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Wednesday
May012019

Mid-Ohio Presents Magnus Racing’s Favorite Location-Named Track

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (May 1, 2019) – Enjoying a podium finish at the most recent round of IMSA GTD-category competition at the 12 Hours of Sebring, Magnus Racing with drivers John Potter and Andy Lally are excited to head to the famed Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend for the first sprint race of the year. Located in the rolling hills of central Ohio, the popular 2.4-mile circuit plays host to the team’s favorite location-named circuit.

“Mid-Ohio is by far our favorite track that’s named after its location,” stated team owner and co-driver John Potter. “We used to race at Circuit of the Americas but it was always too vague, and despite our best efforts, we’ve been unable to sway other tracks to follow suit. Watkins Glen was indifferent to ‘Just South of Canada International,’ Detroit was a hard pass on ‘You Can Stay in Windsor if You Prefer Grand Prix Circuit,’ the fine folks at Road Atlanta didn’t think ‘The Loooong Road from Atlanta’ worked for them and WeatherTech Raceway is still considering ‘Where They Shoot Big Little Lies Raceway Laguna Seca.’ As a result, Mid-Ohio is always one we’re excited for. Lamborghini has done a great job giving us a competitive car for the first two rounds, but of course the resulting BoP adjustments will put us at a disadvantage for this weekend, so we’re not entirely sure what to expect. Mid-Ohio is always a fun course to drive but one where you really need good power to pass, so with the current series adjustments we’ll have to see how everything pans out, but regardless we’re looking forward to getting back to it.”

Driving the No. 44 Lamborghini Huracán EVO GT3, Potter and Lally will arrive knowing that the rolling hills of Mid-Ohio always present a unique challenge. With two previous podiums at the circuit, the team has the background to earn results, but with a new round of IMSA-mandated car adjustments it remains to be seen how the team will fair. As a course with very little in the way of straights, raw power and torque will be at a premium, which has sadly been compromised in the most recent round of changes.

For Andy Lally, optimism remains heading in to the weekend.

“Mid-Ohio is always a challenging circuit for drivers,” stated Lally. “Nearly every corner blends in to another one, so it’s critical to be placed perfectly every lap, and in that sense the whole team has the experience to do well here. There’s a lot of elements out of our control so it’s tough to say how we’ll do, but the guys have been perfect so far in 2019.”

Practice begins this Friday, May 3, with race action taking place on Sunday, broadcast live on NBCSN at 1:30PM ET.

Monday
Mar182019

Strong Run at Sebring Results in Second-Place Finish for Magnus Racing

SEBRING, Fla. (March 18, 2018) – Enjoying one of their strongest performances in recent months, Magnus Racing and the No. 44 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO would close Saturday’s 67th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with a second-place finish in the GT-Daytona (GTD) category. Executing strong pit stops and strategy to lead on multiple occasions during Saturday’s round-the-clock campaign, drivers John Potter, Andy Lally and Spencer Pumpelly would manage to take the fight all the way to the closing lap, finishing right behind the class winner.

“Any time you take a podium at Sebring it’s a great result, but we should be especially happy with this weekend,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and co-driver John Potter. “Every part of the effort was on form, which gives us a great step heading in to the rest of the season. Our pace was as good as anyone, the guys made some great calls, and we made the most of our opportunities. Additionally, I’m really appreciative of the support we received through Lamborghini Squadra Corse as well, their involvement in our effort has gone a long way in being instantly competitive. Of course you always want to win but I’m extremely proud of the effort by everyone on the team, it was a great race for us.”

With a series of late night and early morning rain showers greeting the team as they arrived on race morning, the constant precipitation failed to stop as the race began. With the series opting to start under caution due to the weather, John Potter would spend much of his opening laps under pace car speeds, with nearly 40 minutes going by before the race began. 

Once the racing was under way, the treacherous conditions would show as many cars would struggle for grip and run off track, however a patient drive by Potter would show well, advancing several positions as he managed the wet. Opening with a double stint, John would keep the car in contention through the opening two hours, eventually handing over to endurance teammate Spencer Pumpelly, who would continue the team’s charge. 

With the track now dry, Spencer would run in to the team’s one and only setback, as contact from behind would lead to a small bit of damage to the right rear bodywork, which in-turn was rubbing in to the tire and forcing an unscheduled pit stop.

Luckily the damage was only minor, and Spencer would complete his own double stint, eventually handing over to Andy Lally, transitioning to the mid-portion of the race.

As things settled in, Lally would enjoy a quiet stint, followed by John Potter to make his final run, and then Pumpelly, and back to Lally, etc.

As the race headed in to the night, the No. 44 was in strong top-five contention, and with limited caution periods the focus shifted heavily toward fuel mileage and pit strategy, which ultimately played a major role in the day’s success. 

As the race wore on, the ability of Pumpelly and Lally to extend the fuel window with each stint would put the team in a favorable position with three hours remaining, the team now poised to complete their race with only two more pit stops while much of the field looked unlikely to be able to do the same.

As more teams began to stop, the No. 44 would actually lead several times throughout pit cycles, and as the race hit its closing hours, it was clear that the No. 44 and No. 11 Lamborghinis would be the two cars racing for the checkered flag, with victory likely going to whomever could do the best job of managing pace while conserving fuel.

During the final hour, Andy Lally would pressure the race leader for the near entirety of the stint, pushing the car ahead to use up all their fuel in a bid to win on strategy, however it was all not-to-be when an untimely yellow with 12 minutes to go would curtail the effort. By time the race resumed with seven minutes remaining, the leading car no longer had to conserve fuel, and with the GTLM category of cars getting between the two on the restart, Andy was helpless to be able to make a pass. 

“It’s always tough to finish second when you’re right there behind the leader,” stated Lally. “We should still all be extremely happy with the result though, this was a huge weekend for the team. We unloaded for practice with a car that was a real struggle, and to arrive on Saturday with a real shot at winning is a huge testament to the chemistry and effort we have right now. The team is very much getting back to their ways, and we’re in a good spot for the rest of the season.” 

 

 

 

For Chris Ward, Senior Manager of Motorsport for Automobili Lamborghini America, an impressive effort by the team should be celebrated.

“This was a great weekend for our entire organization,” stated Ward. “We put a premium on making sure our programs have all of the resources and information necessary to succeed, and the one-two finish for Lamborghini is the perfect result. Magnus Racing has been impressive in their 2019 effort so far, we’re all incredibly pleased to see them run as well as they have, nearly taking victory in only our second race together.”

With the busy “sprint” season now upon the team, all focus will turn to the next GTD round at the famed Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a popular event among the locals. As the first sprint race of the season, Potter and Lally will share driving duties for the two-hour, forty minute round. Practice begins on Friday, May 3, with the race taking place on Sunday, May 5.

Wednesday
Mar132019

Magnus Racing Ready to go The Distance at Sebring

SEBRING, Fla. (March 13, 2019) – Following a steady opening to their 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaign during the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Magnus Racing and the No. 44 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO will head to this Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in search of a return to their winning form. Having previously taken victory in 2014, the combination of drivers John Potter, Andy Lally and Spencer Pumpelly will arrive as one of a multitude of GTD-category teams in strong contention.

“This Saturday, we’ll be reluctantly crouched at the starting line,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and driver John Potter. “The engines will be pumping and thumping in time. The green light flashes, the flags go up, churning and burning, we all yearn for the cup.”

Celebrating their 10th year of top-level GT competition, Magnus Racing will arrive at the notorious 12-hour event in search of adding another victory to their renowned endurance tally. With a previous Sebring victory as part of their long-distance heritage that includes two Rolex 24 wins as well as two Endurance Cup championships, the Lamborghini Huracán enters the event as the defending marque to win the category, with all three drivers having won at the circuit; Potter and Lally during the team’s 2014 win, and Pumpelly during the 2017 Pilot Challenge race.

For Andy Lally, optimism is present for a good run.

“The field will deftly maneuver and muscle for rank,” stated Lally. “Fuel burning fast on an empty tank. Reckless and wild, they pour through the turns. Their prowess is potent and secretly stern.”

For Spencer Pumpelly, winning at the “12 Hour” remains unfinished business, and something he’s continued to strive for every year. 

“As we speed through the finish, the flags go down,” stated the two-time Rolex 24 winner. “The fans get up and they get out of town. The arena is empty except for one man, still driving and striving as fast as he can. The sun has gone down and the moon has come up, and long ago somebody left with the cup, but he's driving and striving and hugging the turns and thinking of someone for whom he still burns.”

Official practice for the event begins tomorrow, March 14, with the race taking place the morning of Saturday, March 16. In the U.S. live coverage will begin at 10:30AM ET on CNBC, with the final seven hours available on NBCSN, or the race in its entirety via the NBC Sports App. International coverage can be found continuously via IMSA.tv.

Tuesday
Jan292019

Magnus Racing Takes 11th in Rain-Hampered Race

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 28, 2018) – Following a dynamic 24 hours of racing at this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, the season-opening round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Magnus Racing would survive a quiet event to take 11th. Making zero major errors, the team enjoyed an up-and-down day that ultimately came down to a lottery of different caution periods and rain which would see the No. 44 Lamborghini Huracán EVO GT3 just miss the top-10.

“Of course the result is not quite what we wanted, but the team did a good job,” stated Magnus Racing team owner John Potter. “No one really made any major mistakes, but with a field this competitive it only takes one unexpected yellow, etc., to get on the backfoot and struggle to fight back. Overall the final position doesn’t really show our performance potential, but we’re in a good spot for the rest of the year.”

Running the full endurance schedule for the team, Spencer Pumpelly would take on starting duties, running a double-stint without error and maintaining a solid top-10 start. John Potter would follow suit, suffering the only major mishap of the race when contact from behind would cut down a tire, stranding John to drive the rest of his lap at a crawl to prevent car damage.

Falling down the order as a result of the incident, Potter’s stint would conclude a couple laps down, but with plenty of time to make the time back up. From there the team would rotate through Andy Lally, as well as factory-supplied driver Marco Mapelli in the fight to get back on the lead lap.

Through the night all four drivers would manage to avoid incident and with 10 hours remaining would find themselves back hunting for the lead lap.

Doing their best to get on the lead lap, the remaining nine hours would see a heavy string of long yellow flags for wet weather, and eventually a red flag with three hours remaining, making it near impossible to make up lost ground. 

With over two hours remaining, the race would resume, with Spencer Pumpelly managing wet conditions as best he could, driving conservatively avoid mishap.

Unfortunately IMSA officials would elect to bring out a final red flag with conditions simply too difficult to continue, effectively ending the race early with the team listed in 11th.

Magnus Racing and the rest of the IMSA championship will now have several weeks to recover and rebuild, with the next round of competition at the famed 12 Hours of Sebring, March 13-16.

 

Friday
Jan252019

LIVE FROM THE PITS AT DAYTONA!

Watch Magnus Racing compete for top honors at the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona... for 24 hours straight. Interact with drivers John Potter, Andy Lally, Spencer Pumpelly and Marco Mapelli, the whole crew, and hosts Ryan Eversley and Sean Heckman, hosting his final year.

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