<> at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on September 8, 2013 in Monterey, California.

Former Cup series driver, racing champ, returns to the team he loves

A familiar face is returning to Magnus Racing.

The team announced on Friday that Andy Lally is returning to the team in 2018. He raced for Magnus from 2012-2016 before joining Michael Shank Racing in 2017.

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Lally said in a statement via Racer.com that this felt like the right move for him.

"I couldn't be happier to return to my family at Magnus," Lally said. "Some of my best memories in my career are with the team, and it's great to return with them in 2018. I would really like to express my gratitude to Michael Shank Racing and HPD for a tremendous 2017, and it was not an easy decision to return to John Potter and everyone at Magnus, but it felt like the right move. There's a lot in motion right now, but I believe we'll immediately be in a position to contend, and I'm excited to get the season going."

Magnus Racing team owner John Potter said he's thrilled to see Lally return.

"It's great to have Andy back with the team," Potter said. "The relationship between Andy and our team has always been strong, and we're thrilled to see him return for 2018. The extent of our program is still a work in progress, but it's a great testament to our organization that Andy is willing to return after having a strong 2017, and we're thrilled to have him."

Lally has 26 wins in the Rolex Sports Car Series. He also ran in 38 Cup Series races from 2009 to 2011.