CHASE AND NORMAN DEBUT HYUNDAI ELANTRA N TCR IN TOP TEN AT DAYTONA
January 30, 2021
Daytona Beach, FL. – It was a historic day at Daytona International Raceway as Hyundai introduced the world to two new racecars and scored their first podium at the "World Center of Racing."
Prior to the start of the race at the famed Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona race event, Hyundai Motorsports Group introduced the Veloster ETCR, the first battery powered electric touring car racer. Based on the road-going Veloster N, the car is designed specifically for the new ETCR category and stunned the IMSA paddock and Daytona race fans as it zipped through the 3.56 mile “roval” featuring the high banks of Daytona with a quiet, yet exhilarating buzz.
Moments later, the all new Elantra N TCR took the green flag for the first time ever, making its racing debut at the series opener for the 2021 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge (IMPC). Both the #33 and the #98 Elantra N TCR cars finished the grueling 4-hour endurance challenge, completing 370 unforgiving miles, taking the checkered flag inside the top-ten; finishing sixth and ninth respectively. An impressive feat for the debut of the brand-new race car, which happens to be the racing version of the recently announced 2021 North American Car of The Year, the Hyundai Elantra.
The back-to-back championship winning Hyundai Veloster N TCR entries multiplied in the IMPC this season. Six Hyundai Veloster N TCR’s started the race at Daytona. Inside the final hour, the arm wrestle for Hyundai’s first podium finish came down to a battle between the #77 BHA entry of Taylor Hagler and Michael Lewis and the #54 Universal Coating Veloster N TCR of Michael Lewis and Stephen Simpson. Hagler and Johnson started the race and handed over healthy racecars to Lewis and Simpson who took the battle to the final lap. Lewis took the race lead on lap 78 with fellow Hyundai driver Mason Filippi in second and Simpson in fifth. It was a Hyundai 1,2,3 with Lewis on top, followed by Filippi and Simpson. Lewis and Filippi pitted for their final stop with 20 laps to go. Simpson and squad made theirs on lap 93. With 11 laps to go and fresh tires the trio battled, Lewis and Simpson diced back and forth fighting for the podium position. Filippi remained in reach of the battle just behind in fifth. It was Simpson who made the final move on the last lap and led the parade of Hyundai’s over the finish line in third, fourth (#77 Lewis), fifth (#51 Filippi), sixth (#33 Wilkins) and ninth (#98 Chase).
#98 Hyundai Elantra N TCR
Started: 17th Finished: 9th
Ryan Norman: "The car is handling really well. It's tough starting from the blast but I had a great time racing this new Elantra N TCR. It's going to be stealth and I can't wait to race it all season."
Parker Chase: "I'm happy we were able to get the #98 inside the top ten. One nice thing about starting the season with a four-hour race means we can test the heck out of that new car and will come back stronger at Sebring."
Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb Agajanian:
Founded in 2009, Bryan Herta Autosport has grown from a single car Indy-Lights team into a multi-championship winning auto racing franchise. Led by IndyCar and Sports Car star Bryan Herta, Bryan Herta Autosport has won races in every discipline they have entered, including Indy Lights, Indy Car, Global Rallycross, and championship titles in Pirelli World Challenge and IMSA. BHA rose to prominence after winning the 2011 Indianapolis 500 in what was the final race of the Centennial Era, a celebration of 100 years of racing at The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with driver Dan Wheldon. Five years later, BHA partnered with Andretti Autosport, and defied the odds again, winning their second Indianapolis 500 with rookie driver Alexander Rossi. In 2018, BHA entered the American Sports Car scene beginning its immensely successful partnership with Hyundai. Together, BHA and Hyundai have won three championships in as many seasons, including their dominating performance finishing first, second and third in the 2020 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, where Hyundai won its first manufacturers title. For 2021, BHA will debut the all-new Hyundai ELANTRA N TCR and continue with the proven Veloster N TCR with a three-car assault in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. For more information, visit: www.BryanHertaAutosport.com.
BHA/Hyundai Customer Support: Bryan Herta Autosport is the U.S. sales agent and part support representative of Hyundai TCR and TCA race cars for customer teams. The BHA/Hyundai Customer Support Team offers trackside engineering support, setup and tuning advice, and part and order fulfillments for the Hyundai Veloster N TCR and TCA teams and drivers from the BHA’s headquarters in Speedway, IN. Since its North American debut in 2019, the Hyundai Veloster N TCR has scored 26 race wins, and three TCR championship titles.
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