The championship-leading Magnus Racing team was dealt a tough blow at the Grand-Am Rolex Series season finale at Lime Rock. Team owner John Potter was knocked out of the Rolex GT race in the early stages, handing the title to the Scuderia Corsa team as the Magnus crew effected repairs, and despite the sour end to his 2013 season, Potter tells RACER he's committed to a return in 2014 with Porsche in the GT Daytona class.
“The Porsche choice is obvious because we have a long-standing relationship with them,” he said. “A merger like this with Grand-Am and the ALMS sharing the same turf produces uncertain times, so it becomes even more advantageous to stick with a renowned manufacturer like Porsche that will give us a fantastic opportunity to go racing with a well-develop car.
“Over the last few years, we really have developed a great relationship with Porsche, which probably sounds like B.S., but we know them and they know us, and that relationship is something we definitely wanted to continue and build on.”
Potter, like the other owners who've committed to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, has employed a bit of blind faith as he waits for next year's technical regulations to be released. His hope is that the brand-new 911 GT America chassis he's ordered from Porsche will not be disadvantaged, based on whatever rule package happens to emerge.
“We're looking forward to having the new Porsche model…so all we're waiting on is a rule book. Of course, I have no idea, but I hope the car will be fast. I have no idea if that will be the case – we know the car will be capable of winning – but we don't know if the rules will have the car in a competitive state.
“We were talking yesterday about what kind of wheels to buy for the car, and we don't know because we don't know what's allowed, at this point. I bought the car and made the choice, so that falls on me, but when it comes down to it, we couldn't keep waiting and had to pull the trigger on a car, so we went with the one we believe – we hope – will present us with the best chance to earn a championship next year.”
Potter and co-driver Andy Lally came within 11 points of winning the 2013 Rolex GT title, and according to the eternally irreverent Potter, Magnus Racing is only willing to announce one member of its 2014 driving squad at this time.
“We have a growing relationship with Porsche, who've become a real partner, so that's the biggest nugget to revel today,” he added. “The next piece of news to reveal will be our driver lineup. We're not ready to put all of that out there, but I can confirm we've gone ahead and signed John Potter, even though most people have recommended against it. I can't stand the guy, but I'll have to deal with him for another year…”