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Saturday
May122012

Saturday Report: Prettier in Pink?

With the start of the Global Barter 250 less than 14 hours away... Magnus Racing will go to bed with the official pink bumpers on the car, and it is a sight to see. You'll have to come back tomorrow for complete photos.

Speaking of tomorrow, the no. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche will be starting from the inside of the sixth row, with John Potter having put the car 11th after qualifying.

Running competitive lap times all through practice, the team has a very solid setup for the race.

"We have a very stable, well balanced car for the race tomorrow," stated John Potter. "In qualifying, we took a little risk to make the car a little bit quicker, and it just caught us out. We were decent, but admittedly I was hoping I could go a bit quicker."

With an extremely tight field settled for the race, it's going to be close tomorrow. John Edwards in the no. 57 Stevenson Camaro took a strong pole, but the field currently sees a very even spread between Camaro, Mazda, Porsche, Ferrari, and even Audi.

"It's going to be very close tomorrow, so managing the tires and playing the right strategy will be crucial," stated Potter. "The goal is to stay clean and keep on top of the traffic conditions, and then see how Andy can take it from there."

Still looking for Andy Lally's 100th podium, the famous "Hamster" bet between Magnus Racing and Kinetic Motorsports will continue on to tomorrow's race. Andy Lally and teammate Nic Jonsson were poised for a solid second place in the no. 10 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup during today's Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race. However a late-race caution would catch Jonsson out on the re-start.

Stuck behind a slower car as the field went green, the errant lapped traffic waved Jonsson by to pass, however this would occur before the start-finish line in violation of GRAND-AM rule, forcing Jonsson in to a stop-go penalty and very critically taking the team out of the top-10. It also really stunk for the points. Lame.

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