March 21, 2014
John Potter places himself behind the wheel of a souped-up Porsche 911 GT3 and hurtles around neck-snapping turns at speeds well over 100 mph, darting among other dangerously speeding automotive projectiles. As Founder and Principal of Magnus Racing, John does the driving for his own sports-car racing team. For the past six years, he has pursued his childhood passion as a rising star of the Grand-American Rolex Series of racing, now known as the Tudor United SportsCar Championship.
But there are some things 31-year-old John won’t do because he considers them too risky, such as sky dive. In fact, he doesn’t look at his race-car driving career as perilous. First, he’s had plenty of training and experience, and graduated several years ago from the venerable Skip Barber Racing School based in Georgia.
Second, there’s his driving style: confident but controlled — behind the wheel of cars built to handle the extreme paces they deliver for him.
A Calculated Approach to Risk
John applies the same overall philosophy to his other main vocation: investing in commercial real estate. “To know him is to know someone who’s pretty responsible and calculated in his risk-taking,” says Emily Potter, John’s wife. “He actually doesn’t have the personality where you’d ever guess that he races cars. What he does have is a passion to pursue something that he could take very seriously and push himself and continue to grow.”