Hyundai is poised to defend its #imsamichelinpilotchallenge (IMPC) championship title beginning this weekend at Daytona International Speedway for the Rolex 24 at DAYTONA. This season’s action kicks off with a four-hour #endurance race on Jan. 27, 2023—one of two #endurance events on the 2023 IMPC calendar. The 2023 Hyundai stable includes five Elantra N TCR entries between Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) and Deily Motorsports.
New Pairings, Same Goal
Familiar faces return to represent the Hyundai banner including reigning IMPC champions #taylorhagler and Michael Lewis. Remaining in the BHA family, Gottsacker will move to the No. 33 Elantra N TCR entry with teammate Wickens. A first-time pairing of Wilkins and Filippi will co-drive the No. 98 Elantra N TCR. Deily Motorsports is pairing Maxson alongside Jacob Deily, and adding Cabot Bigham and Matt Jaskol as an all-rookie pairing. As all five entries will pilot the #hyundaielantrantcr, the mission is to collect a fourth-consecutive manufacturers’ championship.
Year of Champions
Among this year’s Hyundai IMPC lineup, four drivers are former Hyundai champions: Hagler, Lewis, Wilkins and Maxson. Lewis has won the IMPC TCR title three years in a row, the most recent pair with Hagler as his teammate. They enter their third year of competition as co-drivers and look to continue making championship history. Maxson earned his own chapter in the Hyundai record books when the Georgia-born driver earned title honors in the SRO TCR Championship in 2020. Wilkins won the IMPC championship in 2019 with BHA and returns with the team for a sixth season.
Wickens Returns to Competition with Hyundai Hand Controls
Following a successful first season of IMPC competition, highlighted by two victories, Wickens will return to co-pilot the No. 33 Elantra N TCR with BHA teammate, Gottsacker. With assistance from hand controls developed by BHA, Wickens is able to drive the Elantra N TCR with special levers on the steering wheel while Gottsacker reutrns to standard driving controls following driver changes. As a refreshed teammate pairing, Wickens and Gottsacker are ready for a new season and focused to start the year off right with this weekend’s four-hour race.
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