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Tuesday
Jan292019

Magnus Racing Takes 11th in Rain-Hampered Race

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 28, 2018) – Following a dynamic 24 hours of racing at this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, the season-opening round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Magnus Racing would survive a quiet event to take 11th. Making zero major errors, the team enjoyed an up-and-down day that ultimately came down to a lottery of different caution periods and rain which would see the No. 44 Lamborghini Huracán EVO GT3 just miss the top-10.

“Of course the result is not quite what we wanted, but the team did a good job,” stated Magnus Racing team owner John Potter. “No one really made any major mistakes, but with a field this competitive it only takes one unexpected yellow, etc., to get on the backfoot and struggle to fight back. Overall the final position doesn’t really show our performance potential, but we’re in a good spot for the rest of the year.”

Running the full endurance schedule for the team, Spencer Pumpelly would take on starting duties, running a double-stint without error and maintaining a solid top-10 start. John Potter would follow suit, suffering the only major mishap of the race when contact from behind would cut down a tire, stranding John to drive the rest of his lap at a crawl to prevent car damage.

Falling down the order as a result of the incident, Potter’s stint would conclude a couple laps down, but with plenty of time to make the time back up. From there the team would rotate through Andy Lally, as well as factory-supplied driver Marco Mapelli in the fight to get back on the lead lap.

Through the night all four drivers would manage to avoid incident and with 10 hours remaining would find themselves back hunting for the lead lap.

Doing their best to get on the lead lap, the remaining nine hours would see a heavy string of long yellow flags for wet weather, and eventually a red flag with three hours remaining, making it near impossible to make up lost ground. 

With over two hours remaining, the race would resume, with Spencer Pumpelly managing wet conditions as best he could, driving conservatively avoid mishap.

Unfortunately IMSA officials would elect to bring out a final red flag with conditions simply too difficult to continue, effectively ending the race early with the team listed in 11th.

Magnus Racing and the rest of the IMSA championship will now have several weeks to recover and rebuild, with the next round of competition at the famed 12 Hours of Sebring, March 13-16.

 

Friday
Jan252019

LIVE FROM THE PITS AT DAYTONA!

Watch Magnus Racing compete for top honors at the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona... for 24 hours straight. Interact with drivers John Potter, Andy Lally, Spencer Pumpelly and Marco Mapelli, the whole crew, and hosts Ryan Eversley and Sean Heckman, hosting his final year.

Tuesday
Jan222019

Magnus Racing Celebrates 10th Year of Competition at Rolex 24; Webcast to Return

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (January 22, 2019) – When John Potter chose to venture from driver to team owner at the close of 2009, few would have guessed that Magnus Racing would go on to become one of the most decorated teams in all of GT racing throughout their decade of racing. With two class wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, a win at the 12 Hours of Sebring, Inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix, and two team championships in the now-titled IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup, the team will arrive for this weekend’s Rolex 24 celebrating its 10th year of racing.

“It’s a huge honor to arrive in our 10th year of racing,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and co-driver John Potter. “I couldn’t be more fortunate to have been surrounded by such an amazing group of men and women through the years, and we’re looking to celebrate a decade of racing with the level of performance we’ve come to expect. Daytona should be a great venue for us, with a strong driver lineup and a great car, and sweetening the experience should be the return of our annual webcast, where fans can join us in the fun.”

A now staple part of the team’s heritage, the annual Magnus pitside webcast will once again return for Daytona. Featuring 24 hours of live coverage from inside the team’s pit stall, the team’s usual combination of live team communications and fun antics will continue, being broadcast live on YouTube and the team’s website. Back for 2019, not only will long-time host Sean Heckman continue for his final year of the stream, but Ryan Eversley will return to join in the fun as well. Eversley last joined the events in 2014, and together the stream promises the same fun as year’s previous, including an on-going fan chat, contests, and strange antics unique to the team.

The live feed can be found at the team’s website, magnusracing.com, or via the team’s YouTube channel, youtube.com/user/magnusracing44

Driving the No. 44 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO, Potter will be joined by full season teammate Andy Lally, endurance teammate Spencer Pumpelly, and mandatory Italian Marco Mapelli as the quartet seek the team’s third Rolex 24 triumph. Following a strong run at the pre-season Roar Before the 24 test, the team showed promise, however as one of the most competitive fields in series history, it’s anyone’s guess just how the race will go.

Practice begins this Thursday, January 24, with the race beginning on Saturday, January 26. Live coverage will begin at 2PM ET on NBCSN, with 24-hour coverage jumping between NBCSN and the NBC Sports app throughout the entire run of the race.

Wednesday
Jan092019

Mapelli Confirmed with Pumpelly, Lallypelly, Potterpelly at Rolex 24

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 9, 2019) – Following a successful test at the season-opening Roar Before the 24 at Daytona International Speedway, Magnus Racing and the No. 44 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO are as ready as they can be, with the team fully prepared for the upcoming Rolex 24 at Daytona, the first race of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

While John Potter, Andy Lally, and Spencer Pumpelly had previously been confirmed for their respective full-season and endurance roles, the team also used the event to welcome team newcomer Marco Mapelli to the fold, who will join as a factory-supplied driver to add to the team’s 24-hour effort.

A native of Italy, Mapelli joins as a veteran of a number of international programs, including the Japanese Super GT Series, Blancpain GT, GT Masters, International GT Open, and specialty events including the Bathurst 12 Hour. Unique to Mapelli, he even holds the street car record at the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife, setting an incredible 6:44.97 lap time in Lamborghini Huracán Performante.

“Marco immediately fit in to our group from Day One, and we’re looking forward to him joining us at Daytona,” stated team owner and driver John Potter. “Being new to the platform, having someone with his experience and success is an immediate asset, and he’s already acclimated to our way of working so it should be a great relationship. “

For Mapelli, a similar sentiment is shared.

“The team at Magnus has a great history at Daytona, so I’m looking forward to the event,” stated Marco. “We had a good test together, I’m already comfortable with their environment, now we all have to turn our attention to a great race. The Rolex 24 is of course a race that every driver wants to win in his career, and we’re all very focused on victory.”

The second-to-last paragraph of all Roar Before the 24 post-event releases must inevitably say something about balance-of-performance, as Magnus Racing walked away with a disadvantage, of course totes moreso than every other team who claims the same. 

Official practice for the Rolex 24 at Daytona begins on Thursday, January 24. The race will begin that Saturday, January 26 at 2:35PM. The team will have additional announcements in the coming weeks. 

Tuesday
Dec112018

Magnus Racing Confirms Spencer Pumpelly for Endurance Races

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (December 11, 2018) – Following a successful day of testing the all-new Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO at Daytona International Speedway, Magnus Racing is proud to confirm team veteran Spencer Pumpelly as the team’s third driver for the entirety of the Michelin Endurance Cup. Joining teammates John Potter and Andy Lally, who have already been confirmed for the entirety of the IMSA WeatherTech Championship 2019 season, Pumpelly will join in all four of the season’s endurance races, looking to earn their third title starting with this January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

“It’s great to have Spencer back with us for 2019,” stated Magnus Racing team owner John Potter. “His first official race with Magnus was in 2017, but he’s been part of the family for several years, with many people on the team having worked with Spencer over the last two decades. We’re extremely fortunate to have him, and he couldn’t be a better fit for our ambitions to capture a third endurance championship.”

A veteran of sportscar competition, Spencer joins as one of the most sought after talents in the paddock, holding two Rolex 24 wins, two championships in IMSA competition, as well as endurance victories at the Six Hours of the Glen and Petit Le Mans. A prior member of the Magnus organization, Spencer last drove with the team in 2017, where he took victory at Lime Rock Park, and has additionally driven as a teammate to both John Potter and Andy Lally while they were with different teams.

For Spencer Pumpelly, a return to Magnus Racing is one he looks forward to.

“It’s great to return to Magnus Racing for 2019,” stated Pumpelly. “Obviously the team has a reputation for fun, but it’s also an incredible group of people, many of whom I’ve known for a long time. In 2017 we enjoyed some strong runs together, most notably winning in Lime Rock, and I think the combination of John and Andy for this year’s endurance races should be formidable. It’s great to be in a committed program this early, and we can all enter Daytona focused.”

The team’s official debut will come in just four weeks’ time, taking place at the upcoming Roar Before the 24 from January 4-6, the annual season-opening test weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

 

 

(photo credit: Michelin)