American Le Mans Series CORE autosport revved up for Road America

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    ROCK HILL, SC, Monday, August 13, 2012:* CORE autosport is ready to tackle the longest circuit on the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) calendar this coming weekend, doing battle in Road America's Road Race Showcase on Saturday, August 18.
    The ALMS Prototype Challenge (PC) class championship-leading team and drivers are prepared for the four-hour event, with a goal of extending their points leads. In six 2012 ALMS races, CORE autosport has scored 11 podiums ”“ four wins, three second places and four thirds.* With four races left in the season, three are endurance challenges, starting with Saturday at the historic 14-turn, 4.048-mile Road America circuit.
    Behind the wheel of the #05 Composite Resources ORECA FLM09 are season-long partners Jon Bennett and Colin Braun.* Bennett, CORE autosport’s founder, and Braun, a motorsports sensation in many different series, have won two races this season at Laguna Seca and Lime Rock, been on the podium five times, and are second in the 2012 ALMS PC driver championship standings.
    Alex Popow, lead driver of the #06 Soloson Import ORECA FLM09, is currently the PC driver championship leader, with two wins ”“ at Sebring and Long Beach ”“ and six podium spots in 2012.* For the Road America event, Popow will be paired with three-time 24 Hour of Le Mans class winner Tom Kimber-Smith.* Kimber-Smith has driven the #06 machine with Popow twice in 2012, at Laguna Seca and Lime Rock, finishing third and second, respectively.
    All of the team’s drivers other than Kimber-Smith have had extensive experience at Road America.* Bennett has competed at the track in a variety of different series, and in the ALMS finished on the podium in the 2011 event. Popow has raced in the GRAND-AM series at Road America, in both a prototype and in the Continental Tire categories.
    For Braun, Road America is a homecoming of sorts.* The Ovalo, Texas native has spent a lot of time since childhood in and around Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin as his father’s family is from the area.* As a professional race car driver, the track ranks among his favorites.* In 2012 alone, Braun has competed at Road America in the GRAND-AM Rolex series, set up Kurt Busch’s car in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and has been at the circuit for weeks at a time in testing.
    Prior to the Saturday event, some of the CORE autosport drivers including Braun and Bennett will be taking part in the Tour de Road America on Friday night, August 17th.* This special on-track bicycle ride benefits the Austin Hatcher Foundation, the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic.
    Practice for the Road America Road Race Showcase starts on Thursday, August 16th, with qualifying on Friday the 17th and the race on Saturday the 18th.* Live coverage of qualifying and the race can be found on, while a tape-delayed race broadcast will be aired on Sunday, August 19th at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2.* Live timing and scoring can be located at

    Jon Bennett
    “I’ve loved Road America for years, having raced there in many different kinds of cars. It’s a long, fast track that really tests the car and driver, and the Kink is one of those special experiences that you can have as a driver.

    “A four hour race at Road America is certainly tough, but these types of races suit my style, getting into the flow and setting fast lap times.

    “To finish on the podium last year was an accomplishment for me, but this year I feel that Colin and I are really up to the task of standing on the top step of the podium.* We had a rough week at Mid-Ohio earlier this month [finishing sixth] but I know that the team, and Colin and I, have hit the reset button and are ready to get back to our winning ways.”

    Colin Braun
    “This will be my first time competing at Road America for CORE autosport, but with the amount of time I’ve spent at the track this year, I’m not worried.
    “The track itself is great.* It’s long and fast and has a great rhythm and flow to it.* I’ve spent hours racing and testing on the track and get so into it that I don’t even remember how much time I’ve been out there, because I get into the rhythm.* I’ve come into the pits thinking I was only out there for only 20 minutes but it was more than an hour.
    “A four hour race is kind of an interesting hybrid between the short sprint races and the longer endurance events.* You’ve got to go all-out and there’s no rest, yet you have to be prepared for the problems that can come up in longer races.
    “Jon and I are in good physical shape to take on this race and after the issues we suffered at the last race we are ready to re-establish ourselves at the top of the leader board.”

    Alex Popow
    “I owe the racing gods a little something after the second-place at Mid-Ohio a couple of weeks ago [ran out of fuel while leading on the last lap] and I think that the #06 crew and my co-driver Tom will have a great run at Road America.
    “The track is fast and enjoyable and if we can keep our nose clean and drive smart, we will end up with the result that we deserve.* Right now I’m leading the 2012 ALMS PC driver championship, and I don’t intend to let anyone else have that title for the rest of the season.
    “I’m glad to have Tom back as my co-driver for this race.* Ryan [Dalziel] had a scheduling conflict so he couldn’t join me, but I drove with Tom a few times this year and he’s very fast and consistent.* I am confident that we will go into Road America with a strong car and be ready for a win.”

    Tom Kimber-Smith
    “I have never been to Road America so I’m really excited to be having my first experience there this coming weekend.
    “It’s always good to be involved with the ALMS and I couldn’t be happier to be back with CORE autosport.* They have pretty much dominated the PC class this year and could have won every race.* I love racing with the team and running in the ALMS and hope to be able to do a full season at some point in my career.
    “Alex is leading the championship and the goal for this weekend is to try and capture as many points as possible for him.* Of course we’ll be trying for that win.
    “I really do have to congratulate Alex on how he’s been driving this year.* Not only has he won at Sebring and Long Beach for CORE, but he won at Indianapolis in GRAND-AM - a circuit I would also love to compete at in the future - and his runs last weekend at Watkins Glen, in sports cars and NASCAR, show just how fast he is!”

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