TUSC - 2nd place 12hrs of Sebring PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 04 April 2015 21:52

CORE captures podium finish at Sebring

After some early set backs put the No. 54 Composite Resources/ Flex Box ORECA FLM09 a lap down, CORE autosport battled back with a vengeance to earn a runner-up finish at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida.

After qualifying the car P2 on the Prototype Challenge grid, Colin Braun started the car for the legendary 12-hour enduro at Sebring International Raceway in central Florida. He immediately moved into the top spot on the opening lap and stayed there through the length of his stint.

Braun handed the car off to Jon Bennett, who had a brief off on cold tires to kick off the stint. Later, contact with a GTLM car further delayed the No. 54. Although there was no significant damage to the car and Bennett brought it home in fourth place, when James Gué jumped behind the wheel the team was a lap down.

Gué kept his nose clean and quick work by the CORE crew in the pits enabled the No. 54 to move up a spot to third. After a breathtaking battle with the No. 38 of Conor Daly, Gué was forced to relinquish third place, but got the final podium spot back when another PC car dropped out with problems.

Gué handed the car off to Braun who went on a tear, putting the No. 54 back on the lead lap, into second place and closing the gap to the leader before handing the car back to Gué. In his triple stint, Gué continued to make up ground on the leaders.

With two hours remaining in the race, it was Braun’s turn to hop back in the car and take it to the finish. Thanks to a well timed yellow flag and pass around, the No. 54 was within striking distance several times during Braun’s final turn in the car, but the leader—No. 52 PR1/Mathiassen car—managed to pull away in the nick of time. On the final round of pit stops, the No. 52 took fuel only, the No. 54 fuel and tires.

When the checkered flag flew, Braun crossed the line 11.614 seconds behind the No. 52.  It was the second consecutive runner-up finish in this year’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship for CORE.

A recap of the 12 Hours of Sebring will air on FOX Sports 2, Sunday March 22 at 8am ET.

It will be more than a month until the No. 54 sees track action again. Round Three of the PC season takes place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, April 30 – May 3.


15-CORE-JG-Headshot“I had a pretty challenging stint. I don’t know if it was the time of day or an issue with the tires that we got, but right from the get-go, they just didn’t come up to temperature like they normally do. I struggled terribly with the balance of the car. Unfortunately, that was the set I had to double stint, so I was stuck with them for two stints. When I got back in the second time, the second set of tires was a totally different car. I did my best to keep us in sight of the leaders and on the lead lap, looking for the yellow. Fortunately, when Colin got back in, we got our yellow and right back up on the leaders. I’m extremely pleased to be on the podium again. The CORE autosport guys did a great job, and it was a great day.”
James Gué


15-CORE-JB-Headshot“Our strategy was to triple stint me early in the race and then build the strategy from where we were at that point. It was a pretty good run double stinting the tires, and then on the third stint, I got a fresh set. There was some drama. I got collected by a Corvette in the middle of my second stint. But at the end of the day, we were very lucky there was no damage, and I was able to hand the car over to James in good condition. We were basically on track to have a good result. But at the end of the day, we were just a little shy in overall performance. I’m very happy for a somewhat uneventful 12-hour race. It’s nice to have back-to-back second-place finishes with Daytona. Looking at the bigger picture and the championship, it’s a great result for the season. “
- Jon Bennett


15-CORE-CB-Headshot“I’m really proud of the effort these guys put in. It was a lot of work to get the car rebuilt and ready to come here. To finish up qualifying second and finish the race second is a championship effort. We had a really good car on the front side of a tire run. We were really similar to the 52 car in the middle of the run, but they had a better car at the end of a run. It was one of those races where we were in it and contending the whole time. It just didn’t fall our way quite like we wanted it to there at the end. We just got a little bit behind in the last 30 minutes or so and that was the race.”
- Colin Braun

Last Updated on Saturday, 04 April 2015 21:55
TUSC - 2nd place 24hrs of Daytona PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 27 January 2015 22:46

Contact Steals win in final 20 minutes; podium finish saved

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – 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.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 21:22
TUSC - Gue Rejoins CORE for 2015 NAEC PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 January 2015 22:49

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)

TUSC - 2nd place Petit Le Mans 1st place NAEC Championship PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 October 2014 16:14

Team Podium

BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct 5, 2014) – CORE autosport wrapped up the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar season with a treasure chest of hardware including a podium finish at Petit Le Mans, top Prototype Challenge honors in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup and it’s fourth-straight PC Team Championship.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 16:21
TUSC - 1st place Sahlens 6 Hours of the Glen PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 01 July 2014 19:36

CORE Continues Endurance winning streak at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 29, 2014) – CORE autosport flexed its endurance racing muscles again in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, winning the Prototype Challenge category at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen. The Rock Hill, S.C.-based team has now won four of five races this season and the first three rounds of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 19:49
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