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Thursday
Jul052018

Magnus, IMSA Return to Action Five Days Later

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (July 6, 2018) – Just five days after concluding the most recent IMSA round of competition during the Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen, Magnus Racing and the entire IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship returns to action this morning, taking their first practice laps for Sunday’s Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix, driving at the historic Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly known as “Mosport”).

“The busyness of the summer is definitely upon us,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and driver John Potter. “This is where the depth of any team really begins to show. The guys had a really busy time leading up to Watkins Glen with a few different prep items on the car and general prep for an endurance race, so to follow-that with a test, then a race one week later is really taxing. Everyone’s done a great job getting us through it and I’m really appreciative of the effort from the team.”

Following Sunday’s six-hour endurance event, much of the IMSA paddock stayed around Watkins Glen for another series-sanctioned test on Monday, giving the team just one day to get the car ready for the haul across the border in time to take to the track for today’s first practice session.

A notoriously fast and treacherous track, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park has proven challenging for Magnus Racing. Their last IMSA visit in 2016 would end in a tire barrier, while last year’s visit in another series would fair unremarkably.

Kicking off a five-race string of sprint races, both John Potter and Andy Lally will have their work cut out for them in the Audi Tire Center Audi R8 LMS GT3, with both drivers and team in search of results to turn their season around. Luckily, the most recent run at Watkins Glen would create one of the best handling cars the drivers have had, with major strides made in car performance and engineering data.

The race will begin at 1:55PM ET and appear live via imsa.tv or imsaradio.com, or via FOX Sports 1 at 4PM ET.

 

 

 

Wednesday
Jun272018

Magnus Racing Seeks Unfinished Business at Six Hours of the Glen

SALT LAKE CITY (June 27, 2018) – While the nine-year history of Magnus Racing has brought a number of successes to the team, including dual wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, two championships in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Brickyard Grand Prix and beyond, one win continues to elude the team… the Six Hours of the Glen. Returning to action at Watkins Glen International this Sunday, Magnus Racing and the No. 44 Audi Tire Center Audi R8 LMS will once again search for victory with drivers John Potter, Andy Lally, and endurance teammate Andrew Davis.

“If there was one race I’d like to see victory at, it would the Six Hours of the Glen,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and co-driver John Potter. “My professional driving career started here, it’s one of my favorite tracks to drive, and it’s the one race that still remains unfinished for me. A win here would be incredibly special, and it’s something we’ve all been very focused on.”

While victory has never come to fruition for Magnus Racing, success at the annual six-hour tradition has become somewhat of a normal fixture for the team. Dating back to 2013, the team has taken a podium finish at every visit they’ve made.

Adding to the fun, as part of the IMSA WeatherTech Championship’s Fourth of July celebrations, several teams will feature special USA-themed liveries, with the team at Magnus paying homage to the original foundations of the country, running the famed Gadsen flag on their car and the “Don’t Tread on Me” theme that helped ignite the American Revolution.

For Andy Lally, who actually won this race last year with another team, adding one more victory at what he considers his home race is one he is very keen on. 

“Beyond being the track I grew up visiting, Watkins Glen is also one of the most exciting venues we go to, it’s unlike any other track,” stated Lally. “Every win here has been very special, and we’re all really focused on finally taking a team win here. John has been driving well all year, the guys have been pushing hard to find more performance, and with a teammate like Andrew joining us, we’ll have a very solid lineup.”

Andrew Davis will also return as the full-season endurance driver for the team, looking to add another victory at the Six Hours to his résumé, having previously won in 2011, not to mention multiple victories at Watkins Glen International in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

“We’re all hoping this is the weekend for the team’s fortune to turn around,” stated Davis. “We’ve put a lot of time in to testing, and Magnus has always had a good history here, so we’re optimistic of things to come. Between the speed of the track and the potential for extreme heat, we’re all well aware of what’s ahead of us, but everyone is focused and I once again can’t thank everyone enough for the opportunity, this is one of my favorite podiums to celebrate on!”

Official practice begins this Friday, June 29, with the race beginning on Sunday at 10AM ET. Live coverage will begin on FOX Sports One, beginning at 9:30AM ET.

 

Tuesday
Jun052018

Magnus Detroit Report: Help Us Make the Calls!

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Thursday
May312018

Magnus Racing Detroit Preview: Create Your Own Adventure!

The Grand Prix of Detroit is upon us, help make the story for us!

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Tuesday
May082018

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.