Coming off a strong finish at Road America, where Magnus Racing’s John Potter and Craig Stanton narrowly missed getting their Magnus Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup back on the podium, the two are headed to a Northern California’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with their eyes squarely on the prize – their first GT class victory of the year.
The duo currently sits fourth in the GT class points standings, fifteen points behind points leaders Bill Lester and Jordan Taylor in the Autohaus Motorsports Chevy Camaro. Potter and Stanton’s finish at Road America helped them to close the points gap, and was their fifth top-five and sixth top-10 finish of the 2011 season. This will be Magnus Racing’s first trip to Northern California, as the track was not a part of the Rolex Series schedule in 2010, and both are looking forward to jumping back in the championship battle.
“In terms of how competitive we expect to be, it’s a little bit of an unknown,” said Potter. “Certainly, with some of the slower corners, it should suit the V8 cars like the Camaros, Corvette’s, and BMWs well. The Porsches should do well in some of the faster sections and we should be able to make our tires and brakes last a bit longer. Thankfully the Porsche is pretty good everywhere we go and I know the guys will give us the strategy we need to win. I will also finally get a picture of my car coming down the corkscrew, which I can show off to my Mom.”
Stanton, who knows the mountain biking trails in the area almost as well as he knows the circuit itself, is looking forward to the trip up the coast from his Southern California home.
“For starters, it’s only about four hours from my house,” said Stanton. “Second, I can bring my bike and ride a hundred miles on Sunday after the race. And third, I love the track! It’s a great track to race on and it’s so cool that after we got to race at Road America, we get to go to Laguna Seca. I don’t know if we can match the excitement level of Road America but we’ll be making things exciting in our Magnus Racing Porsche.”