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CORE Makes Early Exit at Six Hours of The Glen

After a strong start, CORE autosport was unable to complete all six hours of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Watkins Glen International. A mechanical issue brought the team’s Prototype Challenge entry out of contention with less than two hours to go in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.

Starting from sixth, Jon Bennett emerged from the opening race mayhem in a strong position to begin his battle for the lead. The cards appeared stacked in his favor when the No. 20 BAR1 Motorsports car was involved in a collision and the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports car had a long pit stop for repairs, which enabled him to pick up two spots. His blessings continued when the team took advantage of the first full-course caution to perform its initial pit stop. A strong stop from the team put Bennett in second and he battled in the top three for the remainder of his stint. He took over the top spot just before handing the car over to co-driver Mark Wilkins.

Another quick and clean stop put Wilkins back on track in third, but he was knocked to fourth after serving a drive-thru penalty for Bennett’s speed at the pit entrance. He made quick work to recover positions and had the car up to second in short order. As his stint continued, the car’s suspension malfunctioned and caused the front right tire to detach from the car. Wilkins skillfully maneuvered to the pits under his own power and the team set to work repairing the issue. He was back on track in fifth just 10 minutes later, but four laps down to the PC leader. Wilkins held his position through the remainder of his stint and used the second full-course caution of the race for the final driver change to Colin Braun.

Upon returning to the circuit, Braun could tell that the car had sustained additional damage from the earlier suspension failure. Unable make the fix within the remaining one hour and 40 minutes, the team elected to retire the car so it could began the repair process and have the No. 54 ready for next week’s race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. CORE was classified sixth in class on the final results.

The team is already hard at work to get the No. 54 prepped for The Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix, coming up July 7 – 10.

16-CORE-JB-HeadshotGRC“Luckily for me, we had a really well-engineered and well-tuned car for the start of the race. I had my first pit stop at max attack, and I picked my battles carefully throughout my stint. Our Engineer Jeff Braun also came up with a good strategy move to conserve fuel and eliminate a pit stop.

 

“I handed the car off to Mark and that’s when the mechanical gremlins started to creep in. Mark did a great job in the car as did Colin. But from just about two-and a-half hours in, the gremlins just continued with something first in the front of the car and then something in the back. Racing goes that way sometimes. We’ll regroup and put on a good effort at Mosport next weekend.”

– JON BENNETT

 

 

16-CORE-CB-HeadshotGRC“It was a disappointing end to our day. I’m not really sure what happened. Jon and Mark both did really good in the car, and we had strong pit stops. We had what I think was the fastest car all weekend.

 

“When I got in, the car was really inconsistent in the corners with really bad pulling. We obviously had some sort of mechanical issue, and we decided to retire to the paddock so we could figure it out and get it right for Mosport next weekend.”

– COLIN BRAUN

 

 

16-CORE-MW-Headshot“Jon did a great job in the car, so when I went out, I didn’t really have a ton of work to do other than turn good, consistent laps. We were pretty happy with the pace. With the nature of the track and the high speeds, you loose a little grip in traffic, so I was battling through that, but the CORE guys gave me a great car.

 

“I started to experience some unusual handling with the car and then the tire came loose on the back straightaway before the bus stop. I was able to bring it in without much more damage and the guys made quick work to get the car back on track. I was able to complete my stint without any other major issues before handing it off to Colin. It was ultimately a tough day and the guys are working to sort it for Mosport next weekend. I look forward to being back in the car in the fall.”

– MARK WILKINS

CORE Set for Fireworks at Watkins Glen

ROCK HILL, S.C. (June 28, 2016) – It’s time for the meat of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season as CORE autosport prepares to tackle four races in six weeks. Kicking things off is Watkins Glen International, which hosts Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, the third segment of the Tequila Patròn North American Endurance Cup.

 

The question on everyone’s minds heading into Watkins Glen is how the repaving of the circuit in the off-season will affect the track’s handling and lap times. CORE attempted to get a head start on that question with some testing in May and returned with rave reviews from drivers Jon Benett, Colin Braun and Mark Wilkins.

 

Wilkins will once again join Bennett and Braun in the driver seat for this six-hour event. Wilkins last raced with CORE at the 12 Hours of Sebring, in March, which ended in a victory.

 

Notes

  • CORE finished fourth in last year’s event at Watkins Glen and won the race in 2014.
  • Braun earned the PC pole for the 2014 race. Qualifying was rained out in 2015.
  • Wilkins won overall in a Daytona Prototype at Watkins Glen in 2008.
  • CORE is currently fourth in the PC team standings. Bennett and Braun are fifth in the driver standings.
  • CORE is third in the TPNAEC team championship.

 

 

16-CORE-JB-HeadshotW“Watkins Glen is one of North America’s iconic road courses. I can’t think of a road course with more history. My favorite section is Turn 10. This corner has a bit of camber and the prototype’s downforce is in full effect here. It feels like being fired out of a cannon.

 

“The repaving of Watkins Glen was executed with perfection. When we tested here in May I found the surface to be super-smooth with incredible grip. I predict track records will be easily broken this weekend.

 

“I think racing shares many values with the spirit of our country. The bravery to take risks, the belief that we can always improve and perform better, and the determination to win despite any setbacks. I think our early patriots shared many personality traits with race teams and drivers, so the IMSA weekend at Watkins Glen is a fitting Independence Day celebration.”
– Jon Bennett

 

 

16-CORE-CB-Headshot“Watkins Glen, newly repaved, is a lot of fun and I can’t wait to get back in the PC car with Jon and Mark. The new pavement has a lot of grip. Even though we tested there for a couple of days, the surface is still a bit of an unknown, because that was right after they repaved it. I’m sure its ever-changing. It won’t be similar to our setup notes from last year for sure! It’ll be fun to figure out and see how it develops over the weekend.

 

“I think in the longer races, there’s more opportunity for mistakes to happen and CORE is good at minimizing mistakes. That’s a key element to our success in the long endurance races like Watkins Glen.

 

“There’s nothing more American than Watkins Glen and the history that place has. With the work we do at CORE with the Wounded Warrior Project and the tourniquets that Composite Resources makes, there’s lots of things that tie together to make for a cool, patriotic Independence Day weekend!”
– Colin Braun

 

 

16-CORE-MW-Headshot“Watkins Glen has always been a top track in my mind. I’ve always enjoyed racing there. I’ve had some tough luck there, but I won a big race there in the Daytona Prototype days. My opinion of the track elevated significantly at the test in May. The changes made to the track, the repaving, the choice of material they used, is spectacular. It’s quicker, it’s smooth and it’s super grippy. I’m holding out my final judgment until we race on it, but I was really impressed.

 

“I think the process and procedures that CORE have in place are what prevent us from making mistakes and help us stay out of trouble. I think the amount of experience that everybody has and how long we’ve been racing together makes for a strong cohesiveness. All of that comes together into a well-oiled machine and we just need to go out and execute. We all know what our jobs are and what we bring to the team. In the end, if we can put that all together, then we’re in a position to do well.”
– Mark Wilkins

 

Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen | July 1 – 3

VENUE

Track Length: 3.4 miles, 11 turns

Race Length: Six Hours

 

SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

Friday, July 1

11:25am – 12:25pm: Practice #1 (All Classes)

3:20pm – 4:20pm: Practice #2 (All Classes)

Saturday, July 2

10:15am – 11:15am: Practice #3 (All Classes)

1:00pm – 1:45pm: Driver Autograph Session

4:30pm – 4:45pm: Qualifying (PC Class)

Sunday, July 3

8:00am – 8:20am: Warm Up (All Classes)

9:00am – 9:40am: Open Grid

10:10am – 4:10pm: Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen

 

TV SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

LIVE Qualifying:

Friday, July 2

3:40pm – 5:10pm: IMSA.com

LIVE Race U.S.:

Saturday, July 3

10:00am – 4:30pm: FOX Sports 1

LIVE Race International:

Saturday, July 3

10:00am – 4:30pm: IMSA.com

 

LIVE In-Car Cameras & Commentary:

IMSA.tv

CORE autosport Wins 12 Hours of Sebring

CORE autosport captured its third Prototype Challenge victory at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring fueled by Fresh From Florida. Leading more laps than any other PC car, the team also took home its first Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup win of the 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

Although Colin Braun qualified the No. 54 Flex-Box/Composite Resources ORECA FLM09 on the class pole, CORE started the 12-hour race from the back of the grid after electing to change its starting driver from Braun to Jon Bennett. Making sure Bennett achieved his minimum drive time before the weather deteriorated as forecasted was the team’s first objective to a successful race. With 12 hours of racing ahead and the fastest PC machine on the grid, the team was confident it could make up the positions.

Weather for the race was treacherous as predicted. Bennett started the race under a deceptively sunny sky, but rain arrived just over an hour into the race. Bennett soldiered on through the wet conditions, advancing as high as fourth.

The rain intensified and standing water became an issue around the circuit. When lightning was spotted, race officials immediately issued a red flag. Bennett was seventh at the time.

The red flag lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes. When conditions cleared and racing resumed, Bennett immediately came in for a pit stop and driver change to Braun.

Conditions were still tricky. The rain came and went and sometimes only affected a few corners. Drivers and engineers had to make tough tire decisions at every pit stop. Braun shined in this setting and was soon up to P1. He completed three stints before handing the car off to Mark Wilkins with four hours to go.

Wilkins held strong through two caution-plagued stints and maintained an incredibly tight lead over CORE’s chief rival: the No. 52 of PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports. Wilkins came in for the final hand off to Braun with just under two hours to go. The No. 52 was able to get ahead of Braun thanks to a fuel-only pit stop while the No. 54 took on both fuel and tires.

Braun quickly erased the 21-second lead the No. 52 had pulled out and was back in the lead. He set a new PC race lap record—1:55.545 (116.571 mph)—in the process. Several more full-course cautions eliminated any gap he could build to second place.

The No. 52 had one last go at the PC lead on a restart from yellow with 30 minutes to go, but Braun was back around and into the top spot for good 10 minutes later. He crossed the finish line with a 1.282-second margin of victory.

The win is CORE’s third at the 12 Hours of Sebring. It’s first two came in 2012 and 2014. Bennett and Braun were both part of the 2014-winning lineup.

Sebring is the second of four races that make up the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. By leading the PC class longer than any of its competitors, CORE takes home the TPNAEC win for Sebring and earns valuable points for the season-long title.

CORE will shift gears dramatically for Round Three on the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar; it heads to the Grand Prix of Long Beach, a temporary street circuit, for a 100-minute race, April 15 – 16.

 

16-CORE-JB-HeadshotW“Winning is important and I’m so glad to be here. It is a privilege to be part of this group inside the car and also the extended group outside the car. It was really amazing to watch the team work on this problem today, which was getting to the end of the 12 hours without any problems or missing anything strategically, as well figuring out the curveballs this race throws at you. Sebring is such a historic place and to have won our class tonight is amazing.
 
“With the way the regulations are, we don’t get to showcase Colin in qualifying, where he belongs. I think it’s nice when Colin can qualify the car and it doesn’t really change our strategy for the race. It’s important to give him that opportunity. Colin of course delivered on Friday with the pole. On these long races, being in that gap between the prototype and GT cars is not such a bad place to be.”
– JON BENNETT

 

16-CORE-CB-Headshot“It was fun racing Tom Kimber-Smith (driver of No. 52) and that whole group. They are such a great team and classy competitors. It was definitely an all-day race. We almost had the field down a lap, but unfortunately we were slowed down by an incident on track. Mark [Wilkins] did a great job before I got in the car, holding Tom off for about an hour-and a-half . That was a really tense part of the race from my seat, but I’m sure even more so from Mark’s seat!
 
“Then, I got back in the car and was able to gain a little gap before we cycled through some pit stops. At the end, I restarted with Tom right behind me. I’m not really sure what happened on the restart but some GT car basically drove into my door and it spun me out. That caused me to go to the back and then I had about 15 minutes to make it back through the field. I just kept my fingers crossed that we didn’t get too many cautions so that we would have a chance to do it, and we did.”
– COLIN BRAUN

 

16-CORE-MW-Headshot“I had to push and dig a little today. There was a lot of pressure and my goal was to stay out front. Tom [Kimber-Smith] was never more than a couple seconds behind and he really kept me working hard. I knew it was going to be a close race. I did whatever I needed to do to keep the car in the position it was in.
 
“The CORE autosport guys gave us a fantastic car. Jon did a great job in really adverse weather and Colin did an amazing job to bring it home at the end. It was a nail-biter for a long time and that’s what makes the victory so great. It was just what we needed after a really tough Daytona. Hopefully, this sets the momentum forward for a great rest of the season.
 
“Jeff Braun (race engineer) delivered a great race car. He and I won this race together in 2010 with Jeff engineering, and he just really knows how to make a car work at Sebring. Everyone’s contributions today were critical. We want races to be tough and to showcase the talent on the team and why CORE has been so successful.”
– MARK WILKINS

CORE Poised for Strong Sebring Performance

ROCK HILL, S.C. (March 15, 2016) – Defending Prototype Challenge champions CORE autosport are on a mission to rebound at Sebring International Raceway after exiting the season opener at Daytona early.

CORE has experienced plenty of success at the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring fueled by Fresh from Florida, including a second-place finish last year and wins in 2012 and 2014.

This week, CORE and the rest of the PC teams come into Sebring with an engine and electronics upgrade. The Chevrolet LS3 engine is now 25lbs lighter thanks to a new crank and rod, while the car’s electronics are now controlled via a Motec system that provides predictive lap times, live telemetry and traction control.

All these enhancements will serve Jon Bennett, Colin Braun and Mark Wilkins well on the notoriously challenging 3.4-mile Sebring circuit, which is partially made up of old concrete airport runways. The multiple surfaces and bumps make the track very physically demanding on the drivers.

Notes

• CORE autosport has finished on the Sebring podium six times including wins in 2012 and 2014.
• Bennett has made five starts at Sebring, finishing on the podium in 2011, 2012 and 2014.
• Braun has made six starts at Sebring, finishing on the podium in 2012 and 2014. He was the PC polesitter in 2013.
• Wilkins has made two starts at Sebring and won in his debut in 2010. Jeff Braun was the engineer for that victory.
• CORE autosport welcomes new associate sponsor Micro Waterjet LLC, a world leader in contract manufacturing of precision components using proprietary cutting technology. Their micron-precise process harnesses the power of a high-pressure stream of water applied with finer-than-pinpoint accuracy.

16-CORE-JB-HeadshotW“I am extremely happy with our new package on the PC cars. The improvements will bring our class into alignment with the other classes in the WeatherTech Championship. While I felt the PC car was certainly drivable in its previous configuration, it was not compatible with the other traction control assisted classes on cold tires or in the rain. The new Motec electronics and real-time telemetry will certainly be appreciated as the season progresses.
 
“Traction control is a new experience for me. I had a short exposure to our new system during its development phase at the last Sebring test. Drake DeVore from Motec did an amazing job fine-tuning the parameters to match the PC car. I began to trust the new system toward the end of our test. I am sure that a new driving style will emerge and some hard wired ‘catch’ reflexes will need to be suppressed. I am looking forward to adapting to this new technology.
 
“Predictive lap times can be a double-edged sword depending on the driver’s personality. I have lived without predictive lap times since I left IMSA Lites. For me, predictive lap times can be a distraction. It takes some discipline to use predictive lap times and not be taunted into over driving.
 
“Certainly, we will match the traffic much better on cold tires and in the rain. In normal competition, the new enhancements will make the PC car a bit faster and easier to drive quickly. How each team and driver adapts over the next few races will be interesting to watch.”
– Jon Bennett
16-CORE-CB-Headshot“We have a lot of different bits on the car from an electronics standpoint and the engine package has changed a bit. We spent some time doing a bit of development work at the winter test and we’re really excited about the new stuff. It’s a great step forward for the car and maybe it’ll re-excite people about the class.
 
“I know myself, Jon and Mark all enjoy driving at Sebring. I think the bumps present a good challenge and are what makes Sebring fun and interesting. The track surface is what makes it an iconic and historic track; it’s what makes Sebring, Sebring.
 
“How the traction control will handle the bumpiness is something we’re still as a team and as a class trying to understand. I don’t think we know quite enough about that aspect of it yet. It should make it easier not to spin the tires over the bumps, which will be helpful, especially on cold tires.
 
“I think traffic will be a bit easier too with the traction control and will make it easier for the gentlemen drivers; it’ll help those guys out who struggle with the torque these cars make and on cold tires and restarts. It’s a good step foreword for the series, because up to now we’ve been the only class without traction control, which makes those situations extremely challenging.”
– Colin Braun

16-CORE-MW-Headshot“After Daytona, I was very excited to experience the changes to the PC car for Sebring. The test allowed us some time to get acquainted with all of the changes and I think they were all positives. The addition of the Motec data system really upgrades the whole electronics package in the car. More data for the drivers to review, a cleaner and crisper display and obviously the addition of traction control is a functional improvement to the car.
 
“With the new upgrades, the car seemed pretty lively overall. With a bit more of a racier feel. I think it will be a bit easier to get through traffic. Obviously, the addition of traction control may help in this area as well, especially in less than ideal track conditions. As always, using the aero capabilities of the PC and keeping the momentum up is key to navigating slower traffic.
 
“I think the approach to managing a 12-hour is a touch different than a 24 simply due to the race length. I always find the 12-hour is more intense; perhaps it’s the track being more demanding and less forgiving overall than Daytona. If you fall behind in a 12-hour, it’s harder to make it back up with less time on the clock.”
– Mark Wilkins

Rolex 24 Ends Early for CORE

A catastrophic engine failure ended CORE autosport’s quest for a second victory at the Rolex 24 at Daytona less than six hours into the endurance classic that kicks off the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The team saw little track time leading up to the 24-hour enduro thanks to steady rain that soaked the track on Thursday. In an effort to avoid damaging the car, the team ran just a few laps in the day’s practice sessions and did not run in qualifying. Having skipped qualifying, the team was required to start at the back of the prototype category on Saturday.

Jon Bennett opened the race in the No. 54 Composite Resources/Flex Box ORECA FLM09 from eighth in the Prototype Challenge class. Bennett battled through the opening chaos and climbed two spots before handing the car off to co-driver Mark Wilkins nearly two and a half hours into the race.

Wilkins had a brilliant stint and some of the fastest PC laps on the track at the time. He capitalized on the third full-course caution of the race and used the wave-by to catch up to the lead lap. Wilkins pounced with several quick passes and was up to first by the four and a half hour mark.

Wilkins was working to extend his lead when a massive vibration jolted the car in Daytona International Speedway’s banked Turn 4. Wilkins was able to pull the car immediately into the pits. The No. 54 was taken behind the wall, but soon retired when it was discovered that the engine damage was irreparable. The team had completed just five and a half hours of the race.

The damage prevented co-drivers Colin Braun and Martin Plowman from turning a lap in the race. The team was also unable to complete the minimum drive times for Bennett and Wilkins and was therefore limited to one point in the championship race.

CORE is already focused on avenging this Daytona disappointment at the MOBIL 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring fueled by Fresh From Florida, March 17 – 19.

16-CORE-JB-HeadshotW“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

 

16-CORE-CB-Headshot“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
 
 
 
16-CORE-MW-Headshot“Jon did an awesome job in his first run. Jeff Braun was making us do a lot of work all at once, which I think was a brilliant strategy. Jon did a rock-solid job and gave me the car perfectly clean. I knew my job was to get back on the lead lap and back in the fold. I didn’t really expect that we’d get all the way in the lead and then pull away.

 
 
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

 

16-CORE-MP-Headshot“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

CORE Launches 2016 Season with Rolex 24

ROCK HILL, S.C. (Jan. 27, 2016) – The 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship kicks off this weekend with the 54th Running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Defending Prototype Challenge Champions CORE autosport are in search of their second victory at the twice-around-the-clock race, after a heartbreaking finish robbed the team of that feat in 2015.

 

Full-season drivers Jon Bennett and Colin Braun are joined by Mark Wilkins and Martin Plowman in the No. 54 Composite Resources/Flex Box ORECA FLM09. Bennett, Braun and Wilkins were part of the 2014 lineup that won the Rolex 24, while Plowman makes his race debut with CORE this week.

 

The 3.56-mile “roval” uses all four of Daytona International Speedway’s banked turns plus the banked start/finish section. This will place a lot of g-force on the drivers and make the right-side tires work hard. The banking and speeds also make spotters a necessity for the drivers.

 

No rain is predicted for the 54th running of the Rolex 24. Temperatures will be comfortable with highs nearing 70F and lows around 50F.

 

 

Notes

  • This is Braun’s 12th consecutive Rolex 24 start. He’s entered every since he was 16.
  • Braun and Plowman used to race karts against each other in Europe.
  • Plowman has kept busy between Roar and Rolex 24 by getting married.
  • CORE COO Morgan Brady has been named a partner at Composite Resources. His duties with CORE will continue as usual.
  • Braun holds the PC lap record at Daytona, a 1:41.777 (125.922 mph), set in 2014.

 

 

 

16-CORE-JB-HeadshotW“There are a few races in the world that everyone in the motorsports universe is aware of, like the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, Le Mans 24, Monaco Grand Prix. I think that the Daytona 24 ranks in that list. For me, it’s very important and it’s an iconic, international race and I’m so glad to be here.
 
“There’s two relatively stressful times to drive: the first lap and the last lap. My favorite time to drive is the shift between 2:15 and 3:30 in the morning. There’s something about the cool night air. The race is always full-on, but there’s a certain calmness in the night that I enjoy.
 
“We’re very fortunate to have the same spotters over the years. We don’t have spotters at every race, so it takes a little time to get used to them, but since they’re not new to the team, it doesn’t take very long. It’s almost relaxing to have that voice in the background with you in the car, warning you about things that could be trouble ahead and on occasion, a little bit of encouragement.
 
“This is an iconic race and I enjoy being distracted to some degree by the pomp and circumstance. You do have to remember to stay grounded. This is a very serious race and the first race in our season. They are taking score, points are being awarded, so you can’t drift away too far. It’s a lot of fun walking to the car on Saturday and seeing all the fans, but then things get really serious.”

– Jon Bennett

 

 

16-CORE-CB-Headshot“The Rolex 24 at Daytona is a race that every driver, no matter their background, wants to win. That’s why you see NASCAR guys and open-wheel guys and people from all over the world driving in this race. It took me 10 tries to finally get a win in 2014. This year is my 12th shot at it and it never gets easier. You can hit all your marks, but it’ll still throw you a curve ball like it did for us last year.
 
“There’s not a whole lot of daytime racing at Daytona and the sunrise and sunset times can be difficult if you’re in the car, because of the sun shining in your eyes; especially in an open cockpit car, we don’t have anything besides our visors protecting us from glare. That’s why we have to chose them wisely depending on the conditions.
 
“At CORE we’re all about preparation, taking things one step at a time and constantly improving. I think that mentality is especially important for these long endurance races. We’ve prepared as best we can for every scenario and we’re going to execute according to the plan we’ve laid out but be ready to adjust for any problems that come our way. I have a great group of co-drivers in Jon, Mark and Martin that all share that mindset so I think we’ll be in good shape.”

– Colin Braun

 

 

16-CORE-MP-Headshot“The Rolex 24 is up there as one of the biggest races in the world and is definitely amongst the most prestigious endurance races. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to add winning the Rolex 24 to your résumé. It’s one of those races that every driver wants to win.
 
“Daytona is one of the only tracks where I think it’s critical to have a spotter on a road course, as they really help you to cut through slower traffic especially in the braking zones coming off of the oval banking; they enable us to make quick decisions without hesitation and having to look in the mirrors.
 
“I love driving at night, but it’s also the most tricky as it can get quite cold, so your tires are stone cold when you first leave the pits. The outlap is always very, very tricky and feels like driving on an ice rink!
 
“Sunrise and sunset are both equally challenging purely from a visibility standpoint. Visor selection is hard, but I always go conservative which means running a clear visor. When the sun reflects low off of the track there are times when you are literally driving blind and drive using only your reference points on the side of the track.
 
“Nicole and I enjoyed a really nice break away from our phones in Palm Beach on a sort of ‘mini-moon’. I’ll treat her to a longer celebration later in the year when the schedule permits, but for now my focus is fully on Daytona!”

– Martin Plowman

 

 

16-CORE-MW-Headshot“The Rolex 24 is certainly the highlight race of the year for me and is the premier endurance race in North America. The only endurance race in my mind that comes close is Le Mans.
 
“I love driving at night under the lights. I find I can really get into my sweet spot as a driver and the stints just fly by. A close second would be the mid-morning stint on Sunday as the end of the race closes in. The trickiest times to drive are certainly the sunset and sunrise where you experience lots of glare. Picking the right visor is tricky especially if you end up driving into the dark!
 
“Spotters are also key to success in this race. They allow the drivers to really focus forward and not worry so much about what’s behind them. They can be crucial to preventing or avoiding on track incidents. Spotters at Daytona are a must in my mind!”

– Mark Wilkins

 

 

 

Rolex 24 at Daytona | Jan. 22 – 25

 

Track Length: 3.56 miles, 12 turns

Race Length: 24 Hours

 

SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

Thursday, January 28

9:25am – 10:25am: Practice #1 (All Classes)

1:20pm – 1:50pm: Practice #2 (All Classes)

4:50pm – 5:05pm: Qualifying (PC Class)

6:30pm – 8:00pm: Practice #3 (All Classes)

Friday, January 29

10:25am – 11:25pm: Practice #4 (All Classes)

Saturday, January 30

12:00pm – 12:45pm: Driver Autograph Session

1:05pm – 2:20pm: Pre-Race / Open Grid

2:40pm: Green Flag

Sunday, January 31

2:40pm: Checkered Flag

 

TV SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

LIVE Qualifying:

Thursday, January 28

4:00pm – 5:30pm: IMSA.tv & IMSA App

LIVE Race U.S.:

Saturday, January 30

2:00pm – 4:00pm: FOX Sports 1

4:00pm – 10:00pm: FOX Sports 2

Overnight (Jan. 30 – 31)

10:00pm – 7:00am: IMSA.tv & IMSA App

Sunday, January 31

7:00am – 10:30am: FOX Sports 1

10:30am – 1:00pm: FOX Sports 2

1:00pm – 2:40pm: FOX Sports 1

 

LIVE Race International:

2:00pm Saturday – 3:00pm Sunday: IMSA.tv & IMSA App

 

LIVE In-Car Cameras & Commentary: IMSA.tv & IMSA App

CORE Logs Laps at Daytona Before Rolex 24

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2016) – The WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season held its official preview for the 2016 season with the annual Roar Before the 24 at Daytona International Speedway. CORE autosport took part in three days of IMSA-sanctioned testing and ended up with the second-fastest Prototype Challenge time of the event.

Roar Before the 24 is a chance for all IMSA teams to prepare for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, January 28 – 31. CORE has finished first and second in it’s previous two attempts at the Rolex 24, but there is always more to learn and perfect in endurance racing. This includes developing team chemistry with new engineer Jeff Braun and new driver Martin Plowman, who join CORE’s traditional lineup of Jon Bennett, Colin Braun and Mark Wilkinson.

All four drivers got plenty of time behind the wheel of the No. 54 Composite Resources/Flex Box ORECA FLM09. It was Braun who set the team’s fastest lap of the event, a 1:42.423, during the very first session of the test on Friday morning. The time ended up being just 0.305-second shy of the quickest PC time overall.

Roar Before the 24 isn’t about posting the fastest time however, it’s about getting your car setup and crew procedures on point for the grueling 24-hour race at Daytona. CORE autosport has won the legendary race once and is focused on doing it again.

Television broadcast details for the Rolex 24 at Daytona are forthcoming, but IMSA.com will provide live timing and in-car cameras throughout the event, plus commentary from IMSA Radio.

 

16-CORE-JB-HeadshotW“Testing at the Roar was a good follow-up to our testing here in November. It gives us an opportunity to work as a team; now with our new engineering team, our new driver Martin Plowman and welcoming back Mark Wilkins. It’s good to have the band back together and be polishing small adjustments to the car. Things look really good for a successful Rolex 24.
 
“It was nice to see the improvements around the Daytona facility, but the track is very similar to what it’s been in the past and what is was like in November.”
– JON BENNETT

 

16-CORE-CB-Headshot“I think we had a really good three-day test. We accomplished a lot and went through our whole plan. Mark, Martin, Jon and myself all got a lot of time in the car. I feel like it was our normal test plan, we worked through our normal procedures and never really focused on being the fastest, just focused on what we’ll need to do to win the race.
 
“We’ve run a lot of laps at Daytona. We’ve been at the Roar for the last couple of years, so we all know what it’s about. The success that we’ve had at Daytona in the past leads us to believe we know what we need to have in the Roar to be fast in the race.”
– COLIN BRAUN

 

16-CORE-MP-Headshot“I think it was a dream start working with CORE. It was a breath of fresh air to come into a team as professional as CORE and be able to focus on my own performance and trying to fit in. What I really like is the chemistry within the whole team is a winning mentality. It’s not work to the mechanics, they’re all here because they’re passionate about racing and passionate about winning and that shows in their performance.
 
“I think last July was the last time I sat in any sort of PC car. It took two or three laps to knock the rust off and then it felt like home. I’m not ever going to be happy with the speed, you always want to be faster, but looking at where we are for race pace, I think we’re all very happy and we just need to make sure we do well in race.”
MARTIN PLOWMAN

 

16-CORE-MW-Headshot“It’s great to be back with CORE; with five championships, there’s no better place to be. It’s a great group of people. They’re very professional and everyone knows their job and has respect for what each of us can bring to the table. You just slot in and get back to it. It takes a bit of time to get reacquainted with the car, but as expected, Jeff Braun had a really good test plan for us. We ran through everything we needed to this weekend and we’re ready to go racing.
 
“Martin is great. We couldn’t ask for a better driver lineup. His resume speaks for itself. Each driver has the right approach and right mentality and knows what to ask for, how to optimize the car and what they need to communicate to Jeff to get the most out of the car. It makes our job fairly easy. We just have to hit our marks, stay out of trouble and make smart decisions on track.”
– MARK WILKINS

 

LaurentCoppeeMembers of the CORE autosport team came into Daytona with heavy hearts this week after the passing of team member, Laurent Coppee, the weekend prior. Coppee was an invaluable asset to the Porsche North America team as a data engineer on the No. 912 car since the team formed in 2014. Our condolences go out to his family during this difficult time.

CORE Completes 2016 Driver Lineup

ROCK HILL, S.C. (Dec. 18, 2015) – Five-time Prototype Challenge Champion CORE autosport has finalized its driver lineup for the 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Jon Bennett and Colin Braun will continue to drive the No. 54 Composite Resources/Flex Box ORECA FLM09 with Mark Wilkins joining the pair for the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup races. Martin Plowman rounds out the team’s roster for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Bennett and Braun are now on their fifth season together as co-drivers and will be after their third-straight PC Drivers’ Championship. Since first pairing up for the 2012 American Le Mans Series season, the two have amassed 11 class wins together.

Wilkins has served as a support driver for CORE since 2012 and was part of the lineup that won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2014. In addition to the Rolex 24, he will re-join Bennett and Braun at the three other rounds of the TPNAEC: Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans.

Plowman is new to CORE autosport, but not new to prototype racing. He’s driven with BAR1 Motorsports in 2014 and 2015, including last year’s Rolex 24. He also has two successful seasons of LMP2 racing under his belt, including a WEC LMP2 Championship in 2013 and a class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans that same year.

Another change in the CORE lineup includes Jeff Braun as race engineer. Braun brings more than three decades of motorsports engineering to the table and numerous championships. Working with CORE gives Braun the opportunity to work closely with son Colin.

This quartet will suit up for the Roar Before the 24, an official IMSA test, January 8 – 10. It is a dress rehearsal for the 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener: the Rolex 24 at Daytona, January 28 – 31.

 

 

 

15-CORE-JB-Headshot“Colin has been an important part of our PC success over the past four seasons.  Colin is an incredible talent inside the cockpit and a fantastic teammate outside the car.  I couldn’t be happier to share our 2016 season with him.
 
“Like Colin, Jeff is an incredible engineering talent.  Additionally, Jeff will provide our team with a unified and coordinated approach to building a winning team.  He is a great communicator and we are extremely fortunate to have Jeff with us this season.
 
“Martin Plowman comes to us with a long resume of success in international endurance sports car racing.  His aggressive, yet calculated approach, will match the philosophy that has become the foundation of our team’s past successes.
 
“We are all looking forward to executing the perfect race at Daytona this year.  It is our goal to achieve perfect driving, perfect strategy, perfect pit stops, and perfect teamwork.  I remember from last year’s race that we were fortunate to run an almost flawless event.  We look forward to repeating that performance.”

– JON BENNETT

 

 

 

 

15-CORE-CB-Headshot“I’m looking forward to having Mark back. He’s a smart driver and has been with the team for quite a number of years and races. He’s a guy we can always rely on.
 
“Martin will be a great addition to the group. He’s had success in PC cars as well as P2 cars. I’ve known Martin for a long time. I used to race go-karts against him in Europe. He’s a really good person. I think we’re all going to get along well and I’m ready to get going at the Roar.
 
“Some people don’t understand how you could work with your dad [Jeff Braun] but we get along fantastic. He raised me, so he knows what I’m thinking and I know what he’s thinking. I feel like that’s going to be a big positive for us next year. With all the experience he has, he might even bring skills in other areas that are even stronger than his engineering.
 
“At the Roar, for us, it’s about getting everybody some seat time. We’ve done this race enough that we’ll be focused less on finding the perfect setup and more on doing some driver changes and pit stop stuff. It’s little things that seem to always crop up and cost you time in the end, more so than what spring or roll bar is in the car, those types of things become less important in a 24-hour race.”

– COLIN BRAUN

 

 

 

15-CORE-MW-Headshot“It’s great to be back for the Rolex for my third year with CORE. To be racing with the best team in the paddock, it’s obviously a real honor that they throw me in the seat to run some laps and go after another Rolex 24 win and get things started off on the right foot for another championship season.
 
“Martin Plowman is pretty talented in anything he drives. His resume speaks for itself. He’s a top-notch guy. We’ll be expecting him to slot right in and be up to speed and ready to go. I think it’ll be fun to get to know him. Jon’s been doing a fantastic job and Colin too, so it’s a great overall group of people to accomplish a tough goal and I can’t think of a better group.”

– MARK WILKINS

 

 

15-CORE-MP-Headshot“Joining CORE autosport for the Daytona 24 hours is a massive opportunity for me. They’re one of the best teams in the business, period. Winning at Daytona is extremely important to them, so it’s a huge honor to be trusted with helping them achieve that goal. After racing head to head against them at Daytona last year, I’m excited to join their team to continue their success!”

– MARTIN PLOWMAN

CORE’s Daytona Dominance Ends in Heartbreak

CORE autosport appeared to be en route to its second-consecutive Rolex 24 at Daytona win, but after leading 80 percent of the 24-hour TUDOR United SportsCar race, contact sent the No. 54 Composite Resources/Flex Box ORECA FLM09 into the wall with only 20 minutes remaining. Luckily, the team still managed to salvage a podium finish and a Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup win.

Starting second on the Prototype Challenge grid, Colin Braun took over the class lead after only four laps. He held the lead until the team cycled through pit stops and driver changes for Jon Bennett and James Gué. Just as the sun was setting on Daytona International Speedway, Gué reclaimed the PC lead. The No. 54 held onto the class lead into the evening with Mark Wilkins behind the wheel.

A flat tire near the eight-hour mark dropped CORE to third, but only an hour later, Braun had the car back at the front of the PC field and proceeded to build a lead of three laps. The No. 54 continued to lead through the overnight hours and into sunrise on Sunday as the team cycled through the driver rotation.

During the morning hours, CORE held a steady one-lap lead over the second place No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports car, but with one hour to go, driver Tom Kimber-Smith began to reel in Braun.

The gap was down to 47-seconds when Braun attempted a pass on a slower Daytona Prototype. The car made an erratic move, knocking the No. 54 into the grass. Braun was able to gather himself up and resume, unaware that the incident had damaged the rear suspension. As he entered the braking zone for the Bus Stop, the back of the car snapped sideways and sent Braun hard into the wall. In the process a suspension piece punctured the oil tank, which resulted in a fire. Braun was able to exit the car safely, but CORE’s race ended 20 minutes before the checkered flag.

Thankfully, the lead PC cars’ ability to gap the field and the rate of attrition enabled the No. 54 to officially finish third despite not seeing the checkered flag. Additionally, for leading at the six-, 12- and 18-hour marks, CORE autosport and its drivers won the first round of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, a title which they won in 2014.

Next up on the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship schedule is the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in Sebring, Florida. CORE autosport is the defending PC winner at Sebring.

If you missed the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the race will be posted in its entirety on IMSA.com by Tuesday, Jan. 27

COLIN BRAUN
15-CORE-CB-Headshot“Everybody did a really great job. We were struggling with the straight-line speed of the car, but we were still managing the gap. With 20 minutes to go or so, I made a pretty routine pass around the outside of a really slow DP car in Turn 5. I think he just missed his brake marker and ran into the right rear of me pretty hard. It was hard enough to spin me out and subsequently, I think, break the right rear suspension, unbeknownst to me. Finally, I got it back going on track and I thought it was going to be ok. I went through the bus stop and I think the suspension just folded up. I ended up hitting the wall pretty hard, bringing our day to an abrupt end.

 

“There were lots of cars going by pretty fast, so I certainly didn’t want to risk getting out and being hit by one of them. I didn’t know if I had spilt oil behind me or if I had a bunch of parts behind me, so I certainly wasn’t going to get out of the car until the last minute. I hit the fire bottle and just waited for the safety cars to get there so I knew I’d be ok and not get hit.

“I’m gutted for everybody. We were in a position to win the race and had that guy used better judgment, I think we would’ve won the race. It’s one thing when you make a bold move and get on the bad side of it, but it’s another thing when I make a routine move that I’ve made a hundred times in a race and that happens.”

15-CORE-JB-HeadshotJON BENNETT
“With the events of today, it’s easy to focus on the last 20 minutes of the race. But quite honestly, the first 23 hours and 40 minutes were pretty amazing. After a great performance last year, we led this race essentially from the drop of the green flag right until the very end. Unfortunately, stuff like this happens when you’re in the business of risk management. We take chances once or twice a lap, sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t. It’s just a fact of racing.

 

“I’m proud of the team effort from all the drivers – James, Mark, Colin and myself – and the team. We had an incredibly well built and bulletproof car.  We led at the 6-hour mark, 12-hour mark, 18-hour mark and we would’ve led at the 24-hour mark as well. But it just wasn’t meant to be. The most important thing is Colin is fine, the car will heal itself and we’ll be back at Sebring.”

15-CORE-MW-HeadshotMARK WILKINS
“I can’t say enough about the CORE autosport team. I think they are the best in the business. They gave us a great racecar. The setup was spot-on. We pushed hard all race, but we were smart and stayed out of trouble. It’s a tough one. There’s a reason why it feels so good to win one of these; it’s because they are really hard to win. All in all, the team performed excellent. Everyone did a great job in and out of the car. For that, it was awesome to be a part of the team for this event.”

 

15-CORE-JG-HeadshotJAMES GUÉ
“Overall, CORE again showed they are the dominant team in this class. I think we led the majority of the race, and I felt very comfortable in the car. We had a great setup and were in really good shape. The end was unfortunate, the way it finished. While it’s always good to be on the podium, it wasn’t necessarily representative of the effort the whole team put in. Overall, it’s fantastic to be back with CORE. Everyone is so welcoming, I feel like I’m home.”

 

 

CORE Seeks Repeat Rolex 24 Victory

The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will officially begin this week at Daytona International Speedway, where Round One, the grueling Rolex 24 at Daytona, will go green on Saturday, Jan. 24.

CORE autosport is the defending Prototype Challenge category race winner at Daytona. The No. 54 Composite Resources/Flex-Box ORECA FLM09 crossed the finish line one lap ahead of its nearest competitor and in ninth-place overall. It marked the start of championship season number four for CORE, who would also go on to collect the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup in the PC category.

The driver and crew lineup from last year’s race-winning effort returns in 2015 to attempt a repeat. Jon Bennett, Colin Braun, James Gue and Mark Wilkins will share driving duties. At Daytona, Bennett and Braun will begin their quest to defend their 2014 PC Drivers’ Championship.

 

NOTEWORTHY

  • Team owner/driver Jon Bennett is nominated for the Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence, given to a team owner who exemplifies integrity and passion for the sport.
  • Colin Braun was the 2014 Rolex 24 PC Polesitter with a lap of 1:41.777.
  • Braun was the quickest PC driver in Daytona testing this month, fast lap of 1:41.769.
  • Bennett, Braun and Wilkins will visit Camp Boggy Creek, an official IMSA Charity, on Wednesday.
  • Braun’s brother Travis is currently a finalist in the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl contest. His ad and voting can be found here.

 

 

15-CORE-JB-Headshot“CORE autosport had a productive test at this year’s Roar Before the 24. We were impressed with the new power in our less-restricted Chevy motors. We are hoping to see regulations that improve our top speed on the oval to help separate the classes. We spent most of the Roar experimenting and not concentrating on outright lap time. Watching Colin at the top of the timesheet for several sessions was a bonus for our team.

 

“Starting the season with a 24-hour race can be stressful. There is a lot of effort that goes into a 24-hour race. An extremely busy December pays dividends in January (usually). Compared to last year, CORE autosport now has a successful template to work from. Last year, CORE was preparing for our first 24-hour race ever and building a full-on factory program with our partner Porsche North America.

 

“I am very proud to have our motorsports company recognized with the nomination for the Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence. Every member of CORE has performed with excellence and teamwork beginning the day we opened our doors. I am thrilled with the success we have achieved together and it would be an honor to accept this prestigious award for my teammates.”
– Jon Bennett

 

 

 

15-CORE-CB-Headshot“After last year, we certainly know what it takes to win. It’s nice to be doing it again with the same group of people. I think it gives you a little bit of comfort knowing that we already did it and now we just need to do it again. Being the type of organization that we are, I don’t think we get caught up in the hype or pressure. We’re a group of guys that want to win everything we compete in, so I think we’re feeling the same way about it we did last year. If anything, we put the pressure on ourselves to do a good job.

 

“As with all these events, it’s not just about ‘saving the race car.’ Obviously, we’ve got to be smart and make good decisions in traffic, but by no means are we pacing ourselves or taking it easy or driving at 95 percent. We’re going as hard as we can the whole event. Goal number one is to get to the end of the race, but other than that it’s a full on sprint race.

 

“I think my favorite time to drive is the middle of the night. There’s not as much going on, traffic’s thinned out and everyone’s just doing their thing. For the most part everyone is making smart choices. It’s a lot of fun because it has a good rhythm and flow to it.

 

“With IMSA’s rule package we have a very unique rule set compared to what a lot of the other classes have. It is tremendously difficult to pass the GTLM cars with their straight-line speed, but also frustrating to deal with the GTD cars because we are so much faster than them, but we can’t pass them on the banking at all. It’s a little bit of a head scratcher. It’s going to make for a long event, but that’s something that will be the same for everybody.”
– Colin Braun

 

 

 

15-CORE-JG-Headshot“The Roar test was very productive; everything went to plan and we were able to accomplish everything on our list. We even were able to do a little bit of running in the rain. All in all, I was very happy with the test and it felt like we just picked up where we left off last year. As usual (engineer) Tom [Brown], (crew chief) Eric [Van Bibber] and all the guys at the shop gave us a great car.

 

“I think the hardest part of the 24-hour race is the mental aspect and being able to adapt very quickly to changing conditions like the weather, car problems, fatigue etc. It is hard to get yourself to shut down and get rest in between stints, but it’s essential that you do otherwise you’ll be worn out before you get to the end.

 

“I think you’ll find most drivers enjoy driving at night; I find that the most enjoyable time. There is something about night time driving that gives you a different level of focus; all the lighting at Daytona blocks out a lot of the visual distractions you would see in the day time. The other time of race that is a favorite of mine is when the sun rises on Sunday morning, as it comes up it re-energizes everyone and it’s a reminder that the finish is near.

 

“The key to winning the race is a combination of many things but it usually comes down to preparation and sticking to your plan. Speed is important, but when you look back at the history of the race it is usually won by being consistent, smart in traffic, staying out of trouble and the team’s ability to deal with adversity. Every team will face unforeseen challenges during the race, and many times success hinges on how well you deal with it. I think one of the keys to CORE’s success over the years is how well prepared and organized they are.”

– James Gue

 

 

15-CORE-MW-Headshot“The Roar test went very well. The car ran flawlessly and the pace was spot on. The balance of the car is where we want it to be for a 24-hour race and I think we are well positioned for the race.

 

“I think the real take away from last year’s race is how we achieved the result. We collectively focused on execution, kept the car out of trouble and ran a strong but smart pace. I think we will utilize a similar mindset going into this year’s Rolex 24.

 

“I’d say the toughest part of a 24-hour race is the moment you wake up after a short sleep, in the middle of the night, exhausted and you have to prepare to go flat out. The mind and body say sleep and you have to push through that and get focused. This is certainly one of the most grueling aspects.

 

“So many factors are involved in winning the Rolex 24. I’d say the key factor is the people. Without a great team, it’s certainly a hard one to win. Everyone at CORE is outstanding at what they do and they have every detail covered. It’s the little things that make the difference.”
– Mark Wilkins

 

 

 

Rolex 24 at Daytona | Jan. 22 – 25

 

VENUE

Track Length: 3.56 miles, 12 turns

Race Length: 24 Hours

SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

Thursday, January 22

9:25am – 10:25am: Practice #1 (All Classes)

1:20pm – 1:50pm: Practice #2 (All Classes)

4:50pm – 5:05pm: Qualifying (PC Class)

6:30pm – 8:00pm: Practice #3 (All Classes)

Friday, January 23

11:25am – 12:25pm: Practice #4 (All Classes)

Saturday, January 24

11:30am – 12:15pm: Driver Autograph Session

12:45pm – 1:45pm: Pre-Race / Open Grid

2:10pm: Green Flag

Sunday, January 25

2:10pm: Checkered Flag

 

TV SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

LIVE Qualifying:

Thursday, January 22

4:00pm – 5:30pm: IMSA.com

LIVE Race U.S.:

Saturday, January 24

2:00pm – 4:00pm: FOX

4:00pm – 8:00pm: FOX Sports 2

8:00pm – 10:00pm: FOX Sports 1

Overnight (Jan. 24 – 25)

10:00pm – 7:00am: IMSA.com

Sunday, January 25

7:00am – 2:30pm: FOX Sports 1

 

LIVE In-Car Cameras & Commentary:

IMSA.com