CORE autosport begins its Prototype Challenge (PC) Title defense at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Braun and Bennett are joined by Wilkins and Gue.
The Rolex 24 marks the first race of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the product of a merger between the American Le Mans Series where CORE autosport has competed since 2011, and the Rolex Sports Car Series. It is also the first time the PC class will race at Daytona International Speedway.
Though it will be CORE’s first Rolex 24, the team’s experienced driver lineup has 24 starts at Daytona between them. Jon Bennett and Colin Braun are joined by Mark Wilkins and James Gue for this world-famous endurance event.
- Colin Braun and Jon Bennett co-drove No.77 Doran Racing Daytona Prototype (DP) entry in last year’s Rolex 24.
- Colin Braun has nine Rolex 24 starts: eight in GT and one in DP.
- Colin’s first professional sports car race was in the 2005 Rolex 24 when he was 16.
- Mark Wilkins has 10 Rolex 24 starts and has stood on the podium three times (2004, 2005, 2013).
- James Gue has four Rolex 24 starts: three in GT and one in DP.
- Fastest PC Lap in Testing: 1:42.010
Driver: No. 54 ORECA FLM09
“The Rolex 24 is one of the biggest races in the world. It’s a race every driver wants to win and one I’ve been coming to since I was a kid, tagging along with my dad. I got my big break at the Rolex 24 in 2005 when I was part of the Team 16 project. Arriving through the tunnel at Daytona knowing that I would be driving, was a moment I’ll never forget. Now I’m making my 10th consecutive start and every year that goes by that I don’t get one of those watches, it makes me want the win that much more.
“The dedication and preparation of the CORE autosport team has us in a good place to be in the hunt for a win. This is the first time the PC class will race at Daytona, so all of the teams are in the same boat in terms of experience. The PC class has always been really competitive and now add to that a new track and an influx of talented drivers and I think you’ll see this race come down to the wire, even after 24 hours of racing. There’s a lot of new rules and procedures for everyone to get used to, especially in the pits, and those penalties will add up fast, so being mistake-free, for sure, will play a big role in this race. We have a strong lineup with Jon, Mark, James and myself, so I’m really looking forward to the green flag on Saturday.”