ROCK HILL, S.C. (July 8, 2015) – CORE autosport is hoping a track they’ve had great success at, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, will give it a chance to cushion its slim lead in the TUDOR United SportsCar Prototype Challenge Championship.

The PC points race is heating up, with only five points separating the top three teams. CORE might be feeling the heat if they weren’t headed to one of its favorite tracks. Formerly known as Mosport, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is a fast and flowing road course an hour outside of Toronto that leaves no room for mistakes. The team won here in 2013, but much to Jon Bennett and Colin Braun’s dismay, the PC class did not race at CTMP in 2014. This year, PC returns and CORE autosport wants to claim its first win of 2015 there.

After a long and wet race at Watkins Glen, the series returns to its standard two-hour and 40-minute race format and the weather in Bowmanville, Ontario, is forecasted to be sunny throughout the weekend.

The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix will air LIVE on FOX Sports 1 at Noon ET. Follow live timing, radio and in-car cameras at IMSA.com (http://www.imsa.com) or on the IMSA App (http://bit.ly/1PZ9ULi) .

 

 

15-CORE-JB-Headshot“I was disappointed to miss last year’s race at Mosport. This has historically been a great place for us and it’s one of my all-time favorite circuits. The track really highlights our LMPC’s ability to generate downforce, which makes for an interesting high-speed lap.

 
“One of Mosport’s charms is the passion of the Canadian fans. They arrive early, camp on the infield and really make a vacation out of this race. As teams and drivers, we appreciate their excitement and love to put on a great show.

 
“I actually enjoy events with all four classes in play. Not having GTD on track doesn’t change our approach to the race, but it will simplify traffic concerns a bit.”
– Jon Bennett

 

15-CORE-CB-Headshot“It feels good to have Mosport back on the schedule this year. It’s definitely one of my favorite tracks. For me, I think I spent so long in NASCAR doing fast corners on mile and a half ovals that I’m very comfortable in the high-speed stuff, especially with the downforce the PC car makes. At a track like Mosport, most of them are all fifth- or sixth- gear corners. When you like that kind of thing, it’s a good place to be!

 
“It’s always fun to go up to Canada to race. There’s always a good turnout. It seems like people in that area are passionate about sportscar racing and love coming to these races and support us in a big way. “For the PC class, we’re in a good spot without the GTD cars, because we’re not tremendously quicker than the GTLM guys, nor are the Prototype cars that much faster than we are, so I don’t think we’ll be lapping people often. We’ll probably settle in and do our own races in our own groups. In a way, it’s nice to not have to deal with a bunch of slower traffic, but on the other hand, I enjoy that aspect of sportscar racing.”
– Colin Braun

 

 

 

Noteworthy

  • The Prototype Challenge class did not race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2014.
  • Jon Bennett and Colin Braun won the last time PC raced at CTMP in 2013.
  • CORE has never finished off the PC podium at CTMP.
  • The GTD class will not be in attendence at CTMP, making for a grid of 25 cars from the P, PC and GTLM classes.
  • This is the TUDOR Championship’s only race outside of the U.S.

 

PC Team Championship

  1. CORE autosport #54   157
  2. PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports #52 156
  3. Starworks Motorsport #8   152

 

PC Driver Championship

  1. J.Bennett/C.Braun   157
  2. M.Guasch/T.Kimber-Smith 156
  3. Mikhail Goikhberg   149

 

 

 

Event Facts
Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix | July 10 – 12

VENUE

Track Length: 2.549 miles, 10 turns
Race Length: 2 Hours, 40 Minutes

 

 

SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

Friday, July 10

11:20am – 12:20pm: Practice #1 (All Classes)
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Practice #2 (All Classes)

Saturday, July 11

10:00am – 11:00am: Practice #3 (All Classes)
5:05pm – 5:20pm: Qualifying (PC Class)

Sunday, July 12
8:00am – 8:20am: Warm Up (All Classes)
9:30am – 10:15am: Driver Autograph Session
10:55am – 11:35am: Open Grid / Fan Walk
12:05pm – 2:45pm: Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen

 

 

TV SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)
LIVE Qualifying (Worldwide)
Saturday, July 11
4:40pm – 5:45pm: IMSA.com

LIVE Race (U.S.)
Sunday, July 12
12:00pm – 3:00pm: FOX Sports 1

LIVE Race (Worldwide)
Sunday, July 12
12:00pm – 3:00pm: IMSA.com

LIVE In-Car Cameras & Commentary:
IMSA.com & IMSA App