Hyundai Drivers Wrap Up Fitness Camp and Focus on Season Opener at Daytona
The Roar: The three BHA Hyundai Elantra N TCR cars completed a total of 960 trouble-free miles testing at The Roar last weekend.
New Combos: Two of the three BHA driver pairings are new for 2023. Mark Wilkins and Mason Filippi are co-driving the #98 Elantra N TCR, with Chris Finch engineering their entry. Robert Wickens and Harry Gottsacker are teammates in the #33 entry with Kyle Compton engineering.
Familiar Faces: Continuity is the name of the game for defending back-to-back Champions Taylor Hagler and Michael Lewis. They return for their third season co-driving, Stefano Galante is back as their engineer.
Hyundai Journeys: Taylor Hagler was recently featured in the “Journey of Breaking Barriers | Hyundai x Annie Leibovitz” a national campaign, where she was photographed by the legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz. The photo (below) was captured at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. The video portion of the campaign highlights Taylor’s journey to becoming the first female IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Champion:
Camp: The North American Hyundai drivers completed the 4th annual “Hyundai Drivers’ Camp” this week. Usually in Indianapolis in March, the camp produced by PitFit and BHA moved to Daytona Beach for this year’s program. With the intention of keeping the Hyundai drivers’ mentally, cognitively and physically focused in a race setting. The camp included a ropes course challenge more than 50 ft in the air, gym workouts, karting and circuit training relays, kayak and bike team relays, trust and communication challenges and more. The 2023 camp wrapped Wednesday morning with a yoga session prior to the first offical practice of the season a few hours later.
Challenge Champion: Jordan Wisely, a 3x Champion of the hit reality show “The Challenge” joined the Hyundai Drivers’ Camp. Jordan will handle the “lollypop” duties for the #33 Elantra N TCR of Harry Gottsacker IV and Robert Wickens. “Drivers’ Camp has been an awesome experience for the team! The activities and workouts all had great team building aspects with functional training that can be applied in actual race situations. Perfect for team building!” – Jordan Wisely
Harry Gottsacker IV: “We have really gotten back into the swing of things with the Roar test and Hyundai Driver’s Camp over the last week. It’s been nice to stay fully focused on our objective of visiting victory lane on Friday after four hours of hard racing. Robert and I have been working hard to find a good balance in the car setup and I think we’re getting close to being where we need to be. We are more prepared as a team than we have ever been.”
Robert Wickens: “The Roar was really good for us. We had a pretty extensive test program and I believe we found some things that can make us stronger for the 2023 season. That said, I am looking forward to getting the season officially started. Harry and I are working well together and we seem to be on the same page for what we want from our Elantra N. I am hopeful we can be back on the podium like we managed to do in 2022!”