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CORE autosport Road America

CORE Climbs to Road America Podium

Jon Bennett and Colin Braun clawed their way from fifth on the Prototype Challenge grid to finish third at the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America. The podium finish helped CORE autosport open up a five point lead in the TUDOR United SportsCar PC Championship.

Starting in fifth, Bennett slipped to sixth on the opening lap but battled back with quick lap times and disciplined driving. The team made its first pit stop during the only yellow of the race. A quick stop by the crew helped Bennett beat the No. 52 out of the pits and reclaim fifth.

Bennett held his position on the restart and began his climb from there. The team caught a break and moved all the way to second when the No. 38 and No. 16 pitted while the No. 85 was stopped off track.

Later, Bennett was overtaken by the No. 52 and handed the car over to co-driver Colin Braun in a solid third-place position.

Braun returned to track in fifth at the race’s halfway point and began his quest for the podium. He fought his way up to third after passing the No. 16 and the No. 52. Braun briefly held second place, when the No. 38 pitted, but returned to third when he made his final pit stop of the race.

For the remainder of the race, Braun battled to close the gap on the top two PC contenders, but was unable to catch any more cars before the end of the two-hour and 40-minute race.

With two rounds remaining CORE leads the PC Team Championship by five points over PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports. Bennett and Braun hold the same lead in the Drivers’ Championship.

Up next for the No. 54 Composite Resources/Flex Box ORECA FLM09 is Round Nine at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, Sept. 17 – 19.

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“We had a fantastically tuned car today. The car was flawless. I got some fortunate breaks in traffic and some situations with our competitors that allowed me to move up slowly over time. I’d say the biggest advantage we had was a superb pit stop that moved me up at least one spot. I just did my job in the cockpit, had great pit stops and a great handling car, and handed it off to Colin. Colin did a great job catching the leaders, but it just wasn’t enough time to make it a battle.  Today was a great notch again toward another championship, and I look forward to COTA and Petit Le Mans.
– Jon Bennett

 

 

15-CORE-CB-HeadshotWe had good pace today. Jon did a great job in that first stint. It was fun and we had a really good racecar. Our engineer Tom Brown did a great job with our package. We chopped the delta to the leaders down a little bit, but we just didn’t have enough time to catch them. It’s good for our championship to get back on the podium, and there are a lot of positives to take out of the weekend.

 

“Both of the passes I made today for position on Tom [Kimber Smith] and [Matt] McMurry were bombing around the outside of them. They were certainly fun, and it was cool to roll her on the outside of guys and make a move.
– Colin Braun

CORE Starts Fifth at Road America

Jon Bennett qualified the No. 54 Composite Resources/Flex Box ORECA FLM09 fifth on the Prototype Challenge grid for the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America, Round Nine of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Bennett hung out in the top three for the opening laps of the session, but gradually lost two positions. Bennett’s best lap came late in the session when he laid down a flyer of 2:01.727 (119.717 mph). His time was just 0.423 seconds shy of fourth.

Steady rain dampened the first two practice sessions on Friday and presented a challenge when dialing-in the car’s setup. Fortunately, the rain lifted by Saturday morning and gave Bennett and co-driver Colin Braun some dry track time.

Bennett will start the race on Sunday and later hand off driving duties to Braun. At 4.048 miles, Road America is the longest circuit the team will see this year. It is also the first of the final three races in the 2015 championship. With a three-point lead, CORE is focused on strong finishes in order to score its fifth-straight PC championship.

The Continental Tire Road Race Showcase green flag drops at 2:05 p.m. local time for the two-hour and 40-minute race. Live timing and in-car cameras can be found at www.imsa.com. The race is broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 from 3 to 6 p.m. ET.

“It wasn’t exactly the run I was hoping for or that the team was hoping for. The car was really solid, so I’m not exactly sure why we were a bit off the pace during qualifying. In general, we have a solid car for the weekend. We’ll look at the data tonight and be ready for tomorrow.

 

“Like most races, there’s a lot between the start and finish of the race. While we need to be fast and aggressive, there’s a certain amount of discipline that we also need to finish these races. I think we’ve proven this in the past, and we should have a good finish tomorrow.”
– Jon Bennett

CORE on a Podium Quest at Road America

ROCK HILL, S.C. (Aug. 4, 2015) – CORE autosport is on a mission to return to the podium at Road America and strengthen its championship lead in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s PC class.

 

Unlike the most recent round at Lime Rock Park, where the PC class was only paired with the GTD category, all four classes will race on the four-mile Road America circuit, which features three long straighaways and a combination of fast and slow corners. The track was not kind to the team last year, as contact in Turn 12 heavily damaged the car, but Colin Braun was able to get it back to the pits for the crew to make repairs. The No. 54 Composite Resources/Flex Box ORECA FLM09 made it back on track, but finished eighth.

 

Road America is the first of the final three races that remain in the championship and CORE is focused on strong finishes in each to claim its fifth-straight PC Title.

 

The Continental Tire Road Race Showcase will air live on FOX Sports 1, Sunday, Aug. 9 at 3pm ET. Follow live timing, radio and in-car cameras at IMSA.com (http://www.imsa.com) or on the IMSA App (http://bit.ly/1PZ9ULi) .

 

 

 

15-CORE-JB-Headshot“Road America is great because it’s a classic road course with lots of elevation changes. It’s a long lap through some really beautiful countryside. It’s a very enjoyable track to drive and we always enjoy spending time in Elkhart Lake.

 

“Typically we have a package that works really well for Road America. The challenging part is managing brake temperatures, because there are some long straights between brake zones. I’d say after a session or two, we’ll be pretty well dialed in.

 

“It’s natural to kind of measure where you are in the points versus the number of races left. It’s a little premature to start thinking about the points now, because things can change so quickly with a single race. The focus is coming to the races well prepared and in a position to win and understand what it takes to be flexible with the adversities to come.”
Jon Bennett

 

 

 

15-CORE-CB-Headshot“I’m looking forward to Road America. It’s a really neat track, because it blends so much of the different tracks that we go to together in one place. You’ve got really fast corners, but you also have hard-braking, really technical corners, so it’s a bit like Mosport in a way. On the flip side though, it’s also a little bit like the street courses.

 

“It’s a real challenge for the drivers and even more so a challenge for the engineers to try and set up the car. When we go to Mosport, we focus on high-speed, when we go to street courses, we focus on making grip and low-speed traction. At Road America, it’s a little bit of all of that blended together. Our engineer Tom Brown will have to be on it to give us a good car.

 

“We’ve always been fast there, unfortunately, Jon and I have never won a race there, but I feel like we’ve been in a position to win the past couple of years. I think we’ll be in good shape.”
Colin Braun

 

 

Noteworthy

  • CORE has not been on the podium at Road America since 2012 when its two PC cars finished 1-2.
  • At four miles, Road America is the longest track on the TUDOR schedule.
  • Braun will participate in the “Tour de Road America,” a charity bike ride of Road America, on Friday evening.
  • Braun’s parents met each other in Milwaukee. He has several family members local to Wisconsin and spent many summers in the area.

 

 

Point Standings

PC Team Championship

  1. CORE autosport #54   222
  2. PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports #52 219
  3. Starworks Motorsport #8 209

 

PC Driver Championship

  1. J.Bennett/C.Braun   222
  2. M.Guasch/T.Kimber-Smith 219
  3. Goikhberg/Cumming/Junqueira   206

 

 

 

Event Facts

Road Race Showcase | Aug 7 – 9

 

VENUE

Track Length: 4 miles, 14 turns

Race Length: 2 Hours, 40 Minutes

 

SCHEDULE (All times Central)

Friday, August 7

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Practice #1 (All Classes)

4:15pm – 5:15pm: Practice #2 (All Classes)

 

Saturday, August 8

9:15am – 10:15am: Practice #3 (All Classes)

4:25pm – 4:40pm: Qualifying (PC Class)

 

Sunday, August 9

9:00am – 9:20am: Warm Up (All Classes)

10:45am – 11:30am: Driver Autograph Session

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Open Grid

2:05pm – 4:45pm: Continental Tire Road Race Showcase

 

 

 

TV SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

LIVE Qualifying (Worldwide)

Saturday, August 8

4:35am – 6:10pm: IMSA.com

 

LIVE Race (U.S.)

Sunday, August 9

3:00pm – 6:00pm: FOX Sports 1

 

LIVE Race (Outside U.S.)

Sunday, August 9

3:00pm – 6:00pm: IMSA.com

 

LIVE In-Car Cameras & Commentary:

IMSA.com  & IMSA App