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OUR CREW

Lars Giersing. Engineer, Car No. 44. Hailing from Denmark, Lars Giersing is widely seen as one of the best Porsche engineers in the world. With multiple Grand-Am GT championships, Lars is a real asset to Magnus Racing. When not at the track, he lives a tough life in the Virgin Islands... poor guy.

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 John Bedell. Crew Chief, Car No. 44. Based in Long Island, John Bedell is one of the most colorful and respected members in the paddock. Having worked with top Porsche teams for over a decade, John is key in the success of Magnus Racing. Sorry ladies, John is married to the team's Mother Hen, Lorie.

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Shannon Davis, Team Manager, Magnus Racing. Our team manager, Shannon, makes no sense. He was a biology major and was pre-med, but instead of becoming a doctor – which would have gotten him chicks – he turned his attention to motorsports, where there are no chicks.  He does, however, bring a wealth of motorsports knowledge and computer systems information to Magnus Racing after working in the Grand-Am paddock, as well as other motorsports companies, for several years.

 

Stephane Richer. Mechanic, Car No. 44. Out of Montreal, the French-Canadian known as Stephane is a very experienced and talented Porsche mechanic. Having worked with some of the best Porsche teams in his career, Stephane knows how to keep a car fast and reliable. Since he's Canadian, he's of course a big hockey fan, so he's not afraid to fight... which means we can't make fun of the fact he wears skinny jeans.

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Thad Aagard. Data and Technology, Car No. 44. Hailing from Salt Lake City, Thad is the team's computer dynamo. The truth is, we don't know what he does. It's not that he doesn't do anything, it's just that we're not smart enough to keep up.

 

 

 

 

 

Tucker Merten, Mechanic, Car No. 44. Hailing from Louisiana, Tucker Merten defines the modern Renaissance Man.  With not only decades of experience in professional sportscar, Tucker is also an entrepeneur, innovator, and avid soccer fan. Currently developing a number of energy and sports drinks, as well as his own perfume line, Tucker is also known for love of photography with famed mechanic Michael Fox, not to mention his devout attention to World Cup soccer whenever Nigeria plays Germany. He also will gladly discuss his favorite Bible Verse.

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 Steve Taft. Data Acquisition, Car No. 44. Sorry folks, that's not Jack Nicholson, just a suitable replacement... Magnus style. Steve Taft is another one of those L.A. a-holes, but somehow we all like him. It's probably because he does a great job as our data specialist.

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Wayne Lollis, Tire Specialist, Car No. 44. As a retired tire engineer, Wayne understands what it takes to get the most out of the tires on the Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. He is also fluent in Southern, making him a real asset to the team at several races on the Grand-Am calendar.

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Lorie Bedell, Hospitality, Magnus Racing. The brains behind the entire Magnus Racing operation is the team’s mother hen, Lorie Bedell. Tasked with feeding the team, Lorie’s hospitality setup has set the standard in the Grand-Am paddock. It is so good, in fact, she usually has to prepare extra food for all of the drivers and crew from other teams. She always has a smile, but she’s from Long Island, so you probably don’t want to be on her bad side.

 

 

 

  Jessica Bregy, Hospitality, Magnus Racing. Every team needs their Snooki, and we've found ours. The only difference is, Jess actually works for a living. Works hard, we should say. Working closely with Lorie, Jessica is the person first on the scene when a drivers comes out of a car and needs anything, playing a supporting role for the crew, and generall just being around. Just don't ask her to fold shirts for several days in a row, she'll hold it over your head for the rest of your life.

Lt. Dan Lourenco. Truck Driver, Tire Specialist. "Lt. Dan" as he's known within Magnus, is a regular fixture of the Magnus family. Often seen as the driver of many of our support vehicles, as well as just an all around useful guy, Lt. Dan is a welcome addition.

 

Stephane Bellerive. Mechanic, Car No. 44. Stephane will tag himself in every Facebook photo you post. He is also Canadian who wears puka shells. Whatevs.

 

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Reader Comments (9)

Who wrote the bio on some of the crew did a great job. It sure did give me a good laugh, especially since I have met most of you. No pix or Bio on Mother Hen, Lorie & her crew or the truck driver, etc.... Seriously, I do wish you all good luck this race season.

January 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

best bio in racing! missing me on it! hopefully magnus races better than they play trivia in daytona. ;o)

January 26, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkris davis

You guys are awesome. I went to the Glen last weekend and had more fun watching you guys race than I did with all the Nascar events combined. I got to meet Thad as he was setting up right before the inner loop section, and I was privileged to see how you're team computes data, learned rules to the series, and watch you guys take 3rd in a nail biter when you thought you'd be 2 minutes short on fuel. My uncle Mike and I got shirts from Lorie at the hauler, and watched John and the rest of the team wheel the car through tech. You guys are a class act, and certainly won new fans this weekend. Thank you for a great weekend, and good luck the remainder of the season!

August 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJason Crants

MAGNES RACING BEST MOVE YET,
HAVING KNOWN ANDY SINCE HE WAS ABOUT 10 YEARS OLD HE STILL MAKES ME PROUD IN ALL THAT HE DOE'S. HE WAS A BULLIT OUT OF THE BOX IN HIS FIRST RACE. A FINE FINE MAN BY FAR.
IT'S CHRISTMAS DAY 2011 AND I RECIEVED A GIFT FROM ANDY, HIS 2011 ROLEX WATCH. SO HOW PROUD AND HAPPY AM I ?!?!.
HOPE TO MEET THE TEAM AT DAYTONA, BEST OF LUCK BUT FOR SURE HAVE FUN.
MR. PETE

December 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMR. PETE
Hey gang, I was with the CTF and the #4 car at Daytona for the 50th. Just wanted to thank the crew of the 4 and the 44 for being a great bunch of people. Comedy is a good thing in life and watching the way you all interacted with an emphasis on the comedy made it a great weekend, one I will remember forever. Being in the pits and being a small part of it showed me how hard working and TEAM oriented evryone is. Watching the crew of the 4 car spend 2 hours at 2:30 am tearing apart that Porsche was truly poetry in motion. Racing is more than just going fast and you all proved that this wekend. There is no other sport with more dedication than auto racing. Not only are race car drivers athletes, but the whole team are athletes and nothing shows that more than a 24 hour race. Thanks again to all you guys and girls for making me feel welcome in your surrounding, it was truly special. Oh yea and winning the GT class was awesome. Keep up the good work and we will see you at various tracks throughout the year!
February 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWild Bill
I know almost everyone on the crew and I'm really happy to see you all together working hard :-)
March 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterScott Corriea
HELLO TEAM,
THE TYPE OF TEAM THAT YOU ARE IS SHOWING RIGHT NOW! SHIT LUCK AND YOU GUYS JUST TAKE IT ON THE CHIN, WOW! BEING TOUGH AND STILL FINDING A LITTLE HUMOR IS A SPECIAL ASSET THAT MOST RACERS JUST DON'T HAVE. GOOD ADDITUDE MAKES FOR A FAST RACE WINNING CAR. PLEASE NO MORE BBQ'S. WILL SEE YOU GUYS SOON AT THE TRACK. TAKE NO PRISONERS!
MR PETE
July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMR PETE
Re: Lars,,, simply a great guy. I first met him when he operated Bauer Porsche in Oakland, CA. We use to race our 944 Turbos with PCA & NASA. Plus any other racing event in w hich we might be able to sneek into.

Be sure not to challange him in a race without being prepared.

Good luck guys,
June 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrent
VANGISBERGEN!!!
January 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJC

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