SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (March 6, 2014)- Continuing a partnership that began at Sebring in 2011, Flex-Box will remain a primary sponsor of the Magnus Racing No. 44 Porsche 911 GT America for the remaining 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
“Flex-Box has been a big part of our team’s history and it’s great to continue for the year,” stated team owner John Potter. “Most people know our team for our results over the last several years, or for our engagement and fun with fans, but Flex-Box’s continuing commitment to us is a great testament to our guest entertainment and client interaction. We’ve put a lot of attention into providing a warm, immersive environment to everyone who comes through our door, and we look forward to continuing through this historic first season for IMSA.”
Flex-Box, based out of Hong Kong, is a leading worldwide supplier of new and used shipping, storage and reefer containers. The company manufactures and ships to customers all over the world, keeping a year-round inventory of containers in China, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America.
The organization has a long history with Magnus Racing starting at the 59th Mobil1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in 2011, and continuing at select events in 2012 followed by the entirety of the 2013 Rolex SportsCar Series Championship. Using the paddock as a means of VIP and guest entertainment, the Magnus Racing staff has hosted multitudes of Flex-Box guests to provide an intimate, comprehensive experience during a race weekend.
The familiar blue logo will return during next weekend’s event at Sebring which will feature live coverage on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 11AM ET with coverage of all 12 hours live on IMSA.com.
SEBRING, Fla. (February 23, 2014)- With the majority of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship paddock taking part in a two-day test in advance of the upcoming 62nd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Magnus Racing wrapped up the two-day event with a number of advances and findings within the different divisions of the team.
Below is a rundown of different elements tested as well as the respective results:
Lars Giersing, Chief Engineer, tested a number of different items for evaluation. While not normally a whiskey drinker, he figured he would test out Palm Ridge Reserve made out of a micro-distillery on a small cattle farm near Umatilla, Florida. Running this test in concert with a number of his usual preferred wines, tequilas and, of course, beer Giersing found his results inconclusive.
“We used this test as an opportunity to evaluate a number of liquors,” stated the Denmark native. “Even though Magnus is a very collaborative team, in all honesty, I had no interest in other people’s input as I had to sample everything personally to eliminate the variables. We’re still working on a number of possible developments here so we will continue to ship many different options to my home.”
Following 24 hours of running and operation placed on the litany of team-owned crockpots, grills, microwaves and warmers, Magnus hospitality staff decided to test out a new popcorn maker. Unfortunately, at the three-hour mark the team discovered an “electrical issue” that prevented the popcorn maker from continuing. The electrical issue was in no way a clever use of phrasing to cover up a larger failure. No race team has ever done that, ever.
“This is why we come to test,” stated Lorie Bedell, hospitality director. “We still have some gremlins to figure out, but I’m sure we’ll have it working by the race. The guys have been hard at work getting to the bottom of it and we’ll just dig a little deeper.”
While the team’s Continental Tires proved faultless as usual, team owner John Potter instead turned his attention to testing the patience of tire technician, Wayne Lollis.
“I don’t know why Potter feels the need to try a Southern accent on me,” stated the North Carolina resident. “He thinks he is funny when he does a southern accent, but all he can really say is the word “tires.” By the way, if you remind me later, I would like to talk to him about how important tires are.”
Andy Lally was “tested” a few days prior to the events at Sebring. According to the data, we suggest any female “friends” of Andy may want to get tested as well.
Meanwhile, the team also tested newcomer Marco Seefried’s sense of humor. He passed, and is awesome.
The Magnus PR team tested out their snooze alarm.
Team truck driver, Kyle Leo, tested a number of routes that could sneak in a return trip to his Georgia home without anyone finding out. Unfortunately, it took over a day to arrive at his Georgia home, demonstrating a clear performance gap to many of the other team’s trucks.
“The series really needs to do something for Volvo trucks like ours,” stated Leo. “The Mack drivers were regaling me with tales of Sunday barbeques, going to see movies and all sorts of things that Volvo teams are unable to do. Right now it’s a tough time to compete with truck drivers like this, I hope officials can do something soon.”
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Magnus Racing and the entire TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will return to Sebring in three weeks with the 62nd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring taking place on Saturday, March 15.
Both Magnus Racing and the TUDOR championship will have a number of announcements regarding the event coming soon. Stay tuned to the team’s website, Facebook, and Twitter pages.
Salt Lake City, UT (February 7, 2014)- Following an impressive run at the most recent Rolex 24 at Daytona, Germany’s Marco Seefried will join Magnus Racing for the upcoming 62nd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. This will complete the team’s three-driver lineup for the historic event.
“We’re heading to Sebring with a strong sense of potential,” stated team owner and driver John Potter. “With the miles we’ve logged at Sebring in the off-season, we’re as prepared as we can be, and having Marco join us is our final piece of the puzzle. We’re grateful to have him join us, and are confident that his experience will contribute a lot.”
With over 23 years of racing experience, Seefried joins the team as a veteran of Porsche competition. Having run in Porsche Supercup events dating back to 2002, the Bavarian joins the team with not only experience at Sebring, Daytona, and many of the world’s great endurance races, but also taking podium honors at last year’s event.
“I am very proud to join Magnus Racing,” stated the 37-year-old. “I’ve followed the team since my first start in the US in GRAND-AM. I admire the team and the guys who drive for them because the team has always been competitive. I’ll do my very best to support the team as well as I can, which my 12 years of Porsche experience should help with. I look forward to returning to Sebring, it is really a challenging track without any room for mistakes. Last year, together with Sean Edwards and Henrique Cisneros, we finished third in class. It’s very unfortunate Sean won’t be there anymore to fight with, but I am sure we will have a great race with a great grid in the new series.”
With the trio of Seefried, Potter and Andy Lally, combined with the fact that the team took the very first laps of the new Porsche 911 GT America at the famed airport circuit, confidence within the team is high.
The team will join the entire TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at the upcoming series-sanctioned test, taking place February 20-21. The team will then return for the 12-hour classic, which will take place on Saturday, March 15.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fl (January 27, 2014)- Campaigning an all-new car for the debut of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Magnus Racing overcame a series of minor obstacles to finish 12th at the conclusion of yesterday’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.
“It’s certainly not the type of finish we’re used to at Daytona, but the goal for us was to learn what we could about the car’s longevity,” stated Magnus Racing team owner John Potter. “Everyone on the team worked really, really hard to get us here, and the fact that we were able to finish is a testament to the quality of the team. I really want to thank Flex-Box and all of their guests for joining us this weekend, it’s a shame we weren’t able to deliver our normal Daytona performance, but we hope we can continue a long relationship with them.”
With overall pace and balance-of-performance being a consistent challenge for all of the Porsche entrants in the GTD class, the 2012 Rolex 24 class winners knew that top results would be difficult, but hopes were still high for a strong finish. Similarly, with long-time sponsor Flex-Box returning, and with several guests on hand to experience the event, the pressure was as high as ever to deliver for the valued partner.
Starting from the seventh row, the No. 44 Flex-Box Porsche 911 GT America took the green flag with driver Andy Lally, however, an early setback would come within minutes of the race start.
Experiencing a minor cooling issue, an early yellow would give Lally an opportunity to pit for the team to sort out the issue, also allowing John Potter to take the reigns for his first stint of the race. Running consistent laps and slowly making his way up the order, a solid afternoon of stints would proceed with drivers Potter, Lally, as well as Wolf Henzler and J.F. Dumoulin running incident free as the sun began to set over the twice-around-the-clock race.
Unfortunately, when the time came for Potter to get in for his second stint, a rare issue with the gear-shifting system would emerge as he left the pit forcing the Utah resident to immediately return to the pit as the team looked to diagnose the issue. Just 90 seconds after pitting, the car was back underway, the crew doing their traditional amazing job to replace the air compressors used in the pneumatic gear-shift system.
With the team now having lost a couple of laps, all focus was on playing the pit strategy to gain laps back, with the team slowly moving their way up the order as the night drew on. With every driver running mistake free, and the crew continuing with faultless pit stops, they began to crack the top ten as attrition started to play out.
Unfortunately, that would all change as driver Andy Lally reported a strange vibration at high speed, eventually leading to an evaluatory pit stop. The team determined that the front splitter was coming apart requiring a full replacement of the front nose. Due to the time involved in replacing and mounting, the team would re-emerge several laps down with any hopes for victory effectively gone.
Now focusing on turning in laps and learning more about the longevity of the all-new 911 GT America, the only recurring issue would be the car’s front splitter which would experience additional failures during the second half of the race.
As the race cycled through, no one put a foot wrong behind the wheel or during pit stops, with the only real issue becoming the need to run the final hours of the race without a front splitter entirely.
The car would take the checkered flag in 12th place, the team knowing much more about the vehicle’s relative strengths and weaknesses.
For Andy Lally, a fairly uneventful race failed to highlight the quality of the team’s effort.
“The guys did a great job to get here,” stated Lally. “It’s unfortunate we were never really in this thing, but if we couldn’t have a shot at the win, we at least wanted to know everything we could about how the car performs in an endurance race. We definitely have a sense for that now, and it will help us for the rest of the season. Everyone should be proud of the effort, we’ll be back even stronger for Sebring.”
Wolf Henzler, who will return to his program with Falken Tire beginning at Sebring, enjoyed his first race with the team.
“Even though it was my first race with Magnus, I’ve known a lot of the people here for a long time,” stated Henzler. “The quality of the team is great, it’s just unfortunate we had the difficulties we did. I wish everyone at Magnus much success, I’m sure they’ll rebound this season.”
J.F. Dumoulin, also making his debut, is glad he got the call to join the team.
“It came together very late, but I’m glad to have been a part of the program,” stated Dumoulin. “This is a great team made up of quality people and I’m sure they’ll deliver some great results as the season continues. It’s a brand-new car and everyone is still learning, but they’ll be at the top of the charts soon.”
With Magnus’s marketing efforts becoming a bit of a notorious effort during the Rolex 24, the team failed to disappoint in 2014. Beyond the success of last week’s “Rediscover SportsCar” video, as well as the launch of this year’s race poster (“Back to the Tudor”), the team successfully ran a 24-hour, pit-side webcast boasting nearly 100,000 total views by the end of the weekend. The only failure came in hosts Ryan Eversley and Sean Heckman’s inability to get driver Shane van Gisbergen to make an appearance, which became a massive 12-hour social media campaign among the fans.
While the TUDOR United SportsCar championship won’t return to racing action until March 15 at the 12 Hours of Sebring, there will be little time off for the team. Between rebuilding the car after the wear of Daytona, and an upcoming test at Sebring International Raceway, the crew at Magnus will be hard at work over the coming weeks.