Crystal clear skies at Daytona International Raceway presented the perfect arena for CORE autosport to make its GT Daytona debut in its new No. 54 Composite Resources/Flex-Box Porsche 911 GT3 R.
The opening day of the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the first round of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship also featured three practice sessions and a full day of activity as the team finessed its setup for the race.
For the 15-minute GTD qualifying session, Jon Bennett was tapped for driving duties and executed a strong run against the massive 27-car field. Bennett ended his first-ever GTD qualifying session 25th on the grid.
Bennett will take the green flag in Saturday’s 24-hour race and share driving duties with Colin Braun, Nic Jonsson and Patrick Long.
The team has one final practice session tomorrow at 10am ET.
The green flag drops at 2:30 pm ET Saturday. Live coverage starts at 2 pm ET on FOX with continuing coverage on FS1 and FS2.
No. 54 Porsche 911 GT3 R
“I’m happy to return to Daytona this year with a Porsche GT3 R running in GTD. We certainly do not lack competition this year, so I’m looking forward to a very competitive Rolex 24 and IMSA season. Personally, I’m still a bit in the learning curve mode. Track conditions were a bit challenging today and our grip was challenging. The good news is, this is a super long race, and probably the race that emphasizes qualifying performance the least. We’re in a strong position for a good finish with Colin, Patrick and Nic on board as well as our excellent crew.
“I have been a fan of Porsche and 911s since I was in grade school, so to be driving a competition-bred 911 at Daytona is an honor. Porsche has such a long history of success here and its an honor to sort of pick up the tradition in 2017 and hopefully add a page to their winning record.
“It’s been wonderful, in the lead up to this race, getting to know Patrick Long and Nic Jönsson better. We have great chemistry already and we’re going to be a force to reckon with. It’s a long race and the first step is picking your battles carefully.”