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Magnus Racing Heads to Canada in Critical Championship Chase

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (July 9, 2014)- Following their third podium in four races just over one week ago, Magnus Racing heads to this weekend’s Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance in pursuit of a very closely contested TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GTD championship.
 
“We’re in the point of the season where championships are won or lost,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and co-driver John Potter. “We’re at the second race of four events running every other week, and this is where mistakes can be easily made. I’ve never run at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park before, and this is definitely one of those race where teams who’d previously competed there will have an advantage.”
 
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, formerly known as Mosport, is the lone Canadian round in the championship. As a 2.46-mile circuit featuring a series of high speed corners and sweeping elevation changes, the tricky course is most noted for its challenging nature, placing a premium on attrition for championship-contenting teams.
 
A staple event of the former American Le Mans Series, Magnus Racing has never visited the circuit previously, luckily team co-driver Andy Lally and engineer Lars Giersing have ample time at the circuit.
 
“This is a really tough place to compete at, and we’ll need to make sure we’re heads up the whole time,” stated Lally. “This is a circuit where if you get it wrong, you pay a huge price, and that will be critical in traffic. We’ll need to be cautious, but with a field as competitive as this, you still have to be very aggressive.”
 
Practice for the race will begin on Friday, July 11, with the race being broadcast live on Sunday, July 13 at 2PM ET on Fox Sports 1.

 

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Magnus Takes Third Podium in Four Races at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, NY (June 30, 2014)- Continuing their quest for the title in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s GTD category, Magnus Racing took another hard-fought podium with a third place in today’s Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen.
 
“Everyone is incredibly happy with today’s result,” stated John Potter, team owner and co-driver of the No. 44 Flex-Box Porsche 911 GT America. “We were really happy with the setup for the race, everyone drove incredibly well and I think we maximized our finish today. It was a great day for the points, and headed into the next few rounds we’re definitely going to have a great fight for the second half of the season.”

Starting in fifth, Potter would take on opening duties for the six-hour classic. With all four classes of the series taking part in the same race for the first time since March, the highly anticipated chaos of a 55-car field failed to materialize as the green flag fell. With a long period of green flag runs opening the race, Potter would do his best to manage the tires running for the first hour without ever putting a wheel wrong.
 
Having endured a stomach illness for much of the weekend, John would hold strong for a second stint ensuring that he met his minimum drive time as required by the series. Managing the car in the process, Potter would drive a strong 90-minute run before eventually pitting for full service and a driver change.
 
Taking the wheel for the first time with Magnus Racing, Sebastian Asch would take to the track and instantly run up to pace. Having never driven the circuit until this weekend, the German did a masterful job of getting to grips with both team and track. Setting a continued series of quick times, Sebastian gained several positions during his double stint running mistake free despite limited experience with the crowded IMSA field.
 
By the time he would enter the pits for the final stop, Asch had worked the car up to fifth in class, with Andy Lally left to finish the final two hours in pursuit of a podium.
 
“The car was really, really fast,” stated Asch. “The Magnus team did an excellent job with the strategy and pit stops, and I was very impressed with the level of quality they all operate at. John drove very well at the beginning and gave me a good car, and it was great to work with Andy all weekend. I really enjoyed the whole experience and I thank everyone at Magnus for the opportunity.”
 
For Lally, driving at his home track having grown up in Long Island, the day was off to a difficult beginning before it ever started. During the previous day’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge support race, a cracked header on his Camaro would mean that Andy would drive the final hour with a searing hot set of pedals, putting his right foot in terrible pain and impairing him with a significant blister.
 
Having only one night to try and recover, Lally would have to overcome his injury focusing on the race ahead of him for the final two hours of the race. As the race unfolded, Andy would work to set a series of quick lap times, instantly setting the fastest times in the field all the while managing his tires before the final set of stops.
 
With the team on a slightly different pit stop sequence, Magnus would be the first to come in with Lally making the best use of fresh tires to gain positions as the field cycled through stops, eventually finding himself in third once everything sorted out.
 
Despite a late race caution, Andy found himself comfortably in third for the end where he would cross for the finish.
 
“The team earned every position they had today,” stated Lally. “With the heat and the length of the race, everyone had to be perfect and everyone delivered. John was awesome, especially with his illness, and did exactly what he was supposed to with the open of the race. It was great getting a chance to work with Sebastian and he did an excellent job through the middle of the race getting us through it all. The guys were excellent as always, and I had an easy job of just bringing it home.”
 
The result would tie the best finish Magnus has had at Watkins Glen and place them second in both the TUDOR Championship points, as well as the Tequila Patrón Endurance Cup. With the next five rounds of the championship running in a series of sprint races, the team knows that the next few rounds will be crucial.
 
Magnus will turn everything around quickly to head out to the treacherous Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance. Located near Toronto, Canada, the former “Mosport” circuit will be one of the most dauntin, with the high speeds and narrow room for error promising an exciting event. Practice will begin on Friday, July 11, with the race being televised by FOX Sports 1 at 2PM EDT on Sunday, July 13.

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Magnus Racing Visits Detroit

DETROIT (June 3, 2013)- While much of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship has focused on recapping their event during Saturday's Chevrolet Sports Car Classic in Detroit's scenic Belle Isle Park, the team at Magnus Racing was out to lunch this weekend, electing instead to share their photos from the experience.

Being in "motor city," team owner and co-driver John Potter decided to take a look for some possible new vehicles to race...

Meanwhile crew chief John Bedell got to meet one of his favorite groups... Insane Clown Posse!!!

...the guys got to visit the impressive GM Rennaisance Center!

Andy Lally went to visit one of his NY heroes, and met former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick!!

Meanwhile Lars decided to take the bus down 8 Mile Road, and you'll never guess who he ran in to!!

So all of this begs the question, who REALLY won in Detroit?

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Two Years After Fire, Magnus Brings Asch

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (June 24, 2014)- While Magnus Racing has many fond memories of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, including taking a podium last year, the team made national headlines in 2012 when the car went ablaze just 20 minutes in. With this in mind, it is only fitting that the team will bring in German standout Sebastian Asch to join the lineup this weekend.
 
“When we were sifting through our options, we came across Asch,” stated team owner and driver John Potter. “Through his name alone we’ve found someone who can not only draw a parallel to our race here in 2012, but a couple of crew guys for other reasons. All jokes aside, it’s great to have Sebastian join us for this weekend. He comes from a great background and should be a nice compliment to our lineup this weekend.”
 
A long-time signature event of the former GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car series, this weekend’s “six hour” will mark the fifth round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s GTD category and third round of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. As the first race with all four of the series categories racing together since Sebring in March, the 55-car field should prove exciting.
 
As a six-hour race, the team will join forces with Asch in the efforts to help bolster their run for the series championship where they currently sit third in both the driver and team categories. A noted racer in Europe, Sebastian will be heading to scenic upstate New York having just competed in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring where his team suffered an early retirement. Most notably, the German is the 2012 ADAC GT Masters Champion.
 
“It will be great to join Magnus Racing this weekend,” stated Asch. “The team has been very impressive in their history winning at both Daytona and most recently Sebring, and I look forward to being able to join and contribute to the program. I have never been to Watkins Glen before, but it is very impressive in the videos I’ve seen and looks very fun and very fast.”
 
For driver Andy Lally, heading to the circuit having just taken an impressive seventh in the most recent NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America, surviving the chaos of all four categories will be key.
 
“The last time everyone raced together was in Sebring, and avoiding the chaos was a big part of the challenge,” stated the Georgia resident. “Sunday’s race should be very exciting as you’ll have to pick your spots very carefully in traffic. It’s such a fast track, everyone will have to be heads up for the whole race and I’m looking forward to it. The guys have put together a great car and we’ve learned a lot since our last race.”
 
The Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen will take place this Sunday, June 29, with live coverage beginning at 11AM EDT on FOX Sports 1.

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Magnus Racing Takes Original Move of Naming “Detroit” in Press Release

 

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (May 29, 2014)- With this weekend’s Chevrolet Sports Car Classic taking place in Detroit’s scenic Belle Isle Park, Magnus Racing has decided to take the unusual approach of referring to the city by its actual name.
 
“We pride ourselves on taking a unique and original approach to our content,” stated Magnus Racing team owner John Potter. “When debating whether we should say ‘Motown,’ ‘Detroit Rock City,’ or simply ‘Motor City,’ we realized the most original thing we could do is refer to the city by its actual name, Detroit.”
 
Following the team’s second podium in succession at the most recent round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the team heads to the fourth round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s GTD category in a hard-fought battle for the series point lead. Tied for first with the No. 555 Ferrari, and with three other teams just a handful of points behind, the need to survive the tricky streets of Belle Isle will be at a premium as the team enters the busy summer season.
 
As a temporary street circuit, the 2.35-mile, 14-turn circuit is known for providing a lot of action with the bumpy surface and surround guard rails placing a premium on attrition and avoiding incidents. In 2013, Magnus made use of remarkable pit stops to finish as the top Porsche in fourth place which ended up being critical in the team’s championship quest.
 
While it’s unknown how the all-new Porsche 911 GT America will fair on a street course, co-driver Andy Lally is excited to get back to the action.
 
“Detroit is always an exciting race to be a part of,” stated Lally. “It’s a track you really have to drive aggressively and it’s incredibly tough to pass. This makes strategy and pit work critical, and luckily we have the best team in the business for that, so we’re excited to get to it and fight for the championship.”
 
Practice for the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic will begin this Friday, May 30, with the race taking place one day later. Television coverage can be found on Fox Sports 1 on Saturday, May 31, at 1:30 PM ET.

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