DETROIT, Mich. (May 29, 2015) – CORE autosport will start the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic on the Raceway at Belle Isle Park from fifth, Saturday, May 30. The 100-minute race is Round Five of the TUDOR United SportsCar Prototype Challenge Championship.

The PC class is partaking in the Detroit street race for the first time this year, making today’s two practice sessions on the 2.3-mile, 13-turn circuit, invaluable for drivers Jon Bennett and Colin Braun. Though both practice sessions were a comfortable 90 minutes in length, the second session was hampered by steady rain. In the end, the time in the wet could prove valuable, considering Saturday’s weather forecast includes a 60 percent chance of rain.

The 15-minute qualifying session was rain free. Bennett had qualifying duty in the No. 54 Composite Resources/ Flex Box ORECA FLM09. He picked up the pace throughout the session, running as high as third. Bennett put the hammer down on the final lap, turning his best lap yet, but so did five of the six PC entries. A lap of 1:31.180 (92.784 mph) put the No. 54 fifth on the PC grid.

Bennett will start the 100-minute race and hand the car off to Braun for the finish.

Saturday’s Chevrolet Sports Car Classic is set for 12:05 pm ET and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 2. Live coverage is also available on IMSA.com and the IMSA app.

 

 

15-CORE-JB-Headshot“It’s always nice to come to a new venue. The track is a bit bumpier than I expected. In the end, it’s the same for everyone, so it’s just a challenge to overcome. I think we’ll be good for the race. It’ll be a matter of being careful and on the right side of attrition.
 
“Tomorrow could have some changing weather, so that’s another variable to consider. I like driving in the rain and I’m kind of looking forward to a rain race tomorrow. It’ll certainly make the race interesting and put an additional premium on being precise and using good judgment.
 
“I think everyone has their own approach to qualifying. I look at it as eight to nine attempts at a good lap. The first couple are handicapped because of cold tires etc. After that, the Continental Tires are pretty even through the 15 minute run. I think we all, as a group, lap by lap, increase the intensity and that’s how it naturally happens.”

 

 

Chevrolet Sports Car Classic | May 29 – 30

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VENUE

Track Length: 2.3 miles, 13 turns

Race Length: 100 minutes

 

SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

Saturday, May 30

8:15am – 8:35am: Warm Up (All Classes)

9:30am – 10:15am: Driver Autograph Session (IMSA Fan Village, Picnic Shelter 3)

11:15am – 11:45am: Open Grid Fan Walk (Pit Lane)

12:05pm – 1:45pm: Chevrolet Sports Car Classic (100 Minutes)

 

TV SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

LIVE Race U.S.

Saturday, May 30

12:00pm – 2:00pm: FOX Sports 2

 

Race Replay U.S.

Saturday, May 30

2:00pm – 4:00pm: FOX Sports 1

 

LIVE Race (Worldwide)

Saturday, May 30

12:00pm – 2:00pm: IMSA.com

 

LIVE In-Car Cameras & Commentary:

IMSA.com & IMSA App