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Wednesday
Jul182018

Magnus Racing Heads to Lime Rock in Hope of Return to Success

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (July 18, 2018) – Returning to the venue where Magnus Racing and the Audi R8 LMS GT3 has had some of its greatest success, this weekend’s Northeast Grand Prix in Lime Rock Park is an optimistic one. Arriving at the historic Lakeville, Connecticut circuit for the annual Saturday race, driver John Potter and Andy Lally and the entire Magnus crew will look to return to victory following two successive years of winning.

“Lime Rock Park has become a great track for us in recent years,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and driver John Potter. “The layout seems to really suit our Audi, and the development we’ve made over the last few weeks comes at an opportune time. We’re as prepared as we can be, and after a great weekend in Canada we’re all looking forward to this.”

In 2016, the team’s first year with the No. 44 Audi Tire Center Audi R8 LMS GT3, an exceptional drive by both drivers would result in an impressive come-from-behind victory, with Andy Lally pulling in an amazing run of final laps to take the team’s second win of the season. Last year, although in a different series, Magnus Racing and Audi would once again repeat success, this time with drivers Spencer Pumpelly and Dane Cameron taking overall victory.

While the most recent race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park showed a great turnaround for the team, earning their first podium of the year, the challenge of Lime Rock is not overlooked. At 1.5 miles, the circuit is the shortest on the calendar, and with high speeds and a narrow surface the propensity for incidents and chaos is notoriously high. As the first of two GT-only races, this year’s event promises much of the same, with attrition playing a large role in the outcome of the event.

For Andy Lally, a return to the circuit closest to his childhood home is a welcome one.

“Being so close to New York, there’s always a bit of nostalgia for Lime Rock,” stated Lally. “It’s a fast, classic track, but one we always have to be very heads-up at. The guys have been pushing really hard to get it perfect for this weekend, as we know this is a venue where we really might have a shot. There’s a lot of variables on any race weekend, especially this one, so you can never be overly optimistic, but we’re all focused.”

Practice begins this Friday, July 20, with the race taking place at 3PM ET on Saturday, July 21. Live coverage can be found on imsaradio.com or imsa.tv internationally, or at 4PM ET on FS1 for viewers in the US.

Tuesday
Jul102018

FULL REPORT: Magnus Racing Lands Best Result for Audi in 2018

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (July 10, 2018) – Running their most competitive race of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, Magnus Racing and Audi Sport customer racing would enjoy their best result of the year, taking third during yesterday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at the historic Candian Tire Motorsport Park, formerly known as Mosport. Gaining eight positions in treacherous heat throughout the race, the two-hour, forty-five minute sprint race would generate the first podium for any Audi vehicle in the series, re-affirming Magnus Racing’s commitment to getting the best results of any team waving the Audi flag.

“This was exactly the result that we needed,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and co-driver John Potter. “We’ve enjoyed a great relationship with Audi Sport customer racing over the years, and continuing our heritage as their top performer is something we take great pride in. This was an not easy result for us. The guys had a very busy few weeks of preparation with some dramatic changes we made between races, then of course the Six Hours of the Glen, another test, and this weekend’s race all happened within a week. This was a great reward for all the crew, they really earned the result.”

Following a rough several weeks leading in to this weekend’s round, the traditional busyness of the summer has not disappointed for the Magnus crew in 2018. Prior to last weekend’s Six Hours of the Glen, the team put in an extensive amount of time in to their preparation for the summer with some major changes to the car made in June, followed of course by last weekend’s six-hour race. Adding to the challenge, record heat throughout last weekend’s race, as well as a series test the following day, would create brutal conditions for everyone.

Arriving in Canada, Saturday’s third practice session would present an issue with the ABS system for the No. 44 Audi Tire Center Audi R8 LMS, sending driver John Potter in to the tire barriers in Turn Five, and creating front body damage to the car with only a few hours to repair before qualifying. With the team doing a herculean job of getting the car prepared, Potter would take to the car in time for Saturday’s qualifications, ensuring the car was in proper shape for Sunday’s race.

When the green flag fell on Sunday, Potter’s pace was quick right from the beginning, holding with the pack in front of him throughout his opening stint. Making zero mistakes, John would find himself well within the top-10 by time it was he entered the pits, with Andy Lally eventually settling in to sixth place once stops cycled through.

With a fast car under him, Lally’s trademark ability to drive through the field would once again prove true, passing car-after-car throughout his closing stint, eventually moving to the top-five in the closing laps. Enjoying some impressive re-starts following some late-race cautions, Lally would work his way to third in hot pursuit of a runner-up finish over the Lexus in front of him, however he simply ran out of time to advance any further.

For Lally, it was a great finish to turn their season around.

“It was great to return to our old form,” stated Lally. “The guys have been pushing like heck the last several weeks, and I knew it was on me to deliver the result they wanted in those closing laps. The car was really fast and really good on the tires, IMSA has done a great job helping to get us more competitive.”

With two weeks until the next round, Magnus Racing will now turn their attention to preparation for one of the most notorious rounds of the championship, the Northeast Grand Prix in Lakeville, Connecticut. Taking place at Lime Rock Park, the shortest circuit of the season, attrition is notoriously high, however Magnus has had a great run of success there recently. In 2016, Magnus Racing took their last IMSA victory at the track, following it up last year with an overall win in another series. Practice begins on Friday, July 20, with the race taking place one day later.

Thursday
Jul052018

Magnus, IMSA Return to Action Five Days Later

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (July 6, 2018) – Just five days after concluding the most recent IMSA round of competition during the Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen, Magnus Racing and the entire IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship returns to action this morning, taking their first practice laps for Sunday’s Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix, driving at the historic Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly known as “Mosport”).

“The busyness of the summer is definitely upon us,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and driver John Potter. “This is where the depth of any team really begins to show. The guys had a really busy time leading up to Watkins Glen with a few different prep items on the car and general prep for an endurance race, so to follow-that with a test, then a race one week later is really taxing. Everyone’s done a great job getting us through it and I’m really appreciative of the effort from the team.”

Following Sunday’s six-hour endurance event, much of the IMSA paddock stayed around Watkins Glen for another series-sanctioned test on Monday, giving the team just one day to get the car ready for the haul across the border in time to take to the track for today’s first practice session.

A notoriously fast and treacherous track, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park has proven challenging for Magnus Racing. Their last IMSA visit in 2016 would end in a tire barrier, while last year’s visit in another series would fair unremarkably.

Kicking off a five-race string of sprint races, both John Potter and Andy Lally will have their work cut out for them in the Audi Tire Center Audi R8 LMS GT3, with both drivers and team in search of results to turn their season around. Luckily, the most recent run at Watkins Glen would create one of the best handling cars the drivers have had, with major strides made in car performance and engineering data.

The race will begin at 1:55PM ET and appear live via imsa.tv or imsaradio.com, or via FOX Sports 1 at 4PM ET.

 

 

 

Wednesday
Jun272018

Magnus Racing Seeks Unfinished Business at Six Hours of the Glen

SALT LAKE CITY (June 27, 2018) – While the nine-year history of Magnus Racing has brought a number of successes to the team, including dual wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, two championships in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Brickyard Grand Prix and beyond, one win continues to elude the team… the Six Hours of the Glen. Returning to action at Watkins Glen International this Sunday, Magnus Racing and the No. 44 Audi Tire Center Audi R8 LMS will once again search for victory with drivers John Potter, Andy Lally, and endurance teammate Andrew Davis.

“If there was one race I’d like to see victory at, it would the Six Hours of the Glen,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and co-driver John Potter. “My professional driving career started here, it’s one of my favorite tracks to drive, and it’s the one race that still remains unfinished for me. A win here would be incredibly special, and it’s something we’ve all been very focused on.”

While victory has never come to fruition for Magnus Racing, success at the annual six-hour tradition has become somewhat of a normal fixture for the team. Dating back to 2013, the team has taken a podium finish at every visit they’ve made.

Adding to the fun, as part of the IMSA WeatherTech Championship’s Fourth of July celebrations, several teams will feature special USA-themed liveries, with the team at Magnus paying homage to the original foundations of the country, running the famed Gadsen flag on their car and the “Don’t Tread on Me” theme that helped ignite the American Revolution.

For Andy Lally, who actually won this race last year with another team, adding one more victory at what he considers his home race is one he is very keen on. 

“Beyond being the track I grew up visiting, Watkins Glen is also one of the most exciting venues we go to, it’s unlike any other track,” stated Lally. “Every win here has been very special, and we’re all really focused on finally taking a team win here. John has been driving well all year, the guys have been pushing hard to find more performance, and with a teammate like Andrew joining us, we’ll have a very solid lineup.”

Andrew Davis will also return as the full-season endurance driver for the team, looking to add another victory at the Six Hours to his résumé, having previously won in 2011, not to mention multiple victories at Watkins Glen International in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

“We’re all hoping this is the weekend for the team’s fortune to turn around,” stated Davis. “We’ve put a lot of time in to testing, and Magnus has always had a good history here, so we’re optimistic of things to come. Between the speed of the track and the potential for extreme heat, we’re all well aware of what’s ahead of us, but everyone is focused and I once again can’t thank everyone enough for the opportunity, this is one of my favorite podiums to celebrate on!”

Official practice begins this Friday, June 29, with the race beginning on Sunday at 10AM ET. Live coverage will begin on FOX Sports One, beginning at 9:30AM ET.

 

Tuesday
Jun052018

Magnus Detroit Report: Help Us Make the Calls!

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