Core Autosport hope to extend lead at the Glen

by Joe Hudson
CORE Autosport will be making their Daytona debut this weekend (Credit: CORE Autosport)

Core Autosport is heading to the next TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Watkins Glen in the hope that they can maintain their lead at the top of the Prototype Challenge (PC) standings.

Leading by six points in the Driver’s and Team’s Championships, as well as the Patron North American Endurance Cup (NAEC), Core’s driver pairing of Jon Bennett and Colin Braun will be hoping a strong result in the six hour race will see them well on their way to title success.

However, only one member of the dynamic duo has any experience at all of driving round the Glen. Whilst Colin Braun has driven a Daytona Prototype in Grand-Am around the New York track, Bennett has not driven the track before so will be venturing into the unknown.

“I have never raced at Watkins Glen. It is a track with a rich history and it will be a unique honour to see the track as if looking through the eyes of those legendary drivers who came before.” Commented Bennett.
“Each event has its own unique set of challenges to be successful. Sometimes it’s the track, sometimes it’s the clock, sometimes it’s the weather. At the six-hour race at Watkins Glen, we will be challenged with all three. The track is fast and demanding. The six-hour length requires strategy and an endurance mindset. And, the weather at Watkins Glen can be a bit unpredictable. It is going to be a wonderful, challenging event. We are fortunate to have stellar engineering, strategy, and preparation resources at Core Autosport. I think the long races play to the strength of our team.”

The race will be the first time in more than three months all four categories have appeared on track together at the same time. The last time was at the 12 Hours of Sebring but hopefully this race will be less dominated by safety car periods than the last round of the NAEC.

Braun stated: “My favorite thing about Watkins Glen is that it’s a fast, flowing, old-school race track. It’s like Road America. You can really get in a rhythm and be out there for what feels like a short time, but turns out to be quite a long time.

“The good news is we had a chance to test there in May. That’s an advantage for us, because it’s a pretty tough race track and the PC teams have never been there before. It was really helpful to have two days of testing to better understand what we’ll be in for. I think it’s a track that doesn’t need any one particular thing, it just needs a little bit of everything. You have to have a car that’s good in high and low speed sections and a car that brakes well. The track is a great blend of different types of corners and elevation changes. It’s definitely a challenging track and it’s tough from a driver and setup standpoint.”

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