CORE Autosport Moving Up To LMPC
ROCK HILL, S.C. — CORE Autosport will advance from the ISMA Cooper Tires Prototype Lites division to the American Le Mans Series LMP Challenge class beginning in 2011.
“This deal has been in the works for awhile and I am pleased to announce that we will be running an LMPC car in 2011,” said team principal and driver Jon Bennett. “The LMPC class is the next logical step for us after capturing the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship. Although we made the decision to buy two cars our primary objective is to run a solid one-car program. Then we will evaluate bringing the second car online under the right circumstances.”
The 2011 season will mark the second of the LMPC class, which features ORECA’s FLM09 prototype. LMPC was hotly contested all season with both the team and driver championships not decided until the last race of the year at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. CORE wrapped up the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites L1 class team title that same weekend and Charlie Shears won the driver championship.
LMPC is the middle rung in a development ladder within IMSA, the sanctioning body of the American Le Mans Series, which is designed to build and advance the next generation of endurance racing drivers and teams.
“This is further proof that the ladder system we are building within the American Le Mans Series and IMSA is working,” said Scott Atherton, president and CEO of the American Le Mans Series. “Programs such as this one being confirmed today by CORE autosport validate the decisions we made to form a pipeline of opportunities from our IMSA development series to the American Le Mans Series — in both LMP and GT platforms. We are understandably honored and grateful for the commitment of Jon Bennett and everyone at CORE and wish them the best of luck for the 2011 season.”
To properly support the LMPC program, CORE has secured the services of Burke Harrison as race engineer and Mike Sales as crew chief. The team is scheduled to begin offseason testing by the middle of December. CORE has yet to finalize a driver lineup.