Tooele, UT (September 21, 2012)- Following a top-secret series of tests at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, Magnus Racing can now reveal their challenger for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season-ending Championship Weekend at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut. Following years of towing their championship winning Porsches around the country, the team has decided to save money and effort by simply campaigning their Volvo tractor.
With the 1.5-mile, seven-turn circuit at Lime Rock Park providing a reputation for tight racing and constant incidents, the team figured their Volvo might be the key to ensuring a top-14 finish.
“We were testing at Miller last week with our Porsche, and we realized that the team tractor could see over the top of every car in the paddock,” stated Magnus Racing Team Owner John Potter. “At Lime Rock, that could prove critical. You never know which Prototype is going to come back on track right in front of you, so best to be prepared with high visibility.”
With a wheelbase at 113” and a truck height of 13’ 6”, the only real obstacles facing the team for next weekend’s race will be ensuring that it can clear the famed bridge overlooking the downhill run of the circuit, as well as making sure that Continental can provide 25-inch tires.
Doing the bulk of the development driving last week, Team Engineer Lars Giersing will actually step down from the timing stand, and in to the driver’s seat for next weekend’s race. Following in the footsteps of many Danish drivers who are known for plowing in to their competitors, Giersing seemed the perfect fit for this new vehicle…. provided GRAND-AM does not issue any blood-alcohol tests.
“I will be happy to step out of the driver’s seat in favor of Lars,” stated Co-Driver Andy Lally. “The Volvo has ample cup holders, which should help him out a lot. Similarly, we seem to both think we can do the other’s job, so this will be a good way of proving that.”
Running lap times within two-minutes of the team’s Porsche during last week’s test, the combination of Giersing and Potter could prove formidable. Between cautions and Andy Lally’s self-declared brilliance at race strategy, there’s no doubt the team will finish somewhere in the top-14.
“(Awkward look),” stated Giersing. “(Awkward look followed by look of disdain).”
GRAND-AM’s Championship Weekend will begin with official practice on Friday, September 28, with the race taking place one day later on the 29th. Television coverage can be seen LIVE on SPEED at 3PM ET.
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).
More information about Magnus Racing can be found at www.magnusracing.com. Any organization interested in learning more about how to be involved with one of the most unique and visible teams in sports car racing can e-mail email@example.com. All press inquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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