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Check out Magnus Racing’s Daytona preview video, leave a comment and have a chance to get your name on the real car for next weekend’s Rolex 24.

In celebration of the team’s love of forum comments, Magnus will pick their favorite comment left on this page. The winner will get their name on the No. 44 Porsche 911 GT America for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season-opener.

There are no rules on what makes a comment “good.” It could be funny, it could be completely disconnected, it could be incredibly complimentary, it could be scathing… We won’t know what we like until we read it. Just make the comment awesome.

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This contest closes on Tuesday. Good luck!

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69 Comments

69 Comments

  1. jaxhockey

    January 17, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Awesome video. As I said on twitter (@jaxhockey), I can see myself when I was younger as one of those kids. That was me (minus the cool track model though). Now, I’m fortunate to have two boys that are 9 and 14 doing that same thing. Both have grown up around Grand Am and ALMS racing, having been to races for years. There is a passion for the sport from the teams and drivers, and that same passion is present in sportscar fans. The great thing is that the sport allows those two passions to come together through the access and fan interaction that is present in sportscar racing. I don’t know of other sports that allow that to happen at the same level. Can’t wait for next week!

  2. Tim

    January 17, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Thant was one of the coolest videos ive ever seen any team put together! very well made!

    hope the do well.

  3. Phil Baskett

    January 17, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Magnus does it once again. This clip has done more for TUSC promotion than what TUSC themselves have done to date. My 6 year old watched it with me and he was glued to the screen.

  4. joshvc

    January 17, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Magnus is doing the promotional work that Daytona hasn’t figured out how to do yet. This is brilliant, and now I’m even more geeked about next week.

  5. TJ

    January 17, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Thank goodness for the Internet, where people with similar interests can share them without fear of social reprisals.

    My name is TJ, and I’m a Castie.

    What? You don’t know what a “Castie” is? We are the shunned, the unmercifully lampooned, the PENNILESS… we are adults who pretend to have races with small die-cast cars.

    You who are not of our caste know not the secret shame we have historically felt. While normal people surf the Internet for images of scantily-clad models or dress up in animal costumes or leather for kinks, we of the fringe remain secluded, hidden in poorly-lit nooks and crannies whilst recreating auto races on woven floor-rugs and making “vroom vroom” noises with our mouths.

    (Actually, I like Porsches, so I make more of a low “Burrrrrrr…” noise, while my friend Mike, a Ferrari enthusiast, is more apt to emit a high, nasally “WHREEEEAAAOOOWWW” — BUT I DIGRESS.)

    Lo these long years, we have knelt and paid obeisance to the Miniature Metal, our clan shunned and looked at askance by conventional people, our fingers stained by questionable paint and sticky from non-tampo-printed decals.

    THEN – out of the aether, this Magnus Racing video descended like MANNA to the ravenous, accompanied by the sweet, nerveless pluckings of an acoustic guitar! No more were we to be derided – for now we Casties were VALIDATED… EMBRACED!

    My heart grew from 1/64th scale to 1/18th scale that day.

    Thank you, Magnus Racing, for freeing us to walk unashamed in the world.

  6. Sean

    January 17, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    TEAM KILE! Because team other guy has a really complicated name that’s hard to spell! (But Sorry other guy, this video is totally awesomesauce)Also Team Kile has puppets. Who doesn’t love puppets?

  7. Bob Helm

    January 17, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Great video that shows the type of creativity that puts people in the winners circle. Looking forward to Part II with the ending on the Podium getting the Rolex!

  8. MDJ

    January 17, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Cracking video and yet again proof that the Magnus guys really do have the most fun! Ready for Daytona now!

    Of course the burning issue is where on earth can you get a 1/43rd scale Magnus Porsche?! (1/43rd scale Andy Lally sold separately)

  9. Densmore

    January 17, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    This warmed the cockles of my heart! Let’s go racing!

  10. Jeff Picoult

    January 17, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Great video. The crew that put this together not only has imagination but knows how to use it. That was so much better than the commercial that is being shown on FoxSports1 which has no imagination at all. In fact, when the ‘official’ commercial ended my wife and I looked at each other in disbelief that what we just witnessed was the most boring racing commercial ever made. Thank, Magnus Racing, for giving me hope again! 🙂

  11. Alan

    January 17, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    I don’t want to win unless my name can be seen on a prominent part of car. Otherwise I’m wasting my time writing this very comment. Keep the shiny side up.

  12. Beck Duggleby

    January 17, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    “I am the Rihanna of eating chocolate cake.”

    – Andy Lally

  13. Joy

    January 17, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Like I needed another reason to love Magnus Racing. Absolutely amazing! See you in Daytona boys and girls!

  14. John

    January 17, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    This is why I love racing.

  15. Jim

    January 17, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    This captures the fantasy that every one of us had. Nicely done!

  16. Mike Payne

    January 17, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Apparently Daytona is in a land far far away called Lilliput.

  17. Christian

    January 17, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Hey girl are you a late apex? Because I tried to hit it earlier, but I’m a little nervous and I’m still learning.

  18. rossl

    January 17, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    My ode to Magnus Racing with Internet memes:

    One does not simply walk into the winner’s circle. It’s take hard work and a dedicated team.

    I don’t always win, but when I do it’s because John Potter and Andy Lally are behind the wheel.

    Y u no win a Rolex watch last year?

    What if I told you ALMS and Grand-Am merged to form the ultimate North American racing series? And that Magnus Racing is the ultimate sports car team?

    Brace yourselves…for The Magnus Challenge

    Oh, you were in the TRG car? Tell me all about the Magnus Porsche tail lights.

    So you’re telling me, there’s a Magnus After Dark webcast?

    Magnus spelled backwards is Sungam, and 44 backwards is 44.

    If John Potter came from Utah, then did Andy Lally come from Canada?

    When Chuck Norris needs racing advice he goes to John Potter.

    This is…MAGNUSAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!

    Stays up and gets twenty-three secret words…falls asleep during the twenty-fourth hour.

  19. David Harbey

    January 17, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Just pure class ! Excellent videi

  20. Nimrod

    January 17, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    To bad that giant kid wasn’t around at lime rock to finger flick the 66 back off into the weeds before it went all stupid on the Magnus 911.

  21. David Habel

    January 17, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    I don’t care that it now makes sense, those Magnus guys are still strange for waving to empty grandstands in the middle of pit lane.

    In all seriousness, awesome video.

  22. Monica Surrency

    January 17, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Wonderful video! That was done so well. You all should be in charge of marketing for the series. See you next week!

  23. Neil Fradgley

    January 17, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    “If you are close enough to read this…I’m just playin’ with you. I’ll be waiting at the finish. Laters!”

  24. Gabe Opio

    January 17, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    In the words of the late great colonel Sanders,”I’m to drunk to taste this chicken”. But on a serious note, while watching this video I had a profound idea….what if…just WHAT IF…I pooped backwards on the toilet. I mean what would that experience be like. Andy Lally is a rule breaker and has a nice face with a strong jawline that I’m sure it gives him the ability to crush small game and walnuts, so I’m sure he would poop backwards on a toilet. The moral of the story is, if your going to raise chickens, don’t plant them to deep. P.S. You really should try the backwards facing poop, it’s amazing.

  25. SeanMP

    January 17, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Craig Ferguson asked in one of his stand-up specials: “Does this need to be said? Does this need to be said BY ME? Does this need to be said by me RIGHT NOW?”

    As we draw close to Daytona, we hope fans of just the former ALMS or GA who disliked the other will give TUSC a shot. We hope general motorsports fans will come on board. We hope to welcome fans new to racing in general to the sports car asylum.

    As someone upthread said though, the advertisement the series put out was seriously lacking. This, then, is the warm invitation to the world: “We’re not the ALMS and we’re not Grand-Am. We’re the best of both, and with it, the best sports car racing in the world. We’d love to have you on our 13 weekend romp through North America. Come along, won’t you?”

    This needed to be said. Since the series couldn’t or wouldn’t step up to the plate, Magnus and its typical outspokenness was by far the right voice. And with the Rolex 24 just a week and change away, now is the time.

  26. Mike Matthews

    January 17, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    If you can’t relate to this, you shouldn’t be watching it. I know those young men, I was one of them. I would have picked up the car and look though the rear window, though the front window to see many wondrous things out in front of me. There I am passing one car, then another, then another. Then as in the video, my buddy would come and relieve me. Totally awesome.

  27. rissas dad

    January 17, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Here’s my comment.
    “A grudge can be a badge of honor”

    Good luck Magnus

  28. Vince

    January 17, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Magnus Racing inspires today’s dreams and tomorrow’s champions!

  29. Russ Adams

    January 17, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    WOW that was great.. Iam lucky enough to have two Porsches.Its great for myself and my daughter to take them to Mid Ohio and P2O and have a great day together…Its worth it

  30. Chris Montgomery

    January 17, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Love the video. Brings back memories growing up watching IMSA. Would love to see my name on the Porsche. But there is one name I would really love to see on there. That name would be Michael Montgomery,my dad. He is the reason I got into racing and sportscarracing racing. I watched many races with him. We use to cheer for the Nissan prototypes. He passed away when I was thirteen. My love for racing was built through our time together. It would be amazing to see my name. But to know his name was on the car in the Rolex 24, would make it incredible.

  31. Ryan C.

    January 17, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    An awesome video by the guys at Magnus. Started following them after hearing one of their press releases on Midweek Motorsports on Radio Le Mans and thought, “These guys have got something going here!”

    Even as an ALMS, Corvette, and Audi fan, I think I always follow Magnus because the team just has something about them, the way they approach the racing, their drive . . . it just works! I’m looking forward to seeing them at Sebring if I can’t make it to Daytona.

  32. Lanky Turtle

    January 17, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Really great video. You could call it promotion or you could call it art but either way you have to call it impressive and quite beautifully done. I really liked the concept of bringing the race into the home.

  33. Andy Swenson

    January 17, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I think you guys mixed up the kids’ haircuts.

  34. Byron Gacitua Ossandon

    January 17, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    They are the future of the North American GT Racing, as the title says, they are “rediscovering” the sports car racing…..

  35. Mark Halmi

    January 17, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    As a kid I went to midget races on a 1/2 mi dirt track, watched the indy 500 every year and shared the wheel driving(with my learners permit) to Indy to watch the 500, all with my dad. I ended up working on the 2002 Daytona 24 and LeMans 24 winning GT entries because my dad passed on his love of motorsports to me. Just recently, my 9 yr old daughter wrote in a class project that she wants to be an engineer and a racecar driver like her dad.
    Football fans are dime-a-dozen. Motorsports fans, a bit more rare. Chris Montgomery’s passion equals that of the story the Magnus video portrays so my vote is for Chris Montgomery for wanting to honor his dad.

  36. joe

    January 17, 2014 at 10:13 pm

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      January 19, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Mayonnaise. Simply brilliant.

  37. Joe van Gaalen

    January 17, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    What makes a sportscar fan also a Lord of the Rings fan? We don’t know either, we just know what we love.

  38. cindy gresham

    January 17, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Makes me feel young again! Dreams of racing, being on a pit crew, having my own slot car track just like that. Never thought of having the mini pit crew though, nice touch.

  39. RHamilton

    January 18, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Wow, this was truly touching. Shivers ran down my spine multiple times while watching. My father introduced me to Sportscars at age 11 with an issue of the magazine “Le Mans Series and Sportscar Racer”. It was the 2001 Le Mans preview edition, and it immediately dragged my attention away from oval racing to the wonderful world of sportscars. I pushed aside my 1:64 NASCARs for many of the HotWheels seen in the video — all of which I still display on my wall to this day! The oval “race tracks” on my parents living room floor quickly became road courses, and while my tracks were never as intricate as those pictured, my layouts were definitely a sight to behold. Later that year, my dad took me to the 2001 Portland ALMS race later that year, cementing what is now a lifelong interest.

    I’m extremely thankful for my dad for steering me in this direction, and I hope to guide my future children towards sportscar racing in the decades to come! TUSCC presents an extraordinary opportunity for American sportscar racing to attract the attention of the common man, and most importantly, the common man’s kids. I hope the combined marketing efforts will result in multiple young dreamers like myself.

    The best stories in Sportscar racing always come from the independents — those who stand out from the crowd and vie for the race victory with a fraction of the budget but plenty more passion and personality. I’m glad to see this direction from Magnus. While I’ve always enjoyed their humorous marketing press releases and understood the inside jokes, it’s encouraging to see their PR prowess applied toward broader market appeal. Here’s to Magnus, and here’s to all the future fans, kids, and dreamers who will be privileged to enjoy the sport in its upcoming heyday.

  40. Peter

    January 18, 2014 at 1:16 am

    WOW – not really sure what else to say about that video – great creativity and it allows everyone to use their imagination to bring back childhood memories.

    Good Luck to Magnus Racing

  41. Tony griffin

    January 18, 2014 at 7:56 am

    As a young man I also played with matchbox cars and dreamed. At the age of 18 I took a job at a Porsche dealer and from there followed my dream of roadracing in a Porsche. Winning in one is just the most fantastic feelings that a driver can have. And knowing that you have one of the most dependable rides at your hands ,that will take every command with stride that a driver can throw at it.. That’s the real winning feeling.

  42. TJ Halsema

    January 18, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Vegas odds:
    500-1 Magnus wins the whole damn race, outright.
    100-1 John Potter will sing “king of the road” during his night stint
    70-1 Jean will forget that he isn’t in a stockcar and lay the chrome horn to competitor
    15-1 Andy and Wolf will get into a tickle fight during the race.
    5-1 that Magnus will bring home yet another Daytona 24 hour class victory.
    1-1 at some point a joke during the live stream will be made at the expense of TRG.

  43. Steve Zongker

    January 18, 2014 at 8:55 am

    I Shall. Rediscover sportscar

  44. Robert Fears

    January 18, 2014 at 9:33 am

    This video made me look even more forward to sharing my Hot Wheels/Matchbox car collection and sports car racing with my son. Thanks Magnus Racing!

  45. Rockey

    January 18, 2014 at 10:29 am

    You go Gulliver!

  46. Jason Paul

    January 18, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Boys; heroes at heart.
    Heroes; boys at heart.

  47. Greg Falcone

    January 18, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Go Magnus Go!

  48. Nick Brady

    January 18, 2014 at 11:42 am

    This video portrays all of my excitement for racing and brings back memories of watching races with my dad growing up. I cannot wait for the season to start, best of luck in the 24

  49. Brent Bondine

    January 18, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    The Rolaids 24 at Daytona is an automobile race held every January in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is 24 laps long, making it an “in Durant’s” race, as it takes about 40 minutes, just 30 seconds more than Kevin Durant plays in the average NBA game. The Rolaids 24 is anything but average, though; it’s more about the median, as an average can be skewed by Extreme Speed. This concept was first noted by Matheo Malucelli, a noted scholar when it comes to both numbers and auto racing. With so much knowledge to share, it is no wonder there are four classes at Daytona!

    One of the contenders in the GTD class is Magnus Racing. Magnus is the father of its Magnus-son, Jan, who himself is a Magnusdad to Formula One racer Kevin. Magnus fields car number 44 to honor the legacy of its son, who co-drove a #44 with NASCAR champions Bobby and Terry Labonte years ago in this very race. Lally the Camel has two humps, but he also has three co-drivers in the Magnus car: John Potter, the father Harry never knew; Wolf Henzler, a founding member of Duran Duran; and Jean-François Dumoulin, who has a much more positive attitude than Jean-François Don’tmoulin. Together, this combination could, indeed, win.

  50. Alan Kolkemo

    January 18, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Wow, doesn’t even begin to portray how that video hit me! Brings back so many memories and dreams I had as a young boy about racing… Thanks Magnus and good luck next week…

  51. Richard Kost

    January 18, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Fantastic video===”To dream the POSSIBLE dream.”

  52. ops30

    January 18, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    How can we be expected to teach children to love sportscar racing if they can’t even fit inside the track?

    I don’t want to hear your excuses! This racetrack has to be at least…3 TIMES BIGGER than this!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQ-8IuUkJJc&t=1m2s

  53. bigpapa

    January 18, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Wow great video gave me goosebumps reminded me of my son who has been a sportscar fan since he was 3 yrs old he would play with his cars on the concrete at sebring when he was little and has thousands of hours on forza when he got older I know he would love to see are sebring campsite name on the car it is the lemans curve compound we are friends on facebook sincerely 2013 sebring fan of the year john dillashaw

  54. Rick

    January 18, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Wow! The video evoked so many memories! HO slot cars, Hot Wheels, Steve McQueen/LeMans. And the premier IROC championship with the Porsche 911. “One day I’ll have a real 911 of my very own” I vowed to myself. Today a black 911 Targa (with whale fin) sits in my garage–which I drive at every opportunity. Thanks Magnus for such a fantastic video. Will visit you in the paddock next week.

    –Rick911/Rick Docken

  55. Ken Graham

    January 18, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    I’ve been a race fan since 1953 ! !! I still get to races every year..
    Never get tired of it, I’m so looking forward to the Daytona 24 Hr.

  56. Jason Evans

    January 18, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Woke up this morning to watch my Magnus Racing preview to the 24 video had shattered. The inside was slimy and green. Moments later, heard a skittering sound behind some furniture. Found that during the night, phone lines had been cut, and all the doors and windows are shut with some kind of Super Glue like substance. My cell phone has been smashed. I can’t get out. It didn’t cut the cable internet, so I’ve got online to warn you, don’t buy the maguarslkdj;al b bbbbbbbbbbb

    feeling better now. Everything is fine. I will be sending a Magnus Racing 24 preview video to all of it’s friends, family, neighbors, and associates. All humans must get one. Five stars. The most relaxing experience ever. I will never have another worry ever again after watching this video, and you will feel total fulfillment in service of a force infinitely greater than yourself (MAYBE THE FORCE) Watch the Magnus Racing 24 preview video. You will never know pain after you feel the slight pinching at the back of your skull.
    Thanks Magnus

  57. Andres Pacheco

    January 19, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    No cleverness here just thought I’d say well done on a really great video. Exactly captured the way a lot of us grew up. Good luck next weekend, I’ll be there watching!

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    Would have been more awesome with some Bacon added, but still pretty awesome.

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    January 20, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Hmm…Tudor Sports Car Series video by Abel with Andy’s model cars, watch out Ron Howard!!!

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    Dreams have the power to inspire the heart and the soul, and satisfy the itch you can’t scratch.

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