The only thing better for Magnus Racing’s third driver for the Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen this weekend would have been if they brought in a guy named “Rain” and cued up some James Taylor.
Instead, two years after the team suffered this fire at Watkins Glen, the team known as much for its biting but always on-point satirical press releases as its on-track prowess has brought in a guy named Asch.
Sebastian Asch, that is.
The German joins John Potter and Andy Lally in the team’s No. 44 Flex-Box Porsche 911 GT America, as the team seeks its second straight win in the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup after also winning the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
“When we were sifting through our options, we came across Asch,” Potter said in the team’s pre-race release. “Through his name alone we’ve found someone who can not only draw a parallel to our race here in 2012, but a couple of crew guys for other reasons.”
At Sebring, the team had Marco Seefried alongside Lally and Potter… which made for a perfect sequence of off-the-wall videos called the “12 Hours of Seefried.”
Then at Detroit, after missing the setup, Magnus did what only Magnus would do – embrace the frustration of how bad the weekend was off-track, and assemble this PR of pictures as “Magnus Racing Visits Detroit.”
This is why Magnus continues to win as much off-track as they do on track, and remain such a refreshing team in modern day, sometimes stuffy and overly corporate world of motorsports.
Gabby Chaves is set to return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen International later this month.
The Columbian-American driver, who last competed in IMSA in 2016 – with the DeltaWing outfit – will sub for the injured Joao Barbosa – he hurt his wrist in a cycling accident earlier in June – in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.
Chaves will partner Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Cadillac.
Chaves expressed gratitude for being asked to fill in, but kept his enthusiasm muted, noting that he is getting the opportunity ultimately because another driver got hurt.
“The first thing is of course that you never want to have an opportunity because someone got hurt, so this is an unfortunate circumstance with Joao having his injury,”said Chaves. “But I appreciate the opportunity to join the championship-leading team. Mustang Sampling Racing has had a strong start this year and hopefully I can help the team continue to have those kinds of results.”
Chaves added, “I love Watkins Glen, it is a great track and I am looking forward to racing the Cadillac Prototype there. I’m excited to be going back to endurance racing. With different classes all racing at the same time, there is a lot for the driver to deal with as you work through traffic. So I am looking forward to racing at the Glen again, and I really appreciate this opportunity with Mustang Sampling Racing.”
Chaves’ most recent IMSA event was the 2016 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, when he finished seventh in the Prototype class.
The No. 5 Action Express Cadillac currently sits tied with the sister No. 31 Whelen Engineer Racing Cadillac of Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr atop the IMSA standings, though Barbosa’s hopes of a driver’s championship are set to take an enormous hit with him missing Watkins Glen.