10/28/2018, Salinas, CA
The Hertas and Kurtz Take TCR Class Win in initial U.S. Endurance Race for Hyundai i30 N
SALINAS, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2018) – Making a team’s initial continuation sports automobile eventuality Sunday during WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian scored a TCR difficulty feat in a SRO California 8 Hours with drivers Bryan Herta, Colton Herta and George Kurtz piloting a No. 98 BHA Hyundai i30 N TCR.
The feat was a eighth of a 2018 sports automobile deteriorate for Bryan Herta Autosport and noted a initial U.S. continuation competition for a successful Hyundai i30 N TCR machine. BHA won 7 races in a Pirelli World Challenge this year with Michael Lewis and Mark Wilkins and a patrol prisoner a TCR Team points championship. In addition, Hyundai won a TCR Manufacturers’ indicate title.
On Sunday, a pushing contingent of a father-son Herta multiple and sports automobile unchanging Kurtz came from a behind of a 32-car margin to constraint a TCR honors during a ancestral 2.238-mile, 11-turn Monterey Valley highway circuit. In a Hyundai’s initial eight-hour competition opening Sunday, a No. 98 automobile finish a marvellous 276 laps with 8 array stops and plain pushing changes.
“It was an overwhelming day for us and I’m unequivocally happy how a competition incited out for a No. 98 car,” pronounced group owners Bryan Herta, a two-time CART IndyCar competition leader during Laguna Seca. “We had good array stops and a automobile was quick all day. we got knocked off a lane once, though we didn’t any difficulty other than that. Hats off to a group and a drivers. This eventuality was a initial continuation competition and a initial for a Hyundai i30 N in North America. It achieved flawlessly. It was a good run for a Hyundai i30 N given we kick a lot of cars altogether that we shouldn’t have had any business beating.
“I unequivocally enjoyed racing with my son (Colton). It is always good when we can take home a prize and mist some champagne during a finish of a day. It’s a contrition a other (No. 98) automobile had their issues early. But we’ve shown that a Hyundai is an glorious automobile for continuation racing too.”
Kurtz, pushing a Hyundai i30 N for initial time, was tender with automobile and BHA group opening Sunday in his entrance racing with a Herta father-son team.
“I unequivocally had a good time racing with Bryan and Colton this weekend,” pronounced Kurtz, a 2017 Pirelli World Challenge GTSA array champion. “The automobile was illusory all weekend and faster than many of a GT4 cars in a field. This competition was my initial prolonged continuation eventuality and it was my initial with a front-wheel expostulate competition car. The group was glorious on a array stops and a automobile ran really good all day. It was fun to step to a tip of a winner’s round podium.”
While a No. 98 BHA Hyundai i30 N group took a difficulty win, it was a worse day for a No. 99 BHA Hyundai i30 N TCR automobile and drivers Lewis, Wilkins and immature Mason Filippi. The No. 99 automobile was forced out of a eventuality after 58 laps due to an occurrence in a famed “Corkscrew” apportionment of a track. Two GT cars spun in front of Lewis and collected a No. 99 appurtenance in a mishap.
Due to a car’s front-end damage, a No. 99 Hyundai i30 N was forced to retire from a event.
About Bryan Herta Autosport
Co-Founded by Bryan Herta in 2009, Bryan Herta Autosport has grown from a single-car Indy Lights group into a world-renowned auto-racing franchise. The group done a initial incursion into IndyCar movement in 2010 with an entrance in a Indianapolis 500 while stability to run a full-time multi-car Indy Lights program. The 2011 Indianapolis 500 was a final competition of a Centennial Era, a jubilee of 100 years of racing during a Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Also famous as “The Most Important Race in History,” a 100th anniversary of a initial 1911 competition was a second IndyCar competition in that Herta Racing competed.
Five years later, Bryan Herta Autosport, while partnered with Andretti Autosport, defied a contingency again and won their second Indianapolis 500 with rookie motorist Alexander Rossi. In 2015, Bryan Herta Rallysport done a entrance in a sparkling Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship. In 2018, Bryan Herta Autosport make a marvellous introduction to a Pirelli World Challenge TCR difficulty with drivers Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis. Wilkins scored 3 competition wins with Lewis collecting 4 victories. The BHA patrol won a TCR Team indicate championship and led Hyundai to a TCR Manufacturers’ array crown.
About Hyundai Motor America
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