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Magnus Racing Leaves Mid-Ohio Disappointed

LEXINGTON, Ohio (May 7, 2018) – Returning to the scenic Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after being off of the IMSA/former Grand-Am schedule since 2013, Magnus Racing would enjoy a steady weekend, making progress on car development en route to a 10th place finish.

“Obviously 10th is not what we were hoping for, but we did make good progress on the car,” stated team owner and co-driver John Potter. “The guys worked very hard all month to develop the car, and we made some very positive gains even if the results didn’t show it. We of course strive for much stronger results than we had, but we definitely saw the progress we were aiming for, and we’ll only be stronger as the season continues.”

Driving the No. 44 Audi Tire Center Audi R8 LMS GT3, the driving duo of John Potter and Andy Lally would start the race from 11th, with John Potter taking on opening duties for the first “sprint race” of the year. Holding his own, Potter would do a great job of holding with the field in front of him, which is a particular challenge around the twisty confines of the Ohio track, as traffic from faster classes coming from behind is especially difficult.

With the race running without a single caution period, John would pit when the window would open up, handing the car to Andy Lally for the final two hours.

Hoping to gain on their competitors by driving off-sequence, Lally would drive a long middle stint, running the car as far as he could on fuel hoping for a timely caution to catch on the field in front of him, which ultimately failed to materialize. By time the final round of stops would cycle through, Andy would re-emerge in 10th, where the Audi would settle in to the finish.

Despite the result, the team still had a strong pace that was within sight of most of the lead group, and the teams’ continuing develop of their R8 has shown progress.

The next round of competition will take place in four weeks’ time, heading to the streets of Detroit, a two-day show where the series will compete at the shortest event of the year. Practice begins on Friday, June 1, with the race taking place the next day on Saturday, June 2.




Late Driver Addition Highlights Magnus Racing Return to Mid-Ohio

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (May 3, 2018) – In a surprise move dubbed “not soon enough” for Emily Potter, Magnus Racing is proud to mark the addition of a new driver to their roster ahead of this weekend’s Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio. As part of the team’s commitment to discovering young talent and cultivating them for the top levels of motorsport, the team has elected to add one more driver to their long-term talent pool, with William Joseph Potter being signed to a long-term contract through 2044. At seven pounds, 14 ounces, and now two-days old, “Will” joins his brother Jack as part of a burgeoning development program for the team, with Jack previously signed through 2040. Will is currently ranked silver by the FIA due to his young age, however the team is currently appealing for bronze status.
“We feel it's important to identify talent early,’” stated Magnus Racing team owner John Potter. “I’ve learned a lot about Will over the last nine months, from his unique cravings in food, to his incredible gymnastic abilities right as we’re ready to sleep, the future is bright for this young man. Based on the last few hours, however, it will be an adjustment when he replaces Andy Lally, as the team will have to get used to a lot less crying.”

Born at 3:27PM MT on May 1, 2018, Will Potter has joined the world as a completely healthy boy, with Mom in good spirits as well, and brother Jack completely clueless about how the attention is about to change in the house.

“As many people know, Jack was our first signee back in October of 2014,” stated Potter. “Having William join us is a great next step in Jack’s progress as well. Endurance racing is all about learning how to compromise, how to share, and how to accept that not everything can be about you. Again, it was clear that being around Andy Lally wasn’t helping that thinking, so the addition of Will should help Jack achieve just that.”
With Mid-Ohio serving as the first sprint race of the year, and the team’s first visit to the track since 2013, hopes are high for a turnaround in fortune for everyone at Magnus Racing. While the first two races of the year at Daytona and Sebring have proven reasonable, the team has confidence that the repeated twists and turns of the Ohio circuit will suit the team’s No. 44 Audi Tire Center Audi R8 LMS well, with a strong aim at returning to the podium.
Practice begins this Friday, with the race will taking place on Sunday, May 6, at 1PM ET on FOX Sports 2 in the U.S., or for international viewers.


FULL REPORT: Magnus Racing Struggles at 12 Hours of Sebring

SEBRING, Fl. (March 19, 2018) – Following a long day that included seemingly endless contact from competitors, Magnus Racing would finish 13th in class during Saturday’s 66th Annual 12 Hours of Sebring, finishing the race two laps down. While the team would enjoy flawless pit stops and no self-induced mistakes by drivers John Potter, Andy Lally, and Andrew Davis, four separate incidents with other cars would malign the team’s efforts. 

“I knew it was a bad start to the day when I was hit by a pit vehicle while WALKING,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and co-driver John Potter. “It’s frustrating to have as much contact as we did, it seemed like we never stopped playing catch up and damage control, but that’s obviously one of the unique parts of Sebring. I was particularly frustrated by the 29 car and how often we seemed to get in to contact for no reason, but it’s something we have to put behind us and move forward.” 

While the 12-hour race is supposed to begin with the green flag, the race actually began for the team two hours earlier, after contact with a prototype in the morning warm up would already begin the repairs for the No. 44 Audi Tire Audi R8 LMS. With the crew making bodywork repairs on pit lane prior to the race start, the event would begin with a hope that the worst was behind them. 

Unfortunately by time the first round of pit stops would occur, damage to the right front was already incurred when the No. 93 would make a diving move in to Turn 17, making contact with the Magnus machine within the first hour. 

Two hours later, the No. 44 would have two separate incidents within a single stint. The first would occur when the No. 29 Audi would make a diving move in to Turn Seven on Andy Lally, with the opposing driver outbraking himself and running straight in to the door of the No. 44. A few laps later, Andy would run in to a prototype that was exiting pit lane.

However the ultimate challenge would occur one hour later, when the same No. 29 would make an aggressive move in the tricky Turn 17, sending the No. 44 spinning in to the tire barriers, with the car quickly diving in to pit-lane for repairs.

With the damage proving substantial, the compromised speed and time lost in the pits would ruin all hope of a top result.

From that point, it was simply a case of soldiering on, with the team refusing to quit and managing the time to the end in the hopes for attrition, which didn’t quite pan out.

For Andy Lally, a similar sentiment was shared.

“Meh.” stated Lally.

For Andrew Davis, no quotes were heard as he was playing Alice in Chains too loudly.

With the first two races of the season behind, all attention now turns to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s return to the scenic Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, where the team will compete at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Showdown from May 4-6.


Winning Aim for Magnus Racing for Saturday’s 12 Hours of Sebring Return

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (March 13, 2018) – Returning to the site of their 2014 triumph, Magnus Racing will arrive for this Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in search of repeat victory in the GT Daytona (GTD) class. Returning after a year in another series, the combination of John Potter, Andy Lally, and Andrew Davis in the No. 44 Audi Tire Center Audi R8 LMS should prove formidable.

“It’s always exciting to return to Sebring,” stated team owner and co-driver John Potter. “This year’s Daytona 24 was one of the most unique races we’ve ever been a part of, and returning to Sebring should hopefully return to a more normal flow for everyone. The GTD class is as competitive as ever, and after our most recent test we’re all confident that the program is as good as ever. The guys have been putting in a lot of time to get us prepared, and we’re coming in with a lot of confidence to return to form. 

After a competitive Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, a race that ran for an unprecedented amount of green flag laps, the team would demonstrate speed, but never quite challenged for victory. Heading in to the tricky and notoriously bumpy confines of Sebring, the Audi should be well suited to the former airfield, and with all three drivers having a strong history at the venue.

In 2014, the first year of the re-organized IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship, Magnus took their first-ever win at the circuit, using a combination of speed and strategy to best the competition in a close fought finish. At their most recent visit in 2016, a strong run would be highlighted by an incredible push at the end by Andy Lally, taking a podium position in the closing laps.

“After our most recent test we know we’re in a strong spot,” stated Lally. “It’s so tough to really know where you stand in testing, and with the field as close as it is you can’t afford to miss anything in the setup, but the guys have really put in the work to get everything dialed in, and we’ll arrive as prepared as anyone.”

For Andrew Davis, who will be with the team for the entirety of the North American Endurance Championship, a strong opportunity to win is one he relishes.

“Sebring is a race that every driver wants to win,” stated Davis. “This is as unforgiving as any event we go to, and a race that I’ve come close to in the past. Magnus Racing’s history here is really strong, and there’s no doubt I’m hoping this could finally be the year.”

Practice for the 12 Hours of Sebring will begin this Thursday, March 14, with the race on Saturday, March 17. Coverage in the U.S. will begin on FOX Sports 1 at 10:30AM ET, followed by FOX Sports 2 at 12:30PM, and the closing five hours at 6PM on FOX Sports 2. Continuous radio and international coverage will be available via, or via the FOX Sports Go mobile app for US viewers. 

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