Lally Remains with Magnus for 2014

Photo: Magnus Racing

Photo: Magnus Racing

After being faced with a tough decision on his 2014 plans, it was announced Monday that Andy Lally will remain with Magnus Racing for next year’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

The three-time Rolex Sports Car Series champion will join John Potter in the team’s new Porsche 911 GT America, which turned its first laps earlier today at Sebring International Raceway.

While having been with Magnus since 2012, Lally had also contested this year’s American Le Mans Series with Dempsey Racing, which meant the 38-year-old had to decide between the two teams for 2014.

“It’s been a great run with Magnus Racing to close out the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and even sweeter to begin a new era with the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship” Lally said. “John Potter has done an excellent job building a great team around him, and I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to continue on.

“It’s very much a family here, and after our last two seasons, I feel like we have unfinished business. We came so close to winning this year’s title that it’s making everyone on the team all the hungrier, and I want to be a part of their first championship.”

Lally was an integral part of Magnus’ dream season in 2012, which included GT class victories at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Brickyard Grand Prix, plus the inaugural North American Endurance Championship.

The duo finished runner-up in this year’s Rolex Series season after an unlucky early race accident that took their No. 44 Porsche out of contention in the season-ending round at Lime Rock Park.

“I’ve enjoyed a relationship with Andy that goes back well beyond Magnus Racing,” Potter said. “Ever since joining our team, we’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy a lot of success together, and hopefully we can move up one step in the championship in 2014.

“This organization is a true team effort, and confirming Andy has been the last piece of the puzzle to ensure our plans for next year. It’s great to finally just focus forward on winning the inaugural TUDOR United Sports Car Championship GT Daytona Championship.”

Magnus was the first team to take delivery of the new Porsche 911 GT America earlier this week. Lally and Potter are both getting their first laps in the new GTD car in a two-day private test at Sebring, which kicked off today.

6 Comments

  1. Scott

    October 31, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    It’ll be interesting to see where Dempsey Racing will go from here.

  2. Doug

    October 31, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    So is GTD basically GT3?

    • Kyle

      October 31, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      It’s similar but not the same, they have less down force and more power restrictions to slow them down. You can run certain GT3 spec cars with a USCC spec wing on them to lower their down force levels. There are also GT4 type cars I believe and Porsche Cup cars, that they’re trying to keep equal.

      • Anthony Thomas

        November 1, 2013 at 6:17 pm

        No Cup cars anymore period, just as no tube cars (Stevenson).

        I don’t think you’ll see much interest from those who own European GT3 cars as running a spec wing will cause serious balance issues already seen with Fall-Line’s Audi R8 LMS which has seen the reinstatement of almost all the parts removed from the car in the first place.

        Mike Hedlund recently posted how the Rolex GT Porsche cost upwards of $500+ to turn a Cup car into a competitive Rolex GT car.

        What you’ll see is the current Grand Am spec GT3 cars upgraded to whatever speed the America runs and no new FIA GT3 cars.

        That means new GT3 cars and used GT3 cars from Europe will be in the Pirelli World Challenge boosting their grids significantly.

        What we’ll get in Tudor is the protection of Porsche as a legacy partner to both series previously. IE the grid will be about half Porsche 911 GT3 Americas and all the former Rolex GT GT3 cars upgraded.

    • Anthony Thomas

      November 1, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      No, Pirelli World Challenge GT lap times will be significantly faster as expect for the Caddies and Volvo will be upgraded or brand new FIA GT3 cars, single drivers and professional drivers.

      They have announced a Pro Am GT sub-class to appease those who fear the invasion of factory drivers will destroy any chance of a podium.

      GT America overall lap time will be slower than a pure FIA GT3 car.

  3. David

    November 2, 2013 at 2:20 am

    As long as they keep their PR person on board. Magnus’ press releases are second to none.

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