Defending Race Winners, BHA Return to Road Americaadmin
BHA FAST FACTS:
Defending Race Winners Then and Now: 2019 teammates Harry Gottsacker and Mason Filippi drove the #21 Hyundai Veloster N TCR to victory after a wet and wild race last year at Road America. It was the rookie pairing’s first victory in IMSA competition, and they went on to finish second in the championship. Gottsacker and his 2020 teammate, Mark Wilkins, won the last race just over a week ago at Sebring. Mason and his 2020 teammate, Michael Lewis, finished second in the #98 Hyundai Veloster N TCR.
Leading the Way: It’s an all BHA tie for the IMPC Championship lead. The #21 of Gottsacker and Wilkins launched from sixth to first with their victory at Sebring, and are currently tied at 60 points with Mason Filippi and Michael Lewis driving the #98 Veloster N TCR. Hyundai is tied with Audi in the manufacturers’ championship.
Bryan’s View: “Road America is one of America’s very best natural terrain road courses, a real drivers track, and one that I am sure will highlight the handling and power of our Veloster N TCR cars. Coming off a first ever podium sweep at Sebring, we look forward to getting back on track and continuing to chase our goal of securing the manufacturer’s championship for Hyundai.” – Bryan Herta
#21 Hyundai Veloster N TCR
Drivers: Harry Gottsacker and Mark Wilkins
Best Start: 2nd Best Finish: 1st Championship: 1st (tied at 60 pts)
- The #21 car started 2nd (Gottsacker qualified) and finished 1st at Sebring.
- Gottsacker’s family is from Sheboygan and the Elkhart Lake area.
Harry Gottsacker: “Really looking forward to getting back at it at Road America in our Veloster N TCR. We are coming with momentum after the win at Sebring and my win at Road America last year. This is a home race for me, and I’m looking forward to seeing family and friends in Elkhart Lake. It’s my birthday weekend as well, and the best gift will be a spot on the top step of the podium on Saturday!
Mark Wilkins: “Road America was a break out event last season for Harry and Mason! Coming off a victory at Sebring, I’m thrilled to carry that momentum to Road America, and I know Harry is excited to get back there. I expect our Veloster N TCR cars to be quite good. We’ve found a great setup window and are getting the most out of the chassis! We have a long season ahead and we need to keep pushing. Our goal is to capitalize on points and keep scoring near the sharp end of the field. The team is firing on all cylinders, the 1/2/3 finish for Hyundai at Sebring was a fantastic way to get back to racing!”