VIR: Magnus Racing preview

A Competitive Weekend in Store for Magnus Racing April 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...

A Competitive Weekend in Store for Magnus Racing

April 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 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."

-source: magnus racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Craig Stanton , Lehman Keen , John Potter
Teams Magnus Racing