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Braun, Daytona 24 Winner, Continues IMSA Journey with LMP2 Agreement Following Departure from MSR

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Braun, Daytona 24 Winner, Continues IMSA Journey with LMP2 Agreement Following Departure from MSR

How One Man’s Racing Dream Ended in Heartbreak for Manipulating Tyre Pressure Data

In a shocking turn of events, Colin Braun’s triumphant return to IMSA’s top class in 2023 was marred by controversy and disappointment. Braun, racing alongside Tom Blomqvist for Meyer Shank Racing’s Acura, achieved an impressive feat by winning three races in the GTP class. However, their hopes for the championship were dashed when the team was hit with a massive 200-point deduction for manipulating tyre pressure data at Daytona.

The incident unfolded during the crucial first race of the new hybrid era at Daytona. Stakes were high, and every move counted. Unfortunately, the team’s unethical actions cost them dearly. Braun and Blomqvist finished just 22 points behind Action Express Cadillac’s champions Pipo Derani and Alexander Sims, with their aspirations for the title shattered.

To add to the heartbreak, Meyer Shank Racing announced that they would be putting their GTP programme on hiatus. With his future in limbo, Braun sought a new opportunity and found solace in reuniting with the Algarve Pro Racing-run CrowdStrike operation. This partnership had previously brought him success when they won the LMP2 Pro-Am class at the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours in June.

Once again, Braun will team up with his trusted partner George Kurtz, a bronze-graded driver who has proven his skills on multiple occasions. Their partnership blossomed during the GT World Challenge America season, where they clinched the Pro-Am title in their Riley-run GT3 Mercedes. Now, they are set to conquer IMSA’s P2 division in 2024.

Braun expressed his excitement about the new chapter in his racing career. He praised the dedication and professionalism of CrowdStrike Racing and expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to race alongside George again. Recognizing the challenge posed by their competitors, Braun believes they are ready to tackle the grueling competition in the LMP2 division. IMSA racing holds a special place in his heart, and he is eagerly looking forward to another thrilling season.

As the news of Braun’s new venture broke, racing enthusiasts recalled his past achievements in the ORECA-Gibson 07. In 2018, he achieved remarkable victories in Mosport and Road America when the LMP2 cars were grouped together with DPi machinery in the top Prototype class. These wins, achieved in a Core Autosport entry alongside team owner Jon Bennett, showcased Braun’s exceptional talent and skill behind the wheel.

While Braun embarks on his new journey, let’s not forget the performance of George Kurtz and Ben Hanley, who were just shy of claiming the title in the previous season. Competing against the formidable PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports duo of Ben Keating and Paul-Loup Chatin, Kurtz and Hanley managed to secure the Michelin Endurance Cup with wins at Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans. Their near-victory at Daytona, where they missed out by a mere 0.016s, highlighted their resolute determination and unwavering commitment.

Looking ahead, the upcoming season promises to be a thrilling battle, with new teams and drivers vying for supremacy. The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship LMP2 titles are up for grabs, and CrowdStrike Racing by APR is determined to clinch them. Team boss Stewart Cox is confident in their revised approach, which is backed by meticulous calculations and analysis of past data. Their ultimate goal is not only to win the overall championship but also to defend the coveted Michelin Endurance Cup.

As Braun and Kurtz prepare for their next racing endeavor, the racing community eagerly anticipates the intense competition that lies ahead. Will Braun’s undeniable talent shine through once again, or will new contenders emerge to challenge his dominance? Only time will tell, but one thing is for certain – the drama and excitement of IMSA racing will continue to captivate fans around the world. The 2024 season promises to be a rollercoaster ride filled with triumphs, heartbreaks, and unforgettable moments.

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