Filippi Dominates TCR Race 1 in Las Vegas; Hurczyn Claims Championship

19 October 2019

Mason Filippi and the #12 Copeland Motorsports Hyundai Veloster N TCR took a dominant green to checkers round 15 victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his fifth win of the season.  “This is a great win, it’s my Mom’s birthday, so happy birthday, Mom!  The Copeland Motorsports crew gave me a great Hyundai Veloster N TCR and these Pirelli P Zero tires were great, I’m really excited” said Filippi. 

As soon as the race went green, a full course yellow was called for an incident between Victor Gonzalez and James Walker with Gonzalez spinning at Turn 1, leaving James Walker and the #34 Risi Competizione Afla Romeo nowhere to go, hitting the #99 VGMC Honda Civic Type R, ending both drivers races.  The race would go back to green with 28 minutes remaining. 

Nate Vincent and the #72 FCP Euro VW Golf GTI TCR would come home second with Michael McCann Jr and the #3 McCann Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR taking the final podium position. 

Despite facing fuel pump issues, Michael Hurczyn would nurse the #71 FCP Euro VW Golf GTI TCR to a seventh place finish, scoring enough points to unofficially claim the 2019 TCR Driver’s Championship. 

After starting from second, Chris Haldeman and the #69 X-Factor Racing Honda Civic Si would take the TCA class lead at the start of the race with a swarm of MINI JCW Team MINI Coopers chasing.  Haldeman would not look back and go on to take his second win of the season.  “I started P2 but got a great start and was able to get into the lead. I broke a couple of car lengths but Mat made an excellent charge at the end, I think he had a tire strategy in mind, but I just kept my head down and drove,” said Haldeman.

With 20 minutes remaining, Tyler Maxson and the #74 Copeland Motorsports Mazda Global MX5 Cup car would slip past Nate Norenberg’s #60 MINI JCW Team MINI Cooper for fourth, where he would finish, with Tomas Mejia and the #62 MINI JCW Team MINI Cooper fifth. Maxson would unofficially gain 11 points on Nick Wittmer in the title chase after the #91 TechSport Subaru BRZ tS would face a power issue and finish the race in tenth position, tightening up the championship battle with only one race remaining. 

With only four minutes left on the clock, class leader Stephen Vadja would go wide at turn 1, allowing Christian Cole and the #3 McCann Racing Audi RS3 LMS to inherit the TCR Cup class lead and win, finishing fourth overall.  With a third place finish, Bryan Putt and the #15 BSPort Racing RS3 LMS TCR unofficially win the TCR Cup Championship.

TC America TCR/TCA Race 2 goes green on Sunday, October 20th at 12:30pm PT streaming at https://www.tcamerica.us/watch-live.  The series closes out its 2019 season in Las Vegas – the weekend is sponsored by R.U.N – The First Live Action Thriller Produced by Cirque du Soleil.

Mason Filippi and the #12 Copeland Motorsports Hyundai Veloster N TCR took a dominant green to checkers round 15 victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, his fifth win of the season.  “This is a great win, it’s my Mom’s birthday, so happy birthday, Mom!  The Copeland Motorsports crew gave me a great Hyundai Veloster N TCR and these Pirelli P Zero tires were great, I’m really excited” said Filippi. 

As soon as the race went green, a full course yellow was called for an incident between Victor Gonzalez and James Walker with Gonzalez spinning at Turn 1, leaving James Walker and the #34 Risi Competizione Afla Romeo nowhere to go, hitting the #99 VGMC Honda Civic Type R, ending both drivers races.  The race would go back to green with 28 minutes remaining. 

Nate Vincent and the #72 FCP Euro VW Golf GTI TCR would come home second with Michael McCann Jr and the #3 McCann Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR taking the final podium position. 

Despite facing fuel pump issues, Michael Hurczyn would nurse the #71 FCP Euro VW Golf GTI TCR to a seventh place finish, scoring enough points to unofficially claim the 2019 TCR Driver’s Championship.

After starting from second, Chris Haldeman and the #69 X-Factor Racing Honda Civic Si would take the TCA class lead at the start of the race with a swarm of MINI JCW Team MINI Coopers chasing.  Haldeman would not look back and go on to take his second win of the season.  “I started P2 but got a great start and was able to get into the lead. I broke a couple of car lengths but Mat made an excellent charge at the end, I think he had a tire strategy in mind, but I just kept my head down and drove,” said Haldeman.

With 20 minutes remaining, Tyler Maxson and the #74 Copeland Motorsports Mazda Global MX5 Cup car would slip past Nate Norenberg’s #60 MINI JCW Team MINI Cooper for fourth, where he would finish, with Tomas Mejia and the #62 MINI JCW Team MINI Cooper fifth. Maxson would unofficially gain 11 points on Nick Wittmer in the title chase after the #91 TechSport Subaru BRZ tS would face a power issue and finish the race in tenth position, tightening up the championship battle with only one race remaining.   

With only four minutes left on the clock, class leader Stephen Vadja would go wide at turn 1, allowing Christian Cole and the #3 McCann Racing Audi RS3 LMS to inherit the TCR Cup class lead and win, finishing fourth overall.  With a third place finish, Bryan Putt and the #15 BSPort Racing RS3 LMS TCR unofficially win the TCR Cup Championship.

TC America TCR/TCA Race 2 goes green on Sunday, October 20th at 12:30pm PT streaming at https://www.tcamerica.us/watch-live.  The series closes out its 2019 season in Las Vegas – the weekend is sponsored by R.U.N – The First Live Action Thriller Produced by Cirque du Soleil.

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