Magnus Racing Wins ‘Team to Win’ Award for Strong Sebring Effort; Nominations Following Long Beach Announced

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Microsoft has presented its second installment of the Visual Studio Team to Win Award to Magnus Racing, following the team’s performance in the 62nd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida in March. The award is given to the team best demonstrating teamwork during each 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race.

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Microsoft has presented its second installment of the Visual Studio Team to Win Award to Magnus Racing, following the team’s performance in the 62nd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida in March. The award is given to the team best demonstrating teamwork during each 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race. Magnus Racing was one of four teams nominated for the award, and was declared the winner by the fan voting component of the contest. The announcement was made to the team during pre-race ceremonies for the Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach.

Visual Studio, Microsoft’s application development software, continues its involvement in motorsports after sponsoring the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series event at Road Atlanta in 2013. The “Team to Win” theme that reflects the software’s collaborative development focus has found a great analogy in the tremendous teamwork required of world-class sports car racing.

“The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship stands as one of the great showcases for teamwork,” said Matt Nunn, Director, Developer Tools Product Marketing. “The ability to harness the power of individuals to achieve a common goal is at the heart of every great on-track performance. Teams of software developers need that same ability, and a great set of tools, when collaborating on new products. Visual Studio is pleased to work with IMSA to recognize the fundamentals of teamwork that we know is key to any winning effort.”

Microsoft’s involvement includes a cash prize to be awarded to the leading vote getters following each event. Four teams will be chosen by a panel of experts following each race and fans can choose the winner from those nominees. The third set of nominees, chosen from the Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach, demonstrated exceptional teamwork on one of the country's most famous street circuits.

The nominees are:

1) Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
2) Corvette Racing
3) Spirit of Daytona Racing
4) Action Express Racing

Fans can vote through 12:00 p.m. EDT Friday, May 2, 2014, at http://on.wsj.com/1opQK6W. The winner will be announced at the famed Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda. Details on the award and on each selected team can also be found at the website.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About Microsoft Visual Studio

Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 is an integrated solution that enables individuals and development teams of any size to turn their ideas into exceptional, compelling applications. It enables all stakeholders involved in software delivery to take advantage of state-of-the-art tooling to create outstanding experiences that delight end users with a simplified development solution that enables quality through all the tasks and roles involved in a software project. For more information, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio.

About IMSA

The International Motor Sports Association, LLC (IMSA) is the sanctioning body of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the road-racing series resulting from the merger of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. IMSA also sanctions two developmental series, the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda, as well as four single-make series: Porsche GT3 Cup USA by Yokohama; Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Canada by Michelin; Ferrari Challenge North America; and Lamborghini Super Trofeo.

IMSA is the exclusive strategic partner in North America with the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) which operates the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a part of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The partnership enables selected TUDOR United SportsCar Championship competitors to earn automatic entries into the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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