Magnus Racing had a banner year in 2012: the team won its first Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series race in the biggest possible fashion, finishing first in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Magnus followed up by winning the inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix, thus securing the North American Endurance Championship.
Magnus will be back in 2013 determined to start the season in the same winning fashion, with a two-car assault on Daytona.
European Le Mans Series 2012 GTE-Am champion Nicolas Armindo will join 2012’s winning driving team of Andy Lally, team owner John Potter, and Porsche works driver Richard Lietz in the #44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3 Cup.
Magnus will also bring the #45 car, co-piloted by a quartet from Continental Sports Car Challenge team Fall Line Motorsports: Fall Line owner Mark Boden, Al Carter, Charles Espenlaub, Charlie Putman and Hugh Plumb.
This will be Boden’s first Rolex 24; for Carter, his third.
Espenlaub and Putnam are Grand Am veterans. Together they won the 2010 CTSCC title. Espenlaub has ten Rolex starts to his credit, with a best finish of third in 2011. Putnam has never raced in the Rolex 24, but he is no stranger to endurance racing; he won the 2008 25 Hours of Thunderhill.
Hugh Plumb has entered eight Rolex 24s with a best finish of fifth. He also has a Thunderhill 25 victory to his credit, earned in 2003,
“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,” team owner John Potter explained in a press statement. “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.
“Our 45 car is a fantastic addition to the program. Our experience so far has been phenomenal with all of the drivers, and they definitely understand our style.
“Al Carter ran a test with us in November, and it was immediately clear he was ‘one of us.’ Mark Boden has done an amazing job with running Fall Line Motorsports. Beyond winning a series championship, he and his team have a great reputation for running a proper program, and it’s clear Mark and I share the same values.
“Charlie Putman has been a staple of GRAND-AM for several years now, and I think he’ll instantly fit in to our group. Charles Espenlaub is obviously one of the most recognized figures in the paddock, and his feedback and insight will add a lot to the whole program.
“Hugh Plumb is one of the most likable guys out there, and again his résumé speaks for itself.
“I’m very happy to see us all under one roof, and really look forward to finally getting back out on the track.”
The 51st running of the Grand Am Rolex 24 at Daytona kicks off at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Tickets and information are available at Grand-Am.com.
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