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Watching A Professional Race Car Driver Struggle To Get In His Car is Deeply Satisfying

Being a racing driver is a very difficult job. Made even more difficult when you’re making a transition to a new car.

CORE autosport has been a mainstay in IMSA for years now. They were one of the top Prototype Challenge teams and they were tabbed with running Porsche’s North American Factory GTLM program. This year marks the last season of the Prototype Challenge class in IMSA’s top Weathertech Sportscar Championship. CORE has decided to move away from the spec Prototype Class and move to the GT Daytona class. This means a brand new car, specifically the Porsche 911 R GT3 car.

Moving from an open top Prototype style car to a production based GT car brings with it its own unique set of challenges. The GT car has less downforce meaning the balance of the car is completely different. But before any driver faces these challenges he or she must first be able to, umm, get into the car.

As you will see below, it is more difficult than you realize. This is CORE, one of the most professional teams in IMSA, and yet that doesn’t make them immune to one of the more basic problems in motorsport. Also remember this is sportscar racing, which means driver changes. Drivers do not simply get in the car once, race, and then get out. Swapping drivers is an integral part of the business. Doing so quickly means saving valuable time in the pits. A heroic drive can be wasted with a bad pit stop. So yes, getting this down in testing is a huge deal.

And seeing the pros struggle at it is deeply satisfying. There’s a chance for us after all!

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Written by Chad Kennedy

Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.

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