DETROIT, Mich. (June 1, 2019) – CORE autosport advanced four positions from its grid spot to finish seventh at the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic, Round Five of the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship.

 

In the short, 100-minute street race that saw five full-course cautions totaling 45 minutes, drivers Jon Bennett and Colin Braun made the most of green flag time on the Belle Isle street circuit.

 

Bennett started the No. 54 ADT Nissan Ligier DPi from 11th on the grid. He kept pace and remained on the lead lap throughout his stint before handing the car over to Braun during the second full-course caution.

 

Braun was up to P9 before he pitted for fuel. The fourth full-course yellow came out shortly after he returned to the circuit. When the race went back to green he charged to fifth ahead of the final full-course caution.

 

On the last restart, Braun attempted a pass for fourth, but couldn’t make it stick, which allowed the car behind him to get by. He stayed in sixth until the closing laps of the race when he dropped a spot and finished seventh.

 

Though CORE had hoped for a stronger finish on the streets of Detroit, it’s a step in the right direction for the team from Rock Hill, South Carolina, which suffered DNFs in the previous two IMSA races.

 

Up next on the IMSA calendar is the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, June 28 – 30, at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York.

JON BENNETT
Driver: No. 54 Nissan Ligier DPi

“I had a good start with no incidents. I struggled a bit with my pace. Sometimes that’s how it goes though and you have to adapt to the conditions. Fortunately I had enough pace to stay on the lead lap and we got a well-timed yellow.

 

“It wasn’t a great race, but it was a strong result, which breaks a streak of rough finishes at Long Beach and Detroit. We’re headed to some tracks now that have been historically strong for us. As always, the team did a great job making the most of what we had. We have a car in one piece and we’re ready for Watkins Glen.”

COLIN BRAUN
Driver: No. 54 Nissan Ligier DPi

“We had some reasonable track position in the middle of the race, but then we struggled a bit. We didn’t have the car that we had in practice yesterday. Our car had good straight-line speed, but was a handful in the corners. We tend to struggle with this car at street courses and low-grip courses, so I’m definitely looking forward to going to Watkins Glen.

 

“So far this year we’ve been in need of yellows and we had a bunch at this race, but it actually hurt us, because we weren’t so great on the restarts. Every restart we had was another opportunity for guys to get by me.”