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CORE Makes Debut at Legendary Indianapolis
Posted by: newsla on Jul 21, 2014 - 04:14 PM
CORE Makes Debut at Legendary Indianapolis

Currently on a hot streak, CORE autosport wants to continue its winning ways at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and continue to cushion its lead in the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship. The No. 54 CORE autosport ORECA FLM09 machine has won four of the five PC races so far this season, giving the team a 17-point lead in the Championship.


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For the third race in-a-row, CORE is taking on a circuit it has not raced at previously. This week, it's the 2.439-mile infield road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Only this time, neither driver has any race experience on the circuit and the team did not partake in any testing there this year.

As always, the team will rely on its ability to plan and prepare to capture win number five. It's a strategy that has served it well this season and in three American Le Mans Series Championship-winning seasons.

Neither Jon Bennett nor Colin Braun have raced at the IMS road course before.
The 14-turn road course at IMS is a new configuration only used once before by IndyCar earlier this year.
The Brickyard Grand Prix marks the first time the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship has shared a race weekend with NASCAR.
CORE autosport leads the PC Team Championship by 17 points. Bennett and Braun have the same lead in the PC Drivers' Championship.

Jon Bennett
Driver: No. 54 ORECA FLM09
“It’s a challenge to prepare for an event at a track that we have limited data and on-track time. In these cases, simulation can sometimes fill the void. In the case of Indy’s new road course there just isn’t much to work with since the configuration is so new. Thankfully, we have Tom Brown who is a stellar race engineer with a wealth of experience. We also have some insight from the IndyCar race that occurred earlier this year. We will be very busy taming the learning curve at Indy.

“It’s hard to say how approaching this new circuit will effect the competition between the PC teams. Our systematic approach to each event has worked well for us in the past. We will arrive at Indy humble and ready to work. We will focus on the aspects of the event under our control and hope for a good result.

“Winning four races is a reflection of the strength of our team, our work ethic, and a bit of racing luck. Our past success does not transfer to future events. We start each event by focusing on the process that has worked for us in the past. We accept that race results can be altered by factors, both positive and negative, which are not in our control. This team philosophy helps us to manage the pressures of competition at every event.”

Colin Braun
Driver: No. 54 ORECA FLM09
"The Porsche North America team went testing at Indy, so I’ve talked to a few of those guys and have an idea of what the race track is like, but other than that I don’t have much intel. The race track has changed quite a bit from what it was the last couple of years with the GRAND-AM guys. It hasn’t been updated on iRacing, so there’s not a lot for us to study at this point.

"I think it’s a bit comparable in terms of grip level and layout to a couple different tracks that we go to; I see parts of Kansas in that track, and some parts look tight and technical like a street course. There are definitely some first and second-gear corners. There’s slow stuff and quick stuff and it has the roval component to it. It’s going to be interesting.

"I think Indy will be tough for us in particular since we did not test and I believe there were a couple of PC teams that did. We’ll start a little behind maybe, but we have a lot of good information to fall back on. Our engineer Tom Brown’s been doing a good job setting up some simulations. Obviously, Tom being an ex-IndyCar engineer, he’s got some friends in that paddock that he can talk to and bounce ideas off of since they’ve run the track already this year. We’re definitely as prepared as we can be in a sense of digging up as much information as we can. We’ll do the best we can to figure it out in the time we have.

"For me personally, I enjoy the pressure of leading the championship. The more pressure we have, the better off we are. We’re a team that excels under pressure. We use it to motivate us and get better. The organization that Jon and Morgan have built feeds itself; the better we do, the harder we work. The harder we work, the more we’re focused on improving. We take everything one practice, one qualifying, one race at a time. Everyone is trying to catch up I guess, but if we keep working as hard as we are, it’ll be tough for them to keep up."

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