CORE Autosport

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CORE Autosport
Motor racing team
Founded 2010
Country  United States
Team Principal(s) Morgan Brady
Jon Bennett
Current series United SportsCar Championship
Former series American Le Mans Series
IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge
Cooper Tires Prototype Lites 2010
Drivers' titles 3 (2010, 2011, 2012)
Teams' titles 4 (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

Core autosport is an American auto racing team founded by Jon Bennett in 2010 and based out of Rock Hill, South Carolina. After claiming the IMSA Lites Championship in 2010, the team, led by team manager, Morgan Brady, made the move to competing in the American Le Mans Series.

American Le Mans Series[edit]

Core autosport at the 2012 Petit Le Mans.

In 2011, the team began its competition in the American Le Mans Series with a two-car LMP Challenge category effort with team owner Jon Bennett and Frankie Montecalvo driving the #05 and Ricardo González and Gunnar Jeannette driving the #06 Oreca FLM09. Despite stiff competition, the #06 car managed two class and the team's consistent performance would prove successful. In their rookie season, the Core autosport team won the Team Championship by one point with drivers González and Gunnar Jeannette first in the Drivers' Championship.[1][2]

For the 2012 season, the team would, once again, field two Oreca FLM09 in the LMPC category. This year the #05 car was driven by Jon Bennett and Colin Braun and the #06 car driven by Alex Popow and Ryan Dalziel. 2012 would become a dominant year for the Core autosport Team. Claiming 8 class victories of the 10 race season, including victories at the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans, the team would win their second Team Championship and finish 1st and 2nd in the LMPC Drivers' Championship.[3][4]

The 2013 season was a transition season for the CORE autosport team. Jon Bennett and Colin Braun would once again team up to run in LMPC Class, but would be joined by a Porsche 911 GT3-RSR driven by Tom Kimber-Smith and Porsche factory driver Patrick Long in the GT class that debut at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the third round of the season. The #05 LMPC car finished the season with a victory at Long Beach and another at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. The team finished 3 points ahead of Bar1 Motorsports and claimed the Teams' Championship.[5] Jon Bennett finished 3rd in the Drivers' Championship.[6]

United SportsCar Championship[edit]

For 2014, CORE autosport partnered with Porsche Motorsport North America to run a factory supported two car Porsche 911 RSR team in the United SportsCar Championship under the Porsche North America name.[7] Full season pilots Patrick Long and new Porsche factory driver Micheal Christensen would team with Patrick Pilet while Nick Tandy and Richard Lietz would be joined by Joerg Bergmeister for the season opening 24 Hours of Daytona.[8]

CORE won the season-opening 2014 24 Hours of Daytona in both the Prototype Challenge class with Colin Braun, Jon Bennett, Mark Wilkins and James Gue, while the factory-run No. 911 Porsche of Nick Tandy, Richard Lietz and Patrick Pilet picked up top class honors in GT Le Mans.


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