Watkins Glen II: Magnus Racing preview

Magnus Racing has unfinished business in New York, and Craig Stanton issues a challenge to John Potter August 3, 2010 (Salt Lake City, Utah) -- Magnus Racing had a star-crossed visit to Watkins Glen International in June for the GRAND-AM Rolex...

Magnus Racing has unfinished business in New York, and Craig Stanton issues a challenge to John Potter

August 3, 2010 (Salt Lake City, Utah) -- Magnus Racing had a star-crossed visit to Watkins Glen International in June for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sportscar Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen.

With Craig Stanton at the control, the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup took its first pole position, setting a new track record, and led the GT race comfortably until an electrical failure put the car in the pits for several laps while the team made repairs. Although the car finished the race, it was several laps down and did not do justice to the speed of the car or the work done by drivers John Potter, Craig Stanton, and Jeroen Bleekemolen.

"We should have won that race," said Potter, driver and team owner of Magnus Racing. "It was so frustrating since everyone on the team did such a great job and we were let down by a part that broke. Maybe it would have been easier to take if we went off the track or hit something, but we didn't. It would also appear that we made some of the racing gods mad at us that weekend since we have had pretty bad luck since the six hour. So we're looking for a good result and to shake some of this bad luck."

Spirits are high -- as they always are with Magnus Racing -- as the team travels back to Watkins Glen International for Saturday's Crown Royal 200 at the Glen, a two-hour race that will begin Saturday afternoon at 6:00 PM ET. Stanton, whose pole time at the six-hour will continue to stand as the course record as GRAND-AM will utilize the short course this weekend, is brimming with confidence ahead of this weekend's race. Last year, Potter and Stanton finished the Crown Royal 200 in seventh place.

"I can't wait to get back to Watkins Glen," said Stanton. "The short course is really fun and it will be a good track for our Magnus Racing Porsche. It will make for a really fast-paced race with lots of action and lots of drafting, which is good for the Porsche since it favors high-speed courses. I'm really excited about getting back on track at the Glen - and just to prove how excited I am, if we get the Magnus Racing car on the podium, I will do 44 straight pushups when I get out of the car and I challenge John Potter to do the same!"

-source: magnus racing

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