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Dec152009

OUR CREW

 

 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.

 Want to know more about John? Click here.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 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.

 

 


Bob "Two R" Carroll, Car No. 44: Bob Carroll is a man who lives in the shadows. Every photo is backlit. He's a rebel, and outlaw, a man who chooses his own course. He also has a bitchin' beard. Bob is also internationally recognized for holding the global standard of Hot Wing measurement, known as the "Bob Scale."

 

Kyle Kavanaugh, Mechanic, Car No. 44. Kyle is one of the most experienced mechanics in the whole IMSA paddock, but don't take our word for it, he'll gladly tell you. By far the most talkative on the team, "chatterbox" as he's known, is a talented mechanic who simply won't EVER stop talking, which makes sense given his love of drama and gossip.

 

Abel Jimenez, Mechanic, Car No. 44. Abel can turn wrenches like a mofo. He also is a storehouse of knowledge. Did you know that avocado is considered the butter of the jungle? Abel does. For that, and many other factoids in life, we suggest getting him very, very drunk to learn a lot of valuable things in life.

 

Tucker Merten, Mechanic, Car No. 44. Tucker is a businessman, a nobel laureate, a philosopher, and team's interior mechanic. Tucker is a man with knowledge on a whole number of topics you didn't ask about, including fans walking by who certainly didn't ask. He also has an avid interest in soccer, and photos of his dog playing with toys.

 

Tim Whitteridge, Engineering, Car No. 44. Tim is a man of the world, who at a young age has engineered in IMSA, WEC, and been to some of the coolest events in the world. Elevated to race engineer this year, he's learning about taking the blame when things go bad, and getting no credit when it's good.

 

Greg Fordahl, Engineering, Car No. 44. Taking a supervisory role in the team's engineering, Greg has been part of the professional sportscar scene for decades. The dude knows his stuff, except for perhaps lacking the intelligence to have stayed in racing that long.

 

Jason Davidson, Tire Specialist, Car No. 44. Don't let the hat fool you. Jason is American. He wishes he was Australian, we all know this, but he is in fact, American. If he was Australian, it would make sense... as you know Australia is a former penal colony, and Jason is a straight up gangsta.

 

Jose Perez, Truck Driver, Car No. 44. A native of Venezuela, Jose lives a double-life. He's the team's truck driver and pit setup specialist by day, but night he's an undeniable pimp. Not a day goes by there aren't at least six different women checking in looking for Jose, and good luck seeing if he remembers any of their names.

 

Jeanine Curtis, Team Administrator. Jeanine somehow hasn't quit racing yet. Like many, she probably asks herself the same thing. Regardless, she corrals the team and keeps everyone in line... someone has to. We'd say it's a tough job, but not really, it's impossible.

 

Brittney Hill, Team Hospitality. Brittney is like a stealth bomber. Silent, but effective as heck. She holds the rare distinction of being a female that gets along with other females, all the while doing a great job of keeping the team's endless needs for hospality and catering handled. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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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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