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CORE Displays Quick Pace at Daytona Test

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 7, 2018) – CORE autosport rolled out its new No. 54 ORECA 07 LMP2 for the Roar Before the 24 test at Daytona International Speedway and showed strong pace amongst its Prototype-class rivals. The team turned the second-quickest lap time of the ORECA entries over the three days of testing to prepare for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.


IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams took part in nearly nine hours of testing over three days. Temperatures throughout the test were unseasonably cold, with highs barely in the 50’s and lows below freezing.


Full-season drivers Jon Bennett and Colin Braun had their first opportunity to team up with co-drivers Romain Dumas and Loïc Duval. The pair of Frenchmen will join CORE for the 24-hour WeatherTech season opener and Dumas will return to assist Bennett and Braun at the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans.


The No. 54 drivers were frequently at the sharp end of the timing sheets throughout the Roar Before the 24 event. Braun turned the quickest lap of the weekend for the team, a 1:37.303 (131.706 mph) on Friday afternoon. The time was the second-fastest set by an ORECA overall.


The team returns to Daytona International Speedway, January 25 – 28, for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The race will air live on the FOX family of networks and for international audiences.


“The new race car is fantastic! We had a good test and it’s been great to meet our new teammates Romain and Loïc. I’d say it was a very productive weekend overall. We learned a lot and I think we’re poised to have a strong Rolex 24.

“The ORECA 07 LMP2 is quite different from our previous two race cars, but I think we all sort of adapt to our surroundings. Colin and I both have a lot of Prototype experience and I think that’s made this transition easier.”



“I’m really enjoying our new car. ORECA’s done a great job and the CORE guys have been fantastic getting it ready for us. We did a lot of work on our driver changes this weekend and I’m very happy with how we’ve sorted those out with Romain and Loïc.


“The competition in the Prototype class reminds me of the days of 2006 and 2007 when Daytona Prototypes were very popular and you had a lot of deep fields and stacked driver lineups. It also reminds me of my NASCAR days when you were racing a stout 36-car field every weekend. I like it. The more, the better and the more enjoyable it is, because know you’re competing against the best.”




“The test went very well. I was quite surprised by the team and how professional they are. In terms of performance, we did our job. We tested a lot of different setups. We did okay, but we’ll have to wait and see when the other manufacturers start to race. We have to stay focused on our job, because we’ll try to get the best performance out of our ORECA and it will be complicated against the DPi cars, but we’ll do our best.”



“It’s always difficult here, in terms of time, because you have to share the car with three other drivers and on top of that I’ve been sick, so I stayed out of the car on Saturday.


“Overall, I think we are one of the best ORECA entries, which is what we have to target. That’s our reference point. We are pretty happy with the car behavior. We still have to make some adjustments because it’s quite a big difference from the day when it’s warm to the night when it is cold; you have to find a balance.”

CORE Ready for PC Title Defense

Four-time Prototype Challenge Champions CORE autosport will kick off its 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar season and a drive for five with ‘Roar Before the 24’ testing at Daytona International Speedway.

Reigning PC Driver Champions Jon Bennett and Colin Braun return for their fourth season as co-drivers in the No. 54 Composite Resources ORECA FLM09.

Also back in the driver seat for CORE are James Gue who will join the lineup for all Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup races and Mark Wilkins, who completes the team’s Rolex 24 at Daytona lineup. This replicates CORE’s 2014 Daytona-winning lineup.

‘Roar Before the 24’ is IMSA’s official three-day test for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. All teams have eight track sessions available from Friday, Jan. 9 to Sunday, Jan. 11, including one night session. CORE then has a short week and a half to prepare for the legendary 24-hour endurance classic.

  • 2015 marks CORE’s sixth season of professional sportscar racing
  • In addition to winning the PC team and driver championship in 2014, CORE won the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup in 2014.
  • Together Jon Bennett and Colin Braun have amassed nine PC-class victories
  • Daytona is now the only combined road course / oval on the TUDOR schedule.
  • Braun will appear on FOX35’s Good Morning Orlando, Thursday, Jan. 8

“I believe winning races, especially long endurance races, involves much more than outright speed. Colin, James, Mark, and myself have mutual respect for what each of us brings to the effort. We have good chemistry with each other and the entire team. We take care of each other and we all look after the car. We arrive fit and fresh and we all know everything else is outside our control. Each time we perform together, the bond gets stronger and our performance follows,

“Last year CORE had many new challenges to overcome. The Rolex 24 was our team’s first 24 hour race and our only chance to make a good first impression with our new factory racing partner, Porsche. The result was stunning with a double victory for our PC and GTLM cars. This day may never be repeated and that’s okay. Our mission and process for the 2015 race will be the same as last year. Like all events, we control the process and must adapt to circumstances beyond our control. There is a sense of calm in this approach.

“The key to a successful test is successful testing. Successful testing is not a straightforward as it seems. We will come to the Roar with a plan to gather the most useful experience possible. We are expecting new regulations that will dramatically change the dynamics of our PC car. We hope to create a blueprint for tuning our race car considering these new regulations

“The short off season is a blessing and a curse. It’s a great time to recharge the batteries and polish up the physical training. But, honestly, I miss the race car after about a week. Colin and I spend quite a bit of time karting and that helps fill the void a bit.”
– Jon Bennett


14-CORE-web-Braun-Headshot“Certainly, having the same group of drivers, engineers and mechanics together for such a long time, I think that, that is one of the strengths of our team; everyone’s ability to know their role and position and do their job and not have a lot of fuss.

“I’m looking forward to the Roar test. We have a lot of test items we want to run through and things the series has come up with, some new potential rules and things to try. I’m not clear on what they’re going to land on for the race, but I think they’ve got some different things they’d like to see us try. We’ll do some of those and see what works and try to get everyone some seat time and get comfortable, because when it comes to the actual race weekend it seems like you hardly get any practice time with all the cars and the red flags. You have to get the bulk of your work done at the Roar before you get to the race.”

– Colin Braun



driver_gue_400x400“I feel very fortunate to have been a part of the CORE autosport team. It was certainly the most successful year of racing I have had. Winning Daytona, Sebring, Watkins and the NAEC Championship while helping Jon and Colin win the PC Championship was a dream season.

“I think CORE’s success can be attributed to all the guys back at the shop and engineering support. The level of detail and level of preparation is second to none and I think it is especially relevant for the longer races.

“To return to Daytona with the same winning lineup is ideal. The 24-hour race is so difficult to win, so if you can keep the continuity and not have any added variables it’s a big plus. It’s rare that you get four drivers that really work well together; so to keep the team together heading back to Daytona gives everyone confidence.

“The Roar test is going to be really important this year as the series has recently announced a number of rules changes for the PC class. So, it will be important for us to evaluate the effects the changes have.”
– James Gue


14-CORE-Wilkins“I’m extremely excited to be back with my Rolex 24 champions! Last year was a dream come true for me and I can’t wait to work towards a repeat! It’s a real honor to be racing with Jon, Colin and James. These guys do such a great job behind the wheel. The CORE guys build an awesome car and the passion they put into their work is inspiring.

“I imagine it will take me a few laps to get reacquainted with the PC car because it’s a fair bit different than what I have been driving. That being said, I love PC and with the help of my teammates and a few laps at the test, I’ll be in good shape!

“Driving an open top car at Daytona is pretty wild. When we catch the GT cars we get some buffeting and it takes some getting use to that turbulence. Nothing like 180 plus miles an hour without a roof!

“My main focus at the test will be to get myself up to speed quickly while working with my teammates to find the best race setup possible. We have a slightly modified rule structure for the class, so we need to feel that out and the test is the best opportunity to do that.”
– Mark Wilkins

SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)
Friday, January 9
10:20am – 12:05pm: Practice #1 (All Classes)
2:55pm – 5:25pm: Practice #2 (All Classes)
Saturday, January 10
9:00am – 10:45am: Practice #3 (All Classes)
1:05pm – 2:35pm: Practice #4 (All Classes)
4:15pm – 5:15pm: Practice #5 (All Classes)
6:45pm – 8:15pm: Practice #6 (All Classes)
Sunday, January 11
10:20am – 12:05pm: Practice #7 (All Classes)
2:40pm – 3:40pm: Practice #8 (All Classes)