Racing alongside your son is always going to be a special event but winding up with a win makes for a truly memorable occasion. Bryan and Colton Herta had such an opportunity Sunday in the SRO California 8 Hours at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and made the most of it. Driving the Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian No. 98 BHA Hyundai i30 N, the father-son duo, along with sports car regular George Kurtz, came from the back of the 32-car field to capture TCR class honors at the Monterey enduro.
“It was an awesome day for us and I’m really happy how the race turned out for our No. 98 car,” said team owner Bryan Herta, a two-time CART IndyCar race winner at Laguna Seca. “We had great pit stops and the car was fast all day. I got knocked off the track once, but we didn’t have any trouble other than that. Hats off to the team and the drivers.”
The Hertas and Kurtz covered 276 laps, making eight pit stops in the eight hours.
“This event was our first endurance race and the first for the Hyundai i30 N in North America. It performed flawlessly,” Herta said. “It was a great run for our Hyundai i30 N since we beat a lot of cars overall that we shouldn’t have had any business beating.”
The victory was the eighth of the 2018 sports car season for Bryan Herta Autosport, following seven races in the Pirelli World Challenge this year with Michael Lewis and Mark Wilkins, and the squad also claiming the TCR Team points championship. In addition, Hyundai won the TCR Manufacturers’ title.
“I really enjoyed racing with my son,” Bryan added. “It is always nice when you can take home a trophy and spray some champagne at the end of the day. It’s a shame the other (No. 99) car had their issues early, but we’ve shown that the Hyundai is an excellent car for endurance racing, too.”