The championship-winning IMSA squad made the late off-season switch from Oreca 07 Gibson to the Ligier Automotive-built Nissan DPis, in an effort to still be in the mix for overall victories amid IMSA’s DPi/LMP2 split for 2019.
While having more-or-less struggled in the opening races of the season, Braun cites a recent two-day test at Watkins Glen as a turning point in the program, in what he called their first proper test to understand the car’s full potential.
“We’ve had enough races where we’ve learned areas we don’t understand the car well enough to really use it,” Braun told Sportscar365. “When you go to a normal race weekend, you have a one-hour session.
“There’s some of those bigger, experimental things, you don’t dare try in a one-hour session because if it’s wrong, it screws the rest of the session.
“So we were able to go to Watkins Glen and knock a bunch of that stuff out.”