DETROIT, Mich. (June 3, 2016) – Jon Bennett will start the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic from fifth on the Prototype Challenge grid for the latest round of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Bennett will share the car with Colin Braun for Saturday’s 100-minute race on Detroit’s Belle Isle.
A 15-minute qualifying session wrapped up a busy day for CORE autosport in Detroit that also included two 90-minute practice sessions. Come late afternoon, it was time for Bennett to give the 2.3-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit his best lap in the No. 54 Flex-Box/Composite Resources ORECA FLM09.
An initial flyer put Bennett up to third on the timing screens, but the pace of the field picked up dramatically as the session wore on. When the checkered flag appeared, Bennett was fifth with a lap of 1:28.903 (95.1 mph).
Bennett will start the No. 54 in Saturday’s race and hand the car over to Braun for the second half and finish.
The Chevrolet Sports Car Classic will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 12:30pm ET on Saturday, June 4. Live timing, radio and in-car cameras are available on IMSA.com.
“This track is impressively bumpy, but that’s not a surprise to us, because we experienced it last year. It is definitely an obstacle you need to overcome here. You want to finish the race and be very precise and fast, but this track surface will take your breath away!
“Detroit doesn’t change as much as some street circuits do. I think it might be because these streets aren’t used as much by the public during the year. The grip is slightly improving after each session. The IndyCars are putting down a lot of rubber, so that’s changing the personality of the track a little bit.
“We have a quite a competitive field this year in PC. Making it through the race unscathed is a goal, but you have to be very fast also, and that can present a challenge at a street circuit. Both Colin and I are up to the challenge of going fast and taking care of the equipment.”
– Jon Bennett