CORE AUTOSPORT COMPLETES INITIAL TEST OF ORECA FLM09
Aggressive test schedule set ahead of 2011 LMPC debut

After taking delivery of its new LMP Challenge cars, CORE autosport wasted no time in taking to the track. Team owner Jon Bennett took the wheel of the ORECA FLM09 during a private test session at Carolina Motorsports Park. Despite temperatures near freezing last week in Kershaw, SC, Bennett and the CORE squad put in a solid two days of work.

"It was great to get a chance to drive the car, even in the unusually cold weather," he said. "I quickly learned the feel of the new car and it was a good test for the crew to get acquainted with it. I am looking forward to getting back in the car."

"For the conditions we faced the test was positive, although chassis development was limited due to the cold temperatures," said Burke Harrison, race engineer. "We took the opportunity to correct some issues, adjust the cockpit to better suit the drivers, and mainly get the drivers acquainted with this new ORECA LMPC chassis."

The driver lineup for the CORE autosport ALMS effort has not been finalized. The team is currently planning several test days throughout January 2011. Drivers interested in competing with CORE autosport in ALMS or Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship should contact, Morgan Brady - Team Manager (mbrady@coreautosport.com).

CORE autosport and the rest of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón will open the 2011 season at the 59th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida on Saturday, March 19. Visit the American Le Mans Series' schedule page for information on tickets and area accommodations.

-source: core/alms