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Magnus Racing Excited for Five Hours, Twenty Minutes of COTA

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (September 14, 2016)- With the penultimate round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship taking place at this weekend’s Lone Star Le Mans, held at the famed Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, Magnus Racing couldn’t be more excited for 160 minutes of racing followed by another 160 minutes of sweating and nail-biting during post-race technical inspection.

“The first half of these races are incredibly fun,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and co-driver John Potter. “For the first 160 minutes, we leave it all on the track. It’s about speed, patience, strategy, teamwork, all the elements required to win. For the following 160 minutes, you hope that you didn’t actually leave it all on the track. It’s like the worlds longest slow-moving crash, you hope you can avoid it but at a certain point you just know it’s not in your hands. What makes it even harder is that most restaurants close at 8PM on a Sunday, thankfully this weekend’s race is on a Saturday.”

Following the most recent round at VIRginia International Raceway where the team took third during the first 160 minutes of racing, and then had the result altered 160 minutes later, the team is looking forward to laughing it off and moving on with the business at-hand, racing the No. 44 Audi Tire Center Audi R8 LMS. With the team effectively out of contention now for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, all focus now turns to race wins and development for the season finale, where the team is still in contention for the North American Endurance Championship.

For co-driver Andy Lally, an opportunity to race no-holds-barred for the win is an exciting one.

“As disappointed as we all are after VIR, the positive is that we’re coming in to this weekend just to race,” stated Andy Lally. “I’m always thinking about championships when I drive, so to just be allowed to go full-tilt will be a lot of fun. This is a team that always wants to win so we’re excited about that, but of course we’re really looking toward to the Endurance Championship in two weeks, so we’re focused on that.”

Practice begins this tomorrow, September 15, with race-day action taking place on Saturday, September 17 at 12:30PM ET. Live coverage will be available on FOX Sports 2.