Jon Bennett tells us about IMSA Racing

Published: Apr. 1, 2021 at 11:04 AM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - When you think of auto racing, many people think of NASCAR or Indy Car events. While these races are normally set for a specific number of laps or miles. The International Motor Sports Association holds distance races that are also very popular.

Jon Bennett:” Endurance car racing has been around for a long time around the Country. As you say it is not as well known as NASCAR and Indy Car. We have a 10 or 12 race season starting with our quote unquote Daytona 500 which is the 24 hours of Daytona. A 24 hour endurance race which Core and my teammates have won twice in 2014 and 2018.”

Jon Bennett who has ties to the County and his Core Autosport team recently won their division in the 12 hours of Sebring. This sort of racing has a team of drivers.

Bennett:”If you are not familiar with it is like a relay race with the car as the baton. Each driver will race for about 2 hours and then hand the car over to the next driver and repeat that sequence for as long as the race is.”

There can be many challenges during the driver changeover. Just like your passenger car your seat has to be adjusted for the person who is driving.

Bennett:” It helps if you are close to the same size. Our cars are unique and the seat is molded to the driver. Kind of like the Russian Bear puzzle. You start with the largest driver and then each smaller driver has their own small insert that they bring with to the car.”

Bennett and his teammate Colin Brawn have won class championships three times in IMSA. Some high profile drivers from Formula 1, the Indy Car Circuit and NASCAR will all compete in some of the distance races and that helps build exposure.

Bennett:” True professionals from other series find out that it is a specialty. We have our own exceptional drivers. It is fun to mix it up with drivers from other series.”

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