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Jon Bennett talks about driving in endurance races.

Published: Apr. 2, 2021 at 10:49 AM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - Endurance car racing is a team sport. Not only do you have a pit crew, but you also have teammates who hop into the car to race.

The International Motor Sports Association endurance races are a true team effort. From preparing the car to the pit crew and in the endurance events a co driver. Jon Bennett has been racing in team events since 1992. He said that not being behind the wheel for the entire race was an adjustment.

Jon Bennett:” You can’t stay 100 percent focused during 24 hours or even 12 hours. You have to at some point mentally hand the car over to your co-driver and walk away and take a break. It’s awfully hard to not think about what is going on track. Over time you sort of get better at it. When you come back it’s like how is it. Hey we are doing great this happened positive this happened negative. We are still in the hunt and you are ready to go.”

Endurance races are very different than a NASCAR or INDY Car race because there are several different types of cars on the track at one time. That means there are cars of very different speeds on the track at the same time Bennett says that because of that you have to always be on alert for cars around you.

Bennett:” You have four classes all very different speeds, There’s never a calm moment there’s always passing going on. Always faster cars passing slower cars and so if you are not in the fastest class you are racing forward against cars in your class and have to race rearward against cars to not impede their progress and not impeding your approach to racing the other peers in your class. You have to have eyes in the back of your head.”

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