Leading sports car team CORE Autosport will expand into rallycross this year by entering the Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites championship.
The championship-winning prototype team, which has also ran Porsche’s North American factory GT efforts in the IMSA United SportsCar Championship since 2013, will run a two-car entry in the GRC support series.
“The plan for CORE autosport has always been sustainable, long-term growth and in Red Bull Global Rallycross we saw an opportunity to apply the same model that has worked for us in IMSA,” said CORE Autosport President Jon Bennett.
“We’re approaching everything with the utmost professionalism, learning everything we can, hiring talented individuals and giving them the tools and environment to continuously improve.”
Yet to confirm drivers, CORE Autosport is currently on the look out for funded drivers and experienced staff for their maiden rallycross campaign. They have already brought in Brian Colangelo, who boasts an impressive CV in sports car racing. Colangelo will lead the programme out of the team’s 30,000 square-foot headquarters in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
“CORE autosport is just the latest of many premier racing organizations to come to Red Bull Global Rallycross,” Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne added. “Its success in sports car racing speaks for itself. We know they will apply the same level of commitment and dedication to Red Bull GRC, and look forward to seeing them in compete in Lites this year and in the Supercar class down the road.”
Colangelo is fully aware of the task ahead of him, but isn’t put off by the challenge that is ahead of the team. “We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, but it’s the type of challenge that CORE autosport thrives on,” Colangelo said. “Witnessing what CORE has already accomplished I am confident we have the experience and resources to be competitive in Red Bull Global Rallycross and eventually win championships.”