LEXINGTON, Ohio (May 15, 2022) – CORE autosport put on a brilliant display of teamwork at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to win the latest round of the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. Remarkable fuel savings and quick pit stops got the team its very first win at the central Ohio road course.

 

Starting from fifth on the grid Bennett had his hands full with the No. 54 CrowdStrike/Flex-Box Ligier JS P320. The tires were not performing the way the team had anticipated and he dropped a position to sixth.  Still, he was able to hit his target lap times and keep the team on its strategy.

 

Bennett pitted from sixth and handed the car over to Braun. The stop was the quickest of all the LMP3 teams and jumped the No. 54 a position to fifth.

 

Not long after the first stop, a full course caution was issued for an LMP3 car stopped on track. This bumped Braun up another position before he came into the pits and another ultra-fast stop from the crew allowed Braun to pick up another position in the pits. When the race restarted, he was third.

 

Braun made the pass for second and then the class leader pit, putting Braun into the lead. At this point, the team knew it would be fuel mileage race to the end.

 

No further yellows were issued so it was on Braun to manage fuel for the remaining hour of the race. It was no issue for the him and he cruised to the checkered flag for the win. It is the first win of the 2022 season for CORE and the team’s first ever win at Mid-Ohio.

 

Next up for CORE is the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen in upstate New York, June 23 – 26. For this third endurance race of the season, George Kurtz will return to the driver lineup.

Jon Bennett
Driver: No. 54 CrowdStrike / Flex-Box Ligier JS P320

“I really worked hard to improve my qualifying and I think I probably hurt the tires trying too hard and they sit overnight and they’re never happy the next day.

 

“Winning never gets old. I’m so proud of our team. I think my favorite victories are when everyone gets to participate; we had great pit stops, great strategy, great drive from Colin who was magic inside the race car. I’m really happy for the team.”

Colin Braun
Driver: No. 54 CrowdStrike / Flex-Box Ligier JS P320

“Jon did a great job hanging on at the start. It wasn’t so good and it wasn’t super confidence-inspiring for me. I was happy the car came back to life when we changed tires. My dad (race engineer Jeff Braun) called a great strategy we were able to hit the fuel number he needed to make it work. We put our heads down and tried to manage the gap as best we could. The guys had great pit stops. We were able to jump a couple cars in the pits. Everyone contributed to get this win.”