew. In the second half of the two-hour race things got worse. A lapped TCR car held up Wilkins for several laps. Later, #98 had more bad luck when road debris punctured the radiator and the car was pulled out of the race. Harry Gottsacker, in the #21, was moving up through lapped traffic when he was spun off the track by a competitor at turn five. Even so, Gottsacker was able to finish the race, earning his fifth top ten finish.
Next up: Lime Rock Park - Lakeville, CT — 7/20/19
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Hyundai Veloster N TCR Team
Photo Credit: Bryan Herta Autosport
Hyundai Takes Championship Points Lead.
Watkins Glen International - Watkins Glen, NY – 6/29/19
Both team cars took turns leading the race on Saturday after pre-race thunderstorms delayed the four-hour race by one hour. Dominating the field for most of the race, Michael Lewis and Mark Wilkins finished second driving #98 and took the championship lead heading into the halfway point of the season.
At the end, drenching rain followed by full sunshine that quickly dried out the track kept #98 from finishing first. Earlier in the day, a fuel pump issue spoiled the #21 car's chance for victory. But the team's diligence was rewarded with a top-ten finish and drivers Harry Gottsacker and Mason Fillippi earned valuable points toward the series championship. Hyundai drivers set the pace all weekend as Michael Lewis scored the first pole position for the team and Hyundai in IMSA competition on Friday.
Next up: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park - Bowmanville, Ontario CDN 7/6/19
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Hyundai Veloster N TCR Team
Photo Credit: Bryan Herta Autosport
Hyundai's first IMSA win makes history.
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - Lexington, OH – 5/4/19
Just three races into the hyper-competitive IMSA Pilot Challenge series, Hyundai and Bryan Herta Autosport notched their first-ever IMSA win. The team's performance at Mid-Ohio was thrilling with the #98 Veloster N TCR of Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis ultimately taking the checkered flag.
Weather was a factor all weekend and during the 2-hour race, with cold temperatures and intermittent rain creating challenging decisions in the pit box and on the race track. Mason Filippi and Harry Gottsacker co-drivers of the #21 Veloster TCR finished the race in seventh. But with 20 laps to go Gottsaker actually passed Lewis to lead the race before having fuel pump problems. In the end, Lewis masterfully made his final pass with only two laps to go then defended his lead for the historic win. Team owner Bryan Herta recapped: "I am very happy for the team and Hyundai. It was our first IMSA win, that's big. Everyone nailed it out there—a great job by the crew and the drivers were outstanding. I think we had a chance for a 1-2 finish today."
Next up: Watkins Glen International - Watkins Glen, NY — 6/29/19
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Hyundai Veloster N TCR Team
Photo Credit: Bryan Herta Autosport
Hyundai powers to another Top-5 finish.
Sebring International Raceway - Sebring, Florida – 3/15/19
Rookies lead the way at Sebring. Mason Filippi and Harry Gottsacker jumped to second in the IMPC Championship driver standings with a 4th place finish at Sebring. Their #21 car started 8th and scored their second consecutive top-five finish in as many races.
Teammates Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis in #98 started third and fought for a podium finish during the first half of the race before eventually finishing sixth. In its first year racing the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series, the Bryan Herta Autosport team has adapted quickly to IMSA's world-class competition, having led laps, qualified inside the top three and earned two top-five finishes in the first two races. Bryan Herta, team owner, said: "The Veloster N TCR performed great. Overall, I think our level of preparation was good and the drivers squeezed everything out of it. It's a very competitive series and I think we're in a good position to keep moving forward." See the action from Sebring on NBC Sports Network on Thursday, March 28th at 3 p.m.
Next up: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - Lexington, OH — 5/4/19
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Hyundai Veloster N TCR Team
Photo Credit: Bryan Herta Autosport
The challenge begins at Daytona.
Daytona International Speedway — Daytona Beach, FL — 1/25/19
True to form, Daytona was action packed with intense competition and lots of carnage. The two-car Hyundai Veloster N TCR team ran inside the top-five several times in the four-hour event. The #98 car driven by Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis was running as high as second on the high banks of Daytona.
Mid-race contact with the Honda Civic driven by Ryan Eversley ultimately ended the day early for the #98 Hyundai. Eversley was deemed responsible for the contact and penalized for the incident.
The #98 team held on long enough to collect points for eighth position. The team's sister car, #21 driven by rookies Harry Gottsacker and Mason Filippi kicked their performance into a higher gear and finished fifth.
Team owner Bryan Herta said, "Our goal this weekend was to execute…with a focus on consistency. We knew we had a significant challenge ahead with debuting a new car and program at Daytona. While we're not satisfied with our results, we learned a lot this weekend about the car, and our team. We're looking forward to Sebring and continuing our program development."
Next up: Sebring International Raceway - Sebring, Florida — 3/15/19
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Veloster N
Top-tier competition.
Ten legendary tracks.
Now in its 50th year, IMSA, International Motor Sports Association, is the premier sanctioning body for sports car competition in North America. The 2019 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge features two classes and consists of ten events on the continent's most demanding and renowned road racing circuits.
TCR Class Schedule 2019 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge

Daytona International Speedway

January 25

Daytona Beach, FL

Sebring
International
Raceway

March 15

Sebring, FL

Mid-Ohio Sports
Car Course

May 4

Lexington, OH

Watkins Glen
International

June 29

Watkins Glen, NY

Canadian Tire
Motorsport Park

July 6

Bowmanville, ON, CDN

Lime Rock Park

July 20

Lakeville, CT

Road America

August 3

Elkhart Lake, WI

Virginia
International
Raceway

August 24

Alton, VA

WeatherTech
Raceway
Laguna Seca

September 14

Monterey, CA

Michelin Raceway
Road Atlanta

October 11

Braselton, GA

The drivers
Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis

Laguna Beach, CA


Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis

Laguna Beach, CA


2018
Pirelli World Challenge—2nd in series driver standings, 3 wins and 2 poles
2017
Pirelli World Challenge, SprintX Pro-Pro SRO California 8-Hours
25 Hours of Thunderhill
2016
Pirelli World Challenge, GT and
SprintX—2 wins and 2 poles
2015
Pirelli World Challenge, GT
Mark Wilkins

Mark Wilkins

Toronto, ON, Canada


Mark Wilkins

Mark Wilkins

Toronto, ON, Canada


2018
Pirelli World Challenge—3rd in series driver standings, 3 wins and 4 poles
2017
IMSA SportsCar Championship and the Pirelli World Challenge North American Endurance Championship Daytona, Sebring, Road Atlanta SprintX championship, Pirelli World Challenge—win Utah Motorsport Campus
2016
Sebring International
Raceway—second win
2015
PWC—win Miller Motorsports Park
2014
KIA PWC team—six podiums including two wins
Mason Fillippi

Mason Fillippi

Alamo, CA


Mason Fillippi

Mason Fillippi

Alamo, CA


2018
Pirelli World Challenge TCR—4th in the championship
2017
Pirelli World Challenge TCR—1 win, 5th in championship, rookie season
2016
Global MX 5 Cup, Pirelli World Challenge TCA, NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Winner (E1)
2015
Teen Mazda Challenge Championship, Top 8 Mazda Road to 24, NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Winner (E1)
2014
SCCA SFR Rookie of the Year
Harry Gottsacker

Harry Gottsacker

San Antonio, TX


Harry Gottsacker

Harry Gottsacker

San Antonio, TX


2018
Pirelli World Challenge GTS—2 wins, 2nd in the GTS overall and GTS SprintX Championship
2018
IMSA Prototype Challenge—4th at Petit Le Mans
2017
British GT Silver GT3—class win, Pirelli World Challenge GTS—2 podium finishes
2016
Red Bull Global Rally Cross—2 top five finishes, Pirelli World Challenge GTS—1 podium finish
The Veloster N TCR
See the details and specs of the two Hyundai Veloster N TCR racecars set to take on the 2019 Michelin Pilot Challenge. The team will run against modified production cars with similar competition specifications.
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