ROCK HILL, S.C. (Sept. 11, 2019) – CORE autosport is heading west to California for the Monterey SportsCar Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

 

The short and narrow track is a challenging place to find grip and outmaneuver traffic, but drivers Jon Bennett and Colin Braun have found this to suit their strengths. The driving duo achieved their first win together at the Monterey, California circuit in 2012. They finished runner-up in last year’s race.

 

Monterey marks the penultimate round of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and will be broadcast live on NBC, Sunday, September 15 at 3pm ET.

 

Noteworthy

  • CORE has earned six podium finishes at Laguna Seca, all but one of them in the Prototype Challenge class (2018 second-place finish was in Prototype)
  • Colin Braun qualified on the PC pole at Laguna Seca in 2013.
  • Jon Bennett recently announced this is his final year of full-time racing.

JON BENNETT
Driver: No. 54 ADT Nissan Ligier DPi

“It can be a challenge to stay sharp with long breaks between events. One of the best tools is karting and Colin Braun and I share a permanent garage at the GoPro Motorplex: a state of the art karting track near Charlotte. We have had some fierce battles training in TAG karts there.

 

“One of my all-time favorite memories of Laguna Seca was from 2012 when I won my first professional IMSA race with Colin Braun. While we each had a good performance that day, Colin clinched the win with an amazing outside pass in Turn 9 to clinch the win.

 

“Starting the race can be an interesting puzzle. At Laguna Seca, there is a lot of anticipation as we file through the final corner. It’s not uncommon for the front row to speed up then slow down. You have to keep an eye on two or three rows ahead and be ready to quickly accelerate (or brake hard). It’s a great feeling when it all works out perfectly or you narrowly miss a big crash (like last year for us).”

COLIN BRAUN
Driver: No. 54 ADT Nissan Ligier DPi

“This has always been a good track for CORE and one that Jon and I really enjoy. It’s tight and short and traffic plays a huge part of the game. I think that’s something we excel at. It’s always an interesting strategy race too and we always have tricks up our sleeves in that regard. We’re going to do everything we can to grab a podium.

 

“It’s a tough place to pass just because there’s no super-long straightaway where you can drive by a pack of cars. You have to set something up the turn prior and make a lunge into the next corner. That makes the pressure in all classes high. Everyone is pushing really hard. With the level of competitiveness in these IMSA cars, the race comes down to how well you can navigate traffic.

 

“The track surface hasn’t been repaved in a while and tracks that haven’t been repaved in a while tend to be more slippery. Laguna also has all that sand that moves across the track and makes it slippery and probably wears away at the surface faster since we’re always working that sand into it.”