ROCK HILL, S.C. (Oct. 9, 2019) – The final race of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will also be CORE autosport’s final race in the DPi category, as driver/owner Jon Bennett steps back from racing in 2020.

 

In tribute to Bennett, the team has put a new livery on the No. 54 Nissan Ligier DPi that harkens back to Bennett’s first IMSA Prototype Lites car. The team also created a unique helmet for Jon that highlights his IMSA accomplishments.

 

Last year CORE came to the 10-hour Petit Le Mans race in a fight for the Prototype Championship, but came up three points shy. This year, without a title in the cards, the team is focused on closing 2019 with its strongest result of the season.

 

Romain Dumas joins Bennett and Colin Braun behind the wheel as he did at Daytona, Sebring and Watkins Glen.

 

The longer races traditionally play to CORE’s strengths. The team’s best finishes so far this year came at Daytona (fourth) and Sebring (fifth).

 

 

Noteworthy:

  • CORE has four podium finishes at Petit Le Mans, including a PC win in 2011.
  • The 2012 was in the American Le Mans Series era and with drivers Alex Popow, Ryan Dalziel and Mark Wilkins.
  • Petit Le Mans concludes CORE’s 10th season in IMSA, during which it has amassed:
    • 46 race wins
    • 130 podiums
    • 42 poles
    • 10 team championships
    • 9 driver championships

JON BENNETT
Driver: No. 54 ADT Nissan Ligier DPi

“Pulling my gloves off at the Petit Le Mans will mark the successful conclusion of an incredible motorsports journey. I have competed in wheel-to-wheel sports car racing for 28 consecutive seasons. From the beginning, racing has been my beacon and has shaped most of my life decisions. My dream goals were made possible by the extraordinary team who has surrounded me – with a special thank you to Colin Braun.

 

“I have been rewarded throughout my career by being smart in the cockpit and driving with sportsmanship. I look forward to continuing that tradition.

 

“Ensuring the well being of my teammates was the hardest part of my decision to end the DPi program. Knowing that each of my teammates will have a successful transition to new opportunities in 2020 would be the perfect way to end the season.”

COLIN BRAUN
Driver: No. 54 ADT Nissan Ligier DPi

“Road Atlanta doesn’t have a ton of corners and I feel like you can pass in most of them, but there is a spot starting at Turn Three where you can get stuck behind a slower car all the way to Turn Five. It’s one of the tracks where all the classes can get along and not disrupt each other. It has great flow and is one of the faster places we go to.

 

“I look forward to the longer races. Our best results this year came at Daytona and Sebring. Getting to work with Romain is also a lot of fun; he does a great job for us. It’s always fun to do the endurance races and as a team we’ve always excelled at pit stops and strategy and all the things you need to be successful in the long races.

 

“I don’t think we’re approaching the weekend any differently. We’ve been working hard to put good results together, but it’s been a tough year. Hopefully this track suits our car well and the longer race plays to our strengths and we can get a strong finish.”

COLIN BRAUN
Driver: No. 54 ADT Nissan Ligier DPi

“I’m very happy to be back in the USA and racing in DPi with CORE.

 

“Road Atlanta is one of the nicest tracks in the USA. It’s not too difficult to pass on, you can do that at the end of the straight, but for that you need a very good top speed. The car also needs to be good on braking. At this track you need downforce for the Esses but also good top speed as well as good traction for Turn Seven. It can be tricky to setup the car just right.

 

“We won’t change our attitude just because it is Jon’s last race, but it would be a dream to score a podium for Jon. We’ll try our best.”