Surprise winners of the GT class in the Rolex 24 at Daytona last year – and the North American Endurance Championship (NAEC) of the Rolex Series – Magnus Racing will return to Daytona International Speedway for next month’s 51st Rolex 24 with a two car team.
Leading the team’s first entry is three-quarters of the team that gave the team the victory in last year’s race, when – on their race debut – Magnus Racing defeated established GT teams TRG and Brumos Racing to win the class.
Team owner John Potter and Andy Lally – the team’s regular driver throughout 2012, who added a crucial win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to secure the NAEC title are again joined by Porsche works driver Richard Lietz.
Completing the team for the 2013 race (January 26-27) is Frenchman Nicolas Armindo. Though Armindo will start only his second Rolex 24 in January – making his debut with an 11th place finish in GT last season – he is experienced hand in Porsches. Armindo was part of the IMSA Performance Matmut team that won the LMGTE Am class of the European Le Mans Series in 2012, as well as finish second in the class for the same team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He also finished eighth in the ADAC GT Masters – Germany’s GT3 racing series.
“We had the opportunity to provide a program for multiple cars this year, but at the end of the day we wanted to make sure that we were focused on putting the best product out there,” said Potter. “We definitely have that with our two cars, and we are committed to success in both. Obviously we’re the defending winners of the race, and it’s both a great honor and a great responsibility. Luckily, we’re coming prepared with the best crew, the best tools, and of course, the best car with Porsche. Having consistency with Andy and Richard will be great, needless to say they were key in last year’s victory. Nicolas is new to the team, but we’re lucky to have him and I think his record speaks for itself.”
The second Magnus Racing car will be run in partnership with Continental Tire Series team Fall Line Motorsports with a roster of drivers, led by team boss Mark Boden, on loan from the team.
Of the five man team – Boden, Charles Espenlaub, Al Carter, Charlie Putnam and Hugh Plumb – Boden is the least experienced despite having six year’s experience in the Continental Tire Series.
Espenlaub and Putnam are an established duo in the own right, the pair winning the 2010 Continental Tire Series for Fall Line, racing for Dempsey Racing in the 2012 Rolex Series, taking a season best fourth place in the final race of the season at Lime Rock Park.