ROCK HILL, S.C. (Aug. 3, 2016) – CORE autosport is in the home stretch of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. This weekend’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America starts the countdown for the last three races of the season.

 

CORE drivers Jon Bennett and Colin Braun are on a three-race tear, going from Lime Rock Park, to Washington D.C. for Red Bull Global Rallycross, and now to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin; three vastly different racing venues in a three-week span. Road America is the longest track on the IMSA schedule and one where Bennett and Braun are seeking their first win at as a pair.

 

To be fast at Road America, the No. 54 Flex-Box/Composite Resources ORECA FLM09 will need to be setup for the wide variety of corners the long four-mile circuit has to offer.

 

 

Notes:

  • Jon Bennett finished ninth in the latest GRC event at RFK Stadium.
  • Bennett and Braun finished third at Road America last year.
  • In 2012, CORE scored a 1-2 finish at Road America with Alex Popow, Tom Kimber-Smith and Bennett in the winning car and Bennett and Colin Braun sharing the second-place car.
  • Braun is now leading TOTAL Pole Award winner, with six poles.
  • At 4 miles in length, Road America is the longest track on the schedule.
  • CORE is third in the PC Team Championship.
  • Bennett and Braun are fourth in the PC Driver Championship.

 

 

 

16-CORE-JB-HeadshotW“As we move from driving a rally car at a stadium in Washington D.C., to a high-downforce prototype at the longest track of our IMSA season, it’s going to take an adjustment.

 

“A few years ago, I ran a Porsche GT3 Cup and the Prototype Challenge car in the same weekend and while not impossible, it was difficult; switching gears between something with a lot of downforce and carbon brakes, to something that drove a little more conventional. I don’t see much of a change over between the GRC car and the PC car, but thankfully they’re not on the same weekend!

 

“Like several other tracks throughout the IMSA season, Colin and I both look forward to going to Road America. We have the luxury of having done some testing there already. Historically, we’ve been very competitive there. It’s a beautiful part of the country. It’s a wonderful race track and I’m really looking forward to going to Road America.”
– Jon Bennett

 

16-CORE-CB-Headshot“Road America is a challenging place from a setup standpoint, because there’s so many different kinds of corners. It’s definitely a place where you need to have a car that drives well. You can’t just muscle it around. Coming off of Lime Rock, our shortest track and most cars per square foot, we’re going to the longest track. It’s very big and fast and flowing and easy to get through traffic.

 

“Jon and I haven’t won at Road America together. We’ve finished on the podium a couple times. We haven’t won there and I really want to do that.”
– Colin Braun

 

 

Continental Tire Road Race Showcase | August 5 – 7

VENUE

Track Length: 4 miles, 14 turns

Race Length: 2 hours and 40 minutes

 

SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

Friday, August 5

1:40pm – 2:40pm: Practice #1 (All Classes)

5:45pm – 6:45pm: Practice #2 (All Classes)

Saturday, August 6

10:25am – 11:25am: Practice #3 (All Classes)

4:40pm – 4:55pm: Qualifying (PC Class)

Sunday, August 7

10:40am – 11:00am: Warm Up (All Classes)

1:00pm – 1:45pm: Driver Autograph Session

2:45pm – 3:45pm: Open Grid

4:05pm – 6:45pm: Continental Tire Road Race Showase

 

TV SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

LIVE Qualifying:

Saturday, August 6

3:45pm – 5:20pm: IMSA.com

LIVE Race U.S.:

Sunday, August 7

4:00pm – 7:00pm: FS1

LIVE Race International:

Sunday, August 7

4:00pm – 6:45pm: IMSA.com

 

LIVE In-Car Cameras & Commentary:

IMSA.tv