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Monday
Feb122018

John Potter, Magnus Racing, Disappointed in IMSA Decision

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (February 12, 2018) – Following the recent announcement by the World Endurance Championship (WEC) to move their October race in Fuji to honor one driver’s schedule, Magnus Racing and owner/co-driver John Potter would like to express their strong displeasure in IMSA’s unwillingness to do the same for his wife’s delivery schedule.

With wife Emily Potter due to give birth to their second child in May, Potter is beyond upset that the series schedule, which has been set for six months now, won’t arbitrarily be changed just because he threw a fit.

“This is beyond acceptable,” stated Potter. “We’ve been asking IMSA to change their schedule for four days now, and they won’t budge. There’s clearly a precedent, and I asked for it, so that should be all there is to it. I don’t understand what other considerations IMSA needs to look at, I asked for it… so it should happen!”

Voted IMSA’s most popular team in 2014, the draw of Magnus Racing is without question. Boasting nearly 150,000 viewers in their most recent Daytona webcast, the group is notoriously highly engaging with fans, with up to as many as 12 more fans attending each race due to the team’s participation.

Unofficially ranked as Audi’s second-favorite GT3 team in the USA, and sixth among all U.S. customers, the team plays a large role in Audi’s 2018 plans, and in such, the team expects the series and manufacturer to do everything they ask for, regardless of how reasonable it is. 

“If the series doesn’t do what we ask for, we may leave,” stated Potter. “Some may say ‘well we might leave anyway,’ but that’s irrelevant. It’s far easier to get what you want when your threats have nothing to do with your plan of action already in place. I want what I want, and the series needs to give it to me. I’m one of a few dozen paying customers, and what I say should matter more than those other pleebs.” 

Expecting their second child at the beginning of May, Magnus Racing’s attendance at the heralded return to action at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is likely not in doubt. Somehow the cars will still race, the fans will still come, and whether John Potter is personally there or not, the team is still confirmed to participate and entertain the crowd.

While no official response has been given from IMSA, one off-the-record series official cited the fact the schedule came out before the couple became pregnant, and the fact it may conflict with plans from every other team, manufacturer, driver, and fan.

Tuesday
Jan302018

Faultless Run for Magnus Racing in Rolex 24 Return Leads to Sixth

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 29, 2018) – Marking their return to IMSA competition, Magnus Racing would enjoy a solid, faultless run during the weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, ultimately finishing sixth.

“Certainly we would have liked a better finish, but we can’t be too disappointed in our performance,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and co-driver John Potter. “Overall the team ran without any major mistakes, our car was fairly strong, it just wasn’t our weekend. With the length of green flags and insanely few yellows, the dynamics and strategies that we normally excel at just weren’t a factor. It’s great to be back in IMSA and we’re in a strong position for the rest of the season.”

In one of the most unique races in recent history, the standout factor of this year’s Rolex 24 was the extreme lack of yellow flags, a dynamic in the race that usually enables a number of different approaches and strategies. With a grand total of only four cautions throughout the entirety of the race, vast durations of green flag periods would virtually eliminate any opportunity to advance via clever pit strategy.

With Andy Lally taking the green flag, the overall pace of the No. 44 Audi Tire Center Audi R8 LMS did show strong, advancing multiple positions in his opening stints, however still falling short of the incredible pace of the top machines.


Running error-free, the car would transition through the scheduled driver rotation of Lally, followed by John Potter, Andrew Davis, and Markus Winkelhock. While the team ran without any major mistakes, the No. 44 would ultimately find itself one lap down nearing the one-third mark of the race, with the team fighting hard to regain the deficit.

As the race wore on, and a continued lack of caution periods prevailed, the deficit simply proved too much, and while the team was able to gain ground to the pack in front of them, ultimately sixth place was where they would resign when the checkered flag fell.

For Andy Lally, while a disappointing finish, there were a lot of positives on the weekend.

“We’re not a team that ever settles for sixth, but we still had some strong attributes to look back on,” stated Lally. “The guys ran strong stops as usual, John didn’t make a single mistake, and Andrew once again proved that he’ll be an excellent teammate for the endurance races. It’s great to be back with the team and we definitely have a lot of positives going in to the rest of the season.”

For Andrew Davis, an enjoyable weekend was had.

“I really enjoyed the experience,” stated Davis. “The team has developed a great atmosphere, they’re a lot of fun, and the potential is all there to show even stronger. I’m appreciative of the opportunity and look forward to Sebring.”

All attention now turns to the 12 Hours of Sebring, taking place from March 14-17.

Sunday
Jan282018

QUICK SHOT: Magnus Racing Takes Sixth in Rolex 24 at Daytona Return

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (January 28, 2017) – Returning to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for 2018, Magnus Racing would take a solid sixth-place finish during today's season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona. 

"We're never a group that's entirely happy with sixth, but I do feel like we performed well today,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and co-driver John Potter. “This was one of the most unique runs at the Rolex 24 we've ever had. Between the lack of cautions, the way the event unfolded, and several other factors, our day today could have gone a lot worse. We'll take the performance as a solid foundation toward a championship run and move on from there."
 


With the classic 24-hour race beginning the season, the 2018 event would prove one of the most unique in series' history. Featuring no more than four caution periods, s significant decrease from previous years, the approach to pace, strategy and race-craft would not quite suit the team as well as years' past, with drivers John Potter, Andy Lally, Andrew Davis and Markus Winkelhock eventually settling in to a rhythm that would see them routinely fight in the top-five, and ultimately sixth at the finish.

A full report will follow shortly.


Saturday
Jan272018

Watch the Daytona 24 Webcast Live!

JOIN US LIVE FOR 24 HOURS STRAIGHT FROM THE PITS AT DAYTONA!!

Spencer Pumpelly joins us this year along with the drivers and crew of Magnus Racing. Chat in!

Friday
Jan262018

Kinda, But Not Really, Spencer Pumpelly Joins Magus Racing for Rolex 24 at Daytona… 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 26, 2017)- In a move that can only be described as convenient, Magnus Racing will add one more winning element to this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona lineup, with two-time champion Spencer Pumpelly taking on hosting duties for the famed Magnus Racing pitside webcast.

Keeping with a tradition that began during their 2012 Rolex 24 victory, Magnus Racing will again stream this weekend’s race in its entirety from their pit area, re-presenting their “Magnus Racing LIVE!” webstream, a fun and unique look at what it takes for one team to race in North America’s biggest sportscar race. This is all part of Magnus Racing’s commitment to Make Webcasting Great Again. 

Theoretically operating for all 24 hours, Magnus Racing’s webstream can be found at MagnusRacing.com, or similarly via YouTube Live (by simply looking up the Magnus Racing channel). The stream will begin at 2:30PM ET this Saturday, January 27, and run for the next 24 hours straight. 

“It’s a different role for sure, but I’m actually really excited to do this,” stated Pumpelly. “The Magnus Racing webcast has become a bit of an institution at Daytona, and in their return I’m glad I can be a part of it. We have a lot of fun activities in store for the race, and I look forward to being part of the antics while also providing some insight from my experience.”

Pumpelly, who drove for Magnus in 2017 and was part of their lone victory at Lime Rock Park, joins the team as one of the most respected veterans of the event. Having driven the Rolex 24 for nearly two decades, the Atlanta resident has two class victories to his name, as well as playing a key role in team strategy during last year’s victory for Alegra Motorsports.

No stranger to humor, the father of two will join the webcast to add both humor and knowledge, being available throughout the stream to answer questions from the public, provide unique perspective, and of course provide insight on all that is happening in the race.

Additionally, Spencer will be joined by long-time co-host Sean Heckman, who will continue to co-host and produce, beyond additional responsibilities away from the webcast.

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