Porsche 911 GT America. (Marshall Pruett photo)
Following a successful three-day test during last weekend’s annual Roar Before the 24, Magnus Racing confirmed the final driver lineup for the upcoming TUDOR United SportsCar Championship premiere at the 52nd running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. In addition to full-season drivers John Potter and Andy Lally, Porsche works driver Wolf Henzler, as well as series veteran Jean-Francois Dumoulin, will share the No. 44 Flex-Box Porsche 911 GT America. It is the first time in team history that every driver in the lineup boasts a Rolex 24 victory with the lineup sharing a total of nine victories.
“Looking at the time sheets, the GTD category is going to be incredibly close so it’s great to have such a fantastic lineup in the car,” said Magnus Racing team owner John Potter. “We’ve never had a lineup in which everyone has come in with previous victories, and it may prove to be crucial. There are so many entries that have a shot at this race, we wanted to make sure we were as stacked as possible.”
Germany’s Henzler will be running in his first race with Magnus, but is no stranger to Porsche success at Daytona. Currently employed as a Porsche factory pilot, Henzler has two previous victories at Daytona, first in 2005 and again in 2011 where he shared the car with Lally. After Daytona, Wolf will continue in the series with Falken Tire in the GTLM category.
Dumoulin joins the team as a veteran of Daytona success. The French-Canadian joins the team with two victories at Daytona (2004, 2007), two Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge titles, and with years of experience in Porsches. Beyond his sports car accolades, the Trois-Rivieres native has also been a frequent competitor in the NASCAR ranks, including multiple appearances as a road-course specialist in the NASCAR Nationwide Series as well as the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. For Dumoulin, this year’s race marks a great opportunity for him with the new series.
“It is very impressive what Magnus Racing has achieved in a very short amount of time,” stated Dumoulin. “Even though I’m new to the team, I’ve known a lot of the guys here for some time, so I already feel at home. The GTD class is looking extremely tight, but this team has proven their ability to compete with anyone over the last few years. I look forward to contributing my part.”