Bryan Herta Autosport makes consistent start to IMSA title defence
The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge began with the four-hour race at Daytona International Speedway (January 22-24) with five Veloster N TCR among the biggest ever TCR grid for the series. The Hyundai USA supported Bryan Herta Autosport team started their title defence with an expanded three car line-up. Each of the squad’s crews was among the top times in the practice and qualifying sessions, and continued to run in the lead group throughout the race.
At one point during the event the three machines ran first, second and third and remained closely matched to the chequered flag, finishing in fourth, fifth and sixth. The Veloster N TCR contingent were led home by the #98 entry of Mason Filippi and Michael Lewis who narrowly missed out on a podium when an incident on track meant the race ended under a full-course caution. TCR newcomers Gabby Chaves and Ryan Norman, who led the class at half distance, ended in fifth ahead of the #21 car driven by Harry Gottsacker and Mark Wilkins.
The race at Daytona also marked the Veloster N TCR debut for the Forty7 Motorsports team, who fielded two cars in the event. Of the entries it was the #74 of A.J. Muss and Ben Waddell that recorded the better result, coming home ninth.