Bryan Herta Autosport’s Robert Wickens says that being crowned 2023 IMSA champion. The Canadian says that this achievement is a culmination of the incredible hard work carried out by the team at Bryan Herta Autosport and Hyundai.
The championship win is BHA’s fifth consecutive IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR team and driver title. Wickens and teammate Harry Gottsacker went into Friday’s final race of the season at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta leading the standings by 20 points over Audi’s Chris Miller and Mikey Taylor.
The team also earned the Michelin “All Hands-on Deck” award which was accepted by Team Manager Phil Howard at the series awards banquet Friday evening and the BDO Strategy Award, which was accepted by Technical Director, Kyle Compton.
Robert Wickens, who scored the championship win in only his second season with the team using hand controls commented saying:
This is very rewarding and the culmination of a lot of hard work, obviously through my recovery, but also by the Bryan Herta Autosport team. Harry and the crew were all very consistent and we won this through consistency. Big thanks to Hyundai and everyone out there for all of the support.
Harry Gottsacker commented saying:
I’ve enjoyed a lot of success with BHA and Hyundai, but this is certainly the highlight of my career thus far. It’s been a great experience working with Robbie this season. We’ve spent a lot of time working together to win this title and I am very pleased we’ve accomplished this as co-drivers. To finish first and second in the Championship and the big win for Hyundai is a great achievement
Team owner Bryan Herta commented saying:
Today was probably our sweetest day since we partnered with Hyundai. Certainly, the challenge for the championships was harder than it’s ever been, and we couldn’t be prouder of Harry and Robbie and the 33 team, but also every member of our team who contributed to this success. We know there will be hard work ahead to get ready for next year, but right now we want to savor and celebrate.