CORE autosport owner and driver Jon Bennett formally announced his retirement from IMSA racing on Thursday afternoon. Writing in a letter to the paddock, Bennett stated his intention to retire from racing at the conclusion of this IMSA season.
“The 2019 Petit Le Mans will be my last race in a DPi. In fact, I have no racing plans of any kind in the near future. But, for those who know the power of being passionate, I will leave the door slightly ajar.” Bennett said in the letter.
Bennett added that the time had simply come for him to enjoy racing from outside of the car, adding that he “lived the dream of so many passionate about motorsport.”
Bennett’s letter thanked everyone from IMSA officials, his long-time co-driver, Colin Braun, his teammates at CORE Autosport, and the fans who have followed him throughout his time in racing.
“To all the fans of racing and CORE autosport, thank you. It has been a wild ride and your passion makes it special for all who participate in our sport.”
Bennett intends to continue in the role as team owner of CORE autosport and oversee the team’s duty as operators of Porsche’s IMSA factory effort with the next-generation of the Porsche 911 RSR.
His time in IMSA saw Bennett win two Prototype Challenge championships, claim victory at the Sebring 12 Hours in 2016 and 2014, and a win at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in 2014 in PC. He also mounted a title challenge last season in the WeatherTech series with multiple wins racing with an ORECA 07 Gibson.
This news comes just days after RACER.com’s Marshall Pruett wrote that CORE looks set to exit the DPi ranks after this season. DSC understands that Ligier, along with IMSA, are currently searching for a new team to run the CORE-owned Nissan DPis next year.
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