DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 20, 2016) –In its first Red Bull Global Rallycross event, CORE autosport captured a GRC Lites podium finish at Daytona International Speedway.
Red Bull GRC events feature two heat races, where drivers battle to confirm a starting spot on the final grid. Drivers outside the top three in the heat races go to a last chance qualifier (LCQ) race to earn the final four spots on the grid.
Finishing third in both heat races, despite an accident in practice, Colin Braun automatically qualified for Saturday’s GRC Lites main event in the No 56. Jon Bennett found himself in the LCQ but fought his way to a third-place finish and earned the No. 54 a spot in the final.
Saturday’s 10-lap feature was delayed for some time due to thunderstorms moving through the area, but when it did get underway, Braun was embroiled in a fight for the podium with Tanner Whitten and Alejandro Fernandez. At the checkered flag Braun snagged himself a third-place finish in his rallycross debut.
Bennett, another rallycross rookie, showed he earned his spot in the final by keeping on pace for a ninth-place result.
Sunday proved a bit tougher. Bennett did not advance to the final and Braun finished second in both heat races, but had an accident on the opening lap of the final and soldiered on to finish 10th.
The GRC Lites event from Daytona International Speedway will air on NBC Sports Network Wednesday, June 22 at 4:30pm ET.
CORE’s next Red Bull GRC target is the July 30 event at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C.
“Our GRC debut was a really fun experience. Our results are definitely something we can be proud of, especially considering it was our first ever rallycross outing. A podium finish was beyond our expectations. We have a lot to learn still, but we have the right people in place and great partners in ORECA and Sonic Tools. I can’t wait to get behind the wheel again!”
– Jon Bennett
“GRC was a blast! I am super impressed with the series and the level of competition, but also how quickly these CORE guys put together a strong program. I’m happy I could put it on the podium for them on Saturday. GRC is pretty much a contact sport and sometimes you come out on the bad end of it like we did in the main on Sunday, but we sure showed we had a fast car in the heats and raced well all day! We have a lot to learn, but everyone at CORE is up to the task and we’ll be back and even more prepared at the next one.”
– Colin Braun