A life on the road in motorsports is very time consuming and hard on both body and mind. What outsiders looking in may not know is the amount of time, effort and sweat members of crew for each team put in to make sure their car is prepared as safe and as fast as possible for their driver. In order to give back to the crew members and show that their work is appreciated, Driver/Team Owner of Magnus Racing John Potter orchestrated a go-kart event that would allow two members of the crew for each team and one pro driver to compete against three person teams from other teams for cash prizes. This event also would provide great food, drinks and entertainment. An event such as this shows how much of a family everyone in the GRAND-AM paddock area really is.
After a hard fought battle, Turner Motorsports GT driverMemo Gidley, who is also managed by P1 Groupe, won that event with Turner crew members Kent Stacy and Reed Allen. The prize for winning was a purse of eight hundred dollars. “Magnus Racing put on a great event on Friday night that gave the crew members and drivers a chance to put all the wrenches and stats down and gave them a chance to enjoy each other’s company” stated Gidley. “The event was spectacular and a great deal of fun with great food, drinks, entertainment, and gave us drivers an opportunity to say Thank You to our crew members. Go-Karting is so much fun, and the looks on everyone’s faces were priceless throughout the evening. It gave everyone a chance to relax and have fun. I knew if we won I wanted to give all the money back to the Turner Motorsport crew who had been working hard in the extreme heat all weekend. Members of the crew are a key part of a team having success, and I wanted them to know that I appreciate them greatly for all their hardwork. Friday was a great time and very classy move by John Potter, Craig Stanton everybody from Magnus Racing.”
Magnus Racing Driver Craig Stanton also beamed with enthusiasm when talking about the event. “Magnus Racing and John Potter put on a great event Friday night that originally was just going to be a bunch of pros running a go-kart race, but someone came up to us and suggested that we get all the crew guys involved. We thought that was a great idea so we went through the pits and found sixteen teams of three people for a thirty-minute go-kart race. Each driver would be given ten minutes in their car, and when not in the car everybody could enjoy a few drinks and great food. Memo Gidley and his crew guys won that event before I could even ask what he was going to do with the winnings; Memo said it was all going back to the Turner crew guys. It once again shows you how great of a guy Memo is that he would do that for his crew, and the event was also another instance of Magnus Racing giving back to the community and spreading the wealth. We want to make this a re-occurring event as all teams travel throughout the season, and we also want to begin to tie the winnings to a certain charity. John Potter, myself and everyone at Magnus Racing are currently doing research to see where we want to go with that idea. It’s all about giving back and helping others. I hope everyone involved had a great time and also wanted to thank them for coming out to support the event.”