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Monday
Aug112014

Magnus Racing Joins the Herd in Wisconsin Slaughter

ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin (August 11, 2014)- Racing in a state famed for its dairy and meat industry, Magnus Racing enjoyed a good old-fashioned slaughter thanks to being taken out by a competitor during yesterday’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at the famed Road America. After spending over 30 minutes in the garage to repair a number of components, the team would still manage to see the finish, scoring 14th place points in their quest for the championship.
 
“Today was extremely disappointing,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and co-driver John Potter. “With a championship as close as this one, you can’t afford to give anything away, so to have a series newcomer run in to the back of me and create the ensuing chaos is a tough one to swallow. Two good cars were taken out as a result, and it’s not what we needed, but there is some solace knowing that the guys once again did a phenomenal job keeping us out there.”
 
Following significant progress with the car’s setup after a difficult past few races, the team’s strong practice and qualifying run would net the No. 44 Flex-Box Porsche 911 GT America a fourth-row starting spot. With Potter taking the green flag, the first of what would be 90-minutes worth of caution periods would take place just a few laps in. After an extensive yellow period due to track clean up, Potter and much of the GTD field would find themselves starting from the back of a 50-car field when the next green flag fell. With the cramped nature of a full field fighting to take the green flag, the No. 35 Audi would misjudge the field in front of him as everyone slowed for the next corner, punting John from behind which would in turn send Potter in to the No. 45 Audi and No. 63 Ferrari, causing extensive damage to both the front and rear of the car. Doing his best to get the car turned around, Potter would navigate the track for several laps to evaluate the car, with the team eventually pitting once a yellow for debris (from their incident) was issued. Upon evaluation in the pits, the team elected to send the No. 44 back to the garage for further repairs. Additionally the No. 63 Ferrari, another innocent victim, was sent to the garage for similar problems.
 
Once in the garage, the notorious Magnus Racing crew did what they’re most known for, replacing countless parts and getting the car back on track in just over 30 minutes. With extensive damage to both the front and rear of the car, the team would replace everything including the front nose, front fenders, lights, splitter, several pieces on the rear, and so on.
 
In this process, however, the most critical piece of the equation was getting both drivers their required minimum drive time. By series’ rule in the GTD category, drivers must complete a minimum of one-hour on the track during the traditional two-hour, 45-minute events. With every minute in the garage or in the pits, time was being taken away from the driver’s ability to meet this requirement.
 
Luckily, the team’s stellar work would get Potter back out in time to meet his requirement, with the Utah resident pitting within enough time to give teammate Andy Lally his time as well.
 
Down by 15 laps and simply trying to run a safe race, Lally would drive without incident, crossing the finish line with 14th place points for both drivers.
 
“There’s not much to say about today, it’s just one of those deals,” stated Lally. “Everyone says they have the best crew in the business, but our guys prove it time and time again. This was a big blow in the championship, but at least we were able to get some points and hopefully that shows up in the end.”
 
With the busy summer season still under way, Magnus Racing and several classes of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will return to action in less than two weeks’ time at Virginia International Raceway. With the GTLM and GTD classes competing in the season’s lone GT-only event, the event promises to be an exciting one. Practice begins on Saturday, August 23, with race coverage on Sunday, August 24 at 4PM ET on FOX Sports 1.

Thursday
Aug072014

Magnus Racing Heads to Road America in Tight Championship Fight

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (August 7, 2014)- With an incredibly tight TUDOR United SportsCar GTD Championship on the line, Magnus Racing heads to this weekend’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at the scenic Road America circuit in search of bolstering their title hopes.
 
“It’s an incredibly important weekend for us,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and co-driver John Potter. “We were able to escape catastrophe at Indianapolis in spite of the engine misfire, but we need to ensure strong finishes for the last stretch of the season. Everyone on the team has been preparing for this and I think we’re as ready as we can be.”
 
With only four races remaining in the season, this Sunday’s race at the historic course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin is critical for all championship contenders. With only 12 points separating the top four, every position will play a critical role in the team’s final tally with everyone on the No. 44 Flex-Box Porsche 911 GT America checking every detail on the car in search of speed.
 
For Andy Lally, the pursuit of another title in his career is at a premium.
 
“This championship is incredibly close,” stated Lally, co-driver of the No. 44 machine. “This is arguably the most competitive GT championship I’ve ever been a part of and this team has come so close in the past that they want it bad. We’re all pushing, and hopefully Road America will suit us well.”
 
Featuring long straights and several high-speed corners, hopes are high that the four-mile circuit will play into the favors of the Porsche, but with such an incredibly competitive field everything remains to be seen.
 
Practice will begin Friday, August 8, with the race being broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday, August 10, at 6:30PM ET.

Monday
Jul282014

Magnus Racing Coasts to 12th at the Brickyard

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (July 28, 2014)- Enduring a challenging day for the No. 44 Flex-Box Porsche 911 GT America, Magnus Racing would salvage a 12th place finish during Friday’s Brickyard Grand Prix. Encountering a number of handling issues and highlighted by an engine misfire, the team would manage to finish on the lead lap, and still a championship contender with four races remaining in the TUDOR United SportsCar GT Daytona (GTD) Championship.
 
“It definitely wasn’t the day we wanted, but we made the best of it,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and co-driver John Potter. “Indy has been such a good place to us in the past, we were hoping this would be a day that could turn our championship around, but it unfortunately wasn’t meant to be. We’re still well in the championship fold and satisfied that we were at least able to persevere in front of our friends at The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank and Flex-Box.”
 

With nearly two dozen guests on hand from sponsors Flex-Box and The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank, Magnus Racing returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway poised to continue a podium streak on the hallowed grounds of “The Brickyard” that began at the speedway’s first professional sportscar event in 2012.

Starting from the seventh row, John Potter would open with a steady drive, managing to avoid several incidents occurring around him. As the first sprint race featuring all four series’ classes on the same track at the same time, the expected chaos of the opening laps failed to disappoint, with several incidents leading to an extended period of caution laps throughout the first hour.
 
Pitting just past the one-hour mark, Potter would hand the car over to teammate Andy Lally with the duo looking to earn their third straight podium at the speedway. Unfortunately, a series of handling issues would keep the veteran driver out of immediate contention, with the Georgia resident aiming to preserve his tires in the hope of gaining ground during a long run. As the stint carried on, however, the team began to notice a souring engine with a series of warning lights calling attention to the problem.
 
Lally’s Porsche would eventually encounter a misfire, which he thankfully was able to manage for the remaining 90 minutes. Setting competitive lap times, the team would make one final pit stop with under an hour to go, sending Lally back on his way to manage the rest of his race. With the misfire causing the Magnus Porsche to lose position after position, the No. 44 would eventually cross the checkered flag in 12th, their worst finish in the three-year history of the Brickyard.
 
“It’s tough to just sit there and do laps, but we needed the points,” stated Lally. “We would have loved to have put on a good show for the fans and all of our guests at Flex-Box and U.S. Bank, but at least we were able to nurse the car home and focus on the next race. The guys did their best to get this car ready, and I’m confident we’ll be in good shape for Road America.”
 
Despite the rough finish, both team and drivers maintain fourth in GTD standings, part of an incredibly close four-way fight for the championship.
 
The series will return to action in just two weeks’ time, taking part in the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at the storied Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Practice will begin on Friday, August 8, with race coverage featured on Fox Sports 1 at 6:30PM EDT.

Thursday
Jul242014

Magnus Racing Seeks Continued Form at the Brickyard

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (July 23, 2014)- Heading to the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third consecutive year, Magnus Racing will take part in this Friday’s Brickyard Grand Prix, the seventh round of the TUDOR United SportsCar GTD Championship in the hopes of yet another podium at the storied venue for the No. 44 Flex-Box Porsche 911 GT America.
 
“Indianapolis is a very special place for us,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and co-driver John Potter. “It’s a special place for most people because of the heritage, but it holds a certain significance because of our results here. In our two visits, it’s been one of those places where we’ve always seemed to do well and we need that to continue for this year’s championship.”
 
During last year’s event, the team used an off-setting strategy and managed attrition to put themselves in third position by the time the checkered flag fell. However, it was really the inaugural event in 2012 where the team developed special memories. Following a wild debut event that featured everything from rain, to numerous cautions, to even a fire outside the track, the team took a hard-fought victory at the first-ever event not only getting a chance to “kiss the bricks” in celebration, but also clinching the first-ever Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup in the process.
 
Also, for the second year in a row, the team will welcome several guests from The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank, a partnership that began during last year’s event. Taking advantage of the team’s reputation for first-rate hosting and providing a truly familial and immersive experience, the team will host over a dozen guests for this exclusive program.
 
“It’s great to have everyone at The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank back with us,” continued Potter. “We had a truly great time last year and it kicked off a multi-race program that everyone seemed to enjoy. It’s a great testament that they’ve returned and I look forward to spending some time with everyone again.”
 
For Andy Lally, co-driver of the No. 44, Indianapolis will always have a special place for the Georgia resident.
 
“It’s Indy,” stated Lally. “Every driver dreams of the opportunity to one day come here and the fact that we’ve been able to get on the podium twice, and kiss the bricks our first time here, will always be something very special. Everyone at Magnus has been working diligently to get us back in a position to win and there’d be no better place.”
 
Coverage of this weekend’s event will now be broadcast LIVE on Friday beginning at 5:30 PM ET on Fox Sports 1.

Wednesday
Jul162014

Magnus Racing Honors Toronto Mayor Rob Ford at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park

 

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (July 15, 2014)- While many would find Magnus Racing’s very quiet run during Sunday’s Mobil1 Sportscar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance, the sixth round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, somewhat confusing, the team’s disappointing ninth place finish was actually by design.
 
“Since we were so close to Toronto, we wanted to race in a way the Toronto fans were familiar,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and co-driver John Potter. “If we scored podiums all the time, people would know what to expect so we wanted to have more erratic results for the folks out there. Much like mayor Rob Ford we want to be unpredictable, but also refuse to quit. When we looked at turn one, we also thought it would be fitting to cut over the white line in tribute.”

While Mayor Ford, most noted for his alcoholic benders and even being caught on camera smoking crack cocaine, was not physically present to enjoy his tribute, his spirit was certainly there. Much like previous invited guests such as Lindsay Lohan and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Ford has been out of public eye recently due to “exhaustion.”
 
For Magnus Racing, the team was optimistic heading into the legendary Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, a scenic circuit located an hour east of Toronto. Since IMSA officials had not stripped Porsche of any more power, unlike the Toronto City Council with Mayor Ford, the team was hoping the circuit could present another strong finish in the team’s pursuit of the series’ GTD title.
 
Starting in 12th, John Potter, who had never visited the circuit before, knew that the tricky nature of the 2.46-mile circuit with high speeds and sweeping elevation changes would be daunting when the green flag fell. Combined with an earlier rain shower that would change track conditions, Potter could instantly tell the car, much like Mayor Ford, was a little off from what he’d expected, and in such focused on simply preserving his car throughout the stint. Hoping for a caution period that never came, the Salt Lake City resident would pit just past the one-hour mark, handing to teammate Andy Lally just in sight of the top-10.

Unfortunately, the team simply never held the pace to match the top contenders, and while Lally would do all he could, a complete lack of caution flags would result in crossing the checkered flag in ninth.
 
For Lally, few words could be said on the event.
 
“Whatevs,” stated Lally. “ (blank stare) “
 
The team still remains in the championship hunt, however, holding on to second in both the team and driver’s championships having actually gained on the leading 555 Ferrari.
 
With only a few days between until the next event, Magnus Racing and the entire TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will return in just over one weeks’ time, racing at the historic Indianapolis Motors Speedway on Friday, July 25. Live coverage of The Brickyard Grand Prix will be featured on Fox Sports 1 at 4PM EDT.