ROCK HILL, S.C. (Sept. 28, 2022) – CORE autosport comes into the final round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with an 83-point lead in the LMP3 category. It is a comfortable gap, but not a secure one when faced with the LMP3 competition and Hurricane Ian.

 

The biggest topic surrounding Petit Le Mans is the weather, with Hurricane Ian expected to bring heavy rain and wind to Northeast Georgia from Friday through Sunday. A 10-hour race that goes from day into night already throws numerous variables at a race team, but the addition of severe weather takes the challenge to a whole new level.

 

Drivers Jon Bennett and Colin Braun will be joined once again by George Kurtz who last drove with CORE at Watkins Glen International, which was another race affected by weather with a significant period of the race red flagged.

 

CORE autosport will be prepared for all scenarios so it may secure the result needed to earn a sixth team championship.

 

Noteworthy

  • CORE autosport has finished on the podium at Petit Le Mans four times including a win in 2012.
  • Jon Bennett and Colin Braun have not won Petit Le Mans as co-drivers. Their highest finish together was second in 2014.
  • The lead Bennett and Braun have in the driver’s championship is also 83 points. Kurtz only took part in the endurance rounds and is not in the running for that championship.
  • Prior CORE team championship years: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

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

“We always prefer to be leading coming into the final race. Each race comes with unknown challenges and problems to solve. We have had a strong season thanks to the incredible efforts and execution of our team and we are in a great place going into Petit. There’s always a sense of anticipation from the call to fire engines through the first corner of each race. It is not a nervous feeling for me, it is a ‘call to action’ feeling.

 

“My first driver’s school was at Road Atlanta in 1992. My home in Charlotte is not far away. I have completed many laps here and love the interesting flow of this circuit.”

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

“Everyone is talking about the weather. We’ve had that happen before at Petit. I think that’s one of the positives for Jon and I and the CORE autosport guys is we’ve been through both sides of the championship, leading or chasing, bad weather conditions and all those kinds of things. I feel like all of that goes into the hopper of our experience and gives us a lot of confidence going in. We just need to keep doing what we’ve been doing. It’s gotten us to the championship lead and we’d be silly to change it going into the last race.

 

“I think we have the luxury of being able to be smart and make good choices. With the weather, there’s going to be points in the race where you have to be conservative and make sure you stay on the race track and I’m sure there’s going to be points where it’s critical to be fast and risk a bit more. The positive for us is we have a little more flexibility to decide when we can be more conservative.”

 

“We’ve had several good races now and everyone is firing on all cylinders and pulling the rope in the same direction. I’m really proud of how everyone is gelling together. I’m looking forward to doing what we do, which is trying to improve every time we unload the car.”