CORE switches to Nissan DPi
CORE autosport will have the chance to go for an overall IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype title in 2019.
The team ran an LMP2-specification Oreca 07 Gibson in 2018 and came up only a few points shy of the title with Jon Bennett and Colin Braun.
Braun and Bennett will continue into 2019 but now with a Nissan Onroak DPi, following a fairly last-minute acquisition. Romain Dumas (full Michelin Endurance Cup) and Loic Duval (Rolex 24 at Daytona) continue as well. The Patron ESM team ran a two-car Nissan program this year, before Patron announced its withdrawal from motorsports sponsorship.
Morgan Brady, CORE COO, explained the process and change from the projected plan to continue with the Orecas into 2019.
“Ever since IMSA announced the split of the Prototype class it’s been our goal to enter DPi,” Brady said. “Although we were headed in the LMP2 direction for 2019 within a matter of days the Nissan DPi program became a reality and we couldn’t pass this opportunity to compete for overall race wins.”
CORE’s first test with its new car will be at Roar Before the 24, January 4-6. The 2019 IMSA season kicks off January 24 – 27 with the Rolex 24 at Daytona.