BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 3, 2014) – The No. 54 CORE autosport ORECA FLM09 will start the TUDOR United SportsCar season finale from fourth on the Prototype Challenge grid. Jon Bennett, Colin Braun and James Gué will share the car for Saturday’s 10-hour Petit Le Mans event.
After skipping the morning practice session, which was red-flagged for rain, Braun took to the wheel of the No. 54 for the 15-minute qualifying session. Though the rain had stopped and several support series had since dried off the track, dark clouds loomed on the horizon as the PC cars arrived on pit lane.
Braun slotted into fourth place early in the session and remained there through the checkered flag. His times improved to the end, settling in at a 1:16.612 (119.355 mph). It may not have been a pole position, but the team ended qualifying happy with the race car they are taking into tomorrow’s Petit Le Mans endurance race.
Bennett and Braun wrapped up the PC Drivers Championship at COTA two weeks ago, but now CORE will attempt to capture its fourth-straight team championship as well as the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. CORE currently holds an 11-point lead in the team standings and a 10-point lead in the TPNAEC standings.
Petit Le Mans goes green at 11:15 am ET on Saturday. The race will be streamed live on IMSA.com and broadcast on FOX Sports 2 beginning at 3 pm ET. A race recap will air on FOX around local NFL coverage (check your local listings).
“We had a rain out in the first practice session, so for qualifying we went out on a track we hadn’t really seen. It was a green track kind of for our rubber. With all of the rain earlier, we didn’t really know what to expect. Of course, we would’ve liked to qualify better. We had pace, and I thought we would have been higher than that. It’s a long race, and in the end, we’ll be fine.
“Overall, we’re really happy with the racecar we have and our performance all week. It’s much more about how you get through traffic, execute pit stops and how all three drivers’ pace is than it is about one flying lap. We’ll look to the race and execute a good plan and be in good shape.
“The key tomorrow is staying out of trouble. It’s going to be really busy with all the traffic and all of the cars. Everyone is racing hard because this is an important race. We just got to stay smart and stay out of trouble until we get to the end and see where the chips lay.”
– COLIN BRAUN