IMPC Canadian Participants for Today’s Race at Daytona

IMPC Canadian Participants for Today’s Race at Daytona

Today’s opening round of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series only has three cars with Canadian drivers in the lineup, they are as follows with qualifying positions in ():

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( 23rd ) #3 Kyle Marcelli, Infinity Autosport, Toyota Supra GT4

( 16th ) #83 Thomas Collingwood, BGB Motorsports, Porsche 718 GT4 RS CS

TCR

( 7th )#33 Robert Wickens and Mark Wilkins, Bryan Herta Autosport, Hyundai Elantra N TCR

Robert Wickens Returns to Racing as New Member of Hyundai Team in IMSA

Robert Wickens Returns to Racing as New Member of Hyundai Team in IMSA

Bryan Herta Autosport Team Announcement:

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 14, 2022 – Three-time International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Michelin Pilot Challenge (IMPC) Champions, Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) and Hyundai Motor North America, announced they have signed international racing star, Robert Wickens to co-drive the #33 Elantra N TCR racecar. Wickens will drive with fellow Canadian champion Mark Wilkins in the 2022 IMPC.

“Today is a monumental day for us as a team and as fans of Robert Wickens,” said Bryan Herta, president of BHA. “We have followed along with Robert’s rehabilitation and marveled at his determination and dedication, along with his many, many fans. To now announce that he will be making his professional motorsports return in one of our Hyundai Elantra N TCR cars is truly incredible. We thank Hyundai for their amazing support and helping us build a path for Robert to get back to where he belongs.”

In May of 2021, Wickens successfully evaluated the BHA #54 Hyundai Veloster N TCR using hand controls. It was his first time driving a race car after 989 days of rehabilitation following an IndyCar accident that left him paralyzed in 2018. Wickens will return to competition, taking the green flag at the IMPC season opener, a four-hour endurance race commencing the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona race weekend at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 28.

“I’ve spent a lot of nights thinking and dreaming of this moment, and with the support from Bryan Herta and Hyundai it is all becoming a reality,” said Wickens. “I am hungrier now than I was before my accident to compete for wins again! I’m really looking forward to incorporating myself with the entire Bryan Herta Autosport team and finally get my first taste of the Hyundai Elantra N TCR.”

Wickens, a former Formula One test driver, took the American IndyCar scene by storm as a rookie in 2018. He won the pole position and led all but two laps in his first IndyCar race, went on to score four podium finishes and earned the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year honor, all in his first 12 IndyCar races in 2018. Race number 13 of his stellar rookie IndyCar season changed his life forever. Wickens was involved in an accident on lap 7 at Pocono Raceway, where he suffered a thoracic spinal fracture, spinal cord injury, neck fracture, tibia and fibula fractures to both legs, fractures in both hands, a fractured right forearm, fractured elbow, a concussion, four fractured ribs and a pulmonary contusion. Since the accident, Wickens’ perseverance and persistence has led to triumphant breakthroughs in his relentless regimes of physical rehabilitation and therapy that continues daily. Wickens and his team of therapists and trainers have become trailblazers in developing innovative technology and treatment methods for the spinal cord injury community.

The #33 Hyundai Elantra N TCR has been fitted with a custom hand-control system designed by BHA Technical Director David Brown and Development Technician Jonathan Gormley. The system features a custom metal ring connected to the brake pedal by a series of rods specifically tailored to the Elantra. The ring is attached behind the steering wheel that is pulled with fingers to activate the brake. Two linked throttle paddles and shift paddles, all attached behind the steering wheel, allow the driver to accelerate, shift and make steering inputs. The system also features a switch for Mark Wilkins when he takes over the cockpit in pitstops that deactivates the hand throttle. The Elantra will accelerate and brake using the traditional foot pedals when Wilkins is driving.

Wickens and Wilkins join the previously announced 2022 BHA driver lineup featuring six Elantra N TCR entries to defend the team’s trifecta of series titles, and they will vie for Hyundai’s third straight manufacturers title. The 2022 season kicks off with the season opening test days, the “Roar Before the Rolex 24,” at Daytona International Speedway, Jan. 21-23, 2022. Round one of the 2022 IMPC season takes place the following weekend with the BMW Endurance Challenge, a four-hour race during the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona race weekend on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022.

IMPC VP Racing Stay Frosty Coolants 240 Race Results

IMPC VP Racing Stay Frosty Coolants 240 Race Results

Here are the race results from Sunday’s 4 Hour IMPC VP Racing Stay Frosty Coolants 240 from Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

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2nd #22 Scott Maxwell/Seb Priaulx Multimatic Motorsports Inc. Ford Mustang GT4

7th #60 Kyle Marcelli/Nate Stacy KOHR MOTORSPORTS Aston Martin Vantage GT4

12th #3 Corey Lewis/Sheena Monk Motorsports In Action / Porsche PrestigeMcLaren 570S GT4

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9th #21 Mark Wilkins/Harry Gottsacker Bryan Herta Autosport w/ Curb Agajanian Hyundai Veloster N TCR

10th #23 James Vance/Max Faulkner Speed Syndicate Motorsports Audi RS3 LMS TCR

 

 

Qualifying for the @IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race at Road Atlanta

Qualifying for the @IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race at Road Atlanta

Here are the qualifying results for Sunday’s 4 Hour IMPC VP Racing Stay Frosty Coolants 240 from Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

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1st #60 Kyle Marcelli/Nate Stacy KOHR MOTORSPORTS Aston Martin Vantage GT4

3rd #22 Scott Maxwell/Seb Priaulx Multimatic Motorsports Inc. Ford Mustang GT4

9th #3 Corey Lewis/Sheena Monk Motorsports In Action / Porsche PrestigeMcLaren 570S GT4

TCR

1st #21 Mark Wilkins/Harry Gottsacker Bryan Herta Autosport w/ Curb Agajanian Hyundai Veloster N TCR

3rd #23 James Vance/Max Faulkner Speed Syndicate Motorsports Audi RS3 LMS TCR

Race goes on Sunday at 12:05 pm EST.

 

IMPC Race Results from Sebring @IMSA

IMPC Race Results from Sebring @IMSA

Three Canadians placed in the top 6 in today’s IMPC Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 race at Sebring Raceway. Following are the positions in class where the racers finished.

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3rd #69 Jesse Lazare Motorsports In Action McLaren GT4
5th #60 Kyle Marcelli KohR Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4
6th #59 Kenny Wilden KohR Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4
15th #22 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4
18th #13 Scott Hargrove / Orey Fidani AWA Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport
23rd #75 Kuno Wittmer Compass Racing McLaren GT4
25th #15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang GT4

TCR

6th #98 Mark Wilkins BRYAN HERTA AUTOSPORT W CURB-AGAJANIAN Hyundai Veloster N TCR
11th #23 James Vance Fast MD Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR