Last weekend’s SFP Grand Prix at Kansas Speedway was a race to forget for Magnus Racing, as their No. 44 Porsche was the victim of a freak incident that subsequently took drivers John Potter and Andy Lally out of the Rolex Sports Car Series GT championship lead.
A multi-car Daytona Prototype accident scattered debris across the infield road course with less than 90 minutes to go. With no visible yellow flags, Lally inadvertently plowed into the debris at nearly full speed, puncturing the Porsche’s radiator and requiring a nine-minute pit stop for repairs.
“This definitely was not the day we were hoping for,” Potter said. ”Andy was caught out in debris that he couldn’t avoid, and with the sensitivity of Porsche radiators it was just too heavy of an impact to keep on going. The guys did an impressive job of repairing the radiator as quickly as they did, and the points we gained from that will prove invaluable.”
While Lally and Potter ended up with eighth place points on Saturday evening, it was enough for Scuderia Corsa’s Alessandro Balzan to re-take the championship lead. But thanks to their team’s quick pit work, the Magnus duo sit only a single point behind Kansas class winner Balzan heading into the penultimate round of the season next month at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.