Jeff Braun has joined Era Motorsport as the new IMSA LMP2 team’s strategist for the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, beginning with the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The Inside the Sportscar Paddock regular contributor will, therefore, oversee the on-track efforts of the #18 Oreca 07 Gibson with drivers Kyle Tilley, Dwight Merriman, Ryan Lewis, and Nicolas Minassian.
“I am really looking forward to joining Era Motorsport for my 32nd Rolex 24 At Daytona,” said Braun. “It feels like joining a bunch of friends, as I have worked with over half the people on the team at various times, and raced against the other half of the people at some point in my career. When Kyle, asked me to lend a hand, it took me about five seconds to say yes. With a strong engineering team, management group, and driver line up, it was an easy decision. It will take some time for this new group of talented people to jell and understand each other, and I hope I can help in that process.
”After falling in love with motorsport at an early age, Jeff Braun got into the engineering consulting business in 1990 and has since engineered almost every type of race car including IndyCars, sports cars, Top Fuel dragsters, and NASCAR machinery. In the last 30 years, Braun has been a part of eight sports car championship titles, two wins at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, eight Twelve Hours of Sebring, and four at Petit Le Mans. He served most recently in full-time competition with the Core Autosports Nissan Dpi effort.
“Adding Jeff to our already strong senior management and the engineering line up is the icing on the cake,” said team owner and driver Kyle Tilley. “Looking at it from a driver’s standpoint, the opportunity to work with someone as renown as Jeff doesn’t come around often, to say I’m excited is an understatement. The combination of Jeff as a Strategist and Scott Best as our race engineer has to be one of the strongest combinations on the grid!”