SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (August 5, 2016)- Heading to the historic Road America circuit in the scenic village of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, Magnus Racing is looking to continue their recent IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship momentum in to this weekend’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase. Departing from the shortest circuit of the year at Lime Rock Park and stepping on to the longest, the drivers and crew of the No. 44 Audi Tire Center Audi R8 LMS will enter the weekend knowing that every point will be of premium importance. Adding to the excitement, the team is pleased to continue their tradition of event-partnership with The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank, hosting over 15 guests for the fourth year in succession.
“It’s great to have The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank back with us this weekend,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and co-driver John Potter. “They’ve been a great partner over the years, and it’s always fun to introduce so many new guests to our sport. Road America is one of the most exciting and challenging events of the season for us, and to succeed there, you need a little bit of everything. The track requires great braking, high top speed, and fast cornering. There are certainly elements of that which should suit us, but it should be a super competitive field. We’ve always had mixed luck there, but with the championship on the line, we know we have to maximize each weekend, and we’re headed in to this fully aware of that.”
A partnership that first began in 2013, The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank is a perfect example of the value of experiential entertainment within the sport. With 15 guests on-hand from a specialty division of the renowned institution, the team takes great joy in taking them “behind the scenes” by giving them exclusive access to the pit and paddock, private tours around the track, and even VIP rides for a lucky few.
Featuring 14 turns at a length of over four miles, Road America serves as one of the highest-speed venues in the series, a key feature that will spotlight the respective strengths and weaknesses of the entire GT Daytona (GTD) category. After climbing up to second in championship standings at the most recent round in Lime Rock, all attention is on maximizing potential in the final four rounds of the series. Historically, Road America has proven a difficult venue for the team, including a blown engine in 2012 and getting caught up in an incident in 2014.
Keeping all thinking positive, co-driver Andy Lally knows the need to capitalize is at a premium.
“It’s tough to say how we’ll fair at Road America, but we’re all staying positive,” stated Lally. “This is one of my favorite courses to drive. It’s really fast, there are several corners that really require you to push, and it’s a true joy. With the long straights, the cars with good top-speed will definitely have the advantage, but we’ve played our hand really well the last few races, and if we can keep that attitude there’s no reason to think we can’t continue our momentum.”
Practice for the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase begins today, with the race taking place on Sunday, August 7. Live coverage can be found at 4PM ET on Fox Sports 1.