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Magnus Racing teams up with Archangel for Acura GT3 programme

Magnus Racing will switch to Acura for the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, fielding an Acura NSX GT3 Evo in the GTD category as part of a partnership with Archangel Motorsport. Andy Lally and John Potter, the team’s regular pairing, will carry out driver duties.

The move means Magnus Racing’s departure from Lamborghini after two years racing with the Huracan GT3 Evo. Before that, the team also used Audi and Porsche machinery.

For Lally, the move marks something of a reunion, as Archangel Motorsport team principal Mike Johnson was Lally’s crew chief at Archangel in 2001, when he won both that year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Grand-Am title.

“If you told me the day after we won the 2001 Rolex 24 that Mike and I would go on to win the championship, then come back 20 years later to try it all over again, I wouldn’t believe it,” Lally said. “We’ve worked with each other on and off with four other teams over the years, I’ve been the best man at his wedding, and we’ve won a lot of races together, but to come back together for a full program under the Archangel banner is just awesome.”

“I can’t believe our first race as Magnus with Archangel will be 20 years after Archangel won the Rolex 24 with Andy Lally behind the wheel,” added Johnson, Archangel Motorsports team principal. “We have had a long history together.”

Lally additionally also has history with the Acura NSX, as he was part of Meyer Shank Racing’s line-up in 2017, the first year that the Ohio-based team ran the GT3 operation. With MSR now graduating to DPi, it will mark the first time that Magnus Racing has ran the mid-engined sportscar.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome the Magnus with Archangel team to the Acura Motorsports family and welcome back Andy Lally,” said Acura NSX GT3 program manager Lee Niffenegger from Honda Performance Development (HPD). “The Magnus and Archangel organizations have combined for three Rolex 24 wins and multiple sports car racing championships. When he drove an Acura in 2017, Andy scored our first two wins globally for the Acura NSX GT3, and contributed to the development of our successful current NSX GT3 Evo.”

Magnus Racing will switch to Acura for the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, fielding an Acura NSX GT3 Evo in the GTD category as part of a partnership with Archangel Motorsport. Andy Lally and John Potter, the team’s regular pairing, will carry out driver duties.

The move means Magnus Racing’s departure from Lamborghini after two years racing with the Huracan GT3 Evo. Before that, the team also used Audi and Porsche machinery.

For Lally, the move marks something of a reunion, as Archangel Motorsport team principal Mike Johnson was Lally’s crew chief at Archangel in 2001, when he won both that year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Grand-Am title.

“If you told me the day after we won the 2001 Rolex 24 that Mike and I would go on to win the championship, then come back 20 years later to try it all over again, I wouldn’t believe it,” Lally said. “We’ve worked with each other on and off with four other teams over the years, I’ve been the best man at his wedding, and we’ve won a lot of races together, but to come back together for a full program under the Archangel banner is just awesome.”

“I can’t believe our first race as Magnus with Archangel will be 20 years after Archangel won the Rolex 24 with Andy Lally behind the wheel,” added Johnson, Archangel Motorsports team principal. “We have had a long history together.”

Lally additionally also has history with the Acura NSX, as he was part of Meyer Shank Racing’s line-up in 2017, the first year that the Ohio-based team ran the GT3 operation. With MSR now graduating to DPi, it will mark the first time that Magnus Racing has ran the mid-engined sportscar.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome the Magnus with Archangel team to the Acura Motorsports family and welcome back Andy Lally,” said Acura NSX GT3 program manager Lee Niffenegger from Honda Performance Development (HPD). “The Magnus and Archangel organizations have combined for three Rolex 24 wins and multiple sports car racing championships. When he drove an Acura in 2017, Andy scored our first two wins globally for the Acura NSX GT3, and contributed to the development of our successful current NSX GT3 Evo.”

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