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Core Takes Pc Point Lead To Watkins Glen
Posted by: newsla on Jun 24, 2014 - 04:42 PM
Core Takes Pc Point Lead To Watkins Glen

After a decisive win in the latest TUDOR United Sports Car Championship race at Kansas Speedway, CORE autosport heads to Watkins Glen International with a six-point lead in the Prototype Challenge Team and Drivers' Championship. CORE is also the current leader in the Patrón North American Endurance Cup, a collection of the four longest races of the year. It could extend its lead there with a strong finish in the six-hour enduro at Watkins Glen.


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Watkins Glen International is a legendary road course located in upstate New York, which hosted the first Formula 1 races in the U.S. Although CORE autosport has never raced there previously, the team did undertake two days of testing in May at the 3.37-mile circuit.

The six-hour race marks the first time all four categories of the TUDOR Championship will be on course at the same time since the 12 Hours of Sebring in March, which ended in victory for CORE autosport.

Jon Bennett
Driver: No. 54 ORECA FLM09
“I have never raced at Watkins Glen. It is a track with a rich history and it will be a unique honor to see the track as if looking through the eyes of those legendary drivers who came before.

“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.

“We approach each race with a consistent process that only adapts to the needs of each unique event. We can control our process, while the results are dependent on combination of factors, many of which are not in our control. Our process is what we will be thinking about at Watkins Glen.”

Colin Braun
Driver: No. 54 ORECA FLM09
“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.

"From a time standpoint, it’s a long race, but when you look at all of these races, there all pretty similar, because no matter the distance, you have to be there in the end. Even though Kansas was an hour and a half race, it was the same plan; you have to be smart in the first stint and get yourself in a spot to win at the end of the race. I think this race will be no different. It’s certainly longer, but it’s the same strategy regardless.”

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