CORE Autosport ceases operations
After 13 years of competition and multiple championships, CORE autosport is closing its doors.
Founded by driver Jon Bennett in 2010, CORE autosport has entered cars in: IMSA Prototype Lites, IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Global Rallycross. Within the WeatherTech Championship (and former American Le Mans Series) CORE has raced in the Prototype Challenge, GT, GTLM, Prototype, DPi and LMP3 categories.
“From towing a race car to SCCA races in 1992 to winning races in IMSA’s top prototype class with Colin Braun in 2018, I have had an amazing, dreamlike experience in the sport I love so much,” Bennett said. “This was a tremendously difficult decision, but as life outside of racing continues to take my focus away from the driver’s seat, I recognize that it’s time to bring this wild ride to an end.
“Thank you to Colin Braun who dedicated 10 years of his career to deliver flawless, world-class speed to CORE autosport. Colin’s speed and spirit enabled our team to achieve great success and multiple championships in IMSA. Most of all, I gained a wonderful, life-long friend.
“Thank you, Morgan Brady, Jeff Braun, Brian Colangelo and all of the CORE autosport team for the tireless pursuit of perfection and excellence. Our on-track success originates from the pit wall and the endless hours of preparation.
“Thank you to Porsche Motorsport for the honor of representing their brand for seven seasons. Under the leadership of Morgan Brady, CORE and Porsche collaborated to add many memorable victories and championships to Porsche’s long history of excellence.
“I was a fan of IMSA during the fire-throwing GTP days of the early 1980’s and it has been an honor to be an IMSA competitor for the past 13 seasons. Thank you, IMSA, for all of your support.
“Now, it’s time (once again) to unclip the HANS device and become a spectator. I look forward to the rebirth of GTP factory prototype racing and the spectacular season ahead for IMSA. I will be there, just behind the chain link fence, watching with the excitement of a child.”
The team exits motorsport on a high note, having won the most recent LMP3 driver and team titles in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Across all series, in the driver, team and endurance cup categories, CORE has amassed 15 championships.
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