DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 5, 2014) – CORE autosport completed three days of testing at Daytona International Speedway during the ‘Roar Before the 24.’ The event is the final IMSA-sanctioned test before the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the official kick-off to the brand new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
On an uncharacteristically cold day in Daytona Beach, Colin Braun topped the PC practice times in the very first session. Braun’s 1:42.468 lap could not be topped on Friday, but as the temperatures climbed, speeds rose. After eight sessions, over three days, Braun’s time stood as second-quickest of the weekend, just 0.107-second shy of the top spot.
Braun shared driving duties for the No. 54 ORECA FLM09 with team owner Jon Bennett and Canadian Mark Wilkins as CORE autosport prepared for its first ever Rolex 24 at Daytona and it’s first race on a roval. The team also welcomed back race engineer Tom Brown, who helped the team win the first of three American Le Mans Series PC Team Championships in 2011.
CORE autosport has a few short weeks at its Rock Hill, S.C. shop to prepare for its return to Daytona International Speedway, Jan. 23 – 26, for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Driver: No. 05 Composite Resources ORECA FLM09
The car was pretty good off the truck. Our best time of the whole weekend was in the first session. We ran through a lot of setup matrixes and changes to try and build our database of information for Daytona, which is a roval that has its own unique characteristics. We’ve succeeded in collecting a good deal of data and we all got a lot of seat time.
“For us, the high-banked roval is a little bit of a new experience. We’re working on blending the low speed corners and fast straightaways, and also working in traffic and learning the different speeds of the different classes. It’s all new this year. The rules in pit lane are different too. It’s a tremendous amount of new things that everyone is trying to work through. It takes time and these three days are huge for that.
“Tom Brown’s been doing a great job. He has a strong resume and brings a lot of confidence and stability to this organization. He’s worked with the team before in 2011, so he knows the infrastructure and he fits in really well. We immediately started working through setup changes and didn’t have to work too much on learning to communicate with each other.”