The No. 54 Composite Resources/Flex Box ORECA FLM09 will start sixth at the 18th Annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda, the final round of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Jon Bennett took on driving duties for the 15-minute qualifying session. Bennett steadily improved his lap times throughout the session, but with both the team and drivers championships on the line, the goal of the soggy session was to survive with a clean car for Saturday’s 10-hour race. The team brought Bennett into pit lane several minutes before the checkered flag. His best time was a time of 1:42.775 (88.97mph). Bennett had the seventh-quickest time in session. However, the No. 88 Starworks car, with the third quickest time, failed technical inspection, promoting the No. 54 to sixth.

Rain has plagued the race weekend. Practice 1 on Thursday morning has been the only session run in the dry. The rain set in later that afternoon, so the team ended Practice 2 early and chose not to run Thursday’s night practice to avoid unnecessary incidents.

Bennett joins co-drivers Colin Braun and Anthony Lazzaro for the 10-hour endurance classic. A lot is on the line as the team heads into the final round of the season. CORE is looking to capture its fifth-straight team championship as well as Bennett and Braun’s second-straight driver championship. The team and drivers hold a 12-point lead in both standings. CORE is also in contention for the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. It is only three points out from first place.

Petit Le Mans goes green at 11:10 am ET on Saturday. The race airs live with coverage switching between FOX Sports 2 and IMSA.com. A three-hour race recap airs on FOX Sports 1 Sunday starting at 1:30pm ET.

15-CORE-JB-Headshot“It was definitely a little bit tricky out there today. At the end of the day, you have to keep in mind what the mission is for the weekend. We did a reasonable job, but tomorrow’s the important day. I think we have a good car and we’re ideally situated for a good finish tomorrow.

 

“The consequences of a mistake today far out-weighed the advantages of one or two positions ahead on the grid. With the car square and undamaged, the crew gets a nice night of sleep tomorrow so that we’ll be fresh tomorrow.”
JON BENNETT