Team looks for second-straight Sebring victory on Saturday

Colin Braun qualified the No. 54 ORECA FLM09 in second place with a time of 1:55.327

Sebring, Fla - CORE autosport will start at the sharp end of the Prototype Challenge grid in its pursuit of a second-straight Sebring victory at the legendary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring fueled by Fresh from Florida.

Colin Braun qualified the No. 54 Composite Resources/Flex Box ORECA FLM09 in second place with a time of 1:55.327 (116.746 mph), just shy of pole position by .07 seconds.

Braun’s third lap was his quickest, but Martin Plowman in the No. 16 BAR1 Motorsports car claimed the top spot with a flyer of 1:55.257 (116.817 mph).

Obviously, we’d love to be on the pole, but it’s a long race and not all that important.

Colin Braun

New to 2015, IMSA regulations require the qualifying driver to start the car for the race. Braun will return to the driver’s seat for the green flag on Saturday. He shares driving duties with Jon Bennett and James Gué, the same winning driver line up as last year.

The Sebring green flag drops at 10:40 a.m., Saturday, March 21. The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET. Coverage continues on FOX Sports 2 from 12:30 to 7 p.m., IMSA.com from 7 to 10 p.m., and the final hour of action will unfold on FOX Sports 2 from 10 to 11 p.m.

Live scoring and in-car cameras are available throughout the race at IMSA.com.

Colin Braun - Driver: No. 54 ORECA FLM09: “We had a good qualifying effort. Obviously, we’d love to be on the pole, but it’s a long race and not all that important. I think I mismanaged my tires a little bit. I was hopeful that the Continental tires would hang on a little longer than they did, so I put a pretty good lap in the books. Then I tried to go for a really good lap but the tires were gone by that point, and I wasn’t able to go as quick as I was hoping. All in all it was a good effort. These guys did a really good job coming back after Daytona. We’ve been strong all week, and we’ve got a good package for the race. We have our typical formula for being fast and being in contention when it matters at the end, so that’s the most important thing.

“Tomorrow we just got to make good decisions in traffic and stay out of the mess. It’s a long race with lots of crazy guys out there, so we've got to stay out of trouble.”

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Series IMSA
Event Sebring
Sub-event Friday qualifying
Track Sebring International Raceway
Drivers Colin Braun , James Gue , Martin Plowman , Jon Bennett
Article type Qualifying report
Tags core, oreca