Magnussen to Explore Future Opportunities Away from Corvette Racing


Magnussen to Explore Future Opportunities Away from Corvette Racing

He holds a record of 35 wins and four championships with program since 2004

DETROIT (Oct. 18, 2019) – Jan Magnussen will explore new driving opportunities for 2020 away from Corvette Racing.

Since joining Corvette Racing in 2004, Magnussen has played a major role in the team’s success, with 35 victories, including four in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and one in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, four IMSA championships and 17 pole positions in 156 starts.

“I’m fortunate to have had such a long career with Corvette Racing,” Magnussen said. “When I joined the program in 2004, I never thought this would be my home for the next 16 years. The team is like my second family. I’m very proud of the championships and race wins we achieved together against very tough competition. Thanks to everyone at Corvette Racing for the good times and memories.”

Magnussen spent his first three years with Corvette Racing as an endurance driver and became a full-time driver in 2007. He partnered with current teammate Antonio Garcia full-time starting in 2012, with the pairing winning GT Le Mans championships in 2017 and 2018.

“Everyone at Corvette Racing thanks Jan for his years of dedication and professionalism during the last 16 years,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance and Motorsports. “Jan has been a key part of the growth and success of Corvette Racing. His experience and insight have been invaluable. We hold Jan in the highest regard and wish him well in the next chapter of his career.”

Corvette Racing will confirm details of its 2020 racing program later this year.


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  1. Any particular reason why JM is leaving? He has been a terrific asset to Corvette Racing and will be sorely missed, no doubt. Wishing Jan Magnussen all the best and thanks for the memories!

  2. A great driver and asset to Corvette Racing. Perhaps Jan’s son Kevin can be enticed away from F1 to join CR in the new C8 @ Daytona!

  3. I believe this is an absolutely terrible way for GM / Chevrolet / Corvette Racing to treat a VALUED Team member of Corvette Racing; 16 years, 156 races, 35 wins, four titles.
    I just don’t understand the reason for his departure. He’s very Loyal to Corvette Racing,
    a great, and very competitive, driver, and Team player.
    Albeit, 46 y/o, and out; they always say such nice things when you’re axed.
    GM / Chevrolet / Corvette Racing should have prepared and executed a proper send off for Jan.
    The way they handled this just absolutely sucks!
    I can’t wait to question Doug Fehan at the Corvette Racing Dinner at the Hershey AACA NCM event later this month. Get ready, Doug!
    Mike Waal
    Member: NCM, First State Corvette Club, The ‘No’ Club Corvette Enthusiasts

  4. Well, it obviously had nothing to do with results. It amazes me that you can part ways with the two time defending GTLM champion. The #3 Magnussen/Garcia car out qualified and outperformed the #4 Milner/Gavin car in just about every race this season. Too bad Ford is shutting down their program, as I would love to see him competing against his former team.

  5. Hi Keith, et al,
    My wife & I were at a Corvette Racing event over the weekend. Doug Fehan and Tommy Milner were there providing a review of the 2019 racing season and Q&A.
    Doug said, with Tommy standing next to him, that the driver line up for 2020 has yet to be determined. He/They did not mention anything about the departure of Jan.
    [And, frankly, while I wanted to ask about it, my perception, intuition and common sense, said it was not a time to ask.]
    A year ago, Doug, at the same event, when asked about the C8.R, said he knew nothing about it, couldn’t [spelled wouldn’t] provide any details, which as we all know was a side step to the question, cause he and Tommy knew very well all about the C8.R.
    So, my hunch and inkling is he knows what the driver line up is for 2020, but won’t/wouldn’t say.

    BoP was another subject discussed. But that is for another Blog.

  6. Of course this conversation never happened — but who knows? It’s fun to conjecture:
    Jan: I really dig the C8 — when will the manual be introduced?
    Doug: Sorry, Jan, you’re not sounding like a team player. We’re going to have to let you go.

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