Five-time IMSA Champions CORE autosport will return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021 with Jon Bennett and Colin Braun joining forces once again as the team enters the Championship’s new LMP3 category.
After a one-year hiatus, Jon Bennett has ‘unretired’ and will now bring a Ligier JS P320 to the Championship after a decade in the Championship with self-driven Championship-winning entries in LMPC, plus later efforts in GTD, and Prototype with both Oreca LMP2 and Nissan DPi machinery.
“I am thrilled,” Bennett said. “Thrilled for the dedicated members CORE autosport who can now plan for an exciting 2021 season. Thrilled to rejoin the amazing Colin Braun at the controls of an IMSA LMP3 prototype. Thrilled to rejoin the IMSA racing family — as a driver. As Steve McQueen said, ‘Racing is life. Anything before or after is just waiting.’ The wait is over.”
Bennett’s driving partnership with Braun goes back to 2012 and includes no fewer than five team championships and three driver championships in the Prototype Challenge category together.
“I am so excited to be back with CORE and Jon,” Braun said. “CORE has been a family for me and I cannot wait to get back to work with this group. Personally, for Jon I am really excited for him to get back behind the wheel and enjoy the excitement and thrill of driving a fast Prototype car on the limit in these races, there is nothing like it. I know he will be grinning ear to ear. I think LMP3 is shaping up to be very competitive and both Jon and I are ready to get going soon.”
LMP3 will race alongside the DPi, LMP2, GTLM and GTD classes at six of the WeatherTech Championship rounds, with the Rolex 24 at Daytona serving as an invitational event.
“I think we all knew that Jon wouldn’t stay out of a race car for long,” CORE autosport COO Morgan Brady said. “IMSA adding LMP3 to the WeatherTech series presented the perfect opportunity. The category gives us a place to do what we’ve proven to be successful at; Jon and Colin sharing a high-downforce prototype in a pro-am category, at the highest professional level. I can’t wait to see CORE back on the IMSA grid in January.”
The Core autosports-run Porsche GTLM team in IMSA comes to a close at the end of the 2020 season after seven years as a Porsche North America-supported effort.