It’s been months since CORE autosport’s originally announced they would contest the GT class with a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the American Le Mans Series. Well, their long awaited debut takes place next week in Monterey, Calif., at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and it looks like they are ready! There, Porsche factory star Patrick Long and three-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Tom Kimber-Smith will race the No. 06 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR for the first time.
Following January’s announcement that CORE would expand to the GT category in 2013, the team took delivery of its Porsche RSR shortly before Sebring and has since tackled a testing program with Long and Kimber-Smith.
The duo, who between them have five wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, most recently spent a day in Birmingham, Ala., lapping Barber Motorsports Park.
Operating in tandem with the Porsche program, CORE will continue to field the No. 05 ORECA FLM09 in the PC category with drivers Jon Bennett and Colin Braun in its quest for a third-straight PC championship.
The American Le Mans Monterey at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca takes place May 9 – 11. Qualifying airs live on ESPN3, May 10 at 7:45 p.m. ET. Live race coverage is available on ESPN3, May 11, at 6:15 p.m. ET for U.S. viewers or on ALMS.com for viewers outside the U.S. The ESPN2 TV broadcast is set for May 12 at 4 p.m. ET.
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