ROCK HILL, S.C. (May 27, 2015) – CORE autosport kicked off May with a podium finish at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and now looks to bookend the month with another podium at the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic in Detroit, May 29 – 30.

The Prototype Challenge field hasn’t tackled a temporary street circuit since Baltimore in 2013 and has never raced on the Detroit Belle Isle track before. Luckily, Colin Braun brings his experience from racing a Daytona Prototype with GRAND-AM in 2012, though the layout has changed slightly since.

Detroit not only represents the sole street course on the PC schedule, but also the shortest race on the schedule at 100 minutes. The limited time combined with limited passing opportunities on the tight circuit could place extra emphasis on Jon Bennett’s qualifying effort on Friday and his opening stint in Saturday’s race. Working in the PC category’s favor, however, is the absence of the GTLM class, which so far has proven the most evenly matched with the PC cars.

CORE’s third-straight podium finish earlier this month moved the team into the PC Championship lead. A strong performance in Detroit would strengthen that lead before moving onto the Six Hours of The Glen in June.

The Chevrolet Sports Car Classic will air LIVE on FOX Sports 2, Saturday, May 30, beginning at 12pm ET. Qualifying coverage will be available on IMSA.com, Friday, May 29, at 5:10pm ET.

 

 

15-CORE-JB-Headshot“Driving our PC car on a street circuit is always challenging. You can plan on a rough surface that requires careful chassis tuning by our race engineer Tom Brown and useful feedback from Colin and I. Street circuits also favor drivers who can be very precise and mistake free. I have been fortunate in this area during my street circuit experiences.
 
“I have been studying on-board video from similar cars that have competed on Belle Island in the past. Since Colin has experience at Belle Isle in a prototype, he and I have discussed the circuit in detail. Most importantly, I was able to locate a simulation of the circuit and have become familiar with its layout through driving the simulator.
 
“Qualifying will certainly be important and I look forward to it, but qualifying is just a part of the equation. Smart driving, strategy, and pit stop efficiency all play important roles. The short nature of the race places increased importance on being efficient and mistake-free throughout the event from first practice to the end of the race.
 
“This circuit is a bit more high speed than Long Beach or Baltimore, but generally the keys to success are the same. Being respectful of slower cars in front and faster cars behind, while being aggressive for ultimate pace, is the foundation for being successful on a street circuit in my opinion.”

– Jonathan Bennett

 

 

 

15-CORE-CB-Headshot“I was there in the GRAND-AM DP days. I think a few corners have changed since I was there, but for the most part it’s very similar. I’m looking forward to going to a track that I’ve been to before, but also a different track for the PC cars. With how many years that I’ve been in racing and driving for CORE and with Jon, it’s rare that we go to a race track that we haven’t been to with the PC cars.
 
“Detroit has quick corners and I think that will be fun for us with the downforce that the PC cars make. I’m looking forward to the high-speed sections that I think Detroit has. That should make it easier for us getting around the GTD cars.
 
“If I’m honest, I’m glad the GTLM cars aren’t there, because we always have a struggle with those guys because of the amount of grip they produce. It’ll be nice to not have to work so hard to pass the GTLM cars. I expect the Prototype cars will be a lot quicker than us on the straightaways, as they usually are, and we’ll be quicker than the GTD cars on the straightaways and high-speed corners. I don’t expect traffic will be too much of an issue at Detroit.
 
“I think it’s going to be important for Jon to qualify well. On the flip side, I think this race will either have a lot of yellows or go completely green. We’ve seen a lot more green flag racing this year in the TUDOR series than I would have expected, so I could see it going green for quite some time. I think with the way our fuel window and minimum drive times work out, we could do a lot of different things with strategy so that qualifying isn’t as important. Certainly, a good opening stint from Jon is going to be important, but I’m sure he’ll deliver like he normally does.”

– Colin Braun

 

 

Noteworthy

  • The last street course the Prototype Challenge class raced on was Baltimore in 2013. CORE finished second.
  • Colin Braun drove a Daytona Prototype at Detroit in 2012 with Starworks Motorsport and finished 8th.
  • Last year’s Detroit race featured only the Prototype and GT Daytona classes.
  • Last year’s Detroit race had two full-course caution periods for a total of 13 laps.
  • The Detroit circuit is situated on a 982-acre island in the Detroit River named Belle Isle. It is connected to the main land by the MacArthur Bridge.

 

Point Standings

PC Team Championship

  1. CORE autosport #54   99
  2. PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports #52   97
  3. RSR Racing #11   91

 

PC Driver Championship

  1. J.Bennett/C.Braun   99
  2. M.Guasch/T.Kimber-Smith 97
  3. B.Junqueira/C.Cumming   91

 

 

Event Facts

Chevrolet Sports Car Classic | May 29 – 30
Track Length: 2.3 miles, 13 turns
Race Length: 100 minutes

 

SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

Friday, May 29

8:45am – 10:15am: Practice #1 (All Classes)

1:15pm – 2:45pm: Practice #2 (All Classes)

5:30pm – 5:45pm: Qualifying (PC Class)

Saturday, May 30

8:15am – 8:35am: Warm Up (All Classes)

9:30am – 10:15am: Driver Autograph Session (IMSA Fan Village @Meijer Fan Zone)

11:15am – 11:45am: Open Grid Fan Walk (Pit Lane)

12:05pm – 1:45pm: Chevrolet Sports Car Classic (100 Minutes)

 

TV SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

LIVE Qualifying (Worldwide)

Friday, May 29

5:10pm – 6:10pm: IMSA.com

 

LIVE Race U.S.

Saturday, May 30

12:00pm – 2:00pm: FOX Sports 2

 

Race Replay U.S.

Saturday, May 30

2:00pm – 4:00pm: FOX Sports 1

 

LIVE Race (Worldwide)

Saturday, May 30

12:00pm – 2:00pm: IMSA.com

 

LIVE In-Car Cameras & Commentary:

IMSA.com & IMSA App