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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.

 

Thursday
Sep062018

Magnus Racing Set for Final Sprint Race of 2018

 

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (September 6, 2018) – With this weekend’s upcoming round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship taking place at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Magnus Racing drivers John Potter and Andy Lally look forward to their final sprint race of the season, looking to close on a high. With no championship at stake, and nothing to gain other than going for a win, the team is purely focused on the top result.

“While of course we would love to come in to the weekend with the burden of a championship mindset, that’s not been the way our season shaped up ,so in a way we’re just going to enjoy going for the win,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and driver John Potter. “Laguna Seca has been a good track for us on many occasions, and we would love to continue that tradition this year. It’s the final sprint race of our season, so we have no reason to think about anything other than completely going for it.” 

As a scenic track nestled in the hills of Monterey and just minutes from the Pacific Ocean, Laguna Seca is always a favorite for both fans and teams alike. Featuring the most dramatic elevation change of any circuit on the calendar, the event has proven strong for the team in the past. From 2012-2015, John Potter and Andy Lally managed a podium on every visit, including an incredible win to take the championship lead in 2013.

“Laguna Seca has been a great race for us in year’s past,” stated co-driver Andy Lally. “The last few races we’ve continuously showed a lot of promise, but for different reasons we’ve had trouble closing. As the last sprint race of the year, we expect a pretty frantic pace, but we’re racing with nothing to lose and we’re all focused on just winning.”

Practice begins this Friday, September 7, with the race taking place on Sunday, September 9. Live coverage will be available in the US at 5PM ET via FS1, or at the same for international viewers via imsa.tv.

Monday
Aug202018

Strong Drive Shows Promise for Magnus at VIR

ALTON, Virginia (August 20, 2018) – Following a wild day of up-and-down moments, Magnus Racing and the No. 44 Audi R8 LMS GT3 would take seventh place, and top Audi honors, at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR). While drivers John Potter and Andy Lally would be classified as seventh, the result fails to underscore a strong run, which including leading throughout much of the second-half of the race.

“I actually think we should be happy with the overall weekend,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and driver John Potter. “We were fast throughout practice, had a solid car in the race, and we made a great strategy call. With a little different fortune we were poised for a podium, and overall we should take a lot of satisfaction in where we are with the program.”

After continuously running toward the top-half of the time sheets throughout practice, John Potter would take starting duties from the fourth row. Keeping pace with the field, John would effectively hold position throughout his run, handing over to Andy Lally without putting a foot wrong.

With Lally behind the wheel, the pursuit of the field in front of him would begin, slowly making progress through the twisty confines of the four-mile circuit. Just past halfway, however, the entire nature of the race would change when the race’s one-and-only caution period would arise.

With 80-minutes remaining, the timing would prove unique as many teams chose to make pit stops, knowing that they would likely still need to make another stop toward the end of the race. Opting to gain track position instead, Lally would stay out, advancing to the front of the field, now with the lead but with the knowledge that his final stop would likely be longer than everyone else." 

Once the race resumed, Andy would lead for several laps, doing his best to build a gap, ultimately making his final stop with under one hour remaining. As pit stops would cycle through, Lally would find himself in second, chasing down the lead but with an aggressive field behind him.

As the race came to a close, Andy would actually manage to get around the class leader, however the loss of momentum from the pass would allow the AMG of Jeroen Bleekemolen behind him to make a pass, with the two making light contact and Bleekemolen barely edging by and forcing Lally wide. Unfortunately, in the next corner Lally would end up getting in to the back of Bleekemolen, causing the AMG to spin off course.

This would eventually lead to a drive-through penalty for the Magnus Audi, dropping down the order and with only enough time to recover to seventh. It was a difficult end to an otherwise promising weekend, but with two races remaining the team is well poised to close on a high note.

For Land Motorsport’s Peter Baron, a unique was shared.

“Some days, you might have been better off staying at a Magnus-owned Comfort Inn and Suites , eating all the self serve ice cream you wish,” stated Baron. “Actually, that’s pretty much every day.  I do love I cream.  John and Andy finished 7th.”

The next round of competition, the final sprint race of the year, will be at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, nestled in the scenic hills of Monterey, California. Practice begins on Friday, September 7, with the race on Sunday, September 9.

 

Thursday
Aug162018

Magnus Racing Aiming for Higher Finish at VIR

SALT LAKE CITY (August 16, 2018) – The last time Magnus Racing took to the scenic VIRginia International Raceway in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar competition, the team’s podium finish was thwarted by a post-race infraction.

In 2018, the team is aiming higher.

1mm higher to be exact.

“We’re hoping to finish higher than we did in 2016, that’s for sure,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and co-driver John Potter. “Our last IMSA visit here was a new low for the team. We were within a mm of walking away with a real championship shot. Regardless, now that we’re back, we’re definitely ready for redemption. Road America created some heavy setbacks for the guys, but they’ve been working extremely hard to ready the car for this weekend, it’s been a heck of an effort.” 

After successive mid-season podiums for the No. 44 Audi Tire Center Audi R8 LMS GT3, the most recent round of competition at Road America would open with a lot of promise, however came to an end in dramatic fashion. After strong performance in practice, the high temperatures of the race would create challenging handling conditions for both drivers, with the car coming to life in the final laps as driver Andy Lally fought his way in to the top-five. Unfortunately, a last lap altercation would cause significant damage to the car.

With only 10 days before the car would unload for practice in VIRginia, the team has since been hard at work getting everything prepared, facing a significant project to be ready for Friday’s first practice. 

At over four miles, VIR is one of the most scenic tracks on the IMSA calendar, and as the final GT-only event of the year, promises to deliver on excitement. With the circuit’s variety of corners and long straights, it remains to be seen just how the team’s Audi will perform, but based on previous races promise seems high.

Official practice begins this Friday, August 17, with race action taking place on Sunday, August 19. Live television coverage will be available Sunday beginning at 1PM ET via FS1, or IMSA.tv for international viewers.

Monday
Aug062018

Magnus Racing Sees a Lot of Positive in Top-10 at Road America

ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin (August 6, 2018) – Following a wild up-and-down race in which Magnus Racing drivers John Potter and Andy Lally worked their way up through the field to be ranked as high as sixth, the team can still take a lot of solace in yet another top-10 finish in their 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaign.

“Looking at the car after the race, there’s a lot of things to look positively at,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and driver John Potter. “The driver’s side door looks OK, the rear-view mirror seems in-tact, and at cursory glance the left-rear wheel seems like it’s still on. We also saved a solid $5.83 in fuel costs thanks to running one less lap on track. All-in-all that seems positive to me.”

After a strong opening series of practices, yesterday’s two-hour, forty-minute race would present some challenges with handling, with the team constantly working on the car in the hopes to find lost ground. In the closing laps, however, Andy Lally would find a renewed pace, making a late charge through the field and gaining three positions in the process, with an aim at the top-five. Unfortunately, a final-lap fight would see him on the outside of the treacherous Turn Six, running wide at the exit and sending the No. 44 Audi Tire Center Audi R8 LMS spinning across the track and making head-on contact with the inside barrier. Lally would walk away un-hurt, with the stricken car classified in ninth when it all came to a close.

Continuing his evaluation of the car, John Potter did note a few challenges for the team as they prepare for the next event just 11 days away.

“The car did take some damage, so the guys will have to look in to it. Some things I noticed were the right-rear turn signal looked a little beaten up, they may have to re-do some of the vinyl on the passenger door, oh and the entire front-end will have to be written off. Other than that though, I think we’re in great shape for Virginia, it was great to take another top 10!” 

With the car heavily damaged, the efforts of the team will ramp up in the coming days, with extensive repairs needed in time for the next round, with the cars loading in to the track next Thursday, August 16.

Practice for the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR will begin on Friday, August 17 with the race taking place on Sunday, August 19 at 1PM ET on FS1.