ROCK HILL, S.C. (June 1, 2016) – After nearly a month-long break, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is back in action and CORE autosport is ready to take on its second street course of the season: Detroit Belle Isle.

 

This 14-turn, 2.38-mile temporary street circuit is uniquely situated on a 982-acres island in the Detroit River. It is connected to the mainland by the MacArthur bridge.

 

Street circuits are always a new challenge for drivers and engineers, not just because of the concrete walls that line the circuit, but because the track surface changes from turn to turn and from session to session. IMSA shares the track with IndyCar and Stadium Super Trucks this weekend, which will put down a variety of rubber compounds.

 

Like Long Beach, Detroit will be a quick 100-minute race. It will feature only the Prototype, Prototype Challenge and GT Daytona classes. The GT Le Mans class does not participate.

 

Notes

  • CORE autosport welcomes CrowdStrike (http://www.crowdstrike.com/) as a new partner. CrowdStrike is a leader in next-generation endpoint protection, threat intelligence and response services, attending to global leaders in business, finance, health care and energy.
  • Bennett and Braun finished fourth in last year’s Detroit Belle Isle GP.
  • CORE is currently fourth in the PC Team Championship. Bennett and Braun are fourth in the PC Driver Championship.

 

 

16-CORE-JB-HeadshotW“In my early years, a major crash could affect my limited racing budget to the point that I may not race for six months or more. Early budget limitation shaped my driving personality to be quite tactical and precise with my approach. This precise approach to driving pays off on street circuits where precision is paramount and I hope it pays off for us this weekend with our new sponsor CrowdStrike!”
 
“Sharing the track with multiple race series creates interesting engineering challenges. The rubber left on track is always changing and can blur the engineering inputs required to optimize the handling performance of the race car. In the end, the driver must often find a way to work with an imperfectly balanced car.
 
“While the Detroit layout is fast and flowing in parts, the surface is extremely rough. It takes a few laps to calibrate your senses to the harshness of the track, especially the back straight. In comparison to Long Beach, the fast corners and rough surface at Detroit requires a bit more risk taking to be at the top of the time sheets.”
– Jon Bennett

 

 

16-CORE-CB-Headshot“I love street courses. I think Jon and I both really enjoy them, so I’m really glad CrowdStrike makes its debut with us here.  We like the importance of being really accurate, precise and controlled, but at the same time going as fast as you can. It’s a really fun balance for race car drivers to deal with.

 

“We always know what to expect going to Long Beach. With Detroit, it’s changed over the last couple of years. They repaved the back straightaway last year, which was supposed to be smoother, but I actually thought it was bumpier. It’ll be interesting to see what it looks like this year, compared to last year. It’s not a known quantity like Long Beach is.

 

“It hasn’t been the start to the season that we’ve deserved. From all accounts, we’ve done a really good job. We had an engine issue at Daytona while leading that wasn’t our fault. We went to Sebring and won the race, but then we went to Long Beach and Jon got spun out, but we had been the fastest car all week to that point. At Laguna, we had a freak re-fueling issue before the start of the race that forced us to start from the pitlane and essentially a lap down, but we rallied back to finish on the podium. We’ve had some uncharacteristically bad luck, but everyone’s been doing a good job and we’ve been really fast. When you look at it, probably 95 percent of the things that have gone wrong have been out of our control, so we keep our heads down and keep working.”
– Colin Braun

 

 

Chevrolet Sports Car Classic | June 3 – 4

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VENUE

Track Length: 2.3 miles, 14 turns

Race Length: 100 minutes

 

SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

Friday, June 3

8:05am – 9:35am: Practice #1 (All Classes)

12:55pm – 2:25pm: Practice #2 (All Classes)

5:25pm – 5:40pm: Qualifying (PC Class)

 

Saturday, June 4

8:00am – 8:30am: Warm Up (All Classes)

10:15am – 11:00am: Driver Autograph Session

11:50am – 12:20pm: Open Grid / Fan Walk

12:40pm – 2:20pm: Chevrolet Sports Car Classic

 

TV SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

LIVE Qualifying:

Friday, June 3

5:05pm – 6:05pm: IMSA.com

LIVE Race U.S.:

Saturday, June 4

12:30pm – 2:30pm: FOX Sports 1

LIVE Race International:

Saturday, June 4

12:30pm – 2:30pm: IMSA.com

 

LIVE In-Car Cameras & Commentary:

IMSA.tv