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CORE Tops PC Qualifying In Indianapolis
Posted by: newsla on Jul 25, 2014 - 06:12 AM
CORE Tops PC Qualifying In Indianapolis

Colin Braun dominated TUDOR United Sports Car Prototype Challenge qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday to take his third pole position of the season. Co-driver Jon Bennett will lead the PC class to the green flag on Friday, July 25, for the Brickyard Grand Prix.


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From the drop of the green flag in the 15-minute qualifying session, Braun had the No. 54 ORECA FLM09 at the top of the timing screens, this despite driving the new infield road course for the first time ever only several hours earlier.

Braun’s time continued to improve with each lap of the 2.439-mile, 14-turn circuit. The team knew Braun was capable of a 1:19.6 lap time, which he performed in the second practice session, but slower traffic balked him on his early flyers. At the close of the session, his fast time of 1:19.849 was still 0.22-second clear of the second-place qualifier.

The pole position at Indianapolis is the second PC pole in-a-row for Braun and third on the season. In March he won pole at Sebring and most recently in June at Watkins Glen. CORE autosport went on to win at both of those legendary circuits and would love to add Indianapolis to the list.

Bennett and Braun have their sights set on win number five tomorrow in the Brickyard Grand Prix, scheduled to go green at 5:45 pm ET. The race will be carried live at 5:30 pm ET on FOX Sports 1 in the U.S. and live on IMSA.com in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Colin Braun
Driver: No. 54 ORECA FLM09
“If you had asked me before qualifying, I would have told you we had a better race car than a qualifying car, so I was happy to sneak away with the pole. The team did a great job and I believe we have a great car for the race tomorrow.

“I kept getting closer than I wanted to on the bumper of the guy in front of me, so I had to back off two or three times. I think that’s when the tires were the best and I might have missed a good lap, because we did a 1:19.6 in practice and now qualified at a 1:19.8. I’m disappointed we didn’t go as fast as we’re capable of, but I’m excited that we have the pole.

“It just goes to show the hard working attitude and will power we have at CORE autosport. We keep our heads down and we work. We don’t let any of the previous success we’ve had stand in the way of working harder. All the cars are the same in this class, so it’s about the manpower and working your guts out.

“I think the fact that all the PC cars were qualifying up until the checkered flag goes to show that the guys at Continental Tire do a great job with the tires. We’ve seen a couple times now that the fastest lap of the qualifying session comes at the very end. “I don’t think anyone wants to put a flyer in and then pull it into pit lane and stop. More times than not, you see everyone get faster at the end of the session. Hats off to Continental, they’ve done a good job with the tire. Nobody wanted to give up—we want to keep fighting until the end.

“It’d be huge to win this race tomorrow. We want to win at every event we go to no matter where it is—they all pay the same points—but to win at Indy would be really cool.”

Race Facts
Brickyard Grand Prix | July 24 - 25

Track Length: 2.439 miles, 14 turns
Race Length: 2 Hours, 45 Minutes

SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)
Friday, July 25
11:45am - 12:30pm: Driver Autograph Session
2:00pm - 2:15pm: Warm Up (All Classes)
5:45pm - 8:30pm: Brickyard Grand Prix

LIVE Race US (All times Eastern):
Friday, July 25
5:30 pm : LIVE on FOX Sports 1

LIVE Race Europe, Asia, Africa:
Friday, July 25
5:30 pm : LIVE on IMSA.com

MRN Radio will broadcast the Brickyard Grand Prix in its entirety on IMSA.com and MRN.com.

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