Michael Lewis and Mark Wilkins Win Wet and Wild Mid-Ohio 120; First IMSA victory for Bryan Herta Autosport and Hyundai

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

#98 Bryan Herta Autosport w/Curb Agajanian/Hyundai Veloster N TCR

Started: 6th    Finished: 1st

Mark Wilkins (started): “It was a fantastic day today for Hyundai first and foremost. We really had the best car here this weekend.  The Veloster N TCR was perfect on this tight and technical track and in variable conditions. It was a fantastic event overall. We didn’t qualify as well as would have hoped, but sometimes that’s the nature of the beast with timing.  My goal was to work my way forward and turn it over to Michael in a competitive position.  I did, Michael took over and just did a fantastic job. It was a crazy nail-biter but awesome.  The Veloster N TCR performed really well here and it is a very satisfying way to go into the busy part of the season.”

Michael Lewis: “I am absolutely thrilled to get our first IMSA win and the first for Hyundai here at Mid-Ohio today. It wasn’t easy and it was a great show.  The Bryan Herta Autosport Team executed flawlessly, and we fought hard. Great racing, tough conditions and a fantastic finish.  I have to give credit to my teammate Mark Wilkins…he was so quick and gave me a car in position to win.”

 

#21 Bryan Herta Autosport w/Curb Agajanian/Hyundai Veloster N TCR

Started: 11th   Finished: 6th

Mason Filippi (started): “The start was awesome.  I was in one lane then it was almost like a freeway…I took a second and gave myself a gap and read the traffic, then just took the outside lane and passed about five cars.  The race was competitive and crazy with weather, luckily for most of my stint it stayed pretty dry.   Harry did an amazing job getting to first.  Car was great…. all weekend…this Hyundai Veloster N TCR car is amazing in the mixed conditions….it really gave us an additional edge.”

Harry Gottsacker: “We had an eventful race today.  We had the hood come loose and had to serve a black flag to repair it under green flag.  Mason did a great job of getting us back into contention.  I took over in fourth and was able to fight my way to the lead after a restart.  It was really rewarding to lead a few laps for the BHA team.  The conditions were all over the place during my staying and it was changing every lap. Unfortunately, we had an issue and fell back to seventh at the finish.
Bryan Herta: “I am very happy for the team and Hyundai.  At the same time a bit bummed for Mason and Harry they had a great race going and I think we had a chance for a 1-2 finish.  It was our first IMSA win…that’s big.  It was a super exciting race and we’d been saying we thought changeable conditions would favor us and our drivers and that’s what we got.”

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