Saturday sees the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and Magnus Racing will pay tribute to the historic event with a one-time, livery and car number for the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship’s Northeast Grand Prix, on the same day.
The team’s #44 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO will adopt both a tribute livery and with special dispensation, the revised number #11 too, the livery designed to mimic the Saturn V rocket, to commemorate the mission.
“We wanted to do something special to mark the occasion, and we felt this was the best way we could honour the event,” stated Magnus Racing team owner and co-driver John Potter. “Space exploration and the historical significance behind it has always been something I’ve held a long admiration for, so this is a very personal project to me. Obviously, the Apollo 11 mission is an amazing tribute to human ingenuity and creativity, and that’s something that translates extremely well to our sport. I’m glad we could pay tribute, and of course, I appreciate everyone on the team, as well as IMSA for some of the accommodations they’ve made to change our number and colour panel, for making this a reality. Hopefully, we can pay the ultimate honour by bringing home a win.”
Lime Rock will also see the team offer free freeze-dried astronaut food for children in attendance, speciality autograph cards, tribute costumes and more!
For Andy Lally, a similar enthusiasm is shared.
“We’re excited to pay tribute in our own way,” stated Lally. “The camaraderie and team mentality required through the entirety of the Gemini and Apollo programs was unlike any in history, and that’s an ethos that any successful race team has to embrace. The heroism from the astronauts themselves is incredible, but at the same time, the effort and attitude from everyone on the project deserve incredible praise. We hope to represent well at Lime Rock.”