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Tuesday
Apr272010

Magnus Racing records first top-10 result in Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge

The No.44 Magnus Racing Porsche Cayman finished 10th at VIR.April 27, 2010 (Salt Lake City, Utah) – In the third race of its GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge career, the No.44 Magnus Racing Porsche Cayman recorded its first top-10 result of the 2010 season at last weekend’s Bosch Engineering 200 at Virginia International Raceway.

Built by Magnus Racing throughout the 2009-2010 winter, the Cayman made its debut at Homestead-Miami and has done the bulk of its testing at each GRAND-AM event. The car showed speed straight out of the gate but has undergone continuous improvement at each weekend.

Team owner John Potter put his Cayman 14th on the starting grid, holding the position at the start and picking up a couple of positions throughout the first hour of the race. Pitting for fuel and tires, Leh Keen jumped in the car and began to progress through the field. With some help from strategy calls from the pits as well as an extended yellow flag session, Keen got the Magnus Racing Cayman up to third place where he had a large battle for position that the Speed TV cameras covered – along with several shots of Keen catching air through the notorious esses of VIR.

The strategy was a gamble, which would have paid off if the race had another extended yellow-flag session – not an uncommon occurrence in a Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race. However, the yellow that the team needed never came, and the Cayman was brought into the pits for a splash of fuel.  The stop would drop the Cayman to 12th overall, but he would make up two positions before the checkered to finish in tenth.

On the heels of finishing fourth earlier in the day in the GT class of the Rolex Sportscar Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No.16, the Cayman’s result marked the most successful day yet of the short history of Magnus Racing.

“It was a really good day, and I’m proud that the team was able to get the Cayman up to third place today,” said Potter following the race. “We’ve been working on the car and changing things each session since Homestead and continuing to make progress. There is still a ways to go but this is very encouraging. Perhaps if we had gone a different way on strategy we could have had an even better finishing position, but we have to always try different things since we can’t win on horsepower on these bigger tracks. I’m looking forward to Lime Rock at the end of next month.”

The Continental Tire Sports Car Series’ Bosch Engineering VIR 200 will be shown on May 1 at 1:00 PM EST on SPEED Channel. The next race on the GRAND-AM schedule is the weekend at Lime Rock Park, May 28-31. Magnus Racing fans can see photo galleries of the weekend at www.magnusracing.com, or facebook.com/magnusracing.

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 the Grand-American Rolex Sportscar Series can e-mail info@magnusracing.com. All press inquiries can be directed to press@magnusracing.com.

Monday
Apr262010

Stanton’s charge through the GT field nets a fourth-place finish for Magnus Racing

The Magnus Porsche flies on its way to 4th placeApril 26, 2010 (Alton, VA) – Throughout the first hour of his stint behind the wheel of the No.44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3 Cup at the Bosch Engineering 250 at VIR, Craig Stanton had one objective on his mind – conserving his car. It was a move that paid off, because in the final hour Stanton used the car up as he marched from ninth in the GT class to a stunning result of fourth place.

Team owner and leader of Magnus Racing, John Potter, started the race in the No.44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3 Cup. From the drop of the green, he battled throughout the opening stint with several other cars – keeping the car safe and intact but definitely putting pressure on everyone ahead. His stint at the helm was a clean one and served notice that the Porsche was going to go forward.

 A quick pitstop by the crew of the No.44 car for fuel, tires, and a driver changed helped the Porsche gain track position. With Stanton now behind the wheel, things stayed relatively trouble-free and unexciting for the team until the final hour of the race, but Stanton remained within striking distance of the rest of the GT-field.  

“We had taken really good care of the car – the tires and brakes were in great shape, and I could tell that most of the other cars around us were in trouble,” said Stanton. “The crew did a phenomenal job of preparing the car, and we knew that after practice and qualifying that it was going to be a really fast car. We also knew, however, that if we were trying to race everyone else too soon, we would run into tire problems later on. With the rules changes that GRAND-AM gave the Porsches, it helps us with speed but hasn’t quite helped our tire wear, so we still had to look after that.”

With a couple of well-executed passes on restarts, and a gutsy last-lap pass in the Rollercoaster, Stanton brought the car home in fourth place – a season-best result for Magnus Racing in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sportscar Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No.16. The team’s previous best was a fifth, at the season opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.

“I am really glad that we were able to get a great result for our team this weekend,” said Potter. “I had a really fun stint behind the wheel, and had a really fun time watching Craig go through the field and pick off the Mazdas one by one. I never thought I would see that this season, but he found a way to do it. The Porsches are more competitive now and we are looking forward to the next few races, which will help play to the strengths of our car and our team.”

The result moved Potter and Stanton to 11th overall in the driver’s championship, and moves Magnus Racing to fifth in the Team Championship.

The Continental Tire Sports Car Series’ Bosch Engineering VIR 200 will be shown on May 1 at 1:00 PM EST on SPEED Channel. The next race on the GRAND-AM schedule is the weekend at Lime Rock Park, May 28-31. The Rolex Sportscar Series race from Lime Rock will be shown live on SPEED Channel at 2:00PM EST. Magnus Racing fans can see photo galleries of the weekend at www.magnusracing.com, or facebook.com/magnusracing.

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 the Grand-American Rolex Sportscar Series can e-mail info@magnusracing.com. All press inquiries can be directed to press@magnusracing.com.

 



Monday
Apr192010

A Competitive Weekend in Store for Magnus Racing

Look for this Porsche to be closer to the front in VIRApril 20, 2010 (Salt Lake City, Utah) – The Team in Green is heading to the equally green Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia, for the fourth stop on the 2010 GRAND-AM calendar. As they have done since Homestead, the team will field two cars – the No.44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in the Rolex Sportscar Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No.16, and the No.44 Magnus Racing Porsche Cayman in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

For the first time this season, the GT-class Porsches have been given a number of performance enhancements to bring their speed more in line with the purpose-built tube-frame chassis racecars that are predominant in the Rolex Sportscar Series. The performance difference had led all the Porsche teams – except for Magnus Racing – to skip the last GRAND-AM race at Barber Motorsports Park.

“It has been a bit of an uphill battle this year for the Porsche teams, not only in terms of speed but also in trying to get decent tire wear,” said Craig Stanton, who shares the No.44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with team owner John Potter. “We are grateful that GRAND-AM has given some performance back to the Porsches. Not only will this make the racing more competitive, but it should put on a better show for the fans as several of the other team Porsches will come back to the racetrack.”

On the other side of the trailer, Magnus Racing has continued development on their GS-class Porsche Cayman after an encouraging run at Barber Motorsports Park earlier in the month. Rolex Sportscar Series champion Leh Keen will once again partner with Potter in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at VIR.

The Cayman continues its development“The Cayman continues to evolve, and we are seeing progress every time we get on the track,” said Potter. “We have the speed to be in the top-10, and we are closing the gap to the leaders each time. Leh did a great job in the car at Barber – passing a bunch of cars at the start – and if someone hadn’t spun the thing around a top-10 was in the cards for us. Racing in the two classes has been a lot of fun and I think VIR is a track that will suit the Cayman well.”

Fans can stay up to date with Magnus Racing throughout each GRAND-AM weekend at magnusracing.com, facebook.com/magnusracing, and twitter.com/magnusracing (@magnusracing).

The Rolex Sportscar Series’ Bosch Engineering 250 will be shown live on Saturday, April 24, at 2:00 PM EST on SPEED Channel, while the Continental Tire Sports Car Series’ Bosch Engineering VIR 200 will be shown on May 1 at 1:00 PM EST on SPEED Channel.

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 the Grand-American Rolex Sportscar Series can e-mail info@magnusracing.com. All press inquiries can be directed to press@magnusracing.com.

 

Tuesday
Apr132010

Magnus Racing Jumps Back into Battle at Barber

The Porsche, a rare species in Birmingham, AlabamaApril 13, 2010 (Salt Lake City, Utah) – It was a challenging weekend for Magnus Racing, as the team traveled from cold Salt Lake City to rainy – then sunny – Birmingham, Alabama to contest the GRAND-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No.16’s Porsche 250, as well as the weekend’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race.

Magnus Racing is a team that loves sportscar racing and loves having a great time at the track, but it is fair to say that the track at Birmingham is one on the schedule that the team was least looking forward to. Barber Motorsports Park is a beautiful facility with an exciting configuration, but the layout promotes extensive tire degradation throughout an endurance race. Coupled with the fact that tire wear is already an issue for the GT-class Porsche, and the team was looking forward to an uphill battle. That hill was apparently too large a hill for the other Porsche teams, as Magnus Racing was the only one who showed up in Birmingham.

The battle began in qualifying, when the GT field was only given five minutes to qualify due to track delays. Unable to put heat in the tires before the checkered fell, John Potter qualified the No.44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3 Cup in eleventh place.

Once the green fell, Potter was able to maintain his position and stayed with the lead group of GT cars, fighting for position while being careful not to overwork the rear tires of his Porsche. Unfortunately, it would be for naught as he was turned around in turn 14 – which SPEED viewers had several opportunities to view throughout the race broadcast – and fell down the order.  After a pitstop for fuel, tires, and a driver change, Craig Stanton took over the wheel and battled throughout the final hour with several tube-chassis cars to finish the race in eleventh place.

The Cayman makes it to the checkered in its secnod raceIn the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race, Leh Keen started the No.44 Magnus Racing Porsche Cayman in 14th position and made a rocket of a start, passing five cars on the opening lap. He held station in the top-10 until he pitted and Potter took over the car. Potter hovered around the top-10 of the field, not able to make an impression on the Mustangs and Camaros but able to run a solid race pace until he spun in traffic in turn five. Because of the large number of cars behind him, Potter was unable to rejoin the race quickly and fell down the order. Once he got the Cayman moving in the right direction again he would bring the car home on the lead lap in 18th position.

“I think I spent more time going backwards today than I spent going forwards,” stated Potter at the end of the race day. “Maybe to other drivers, the No.44 looks like a bulls eye. But anyways, despite the spins it was a good day for us in the sense that we learned more about what’s going to make the Porsches work. Grand-Am made some changes to the GT car, and we thought it would be more beneficial to come and race the car instead of staying home and complaining.

“We still have a ways to go on the Cayman, but we moved in the right direction and even between qualifying and the race we made a big improvement. Leh did a great job and the car was in perfect shape when I got in it during our pitstop. I was hoping for a result in the top-10, but we got the car to finish its first race and that is a victory in itself. Another weekend where the crew did a great job, and we all left upbeat and looking forward to VIR.”

The Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge race will air April 17 at 3:00PM EST on Speed Channel. Magnus Racing fans can see photo galleries of the weekend at www.magnusracing.com, or facebook.com/magnusracing.

Next for Magnus Racing will be the Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway on April 23-24. The Rolex Sportscar Series race will air on April 24 at 2:00PM EST, while the Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge race will air on May 1st at 1:00PM EST, both on SPEED Channel.

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 the Grand-American Rolex Sportscar Series can e-mail info@magnusracing.com. All press inquiries can be directed to press@magnusracing.com.

Tuesday
Apr062010

Magnus Racing’s Two Porsches ready for Porsche 250 at Barber

April 6, 2010 (Salt Lake City, Utah) – Headed in to this weekend’s Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park, the Team in Green will be arriving on the heels of a rough last race that has required quick reaction and strong teamwork. The previous race at the Grand Prix of Miami was a challenging weekend for Magnus Racing, as the Team in Green was forced to do an emergency rebuild of the No.44 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup when Craig Stanton suffered a tire failure in practice and made heavy contact with the concrete wall.

No.44 will be like new in BarberAlthough repaired for the race, the car was wounded and finished down the order but still earned valuable championship points. Also wounded was was the team’s No.44 Porsche Cayman, making its debut in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, which ran as high as sixth after starting last in the GS-class. The Cayman, however, was forced to retire early with power steering failure.

 Since then, the team’s GT-class Porsche has been extensively repaired – so much so that the No.44 car that Craig Stanton and John Potter will share this weekend will be a practically brand-new car. After a strong debut for the team in Daytona, both Craig and John are anxious to return to that strong form in Barber, a track that is notorious for using up the rear tires of the Porsche.

“Tire management is going to be very critical for us to get a good finish at Barber,” said Stanton. "It isn’t the best track for Porsches so we’ll be fighting for every position and every point possible.”

The Magnus Racing Cayman has also been developed and tested further since the Grand Prix of Miami. Testing commitments with another racing program will keep Bryan Sellers from returning to the cockpit of the Cayman, so in his absence the team has drafted 2009 Rolex Sportscar Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No.16 champion Leh Keen to partner John Potter for the weekend.

Keen, the 2009 Rolex Sportscar Series GT champion, has so far enjoyed a successful 2010 season with a class victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring, a podium in the Rolex Sportscar Series at Homestead-Miami, and recently returned from the ADAC 1000km of Nurburging where Keen finished the race 14th overall.

Leh will join John in the Cayman this weekend“Leh and I have gotten to know each other ober the past couple of seasons in Rolex, and he is obviously a proven talent behind the wheel,” said Potter. “He will be able to get all the potential that there is in the Cayman and Barber is a track that should suit that car very well. We were all really pleased with the potential that the Cayman showed in Homestead, and with a little more development and sorting that car should be fighting for podiums and wins.

“And now that our GT car is back in one piece – and that my co-driver is also in one piece – we can get ourselves back on track to scoring good points in each round. As we've proven, we've got the best crew in the pits and now we just need to get the results that match their effort." The Porsche 250 will air live this Saturday, at 5:00PM EST, on SPEED Channel, while the Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge race from Barber will air April 17 at 3:00PM EST also on SPEED Channel.

Fans can stay up to date with Magnus Racing throughout each GRAND-AM weekend at magnusracing.com, facebook.com/magnusracing, and twitter.com/magnusracing (@magnusracing).

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 the Grand-American Rolex Sportscar Series can e-mail info@magnusracing.com. All press inquiries can be directed to press@magnusracing.com.