SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — official team release — Keith Rizzo/Magnus Racing photo —
Following a successful three-day test at the annual Roar Before the 24, Magnus Racing has confirmed that next weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona will involve not only full-season drivers John Potter and Andy Lally, but also Porsche veterans Marco Seefried and Martin Ragginger.
Competing in the team’s 24-hour event, the No. 44 Flex-Box Porsche 911 GT America will once again take part in the GT-Daytona (GTD) category of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
“I’m very confident about our lineup headed into the 24,” stated team principal and co-driver John Potter. “Marco has become a staple of the Magnus organization over the last 12 months and Martin is a proven veteran who will mix in really well with our group. There’s no doubt it will be a tough race, but we have a very experienced, patient group and everyone is focused on the same goal.”
Seefried, hailing from Germany, is no stranger to the Magnus organization. Debuting with the team during last year’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Marco immediately gelled with the team as demonstrated by their class victory. Six months later, Marco would return to the team for another endurance classic, Petit Le Mans, where the team once again took podium honors. Beyond his duties with Magnus, Seefried is also a full-time competitor in the highly-touted Blancpain GT series as well as a competitor in several endurance events around the world.
“It’s great to return to Magnus for Daytona,” stated Seefried. “It’s a great organization and a very warm family. So far we’ve had two podiums together in two races, so I’m hoping to continue that next weekend. The car is very competitive and they’ve proven they know how to win there so we’re all feeling very confident.”
Martin Ragginger, hailing from Austria, is new to Magnus but no stranger to Daytona. Debuting at the 24 in 2008, Martin has amassed countless miles at the circuit. Considered one of the most venerable Porsche drivers in the paddock, “Raggi” has taken victory at the 24 Hours of Dubai, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, and the FIA GT2 European Cup. Most notably, Martin is the recipient of the 2013 Porsche International Driver’s Cup, a distinction given to one driver a year by the marque.
“With Magnus we have a very good opportunity to win,” stated Ragginger. “The team has proven their ability to take top results at big events, and I have been very impressed with my experience so far. It’s very much a family at this organization, and I’m honored to be a part of it. We all want to win, and it’s clear everyone is focused on that.”
CREDIT: Magnus Racing