Dynamic Hyundai Duo of Mark Wilkins & Michael Lewis Ready for Pirelli World Challenge TCR Action during Portland

07/11/2018, Portland, OR

Bryan Herta Autosport span devise to continue loot in PWC doubleheader this weekend


PORTLAND, Ore. (July 11, 2018) – For Hyundai racers Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis, a Northwest tour to Portland International Raceway has been on their “To Do” list for utterly a prolonged time, as a Pirelli World Challenge highway racing debate earnings to PIR for a initial time in 13 years.

And a dual Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/Agajanian drivers have been scheming for this weekend’s 58th annual Rose Cup Races (July 13-15) given a final TCR sedan racing movement in May during Lime Rock Park. They are prepared to go in a renouned Hyundai i30 N hatchbacks that have prisoner 4 of a initial 6 TCR events in 2018.

“I know a boys are concerned to get to Portland,” pronounced group owners Bryan Herta, who was a unchanging during PIR in a IndyCar Series in 1990s and 2000s. “I always desired racing during PIR. It has a accumulation of engaging corners as good as a dual straightaways. we trust Mark and Michael have looked over a video and make-believe of a Portland circuit. We should be set to conflict during a front again. We are only median in a championship battle, so Portland will be critical for a good start in a second half of a season.”

Hyundai now leads a PWC TCR Manufacturers’ Championship indicate standings entering this weekend’s doubleheader races during PIR.

Wilkins has dual victories (COTA and VIR) in a No. 99 BHA Hyundai i30 N TCR as good as 3 second places in a opening 6 TCR rounds as he sits second in a TCR indicate standings. But Mark, a former GT and GTS category foe winner, has set his sights on a 1.97-mile PIR course.

“After a extensive interregnum from PWC competition, I’m positively prepared to get to Portland and spin some laps in a i30N,” pronounced Wilkins. “We had a good eventuality during Hyundai Headquarters (in Fountain Valley, Calif.,) this week and aside from extreme battles between employees on a simulators Michael and we had a possibility to discuss about a initial half of a deteriorate and share fad from a track. The vibe is clearly opening and, with a launch of Veloster N this fall, everybody is pumped! Everyone during BHA is prepared to strike a belligerent using come initial use Friday! “

TCR Practice rounds start during 9:20 a.m. PDT Friday (July 13) with a Round 7 40-minute scurry foe set for Saturday (July 14) during 2:25 p.m. PDT. Sunday’s Round 8 TCR underline is scheduled for 10:40 a.m. PDT.

College tyro Lewis had never driven a front-wheel-drive foe automobile until this year, yet a Californian has taken a No. 98 BHA Hyundai i30 N TCR to dual wins (COTA and Lime Rock Park) as good as dual runner-up finishes. Michael, who started his sports automobile career in 2009 during PIR, ranks third in a stream TCR points.

“Portland is a unequivocally cold track,” pronounced Lewis. “The path time is flattering discerning and it is indeed a lane where we initial gathering a sports automobile in 2009. Though we have raced here once before, we contingency proceed this lane as yet we have never been here given it has been a prolonged time given my final tour there. In any case, we am concerned to get on this lane and have fun with a Hyundai and Bryan Herta Autosport team! They are operative unequivocally tough to safeguard that Mark and we have a required apparatus to contest for wins. we am so elegant of their tough work and enthusiasm.”

All TCR races during Portland International Raceway will have live streaming on www.world-challenge.com.


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About Pirelli World Challenge (PWC): The Pirelli World Challenge is a North American auto racing series launched in 1990 by the Sports Car Club of America. It has been managed by WC Vision given 2008, and authorised by the United States Auto Club since 2017. The array consists of 7 motorist classifications and several classes of vehicles, including: Grand Touring, GT Cup, GTS, TCR, TC and TCA. The array frequently races alongside the IndyCar Series on foe eventuality weekends.Each Pirelli World Challenge Touring TCR deteriorate consists of 6 eventuality weekends with doubleheader races for a sum of 12 rounds. Each weekend has one station start as good as one rounding start. Each TCR foe has a extent 40-minute time limit.

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 foe 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 foe was a second IndyCar foe 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.