Fresh off a victory from pole position at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, CORE autosport earned the Prototype Challenge pole once again, this time at Lime Rock Park. It is CORE’s third WeatherTech SportsCar Championship PC pole of the season.
In this unique two-day Northeast Grand Prix, practice was limited to two, one-hour sessions on the same day as qualifying. To maximize the track time available, CORE opted to put Braun in the car for qualifying and work on race setup for the No. 54 Flex-Box/Composite Resources ORECA FLM09.
Braun led the 15-minute qualifying session from green flag to checkered. His pole-setting lap, a 48.824 (108.4 mph), bested his nearest opponent by a slim 0.016-second.
Tomorrow’s Northeast Grand Prix features only three of IMSA’s four race categories: PC, GTLM and GTD. This means an overall win is in the cards if Bennett and Braun can keep the No. 54 out front.
The two-hour and 40-minute race will air live on FOX, Saturday, July 23, at 3pm ET.
“We needed to use qualifying as a test session. We had limited track time. The race is during the middle of the day in really high heat and this was a good opportunity in similar track conditions to evaluate what the car is like and see what the setup is like. I’m happy to get the pole. It wasn’t our primary goal for the session; Saturday is really the important one.
“There will be a lot of traffic tomorrow. For me as a driver, it’s fun. There will be frustrating moments for sure, but then there will be moments where it goes your way and you can make a pass and it kind of falls in your lap. Tomorrow will be about managing your tires and traffic more than it will be about raw speed and performance. It’ll be more about being smart and staying out of trouble and being aggressive when you need to be in traffic but knowing when it’s smarter to fight another day.”
– Colin Braun