CORE autosport was one of a number of teams who participated in a recent test session at Watkins Glen, the IMSA DPi team is hoping more time on track with its Nissan can lead to better results.
The Rock Hill, South Carolina-based squad is still very much getting up to speed with its Nissan programme, having only completed in a handful of race in its first year of DPi competition. Nevertheless, the time spent testing at Watkins Glen, as well as the street-circuit data the team was able to collect from Long Beach is invaluable according to Jon Bennett.
The CORE autosport team enters the Detroit race weekend off of the back of disappointing finishes in Long Beach and Mid-Ohio.
“Despite rough finishes at Long Beach and Mid-Ohio, we continue to make advances in optimizing the performance of our Nissan DPi. Recent testing has unlocked new performance and we look forward to Detroit.” said team owner and driver Jon Bennett.
The outing at Long Beach came to an end on Lap 1 after Bennett made contact with the wall. The team’s trip to Mid-Ohio was not much better, it ended with Colin Braun in the gravel trap after a suspension failure.
Having to operate a new car on street-circuits is not an unfamiliar spot for CORE to be in. The team entered Detroit last year with just one street-circuit round under its belt in the prototype ranks, that also being at Long Beach, with its ORECA 07 chassis. This time around it will have to navigate relatively uncharted waters with its Nissan DPi.
“Similar to last year, the first opportunity we had to run the ORECA at a street course was Long Beach. We learned a lot and thought it’d help us be faster at Detroit and it’s the same situation this year with the Nissan. We got a lot of good information at Long Beach and I think we have some good notes that will help us improve at Detroit.”
The #54 CORE Autosport pairing of Braun and Bennett are currently eighth in the championship standings. They are 26 points behind the championship-leading pair of Pipo Derana and Felipe Nasr in the #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi.V.
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