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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)

Wednesday
Nov212018

Magnus Racing Announces Switch to Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO; Andy Lally Confirmed for 2019

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (November 21, 2018) – Heading in to the 10th year of professional competition, Magnus Racing will join forces with Lamborghini Squadra Corse for the upcoming 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Looking to recapture the same fortune that saw the team win multiple endurance championships, as well as victories at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring, the switch to the Italian manufacturer and the new Huracán GT3 EVO present a renewed opportunity for all involved. Additionally, the team is proud to reveal the continuation of full-season drivers John Potter and Andy Lally for the season.

“It’s great to move forward with everyone at Lamborghini Squadra Corse,” stated Magnus Racing owner and co-driver John Potter. “The performance of the Lamborghini over the past several seasons is well documented, and it will be nice to compete with them rather than against them in 2019. Since our first meeting, we’ve been remarkably impressed with the attention to customer service and clear communication, which instills a lot of confidence in the future of our working relationship. In particular, I’d really like to thank Giorgio Sanna and Chris Ward for being as responsive as they have, with an organization like ours it’s extremely refreshing.”

Of course this will mark the end of a three-year chapter with Audi Sport customer racing, who with Magnus Racing achieved tremendous success, including victories at The Rolex 24 at Daytona and Lime Rock Park in 2016, the North American Endurance Cup in the same year, as well as the California 8 Hour in 2017.

“We’re of course appreciative of our last three years with Audi Sport customer racing,” continued Potter. “We’re proud of the achievement we all had together, and of course Audi will always have a place in our team’s history, and are thankful their support through the years.”

Looking toward 2019, the team enters the off-season with a renewed focus and enthusiasm on taking top results. In 2018, Lamborghini swept the Driver, Team, and Manufacturer Championships, including victory at The Rolex 24 at Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring, and with an updated “EVO” program for next year, the team looks forward to a renewed opportunity to seek victory.

For Giorgio Sanna, Head of Motorsport for Automobili Lamborghini, welcoming Magnus Racing to the fold is one everyone looks forward to.

“We are very excited to have the team at Magnus Racing join us for 2019,” stated Sanna. “The team has a great on-track endurance record going back to their multiple Rolex 24 at Daytona wins, multiple championships, and of course Sebring win as well, but they also have an off-track approach that is very unique. We look forward to working closer together, and are happy to be part of the family and fun atmosphere that the team has created.” 

For Chris Ward, Senior Manager of Motorsport for Automobili Lamborghini, 2019 with Magnus Racing presents another strong team to the family.

“Having Magnus Racing join us adds another great team to our ambitions for another championship year,” sated Ward. “We’ve enjoyed our experience working with them to this point, and look forward to their approach with racing.”

For Andy Lally, returning to Magnus Racing with a revamped program is one he looks forward to.

“Moving in to 2019 with Lamborghini is a great move forward for the team,” stated Lally. “We’ve of course been driving against their cars for the last several years and they’ve had a great package, so I’m excited to finally get behind the wheel with next year’s EVO. There’s a lot to learn in a short amount of time, but we’re confident we can get up to speed quickly and regain the form we know we’re capable of.” 

With the off-season well under way, the team looks forward to taking delivery of their vehicle ahead of a busy winter testing season. Additional updates, including drivers, team liveries, and additional plans related to IMSA’s upcoming 50th Anniversary will come shortly.

Monday
Oct152018

Magnus Racing Closes 2018 Season with Ninth

BRASELTON, Georgia (October 15, 2018) – Following a series of tire failures resulting in multiple unscheduled pit stops, Magnus Racing and drivers John Potter, Andy Lally and Andrew Davis would endure the 2018 Petit Le Mans without incident, but maligned by recurring pit emergencies to ultimately settle for ninth.

“This wasn’t the weekend we were hoping for, but it was out of our control,” stated Magnus Racing team owner John Potter. “Between testing and prep for this weekend we were as ready as we could be, and we were on the right course with our opening strategy, but after three tire failures there’s not exactly much we could do to salvage the day. We would have liked to have gone in to the off-season with the momentum of a strong close, but we’ll put it behind us and focus on our 2019 program.”

Opening the 10-hour race in the No. 44 Audi Tire Center Audi R8 LMS GT3, John Potter’s race-start would actually kick the event off with a lot of promise. Running a unique strategy to the field, Potter actually drove an incredible triple-stint, running three consecutive pit cycles without putting a foot wrong, ultimately pitting near the three-hour mark having completed his minimum drive-time and handing a clean car to teammates Lally and Davis for the remainder of the race.

Unfortunately, as the middle of the race took hold, in conjunction with the heat of the mid-afternoon, Lally’s climb through the field would be cut short, pitting earlier than expected as a left-rear tire began to lose pressure. Trading for Andrew Davis, a similar fate would ensue, identifying a real problem for the team.

As circumstances continued, a third failure would occur as the race progressed. While no specific problem has been identified, the team would like to make it clear that they ran well within the recommended parameters on both camber and tire pressure, deliberately choosing a conservative strategy to ensure this sort of problem was mitigated in the race.

As the track cooled and the team adjusted their setup to try and manage the issue, the team would eventually climb back up the order, but ultimately resigned to a conservative pace and finishing ninth.

With the season at a conclusion, Magnus Racing will make further announcements on their 2019 plans at a later date.

Tuesday
Oct092018

Magnus Racing Ready to Close 2018 Season at Petit Le Mans

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (October 9, 2018) -  Following an up-and-down season that has included a pair of podiums for Magnus Racing in their IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaign, this Saturday’s finale during the prestigious Petit Le Mans will set the lone goal of winning for drivers John Potter, Andy Lally and Andrew Davis.

“It would be great to close our championship going for the win,” stated team owner and driver John Potter. “Petit Le Mans has been a race that has eluded us. The last two times we’ve been in the hunt for a win, including crossing the finish line first in 2016, so it remains unfinished business. The second half of our season has been pretty strong, and following recent tests we’re as prepared as we can be.”

Taking place at the scenic Road Atlanta circuit in northern Georgia, Petit Le Mans has historically been a competitive race for Magnus, with the ultimate prize remaining unclaimed. Under heavy rain conditions in 2015, the team narrowly missed victory in a challenging environment, and in 2016 the team’s No. 44 Audi R8 LMS GT3 actually crossed the finish line first, only to be sent down the order due to a drive-time infraction.

With a strong second-half form this season, including successive podiums at Lime Rock and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, victory remains the lone missing accolade of the team’s 2018 effort.

For Andy Lally, who lives in nearby Atlanta, closing the team’s current chapter is one he remains optimistic for.

“It’s been a transitional year for the team as a whole, and we’ve overcome a lot of obstacles,” stated Lally. “The guys deserve a top result for the time they’ve put in, and we’re all focused on delivering that. Road Atlanta is a circuit unlike any other. It remains to be seen how our Audi will perform there against other marques, but we’re pushing.”

For Andrew Davis, who resides in nearby Athens, a similar sentiment is shared.

"I’ve really enjoyed my time with the team,” stated Davis. “Magnus Racing is one of the most fun environments you can work in, and the team has been pushing hard in testing to ensure we’re prepared for this weekend. A lot can happen in 10 hours, but we’re ready.”

Practice will begin this Thursday, October 11, with the racing taking place two days later on Saturday, October 13. Live coverage can be found on Saturday at 10:30AM ET via FOX Sports 1, switching to FOX Sports 2 at 12PM until the race’s conclusion at 9:30PM. Continuous coverage can be found on the FOX Sports GO app for viewers in the US, or via imsa.tv for international viewers.

Tuesday
Sep112018

Magnus Racing Closes Sprint Season with Top-Five

MONTEREY, Calif. (September 11, 2018) – Following an up-and-down day that saw everything from pre-race incidents to leading the race, Magnus Racing and drivers John Potter and Andy Lally would finish Sunday’s America’s Tire 250, the final sprint race of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with a fifth-place finish.

“Of course we were aiming for a podium, but there were still a lot of positives on the day,” stated team owner and co-driver John Potter. “We were fast all through practice, but with the way the yellow flags flew it was impossible to know exactly what calls would end up being correct, our guys did the best they could. Overall we once again demonstrated our potential, and we’ll turn our attention to Petit Le Mans with a focus on winning.”

Taking place at the scenic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, tire degradation was the theme of the weekend, a massive drop in lap-times taken in to consideration from the beginning of the stint to the end.

Opting to start the race on brand new tires in consideration, the No. 44 Audi Tire Center Audi R8 LMS would actually start from the back as a result, a choice which quickly paid dividends following two separate incidents at the start of the race, one before the green flag ever fell. Being at the back, starting driver John Potter was able to avoid the chaos, eventually starting the race after nearly 30 minutes of yellow-flag racing.

As it would turn out, Potter would only get about five laps of green flag running before the team would pit him, putting Andy Lally in with just under two hours remaining. With a clear track as a result of the stop, Lally would push hard to pull a series of quick laps, and as stops cycled through he would actually find himself leading the race.

Leading throughout the middle, the dynamic of the entire event would change with 75 minutes remaining when another yellow flag flew. Knowing the importance of new tires, the Magnus Racing crew would opt to pit Lally for tires and fuel, dropping down the order as a result.

For the final hour, Lally would push hard on the field in front of him, doing his best to deliver fast laps while watching his tires at the same time. With nearly every car on a different strategy, the No. 44 crew would stop one last time for tires and a topping off of fuel, with Andy resuming in search of a top-five.

By time the final stops all cycled through, the No. 44 would find itself in an uncontested fifth, taking the checkered flag as the top Audi. It was a reasonable finish for an up-and-down day, with all focus now on Petit Le Mans.

For Andy Lally, a reasonable weekend shouldn’t be looked at as disappointing.

“This was a tough race to predict properly,” stated Lally. “We had a fast Audi all weekend, the guys should be really proud of the car they put together. It was great to lead, and with a dew different scenarios we could have been a real contender in the end. The team has done a great job making progress all year, and I’m excited about Petit Le Mans!”

Peter Baron was unavailable for comment.

All attention will now focus to the season finale at Road Atlanta, with Petit Le Mans taking its place as the trademark season finale. Practice for the 10-hour classic will begin on Friday, October 19, with the race on Sunday, October 21.