Archive for “May, 2014”

Tough Monterey GP for CORE

MONTEREY, Calif. (May 4, 2014) – CORE autosport’s storybook start to the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar season hit a speed bump at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. An early race incident brought the No. 54 ORECA FLM09 into pit lane for repairs and the time lost proved insurmountable despite Colin Braun setting that fastest PC lap of the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda.

Starting fourth on the grid, Jon Bennett held his ground at the start of the two-hour race, but fell to sixth on a restart after the first full-course caution. From there, Bennett found himself in a three-way PC battle for seventh and eighth. That fight came to a head 35 minutes into the race when the No. 54 made contact with the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport car in the famed Corkscrew.

The incident caused significant damage to the front end of the car. Bennett brought the car into the pits for repairs and the CORE autosport crew quickly replaced the right front suspension, nose and performed a full service stop with new tires and fuel. Less than eight minutes later, Bennett returned to track.

Just shy of the race’s halfway mark, Braun climbed into the No. 54, now in eighth place and four laps down. After putting in a flurry of fast laps, Braun made one last pit stop with 45 minutes remaining in the race. Not long after, he set the fastest lap of the race at 1:21.229.

Despite Braun’s best efforts, the time lost could not be made up in the highly competitive PC field. The No. 54 did advance one position to finish seventh when the No. 38 Performance Tech car dropped out of the race.
CORE autosport still picks up 25 points in its quest for the 2014 PC Championship and now looks ahead to Round Four at Kansas Speedway, June 6 – 7.

It was a pretty reasonable start. I was struggling a little bit with the handling of the car. It’s hard to know what it really was. I was trying to move my way forward to the front, and I got in to a pretty good battle with another PC car. At one point he left the door open going up the hill to the Corkscrew and we got side-by-side in a place where only one car can go through. Unfortunately, we made contact and significantly broke our car. The CORE autosport team did a fantastic job getting a pretty severely broken car back on track in a matter of minutes.

“Then I handed the car over to Colin. In true fashion, Colin went out and set the fastest time of the day for our category. It’s a typical ‘that’s racing’ weekend for us. We’ve had great success at Daytona and Sebring this year, and today was a ‘not quite working out for us’ day. On the other hand, Colin did a splendid job in the racecar, and the team did a good job getting the car repaired. It shows the depth of our team. We’re going to have little incidents along the way, but I’m looking forward to a good season.  – Jon Bennett


“My time on track was pretty good. We had an issue when Jon was in the car, but the guys did a really good job changing that suspension out. I got back in the car and drove around really. I didn’t push too hard and just tried to be smart and log the laps. We didn’t get any yellows to get us back into contention. There wasn’t a whole lot we could do at that point. I’m proud of all these guys. They did a good job. We certainly had a tough weekend with the alternator issue that got us behind and then the issue in the race. We had the quickest race lap and our race pace was good. There’s a lot to be positive about. It’s just about collecting all of our information and building it to be better in Kansas. We’ve had some really good races before this one and we still had a lot of really positive things go on even during this race. We just got to be smart and keep focusing on the future.”  – Colin Braun

CORE Qualifies Fourth in Monterey

MONTEREY, Calif. (May 3, 2014) – Colin Braun qualified the championship-leading No. 54 CORE autosport ORECA FLM09 fourth in the Prototype Challenge category at the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by MAZDA. Co-driver Jon Bennett will start the car on Sunday.
 
Braun‘s quickest lap around the 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course was 1:20.453 (100.143 mph) – 0.730 seconds behind the top PC qualifier.
 
Braun had the fastest PC lap in practice with a time of 1:20.915 (99.571 mph) and was set to defend his 2013 Monterey PC pole. However, CORE’s afternoon practice was cut short when the team was forced to return to the garage to replace the alternator. Quick work by the crew had the car back out on pit lane and ready to qualify less than an hour later.
 
Braun lead the 15-minute qualifying session early, but was soon in the middle of a four-way battle for the PC pole position. The provisional polesitter swapped with each lap and when the checkered flag finally appear, Braun found himself in fourth-place.
 
CORE autosport takes to the track for the Monterey Grand Prix on Sunday, May 4 at 10:15 a.m. PT, with the unique opportunity to win its first overall race and CORE’s third-consecutive PC win for 2014. This is the first time the TUDOR United Sports Car Series separates its four classes of sportscars into two races – PC and GT Daytona cars race together in the morning and Prototype and GT Le Mans cars race together in the afternoon.
 
Live video coverage is available on FOX Sports 1 with the PC/GTD races airing at 1 p.m. ET, and the P/GTLM races airing at 5:30 p.m. ET. MRN Radio will broadcast live on IMSA.com and MRN.com.

 

“It was obviously not where we wanted to qualify considering we had good pace in the first practice. In the second practice we had a little mechanical thing to take care of before qualifying that was unexpected. Missing all of the second practice was a challenge going into qualifying. I didn’t see what the racetrack was going to be like or continue to work on our car between practices. I think all-in-all, the guys did a great job getting the part changed out. To qualify where we did isn’t too bad considering all that. We’ll look at our stuff, crunch numbers and come up with a good package for tomorrow’s race. It’s a lot different deal come race time. It’s a lot about how you get through traffic and strategy. I think we’ll be in good shape. I think the key tomorrow is going to be adapting to the new race format. We haven’t ever raced with just GTD cars before, and we haven’t done a two-hour race in quite a while. It’s a short race, and it’s going to go by quick. It’s going to be about being on your game and being quick, but at the same time staying out of all the carnage.”  – Colin Braun