2016 Daytona Summary

Rolex 24 Ends Early for CORE

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ROUND 1 / DAYTONA, FL

January 28-31
Rolex 24 at Daytona
Daytona International Speedway
Race Duration: 24 Hours
Circuit Length: 3.56 miles

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START

8th

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FINISH

8th

Full Results

DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP

6th
As of Round 1

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

8th
As of Round 1

  • We were smart with the weather early in the week, and we had a clever race strategy. It was a disappointing ending to a successful week and race start. There were some new elements at our team. We had new driver, Martin Plowman, and of course, Mark Wilkins is well known to our team. It was one of the first real races with Jeff Braun doing the engineering and managing our effort. The race was really going to script, and unfortunately, we had an engine failure beyond our control. We’ll just pick up the pieces, build the new car and head to Sebring to continue the championship. I’m proud of the guys, and I’m confident in our approach. We’re definitely looking to better events ahead and a successful season.

    Jon Bennett
  • Overall, the weekend was pretty disappointing. The weather prevented us from running very much, and then obviously, the ending wasn’t what we were hoping for. Jon did a great job starting off in the car, and Mark had a pretty healthy lead in the race. Then we had catastrophic engine failure. There wasn’t any warning. With the spec class, spec engine manufacturer, spec engine builder, you hope they put these together at a level where they’re able to run and run. The CORE guys did a great job prepping the car. It’s a disappointing way to finish, but there’s not much we can do beyond that.

    Colin Braun
  • The CORE autosport guys do such an amazing job, I’m gutted for them. They spend so many hours working in the shop to get the car this great. It’s a hard one, and it just goes to prove how hard this race really is to win. We didn’t get any warning. Everything was running fairly strong. Sixth gear just let go of the engine. It picked up a gigantic vibration, and I knew we had a problem so I brought into the pits. We’ll be back for Sebring stronger than ever and ready to makeup some points.

    Mark Wilkins
  • It’s heartbreaking for the whole team. They’ve put so much into this race. I feel sorry for the guys because I truly feel this was our race to lose. The setup and strategy were a winning combination. Racing is cruel, but we’ll just focus on the next one. I want to thank Jon and the team for having me aboard this race. They’re deadly serious with their racing but really fun at the same time. The whole culture – there’s such a winning mentality. The team chemistry is amazing.

    Martin Plowman

DAYTONA MULTIMEDIA

  • (VIDEO) Epic Final Hour of IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona 2016 Race

    (VIDEO) Epic Final Hour of IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona 2016 Race

  • (VIDEO) First Hour of IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona 2016 Race

    (VIDEO) First Hour of IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona 2016 Race

  • (VIDEO) 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona Qualifying

    (VIDEO) 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona Qualifying

  • (VIDEO) Sights and Sounds: 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona

    (VIDEO) Sights and Sounds: 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona

  • 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona

    2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona

DAYTONA NEWS

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