ROCK HILL, S.C. (May 11, 2021) – After nearly two months, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is back and CORE autosport is prepared to carry its Sebring victory momentum to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

 

Round Three of the WeatherTech Championship is a return to the two hour, 40-minute race format. The “sprint” duration distills the driver lineup down to just two pilots: Jon Bennett and Colin Braun.

 

Bennett and Braun recently completed a two-day test at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The team was blessed with clear, warm weather, which is tough to come across in Ohio in the spring. More often than not, recent IMSA events at Mid-Ohio have seen a good amount of rain.

 

Historically, Mid-Ohio has not been a strong track for CORE. The team has yet to score a win there, it’s best result dating back to 2012 when it finished second in the Prototype Challenge class. Plenty of track time at the test in April has buoyed CORE’s hopes of getting its first win at Mid-Ohio this weekend.

Jon Bennett
Driver: No. 54 Composite Resources/CrowdStrike Ligier JS P320

 

“We completed a successful test at Mid-Ohio and came away with valuable experience for the upcoming race. In fact, we are still learning the nuances of our new Ligier and the testing was quite helpful.

 

“Colin and I are always up for the challenge of racing in the rain. Finding grip at Mid-Ohio can be challenging. All things equal, I would like to leverage our experience from testing on a dry track.

 

“Off-track, Mid-Ohio is a bit like Sebring: after the sun goes down, my wife, Sherri, and I always enjoy hopping in our golf cart and enjoying some of ‘night life’ in the racetrack campground.”

 

Colin Braun
Driver: No. 54 Composite Resources/CrowdStrike Ligier JS P320

 

“Our Mid-Ohio test went great. For us at CORE, Mid-Ohio has been a place where we get snowed out of testing. It was nice to be there with really nice weather, get some laps and really understand the race track. In years past, the test would get snowed out, but come race weekend, the practice sessions were in the rain and then the track would dry out for the race. We really haven’t gotten our brains wrapped around that place and I felt like this test gave us a chance to understand what this track needs.

 

“Jon did fantastic at the test and I’m feeling really confident about his pace and performance.

 

“Mid-Ohio is such a finicky race track when it comes to weather. You never know what you’re going to have on the race weekend. I feel like we’re prepared for any weather situation. We had a couple beautiful days of testing with warmish weather. I think if we found ourselves in a similar situation to that it would bode well for us.”