AUSTIN, Texas (Sept. 18, 2015) – Jon Bennett qualified the No. 54 Composite Resources/Flex Box ORECA FLM09 fourth on the Prototype Challenge grid for Saturday’s Lone Star Le Mans, the penultimate round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
After topping the first two practice sessions at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, Bennett and teammate Colin Braun continued to improve their lap times into the third and final practice sessions Friday morning.
Several hours later, in the blazing heat of the afternoon Texas sun, Bennett took to the track for a 15-minute qualifying session. Early on, Bennett took up fourth-place on the timing screens. Though he improved throughout the session, so did the three drivers ahead of him and the top four cars held their spots all the way to the checkered flag. At the conclusion, Bennett’s best time was recorded as a 2:03.697 (98.951 mph), only a tenth-of-a-second off of third place.
The PC competition is heating up with only two rounds remaining in the TUDOR Championship. CORE, Bennett and Braun lead the point standings by five points over the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports car, which will start from sixth-place. Only eight points back is the No. 11 RSR Racing entry, which qualified on the pole.
Bennett will start tomorrow’s two-hour and 40-minute race before handing the car over to Braun. The Lone Star Le Mans goes green at 12:35pm ET and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 2.
“We had really warm conditions today. [Team Engineer] Jeff Braun did a really great job getting the car balanced, and it was really easy to drive. Of course we always hope for better, but I’m really quite happy with my drive. We’re in good shape for tomorrow. Really at the end of the day, the race is what’s most important.
“The heat is definitely something to think about. It’s not something new for us, so it’s just another factor in the race tomorrow.
“The car setup is fantastic. We’ve been polishing it all week. I think a good race is ahead of us.”
– JON BENNETT