“We like to issue pre-race press releases before every event," stated Magnus Racing Team Owner John Potter. “It challenges our PR team to find different ways to basically write the same thing every time. I’m personally ‘excited,’ ‘anxious,’ or simply ‘looking forward’ to racing in Canada this weekend. Since my quotes have been so dull, I think I’ll use the rest of the year to make things more exciting, maybe I’ll promote a winery, or take stabs at failed renters, heck I can do any number of things! "
Indeed, with only three rounds remaining in the 2012 Rolex Sports Car Series schedule, it is becoming increasingly challenging to find different ways to comment on how hard the crew is working and how optimistic everyone is for this weekend’s race.
“Saturday’s race can best be described as ‘on the 18th’" stated co-driver Andy Lally. “The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is by far my favorite Canadian track that the series runs on all year."
Running on the 2.7 mile, 15-turn temporary circuit located in Montreal’s Il Notre-Dame, the team has had to make quick work of the no. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3 Cup to turn it around from last Saturday’s round in Watkins Glen.
“The guys have worked really hard to get the car ready," stated Crew Chief John Bedell. “It definitely makes things a lot easier when our drivers don’t set any cockpits on fire before they get out."
Featuring multiple crew members who live in or around the French-Canadian province, the team can confidently say it will finish somewhere in the top-12 this weekend as there are only 12 cars in that category. With a track that features a number of long straights followed by hard braking zones, the event is certain to last two hours.
“Montreal is a truly metropolitan city," quipped Potter. “In fact, when walking to the subway to get to the track, both the children and the homeless people speak French! I’m impressed, that language is hard."
Practice for The Montreal 200 begins today at 12:50PM, with the race taking place this Saturday, August 18, with coverage on SPEED at 7PM ET.