WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 27, 2022) – CORE autosport celebrated a runner-up finish in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York. Had it not  been for weather delay, the latest round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship might have ended in a win, but the runner-up finish was enough to take over the LMP3 Championship lead.

 

Jon Bennett started the race from third on the grid and had a tumultuous stint. Four full-course yellows were issued during Bennett’s time in the car. Navigating the chaos of the restarts, Bennett was able to move up a spot to second before handing the car over to George Kurtz.

 

Kurtz’s stint proved to be the opposite of what Bennett had endured. Strategy amongst the LMP3 entrants began to split following his pit stop and there was only one full-course caution during the hottest part of the day, which took a toll on the tires.

 

Colin Braun was set to take the car to the finish and made an incredible charge from seventh to second. Unfortunately, that’s when the storm clouds rolled in and the race needed to be red flagged for lightning.

 

The race was halted for an hour, but the race clock continued to count down, taking away the team’s ability to capitalize on its fuel strategy and stifling Braun’s charge to the front.

 

When the race finally restarted, only 35 minutes remained. Braun worked his magic, got back on the lead lap and set the fastest lap of the race, but it wasn’t enough to catch the leader.

 

A runner-up finish was still an accomplishment to be celebrated, as it moved CORE into the LMP3 Championship lead. Considering the amount of attrition in the race, the team is also pleased to have an intact race car, because it’s a quick turnaround before heading to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park next weekend. Having a car in one piece will give the team more time to focus on setting up the car for a track it hasn’t been to since 2019.

 

The Chevrolet Grand Prix takes place Sunday, July 3 at 3:05pm ET in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. The race will be broadcast live on NBC.

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

“We had a productive test, came up with a great setup and took that into the race. The car was really well behaved the whole event. I had a good qualifying and carried that into the race. I’m pretty happy with my performance. It’s quite enjoyable when the car is magical, and we had a car like that. Unfortunately, I think as time went on during the race the car started to show its age: George and Colin didn’t have quite the shiny car that I did. It’s the nature of a long race in the summer. I’m really happy with the finish. Of course, you don’t come to a race to finish second, but it’s a good result for the team and another piece of the puzzle for our championship going forward.”

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

“Great job by Jon all weekend. He qualified well and had a mega opening stint and got through all the melee. George got in and had a tough couple of hours with no yellow flags really. It was a tough time to be in the car. He did a good job and turned it over to me. I think at that point we were a lap down to the leader. We made our way up through the field to get to P2 and then with the red flag, I think it was unfortunate because we were in a pretty good spot on strategy to contend with the 74 guys, but with the shortened duration of the race everyone was kind of on the same strategy. I’m super proud of everyone though. We had great strategy and great pit stops as usual.”

George Kurtz
Driver: No. 54 CrowdStrike / Flex-Box Ligier JS P320

“In my stint, the car wasn’t handling quite the way we needed it with some tire issues. We just tried to drive through it and give the best pace we had and put it in a good position for Colin to finish it out. When Colin got in, he did his heroics. We’re glad to come in P2. I think it’s good solid points for the team.

 

“I believe we would have been in a better position to win without the red flag. Colin was pretty quick, and I think it would have come our way given the yellows and the pass arounds. Still, it’s a strong result.”