ROCK HILL, S.C. (July 22, 2015) – Fresh off their victory in Canada, CORE autosport heads to Lakeville, Connecticut’s Lime Rock Park for this weekend’s Northeast Grand Prix, Round 7 of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
Lime Rock Park has been a staple on the North American sportscar racing calendar for decades. Since entering the Prototype Challenge class in 2011, CORE autosport has yet to finish off the podium there. Jon Bennett and Colin Braun scored their second PC victory together at Lime Rock Park in 2012.
Only the GT Daytona class will join the PC cars at Lime Rock Park, due to the short circuit and pit lane length. This means the No. 54 Composite Resources/Flex Box ORECA FLM09 will have the opportunity to be an overall race winner and Jon Bennett will have a chance at an overall pole position. Either would be especially meaningful to Bennett who grew up in the area, attending nearby Newtown High School.
The Northeast Grand Prix will be streamed live on IMSA.com, Saturday, July 25, at 3:15pm ET. The race will air on FOX Sports 1, Sunday, July 26, at 5pm ET. Follow live timing, radio and in-car cameras at IMSA.com or on the IMSA App.
“Personally I think Lime Rock Park is the toughest race of the year. I don’t exactly know why. It’s not a particularly aggressive track, but it’s very short and it’s part road course, part autocross course with the chicanes.
“The traffic will hopefully be less busy, having only the GTD field out there with us, but we’ve had these split races before and the the traffic seems to stay about the same. Plus, Lime Rock is half the length of the tracks we’re used to. It’ll make for a good race!”
– Jon Bennett
“I like Lime Rock a lot. It’s a really fun track. It kind of reminds me of my NASCAR days, racing a place like Bristol. It’s really short, tight and everyone is scrapping for everything they can. There’s slow corners, but there’s not a tremendous amount of passing opporunities, so you have to force your way through sometimes. It’s a neat part of the country with a strong fan base.
“It’s traditionally been very hot at Lime Rock, but the Continental Tire seems to do well in a range of heat. For me, the heat makes me very glad that the GTD guys, who were nice and dry at Watkins Glen get some payback when it’s warm and we have the cool breeze blowing through our helmets.”
– Colin Braun
- Jon Bennett and Colin Braun won the PC category at Lime Rock Park in 2012. They finished second in 2013.
- The 2012 race was a 1-2 finish for CORE, with Alex Popow and Tom Kimber-Smith finishing 2nd.
- In 2011, CORE finished second at Lime Rock Park with Gunnar Jeannette and Ricardo Gonzalez.
- Bennett grew up near Lakeville, attended Newtown High School and the University of Connecticut.
- The TUDOR Championship did not go to Lime Rock in 2014.
PC Team Championship
- CORE autosport #54 193
- PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports #52 183
- JDC/Miller Motorsports #85 180
PC Driver Championship
- J.Bennett/C.Braun 193
- M.Guasch/T.Kimber-Smith 183
- Mikhail Goikhberg 180
Northeast Grand Prix | July 24 – 25
Track Length: 1.474 miles, 7 turns
Race Length: 2 Hours, 40 Minutes
SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)
Friday, July 24
11:35am – 1:05pm: Practice #1 (All Classes)
2:50pm – 3:50pm: Practice #2 (All Classes)
5:40pm – 5:55pm: Qualifying (PC Class)
Saturday, July 25
9:00am – 9:20am: Warm Up (All Classes)
12:30pm – 1:15pm: Driver Autograph Session
1:40pm – 3:00pm: Open Grid
3:15pm – 5:55pm: Northeast Grand Prix
TV SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)
LIVE Qualifying (Worldwide)
Friday, July 24
5:15pm – 5:55pm: IMSA.com
LIVE Race (Worldwide)
Saturday, July 25
3:15pm – 6:00pm: IMSA.com
Race Replay (U.S.)
Sunday, July 26
5:00pm – 7:30pm: FOX Sports 1
LIVE In-Car Cameras & Commentary:
IMSA.com (http://www.imsa.com) & IMSA App (http://www.imsa.com/all-new-mobile-app)