Daytona is one of those races that everyone wants to do. This was my second attempt at the Rolex 24 and a race that I felt honored to be a part of. The new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship has taken some criticism since its announcement but it was great to finally see it kick off.
Since the test at the Roar, 8Star Motorsports has been working every single hour to get the car ready for one of the most grueling races it would ever face. However, when we hit the first practice session we soon found out that all that hard work was put to no use as we had a differential problem.
CORE autosport earned its third-straight American Le Mans Series Prototype Challenge Team Championship this weekend, navigating challenging weather conditions for a podium finish at Petit Le Mans.
CORE faced a demanding day at Road Atlanta courtesy of rapidly changing weather conditions. Rain clouds moved over the 2.54-mile, 12-turn circuit just as the 34-car field prepared to leave the starting grid. Rain would come and go throughout the first half of the 1,000-mile race, forcing CORE to pit both the No. 05 ORECA FLM09 and No. 06 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR numerous times for tire changes.
CORE autosport celebrated both of its cars finishing on their American Le Mans Series class podiums at VIRginia International Raceway for the Oak Tree Grand Prix. Both the No. 06 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR and the No. 05 ORECA FLM09 finished second in their classes in the penultimate round of the 2013 season.
Jon Bennett started the No. 05 ORECA FLM09 from second and though he initially lost ground in the opening laps, he fought back to third place before handing the car over to Tom Kimber-Smith, who held onto the spot through the next pit stop. Quick work by the CORE autosport crew helped Kimber-Smith gain a position in the pits and re-enter the course in second place.