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!