DAYTONA, Fla. (Jan. 22, 2015) – CORE autosport will defend its Rolex 24 at Daytona crown from the front row of the Prototype Challenge grid. Colin Braun narrowly missed pole position, qualifying second.
CORE’s ‘drive for five’ PC Championships begins this weekend at Daytona International Speedway where the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship is kicking off. Last year, CORE’s victory at Daytona was the start of a remarkable season that culminated in CORE’s fourth PC Team Championship, the PC Driver Championship for Jon Bennett and Colin Braun and the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup titles for both team and drivers.
Braun is the defending polesitter for the PC class at Daytona. It looked as though he was en route to two in-a-row today, until Johnny Mowlem and the No. 16 BAR1 Motorsports car began to exchange provision pole times with Braun. On his final flyer, Mowlem claimed the top spot, putting the No. 54 CORE autosport/Flex Box ORECA FLM09 second on the PC grid with a lap of 1:42.498 (125.037 mph). Braun’s 2014 Daytona qualifying lap record of 1:41.777 still stands.
New IMSA regulations require the qualifying driver start the car in the race, so Braun will take the green flag in Saturday’s grueling Rolex 24 at Daytona. He will share the car with the same roster of drivers that won last year’s race: Jon Bennett, James Gué and Mark Wilkins. The green flag waves at 2:10p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 24.
The Rolex 24 will be broadcast live on FOX from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET on Jan. 24. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., FOX Sports 2 will take over and then hand off coverage to FOX Sports 1 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The overnight shift, 10 p.m. – 7 a.m. will be streamed on IMSA.com, with FOX Sports 1 taking viewers from 7 a.m. to the checkered flag.
Live scoring and in-car cameras are available throughout the race at IMSA.com.
“Qualifying wasn’t too bad, and we were P1 most of the session. I think I just waited too long to get us a gap and we ended up doing one less lap than everyone else. These Continental Tires seem to get better and better as you run. Of course, it would have been nice to be on the pole, but I think we have a really good racecar. That’s certainly what we’ve been focusing more on than just raw speed, so we’re pretty happy.
“The key to the race on Saturday is to stay out of trouble, make good decisions in traffic and make sure we’re there at the end. So much can happen in the first 20 hours of the race. If we can stay in it and stay close, we’ll be fine.”