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Monday
Jul012019

Early Contact Maligns Strong Run for Magnus at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, New York (July 1, 2019) – After showing promise throughout practice and qualifying, a strong run by Magnus Racing and drivers John Potter, Andy Lally and Spencer Pumpelly would suffer an early setback due to unavoidable contact from the series’ prototype category. While the team’s struggles were limited only to bodywork damage, the long straights and high speed corners or the famed Watkins Glen International would mean the team would spend the majority of the event simply managing their pace and making the most of the situation, ultimately finishing seventh.

“It’s unfortunate to have contact like that,” stated team owner and co-driver John Potter. “The early pace from the prototypes was frantic, and they continued to make daring moves around us in the GTD field, and unfortunately that got the better of us. I was sandwiched by two cars in a pretty precarious spot, so when the car on the outside turned down on me I really had nowhere I could go and the contact was inevitable. It’s very unfortunate as this was a race we really wanted, but that’s the nature of it. The team still did a great job making back all of the ground they could, I think seventh was the best we could have asked for with the challenges.”

Following a strong qualifying performance, John Potter’s opening stint for the six-hour classic was off to a stong start. Avoiding first lap chaos in the No. 44 Magnus Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO, as the race would settle in his pace would prove one of his strongest yet, running similar times to the lead pack and well on his way to maintaining a healthy gap while finishing his required drive-time.

After a smooth pit stop, Potter would arrive at the 90-minute mark well within distance to the leaders, knowing he simply needed to manage the remainder of his run until it was time to a pit. A few minutes later, a timely caution would arrive, however it was actually contact between Potter and one of the prototypes that would prove the culprit. Exiting the treacherous bus-stop chicane and in to the high speed outer loop, a pair of faster prototypes would opt to split the Utah resident as they approached, with the No. 31 car on the inside and No. 85 on his outside, putting John in a position with nowhere to go. Doing his best to avoid incident, the outside No. 85 would turn down on the Lamborghini, clipping Potter’s left front and sending both toward the outside barriers, with Potter doing a great job to avoid further contact. 

From that point, the No. 44 would slowly head back to the pits, where quick work from the team would do their best to repair the damage, but due to timing had no opportunity to do any detailed work.

With Spencer Pumpelly now in the car, the middle of the race would turn all attention toward regaining their lost lap from the chaos. Doing his best to keep pace, Spencer would actually run right with the race leader, proving the pace of the car, but was unable to safely regain his lap in the process. With a long run of green flags throughout the middle of the race, Spencer would drive a fast but uneventful series of stints, finally handing the car over to Andy Lally for the final two hours.

Still in search of the lead lap, Lally would find himself in a similar position to Pumpelly, finally taking advantage of an opportune yellow with just over one hour remaining. Now on the lead lap, the team would managefuel and examine alternative strategies to jump further up the order, but fate was simply not on the team’s side and Andy would bring the car home in seventh.

While there was disappointment in the result, the overall pace of the car and cohesiveness of the group left a lot of promise for the team.

“There were a lot of positives on the day,” stated Lally. “Our strategy was on point, the car was really good all weekend, John drove incredibly well, and overall the guys are really working in the same direction. We have very good momentum headed in to the second half of the year, and we’re not out of the championship, so we have to keep focus.”

Facing the shortest turnaround of the year, the team now only has a few days to prepare for the sixth round of the IMSA GTD championship, taking place north of the border at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Practice begins this Friday, with race action on Sunday, July 7 at 1PM ET on NBCSN.

Wednesday
Jun262019

Magnus Racing Looking for Elusive First “Six Hour” Win

WATKINS GLEN, New York (June 26, 2019) – When John Potter took to the wheel of his first-ever professional sportscar race, the 2007 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, few would have known that the likable Utah resident would enjoy a 12-year career that would see him win The Rolex 24 at Daytona, The 12 Hours of Sebring, and a total of six personal wins in top-level sportscar competition. With all of those victories taken with the team he formed in 2010, Magnus Racing, one race has continued to elude him…. the same race he began his career with.

“Watkins Glen is the one race that I really feel incomplete with,” stated Potter. “It’s my favorite course on the calendar, the village is one of my favorite places to visit, and overall the Six Hours of the Glen is just a really special ever that we’ve done everything in but win. It’s very much a missing trophy in my collection, and this year’s race is probably one of our best chances yet. We’ve had a really good spring in preparation thanks to hard work from the team, and I’m also very appreciative of the efforts from everyone at Lamborghini Squadra Corse to make sure we’re as prepared and competitive as possible.”

Heading in to this weekend’s six hour classic with the No. 44  Magnus Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO, Magnus Racing will arrive having experienced the extreme lows of the event, including watching the car burn down within the first 30 minutes, to several highs, most notably four consecutive podiums from 2013-2016. Currently sitting fifth in both the season-long WeatherTech Championship and Michelin Endurance Cup,  this weekend will not only feel like unfinished business, but also as a pivotal opportunity to stay in the hunt for the championship. 

Joining Potter will be both full-season teammate Andy Lally as well as full endurance-season driver Spencer Pumpelly. Both known for strong performances at “The Glen,” including winning together twice in 2007 and 2010, the duowill unite with Potter to offer a strong opportunity this Sunday. 

Serving as a home race for Lally, who grew up in Long Island, taking his fifth win at the famed endurance event would be a perfect addition to his time with Magnus Racing.

“The Six Hour is one that everyone on this team really wants,” stated Lally. “It’s my absolute favorite track in the world. Super-fast, little room for error, and always provides great racing. It’s a perfect length to combine the patience of endurance racing and the aggression of sprint racing, and the fans are unlike any other. The team has come very close in years past, and I know this is one that John really wants, we’re focused.”

For Spencer Pumpelly, furthering the team’s championship goal as well as earning his third Six Hour win is the focus.

“The team is very well prepared,” stated Pumpelly. “Our testing leading up to this was very productive, the team is very well gelled, and I think we’re in a great rhythm for Watkins Glen. It’s important for both championships that we show well, and we’re all pretty confident heading in.”

Practice for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen begins this Friday, June 28, with the headline event taking place on Sunday the 30th. Live coverage in the U.S. will be available via the NBC Sports Gold app beginning at 9:30AM ET, and broadcast coverage on NBCSN at 7PM ET. International coverage can be found on imsa.tv at 9:30AM ET. 

Monday
Jun032019

Magnus Racing Continues Improving Season with Fourth at Detroit

DETROIT (June 2, 2018) – Continuing an improving 2019 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship season that has seen the team finish within the top-10 at every race, Magnus Racing with drivers John Potter and Andy Lally would take a solid fourth place during Saturday’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix taking place in Detroit’s scenic Belle Isle. Their second top-five of the year, the result would serve as the team’s best finish in the history of their Detroit visits.

“This will definitely act as one of our best memories from Detroit,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and co-driver John Potter. “We’ve been putting in some long days in the last several weeks developing the car for the rest of the year, and the results have really shown. Detroit had historically been one of our challenging events, but this weekend was a different story altogether, and I’m proud of our whole team.”

Qualifying in seventh, his best in the team’s history at the venue, John Potter would start Saturday’s 100-minute by instantly avoiding an incident in the first corner. Driving with a keen awareness of the cars around him, Potter’s heads-up mentality would suit him well during the first half of the race, moving himself up the order before a timely yellow would put Andy Lally in a position to move even further up.

Beginning in seventh when his stint began, Lally would enjoy an incredibly strong Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO during his run, working on the field in front of him and also avoiding even more incidents to elevate the No. 44 to fourth by time the race came to a close.

“This was exactly what we needed,” stated Andy Lally. “We’ve had some incredibly fruitful tests in recent weeks and our pace is the great reward for that. The crew really earned this for us between our pace and excellent pit work, it’s been a lot of fun

Now well within the top-five in points, all focus now returns to the endurance season, with the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen serving as the next event. With the “six hour” acting as a team favorite, Magnus Racing has seen the podium four separate times over the years, however a win still remains elusive.

Practice begins on Friday, June 28, with the six-hour classic taking place on Sunday, June 30. The race will begin at 9:45AM ET, with NBCSN coverage being shown the same day at 7PM ET. 

 

 

Friday
May312019

Magnus Racing Confident of Top-12 at Detroit

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (May 31, 2019) – Making their most confident forecast of the entire 2019 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship season, Magnus Racing will take to the track for tomorrow’s Chevrolet Sports Car Classic with the bold prediction that they will finish within the top-12. Working as the fourth round of the season and second round of the series’ Sprint Championship, the tricky 2.35-mile circuit carved out of the temporary streets of Detroit’s Bell Isle, hopes are high for a strong result for drivers John Potter and Andy Lally, as well as the entire team behind the No. 44 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO.

“I’ve never been more confident that the results sheet will show us in the top-12,” stated Magnus Racing team owner John Potter. “We’ve put a lot of time in to developing the car over the last several weeks, and in truth our aim is actually much higher, but with Detroit you never really know what to expect. The challenges of Detroit are unlike any other, with walls on all sides, but if we can stay out of trouble we’re hoping for good results. The team has put in a lot of time in recent weeks and I’m really appreciative of the effort.”

As a 100-minute race run in conjunction with the NTT IndyCar Series competing on the same weekend, this Saturday’s festivities will serve as the shortest round of IMSA’s GTD category season. With limited straights and walls surrounding every part of the temporary street circuit, the scenic Belle Isle circuit is notorious for incidents, with passing at a premium and mistakes coming at a higher-than-usual cost. With a race so short, the emphasis on qualifying, track position, and attrition makes the race one of the most tough to predict, but also a fan favorite for entertainment.

Practice begins today, May 31, with race action taking place tomorrow at 12:30PM ET on NBCSN. Magnus Racing will also provide periodic updates via their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Friday
May172019

Video Report: Mid-Ohio