Magnus Racing Just Can’t Stop Racing

Efrain Olivares, Magnus Racing
LAS VEGAS – The checkered flag fell on the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season six weeks ago, but Magnus Racing still has yet one more race to run.

Magnus Racing’s Craig Stanton, the team’s PR lackey Efrain Olivares, and a friend named Mike Kai will form the final Magnus Racing lineup of the season, as they team together for the ultimate motorsports endurance contest – the Machismo 500. The Machismo 500 is a 10-hour/ 500 mile kart race that will be held today on a 7/10ths of a mile temporary track constructed in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The race features two classes of karts, mimicking the two-class format of the Rolex Sports Car Series in which Magnus Racing normally competes. Magnus Racing will compete in the faster of the two classes, the Pro Class. The race attracts all manner of racers, from indoor karters who take arrive-and-drive karting too seriously, to professional GRAND-AM racers such as Joey Hand, Boris Said, Duncan Ende, Drew Staveley and, of course, Craig Stanton.

The Machismo 500 will begin at 8:30 p.m. PT on Saturday night, with the checkered flag scheduled to fall when the leading kart completes 500 miles or at 6:30 a.m. PT the following morning. At last year’s race, Stanton and Kai teamed up to finish sixth overall and are now gunning for a win.

While the race is a fun way to cap the racing season and a good excuse to spend a weekend in Las Vegas, the Magnus Racing team is also using the race in an effort to raise money for, a non-profit organization that provides clean water to people in Africa.

“I’m really looking forward to partnering up with Mike and Efrain for this year’s Machismo 500,” said Stanton. “It’s a really good time and exactly the kind of thing that Magnus Racing was put together for – going fast and having fun. I have done events with Efrain and Mike in the past, and they are always fast so I like our chances for getting a win. We’ll have a great time and hopefully raise some money for”
You can learn more about the team’s plans on its event website at The team will also be posting updates throughout the event on, and on


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