Birthdate May 4, 1965
Birthplace Fort Knox, Kentucky
Residence Charlotte, North Carolina
2014 – 2016 Two-time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype Challenge Driver Champion; 19 podiums, with wins at Daytona, Sebring, Kansas, Watkins Glen, Mosport and COTA. 2014 Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup PC Driver Champion and Jim Trueman Award winner for highest ranked Pro-Am driver in PC / 2010 – 2013 Finished top three of PC driver championship each year; 20 podiums, wins at Long Beach, Mosport, Mazda Raceway, Lime Rock Park and VIRginia International Raceway / 2010 Founded CORE autosport / Owner, Composite Resources – a leading-edge design, prototyping and composite manufacturing facility; Road racing since 1992 in SCCA and IMSA Prototype Lites
Jon Bennett is a race car driver. Jon Bennett is a businessman. His story is neither commonplace nor is it unique. However, it is exemplary of what an individual with a vision, determination and commitment can accomplish.
Bennett had a boyhood dream to become a race car driver. Early on, he realized that his path would not take him through karting, racing schools, junior formulae and onto the big leagues. No, his best chance was through building a business that would afford him the opportunity to go racing. Bennett earned a degree in engineering then set his sights on learning the machinations of the business world.
Fifteen years later, his company, Composite Resources, has grown into leading-edge manufacturing facility that services a variety of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.
Bennett’s efforts to build his business have been tireless, but not without reward. Aspiration became reality in 1992 when he secured his first road racing license. A few years on, he was being regularly invited to participate in the SCCA National Championship Run-Offs, consistently showing well. By 2003 he was setting track records and winning multiple national amateur championships.
With his business continuing its ascendance in 2008, he was ready to commit fully to attaining his childhood ambition. Moving to the semi-professional IMSA Prototype Lites Series, Bennett honed his talent to emerge as the highest ranked rookie for the 2010 season on the strength of two pole positions; two podiums and sixth place finish overall.
For the 2010 season life came full circle. Bennett was not only a successful businessman; not only a promising race car driver, but now also a combination of both worlds as a team owner. CORE autosport came into being, completing the transition from aspirant to full-fledged member of the motor racing community.
Much like Composite Resources, CORE autosport flourished quickly under Bennett’s leadership. The team won three-straight American Le Mans Series PC Championships, and Bennett finished in the top three in driver points each year. CORE autosport’s success attracted the attention of esteemed auto manufacturer Porsche, which announced that Bennett’s team would be their competition partner for a two-car GTLM factory effort in the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in 2014.
The inaugural TUDOR season was the most successful to-date for Bennett who won his first Drivers’ Championship in the PC category while CORE won it’s fourth-straight PC Team Championship and the Porsche team won the GTLM Manufacturers’ Championship and Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. Bennett followed it up with another PC Driver and Team Championship in 2015, while the Porsche factory team collected GTLM Manufacturer, Team and Driver honors.
In 2016, Bennett expanded his resume to include Red Bull Global Rallycross, when CORE added at two-car GRC Lites program to its stable. His experience will continue to vary in 2017 as his team’s IMSA program transitions from PC to GTD with a Porsche 911 GT3 R.