Salt Lake City, Utah-based Magnus Racing has confirmed that it has committed to a full-season entry into the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Team owner John Potter and 2012-16 team driver Andy Lally will be joined by Andrew Davis for the North American Endurance Cup. Marcus Winkelhock will join the line-up for the Rolex 24 at Daytona
John Potter is looking forward to the season ahead.
“We’re excited to return to IMSA competition and our endurance roots,” said Potter. Obviously Magnus has enjoyed a number of successes throughout the years of IMSA and formally Grand-Am and in our first season with Audi in 2016 we had one of our best seasons to date. Returning to the series for 2018 we feel stronger than ever, not only with an incredibly fast car but also the same screw that took us to victory in 2016 as well as an incredible line-up in Andy, Markus and Andrew.”
“With our team I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by such an incredible group ad we hope we can begin with immediate success!”
Magnus Racing took a one-year sabbatical from IMSA racing in 2017, competing instead in the Pirelli World Challenge where the team from Utah finished eighth in the Sprint GT Team Championship standings and sixth in the SprintX standings.
Andy Lally, who enjoyed a busy season in 2017, driving in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in Michael Shank Racing’s Acura NXS and finishing sixth in the GTD Drivers standings, is also excited about the opportunity to compete again on North America’s biggest GT stage.
“I couldn’t be happier to return to my family at Magnus,” said Lally. “Some of my best memories in my career are with the team, and it’s great to return with them in 2018. I would really like to express my gratitude to Michael Shank Racing and HPD for a tremendous 2017, and it was not an easy decision to return to John Potter and everyone at Magnus but it felt like the right move. There’s a lot in motion right now but I believe we’ll immediately be in a position to contend and I’m excited to get the season going.”
The 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship opens with the Roar Before The Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 5 – 7. The weekend will also include qualifying for the Rolex 24 on January 25 – 28