Bryan Herta Autosport announced today at the Chicago Auto Show that will field two Hyundai i30 N TCR cars in the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car road racing series. The TCR class makes its Pirelli World Challenge debut in 2018 after three years of TCR competition throughout the World.
Bryan Herta Autosport, a two-time Indy 500-winning team has signed veteran Pirelli World Challenge drivers Mark Wilkins of Toronto, Canada, and Michael Lewis of Laguna Beach, California. Wilkins, 34, is a multi-time Pirelli World Challenge winner in the GT and GTS categories in addition in other major sports car events, while Lewis, 27, has won four races in GT Sprint and SprintX competition in the PWC series.
“Hyundai is thrilled about the prospects for our new N branded racing team competing in the TCR class of Pirelli World Challenge,” said Dean Evans, chief marketing officer, Hyundai Motor America. “Our new partnership with world-renowned Bryan Herta Autosport and their phenomenal drivers coupled with the proven capabilities of our Hyundai i30 N racers puts us in a great position for success in the 2018 TCR season.”
“We couldn’t be more excited about our new relationship with Hyundai N in this highly competitive Pirelli World Challenge TCR class,” said Bryan Herta. “Having witnessed the untapped potential of i30 N TCR race platform for this series, we’re more than confident we can leverage the strength of Hyundai’s racing and performance groups to great success in the 2018 season.”
The Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car division will compete in six doubleheader weekends, beginning March 23-25 at the state-of-the-art Circuit of the Americas.