We didn’t see this one coming and it’s going to cause a major stir among Corvette Racing fans.
On the eve of the Monterey Sports Car Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Sportscar365.com is reporting that Jordan Taylor will be replacing Jan Magnusseun at Corvette Racing for the 2020 racing season.
It’s the first major change at Corvette Racing’s driver’s lineup since 2012 when Antonio Garcia joined the team after Olivier Beretta parted ways after eight seasons. It is most definitely the most shocking news to long-time fans of Corvette Racing since fan favorite Johnny O’Connell was moved to Cadillac Racing in 2011.
Industry sources have confirmed to Sportscar365 that the 28-year-old will make the switch from his father’s Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi operation to the Pratt & Miller-run factory squad, in a deal that’s believed to have been struck with GM late last month.
It’s not yet clear whether the 46-year-old Magnussen was pushed out or is leaving on his own accord. His contact with GM was up at the end of the season.
Taylor was part of Corvette Racing from 2012-2017 where he filled the role of the 3rd driver for the endurance races. Taylor co-drove Corvette C6.R to victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2015 after a runner-up finish in 2014.
Both WTR Racing and Chevrolet are on the record in the report. Chevrolet said they “won’t discuss speculation on personnel matters”, and added “Jan has been and continues to be a valuable part of Corvette Racing.” WTR’s Wayne Taylor says that Jordan Taylor and van der Zande are his full-time drivers for 2020.
It’s widely expected that the 2020 racing season will see the debut of the factory mid-engine Corvette racecar known as the C8.R.
As Chevrolet drives its marketing budget for Corvette into the racing program, the addition of a young American driver with an active social media presence to go along with the launch of the new race car appears to be calculated move to bring in younger fans who eventually turn into younger customers. Time will tell…
We’ll have more on this when the dust settles.