ROCK HILL, S.C. (July 5, 2018) – Fresh off a runner-up finish at Watkins Glen International CORE autosport is back on track. The team heads north of the border to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario for Round Seven of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Watkins Glen and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park are the only back-to-back race weekends on the IMSA calendar, potentially putting a strain on man and machine, but CORE is confident it is more than prepared for the challenge.
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, formerly known as Mosport, is a favorite amongst drivers for its fast, flowing layout and elevation changes. It is very similar to Watkins Glen, which gave CORE a strong runner-up finish at last week’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.
- CORE autosport won the Prototype Challenge class at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park four times (2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016).
- Colin Braun has won the PC class pole at CTMP in 2012 and 2016.
- Bennett is currently second in the Trueman Award point standings.
Driver: No. 54 ORECA 07 LM P2
“Back to back races add a complicating dimension to driving and maintaining our racing equipment. Damage and wear from the first race often carries over to the next event. Our crew is amazing and we are fortunate that we did not experience too much damage at Watkins Glen. We are well prepared for Mosport.
“CTMP shares some attributes with Watkins Glen. Both circuits are extremely high speed and flowing. CTMP raises the car a bit by adding the element of high speed combined with blind corners.
“We hope our ORECA will continue to be competitive as we experienced at Watkins Glen. I’m very proud of our team and Colin to win the pole in New York. Mosport is a similar circuit and we are optimistic on another great result.”
Driver: ORECA 07 LM P2
“I think the fast and flowing nature of the circuit makes CTMP a track we all enjoy going to. It has such a good rhythm and flow to it and a lot of good elevation changes, which makes it pretty unique. It’s a similar layout and feel as Watkins Glen and I’m looking forward to going.
“I would think the efficiency and performance that the ORECA showed at Watkins Glen would carry over to Mosport. If last year was any indication, the ORECA was really good last year at Watkins Glen and at Mosport. I would imagine the same would hold true this year. We’re looking forward to it. At the beginning of the year we circled this track as well as Watkins Glen as ones we felt would be well-suited to our car.
“I think the CORE autosport guys are some of the best in the business and well prepared for back-to-back races. I think it’s obviously a challenge for the teams in terms of logistics and those types of things, but lucky for us we had a relatively uneventful Watkins Glen, which allows the guys to do their normal routine between events. I appreciate all the work the guys are putting in.”