Salt Lake City, UT (May 29, 2012)- The cars are loaded, the team is packed, and the entire Magnus Racing organization is on the road…. for a long, long time.
Beginning this weekend on the streets of Belle Isle, Detroit, this Saturday’s Chevrolet GRAND-AM Detroit 200 is the first of four races all occurring in the month of June. With a test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway occurring just days after the Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen at the end of the month, the team will literally be on the road for six weeks straight.
“We all knew this was going to be a tough part of the schedule,” stated Team Owner John Potter. “The team is prepared and we have a great plan in place for the month, I just hope that everyone stays on top of their laundry… I don’t want to share a trailer if they don’t.”
Headed in to this weekend’s race, the 14-turn 2.07 street circuit will be the first temporary course that the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series visits for the year. Running during the same weekend as the IZOD IndyCar Series, the entire GRAND-AM circuit is looking forward to racing on the streets of Motor City. With the series having never raced here before, it’s anyone’s guess as to what to expect.
For the drivers of the no. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3 Cup, the key to fighting for the very tight points championship will come down to speed and the right strategy.
Driver Andy Lally returns to the track after driving an open wheel car at the circuit over a decade ago, meaning… pretty much nothing.
“It was a long time ago that I drove this car in the old Barber Dodge series,” stated Lally. “A lot has changed since then, not only with myself but I believe the circuit has probably changed a bit too, so we’ll all be learning this for the first time. It should be a great event, and as only a two-hour race, we’re going to have push very hard.”
As a two-hour sprint race with unforgiving walls on all sides of the track, the race is sure to produce a lot of excitement.
“I always enjoy street circuits, and the sprint format should really lend itself to exciting racing,” stated John Potter. “No one is really sure what to expect, but we’ll certainly give it a good run.”
First practice for the Chevrolet GRAND-AM Detroit 200 will take place this Friday, June 1, with the race being broadcast live on SPEED at 5PM ET on Saturday, June 2nd.
FOR THOSE IN THE DETROIT AREA, MAGNUS RACING WILL ONCE AGAIN OFFER FREE TEAM TOURS AT 3PM ON FRIDAY, AND 12PM ON SATURDAY.
Magnus Racing will continue to provide updates and coverage throughout the week via their Facebook (facebook.com/RacingMagnus) and Twitter (@MagnusRacing), as well as via www.magnusracing.com. You can also follow Andy Lally on Twitter (@AndyLally).
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