TUSC: Henzler, J-F Dumoulin join Magnus for Rolex 24

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Magnus Racing has brought in Porsche works driver Wolf Henzler and Jean-Francois Dumoulin to help team regulars John Potter and Andy Lally take their No. 44 Porsche 911 GT America to GTD class victory at the Rolex 24 at Daytona later this month.

With the additions of Henzler and Dumoulin, the Magnus driving stable for Daytona now has a combined nine previous Rolex 24 victories.

“Looking at the [Roar Before the Rolex 24] time sheets, the GTD category is going to be incredibly close so it’s great to have such a fantastic lineup in the car,” Magnus owner Potter said in a statement.

“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.”

Henzler and Dumoulin both have a pair of past Rolex wins on their resume, with Henzler’s most recent one in 2011 coming as a teammate to Lally. After Daytona, Henzler will return to his regular post as a driver for Team Falken Tire in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s GT Le Mans category.

Dumoulin, who won his Rolex titles in 2004 and 2007, competed in last year’s Rolex for Park Place Motorsports, helping the team finish 14th in the GT class. The two-time Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge champion has also kept a part-time schedule in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series in recent seasons.

“It is very impressive what Magnus Racing has achieved in a very short amount of time,” he said in his own thoughts. “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.”

Potter and Lally narrowly lost out on winning the final GRAND-AM Rolex Series GT crown last season, defeated by Alessandro Balzan by a slim, 10-point margin.

NHRA: Brittany Force cleared to race this weekend in Phoenix after bad wreck 2 weeks ago

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Drag racing is a Force family tradition. So, too, is not keeping a Force family member down.

Just 12 days after the most serious wreck of her six-year drag racing career, Brittany Force and John Force Racing announced late Thursday afternoon that the defending 2017 NHRA Top Fuel champion has been medically cleared and will indeed race in this weekend’s NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in suburban Phoenix, Arizona.

“I flew into Phoenix early this (Thursday) morning and headed straight out to the race track to meet up with my team,” Force said. “I suited up and got belted back into my car that I ran all last season.

“It honestly felt good to be strapped back in and I was surprised how comfortable I was. I’m looking forward to getting back in my car tomorrow (Friday’s first two rounds of qualifying) and getting back in the swing of things with my guys.”

The 31-year-old Force, one of four daughters of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ John Force, suffered a concussion and bruising after the hard crash she was involved in on February 11 in the first round of eliminations of the season-opening NHRA Lucas Oil Winternationals in Pomona, California.

Shortly after leaving the starting line in a race vs. Terry Haddock, Force’s dragster crossed from the right to left lanes, impacted the retaining wall with a very hard lateral crash, bounced off, spun, went on its side and briefly caught fire after crossing the finish line wheels-up.

While she is still recovering from the bruising, Force feels strong enough to get back behind the wheel. Getting back in the race car could be the best medicine of all, since she has three runner-up finishes in Phoenix, including back-to-back second-place showings in both the 2016 and 2017 national events.

The three-day event kicks off Friday with qualifying rounds at 4 and 6:30 p.m. ET, the same times as Saturday’s qualifying. Final eliminations begin at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.