Hyundai Veloster N
Victory! Hyundai wins the 2019
IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.
Congratulations to the Bryan Herta Autosport Team, and congratulations to Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis
as they take the 2019 series Driver’s Championship in the #98 Bryan Herta Autosport Veloster N TCR.
Photo Credit: Andrew Modena
One epic performance after another.
Teammates Harry Gottsacker and Mason Filippi in the #21 car clinched second place in the Driver’s Championship. Just more proof of how impressively Hyundai Motorsports and partner Bryan Herta Autosport performed all season long, finishing a close second in the Manufacturer’s Championship. Thanks to all of the crew, friends, family and fans whose support and hard work made the 2019 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge such a great success. Read the race-by-race recaps of the 2019 season below.
Hyundai Veloster N TCR Team
Veloster dominates. Finishes 1 and 2 in the Driver’s Championship.
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta - Braselton, GA – 10/11/19
It was a tight battle throughout the two-hour Fox Factory 120. Both Hyundai Velosters led the race, and ultimately it was Lewis and Wilkins who scored their third victory of the season en route to their first IMSA Championship. Teammates Harry Gottsacker and Mason Filippi had a grand finale, finishing fourth in the race and catapulting them from fifth to second in the series standings. Hyundai finished a close second in the Manufacturers’ Championship.
Bryan Herta commented on the successful season: “I am so proud of this team and to represent a great manufacturer like Hyundai. The Veloster N TCR is a great race car, its been a very competitive and reliable package. Our drivers and this team have done a great job…very fast and very consistent.” Bryan Herta Autosport and Hyundai have enjoyed a lot of success in their short partnership, winning back-to-back championships in their first two seasons of competition. BHA and Hyundai won the Team and Manufacturer titles last year in Pirelli World Challenge before transitioning to the more challenging format of endurance racing in IMSA this season.
“Winning these championships is a huge step for Hyundai Motorsports, our dealers, the N performance brand and Veloster,” said Michael O’Brien, vice president of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “We could not be prouder of our dedicated drivers and the level of precision in preparation from Bryan Herta’s crew.”
The championship has been won but the season is not over. Earlier this week, Bryan Herta announced his two-car entry in the second annual Michelin IMSA SportsCar Encore at Sebring Raceway on November 9–10. The four-hour endurance race is a non-points event, featuring LMP3, GT4 and TCR spec race cars.
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Photo Credit: Bob McAleer
Hyundai Veloster N TCR Team
Hyundai at the top of the standings with one race to go.
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca - Monterey, CA - 9/14/19
It was one more weekend of uncompromising firsts for Hyundai and Bryan Herta Autosport, as they locked in the front row—qualifying first and second. This was the fourth pole position of the season for Michael Lewis and Mark Wilkins in the #98 Veloster N TCR. Rookies Mason Filippi and Harry Gottsacker in the #21 car set the second fastest qualifying lap and earned their first-ever IMSA front row starting position.
Fresh off his pole-winning performance earlier in the day, Lewis had a great start and controlled the pace of the race through his stint. Despite several caution periods and restarts, he held onto the lead, turning over driving duties to Wilkins at the halfway point. With the championship lead to protect, Wilkins had the pressure of keeping his closest competitors at bay, managing his fuel consumption and saving his tires for a big move at the end. After pitting, the lead car opened up a 13-second lead. Wilkins, even as he preserved his tires, raced hard to close the gap to less than two seconds, creating an exciting battle for the race win. In the end, the #98 was just a corner short. The winning car ran out of fuel immediately after taking the checkered flag. Wilkins and Lewis finished second, earning their fourth podium of the season and extending their series points lead.
Driving the #21 car and starting on the front row, Filippi dropped to fourth on the start, but he quickly recovered the positions, outpacing the competition to get back into second within the first fifteen laps. This was even more notable because Laguna Seca is known to be a very challenging circuit to pass on. Just before the halfway point Gottsacker took the wheel. After a perfect pitstop he exited the pits as the race leader. He defended his position and led the competition and teammate Mark Wilkins through the much of the second half of the race. Unlike the first half of the race, there were no caution periods, and ultimately Gottsacker, like many other TCR competitors, was forced to pit for a half-gallon of fuel in the closing laps and lost several positions, finishing tenth.
Next up: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta - Braselton, GA – 10/11/19
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Photo Credit: Andrew Modena
Hyundai Veloster N TCR Team
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: Bryan Herta Autosport
Hyundai Veloster N TCR Team
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: James Armas
Hyundai Veloster N TCR Team
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.
Road America - Elkhart Lake, WI 8/3/19
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Photo Credit: Bryan Herta Autosport
Hyundai Veloster N TCR Team
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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Photo Credit: Bryan Herta Autosport
Hyundai Veloster N TCR Team
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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Photo Credit: Bryan Herta Autosport
Hyundai Veloster N TCR Team
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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Photo Credit: Bryan Herta Autosport
Hyundai Veloster N TCR Team
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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Photo Credit: Bryan Herta Autosport
Hyundai Veloster N TCR Team
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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Photo Credit: Bryan Herta Autosport
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
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Sebring International Raceway
March 15
Sebring, FL
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Mid-Ohio Sports
Car Course
May 4
Lexington, OH
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Watkins Glen International
June 29
Watkins Glen, NY
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Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
July 6
Bowmanville, ON, CDN
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Lime Rock Park
July 20
Lakeville, CT
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Road America
August 3
Elkhart Lake, WI
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Virginia International Raceway
August 24
Alton, VA
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WeatherTech Raceway
Laguna Seca
September 14
Monterey, CA
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Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
October 11
Braselton, GA
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The drivers
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
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
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
2018
Pirelli World Challenge GTS — 2 wins, 2nd in the GTS overall and GTS SprintX Championship
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
Veloster N TCR
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.
Chassis
Hyundai Motorsport-designed
lightweight, high-tensile steel roll cage.
Strengthened production body shell.
Transmission
6-speed Pneumatic paddle
shift operated.
Engine
350-hp, transverse mounted, 2-liter
turbocharged engine with direct
injection, intercooled.
Suspension
Front MacPherson struts,
rear 4-arm multi-link both with
adjustable dampers.
Wheels
Braid Veloster N TCR specific
10-inch x 18-inch wheels.
Braking
Brembo® Monobloc calipers and
ventilated discs, front 15.0 inch,
rear 10.9 inch.
Dimensions
  • Length: 175.2 in.
  • Width: 76.8 in.
  • Wheelbase: 104.3 in.
  • Track width: 66.9 in.
  • Minimum weight: 2,827 lbs.
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