ROCK HILL, S.C. (June 23, 2015) – CORE autosport is back in action with its three-man roster this weekend when it travels to Watkins Glen International Raceway for the latest round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship: The Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.
Jon Bennett, Colin Braun, James Gue and their No. 54 Composite Resources/Flex Box ORECA FLM09 are the defending race winners at Watkins Glen. The trio completed six trouble-free hours to finish more than eight seconds ahead of the second-place Prototype Challenge car. The victory helped CORE, Bennett, Braun and Gue practically lock up the inaugural Tequila Patrón Endurance Cup (a prize for the best performance in the season’s four longest races).
This year, CORE comes into Watkins Glen hoping to defend its win and earn its first victory of the season. Though the team hasn’t climbed on the top step of the podium so far this season, it leads the PC Championship (both team and driver) by a five point margin. In the TPNAEC, CORE trails leaders PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports by one point.
The Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen will be broadcast live, June 28 on FOX Sports 1 from 10am – 2pm ET and from 2pm – 4:30pm on FOX Sports 2. Be on the lookout for a special feature about Bennett and Composite Resources during the broadcast.
“Watkins Glen is in the top three of my personal favorite tracks. Like Mosport, WGI is a fast circuit that requires commitment to be fast. We always have a well-engineered car, so making the commitment and trusting the car is second nature. The two corners that follow the Bus Stop (Turn Five and Six) are fast and you must flow speed while being perfect. For me, this section is the foundation for a great lap.
“I feel longer races play to our strengths at CORE. The longer races pay dividends for smart strategy inside and outside the car. We have proven to ourselves that smart decisions are key to success in the longer races.
“Winning is always the goal. There are factors within our control and factors outside our control. All we can do at each event is perfectly execute those factors in our control. Winning comes naturally when we execute to perfection the factors within our control . . . . no pressure needed.
“It’s necessary to keep the car in one piece to win races. Our team is not intimidated by quickly rebuilding a car between events, if necessary. Let’s hope they have an easy summer.”
– Jon Bennett
“I really, really enjoy Watkins Glen. It is such a drivers track! I enjoy all the fast corners and big commitment it takes to be fast there! I think the key to being fast at WGI is a car that has a good balance in high-speed corners; there are not too many slow corners at WGI and that is what makes it fun. Having the confidence to drive around the outside of a GT car in a lot of these high speed corners is very important for race pace.
“I enjoy the longer events. As a sports car fan, I think the longer formats really show what the teams and drivers are made of. There are so many variables in our normal length races and when you stretch it out even more over these longer events it just makes it more interesting and fun to see it all play out.
“I think certainly Jon, the team, and I would love to get our first win. Jon has been doing a great job in the car and the guys have done a great job on pit road and we certainly have a fast car – we have been in a position to win almost every race this year. We just need to keep putting in these strong efforts and we will win. I don’t think we feel much ‘outside’ pressure at CORE, we are very self motivated!”
– Colin Braun
“It’s been a while since I was last in the car at Sebring, so I’m really looking forward to getting back in the seat and working with all the CORE autosport guys. We haven’t had quite as good of a start as we did last year, so I’m really looking forward to trying to get back on the top step of the podium.
“Watkins Glen is by far my favorite track in North America, everything about this track suits my style and it has a great rhythm and flow to it. In the past I’ve always had a lot of success at Watkins, which is probably part of the reason I like it so much!
“Watkins Glen is a very high-speed track, so it is very important to have a stable/settled car at high speeds. Typically, one of keys is being able to get up the fast Esses, but in the PC car it is easy flat through that section (at least it should be). The other area that I think is important is getting through the Bus Stop and around the Carousel. All of those sections require that the back of the car is very stuck; to be quick in the PC it can’t be really loose here.
“I really hope I can contribute to CORE’s first win of the year! If we have a car that is as good as the one we had last year I think we will be really competitive. [Engineer] Tom (Brown) and all the CORE guys always give us really good cars so I think we will be in good shape for the race.”
– James Gue
- CORE had been on a streak of runner-up finishes until finishing fourth at Detroit.
- Colin Braun score the PC pole at Watkins Glen last year with a lap of 1:40.562.
- In April, Braun made a trip to Albany, N.Y., with WGI officials to thank Senators for their support of the track.
- Watkins Glen International is a permanent road course located one hour and 45 minutes southwest of Syracuse, N.Y.
PC Team Championship
1. CORE autosport #54 128
2. PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports #52 123
3. JDC/Miller Motorsports #85 122
PC Driver Championship
1. J.Bennett/C.Braun 128
2. M.Guasch/T.Kimber-Smith 123
3. Mikhail Goikhberg 122
Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen | June 26 – 28
Track Length: 3.37 miles, 11 turns
Race Length: 6 Hours
SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)
Friday, June 26
11:00am – 12:00pm: Practice #1 (All Classes)
4:05pm – 5:05pm: Practice #2 (All Classes)
Saturday, June 27
10:15am – 11:15am: Practice #3 (All Classes)
1:00pm – 1:45pm: Driver Autograph Session
4:30pm – 4:45pm: Qualifying (PC Class)
Sunday, June 28
8:00am – 8:20am: Warm Up (All Classes)
9:00am – 9:40am: Open Grid / Fan Walk
10:10am – 4:10pm: Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen
TV SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)
LIVE Qualifying (Worldwide)
Saturday, June 27
3:40pm – 5:10pm: IMSA.com
LIVE Race U.S.
Sunday, June 28
10:00am – 2:00pm: FOX Sports 1
2:00pm – 4:30pm: FOX Sports 2
Race Replay U.S.
Sunday, July 5
1:00pm – 3:30pm: FOX Sports 1
LIVE Race (Worldwide)
Sunday, June 28
10:00am – 4:30pm: IMSA.com
LIVE In-Car Cameras & Commentary:
IMSA.com (http://www.imsa.com) & IMSA App (http://www.imsa.com/all-new-mobile-app)