May 8, 2012 (Rock Hill, South Carolina): After two class wins in two 2012 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) events, CORE Autosport has its sights set on consecutive Prototype Challenge (PC) championships with a strong driver line-up at the upcoming six-hour American Le Mans Series Monterey Presented by Patrón at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The line-up in the No. 05 Composite Resources machine – team founder Jon Bennett and Colin Braun – look to win for the first time in 2012 after consecutive third place finishes in the first two events.
Sunshine smiled on Braun in April, who scored two podium finishes in two races in his World Challenge Kia – at Long Beach and at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.
The drivers have remained race ready and the team has reassembled the PC machines for the day-into-night six-hour event. In 2011, the dual-championship organization scored a second place finish, fighting hard to lead the PC class, and since then, the team has refined and rebuilt with new processes and procedures.
New partner Neo Lubricants joins CORE Autosport for the 2012 season beginning at Mazda Raceway. Neo, the official lubricant partner of the team, creates 100% synthetic racing oils and greases with applications to provide severe protection for high-performance usage.
First practice for CORE Autosport at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is on Thursday, May 10. Additional practice and qualifying will take place on Friday, May 11 with live qualifying coverage on ESPN3 and ALMS.com starting at 7:40 P.M. ET / 4:40 P.M. PT. Saturday’s six-hour American Le Mans Series Monterey Presented by Patrón will be broadcast live on ESPN3 starting at 4:15 P.M. ET / 1:15 P.M. PT. Live timing and scoring for all sessions and the race are available at www.ALMS.com.
A two-hour recap of the event will be broadcast on Sunday, May 13 on ESPN2 at 5:00 P.M. ET.
“I am ready to win a race in 2012. And I’m ready to do it at Mazda Raceway in the #05 car with Jon. I know he’s celebrated a birthday recently so there’d be nothing better than to give him the gift of a win.
“Mazda Raceway is one of my favorite racetracks. It’s got a lot of unique high-speed corners, and I love the layout of the track and the flow.
“I’ve been able to spend a lot of time with the team and the car since Long Beach, and we have been able to experiment and learn more about what this PC car can and cannot do. Developing this #05 car with Jon, coordinating our driving styles and thoughts is what’s important to win races.
“Six hour races can be some of the hardest endurance races out there. You can’t go into it with the same mindset as a 12 or 24 hour race, but as a really long sprint race. They are a lot of fun, but it’s tough because you want to have a long-race mindset but don’t have enough time to recover from mistakes, but a very long time to make them.”