Lakeville, CT (Friday, July 22): Jan Magnussen, Corvette Racing and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship return to the picturesque Lime Rock Park this weekend for the first time since the final season of the American Le Mans Series in 2013.
At the last visit to the circuit in 2013 Magnussen and teammate Antonio Garcia finished second in class after qualifying fifth. The result was another key step in their charge to winning the championship that year.
The No.3 Corvette enters this weekend on a high after qualifying on pole position and scoring third place at the last round at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Toronto.
Both Corvettes finished on the podium and the competition is again expected to be tough this weekend at the “bullring” of the IMSA schedule.
This weekend features a compact schedule with only two practice sessions scheduled before qualifying this afternoon. Saturday’s race will be staged over two hours, 40 minutes.
Friday, July 22, 2016
11:10 am – 12:10 pm: Practice #1
2:05 pm – 3:05 pm: Practice #2
4:55 pm – 5:10 pm: Qualifying
Saturday, July 23, 2016
9:05 am – 9:25 am: Warm Up
3:05 pm – 5:45 pm: Race – 2hr, 40m
Friday, July 22, 2016
5:10 pm – 6:10 pm: Practice #1
8:05 pm – 9:05 pm: Practice #2
10:55 pm – 11:10 pm: Qualifying
Saturday, July 23, 2016
3:05 pm – 3:25 pm: Warm Up
9:05 pm – 11:45 pm: Race – 2hr, 40m
Saturday, July 22 (All times EDT)
4:30 p.m. – 5:35 p.m. IMSA.com (Live) (IMSA App)
Sunday, July 23
3:00 p.m. FOX
Watch online on www.FOXSportsGo.com, or download the FOX Sports Go app.
JAN MAGNUSSEN Q&A
Q: How similar will the race at Lime Rock be compared to the Danish Thundersports Championship?
A: “With Lime Rock being so short, it will certainly feel pretty familiar to the races I have back home in Denmark.
“The tracks there are all very short and you really have to have an “elbows up” style to try to muscle your way to the front.
“You have to be aggressive but you have to be careful too. It is a fine line between pushing hard and overstepping the mark.”
A: “I’ve always really enjoyed driving here and after our weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park the guys are all very excited to get stuck into the next race.
“We had a really strong run to get to the podium in Canada but this weekend at Lime Rock is going to be a challenge because track position is really vital around here.
“There are really only two places to pass and sometimes you just have to be patient – particularly with the chicane over on the back straight.
“You can end up with quite a traffic jam back there.
“Qualifying is also going to be really important because the passing opportunities are rare here.”
Q: You haven’t been here since the ALMS days, how much are you looking forward to returning?
A: “There have been a lot of races since then but I do remember we ended up on the podium.
“It would be awesome if we were able to do it again. I’ve always really enjoyed racing here and it is a beautiful part of the country. I can’t wait to get started.”
A: “The Corvette is pretty strong wherever we go – long or short.
“We should be quite strong everywhere we go for the remainder of the year.
“COTA is really the only place where we’ve struggled a little bit in the past. We did manage to pull off a win there a couple of years ago, but typically we’ve still been searching for the magic tweak to really push up to the front.”
Q: How will be latest BoP changes affect the battle this week?
A: “Things are just getting tighter and tighter every week. The Porsche has a new tire option which should help them. They have been pretty quick over a single lap but unable to maintain that over longer stints.
“The changes mean any miscue or mistake on the track or the pits can really cost you. There will be a freight train of cars rushing by if you give them a chance.
“But we love that pressure, we love the competition.”
A: “The good thing about Corvette Racing is we’re constantly looking at how we’re doing things and looking to improve.
“The minute you think you’ve got everything covered is when you’re really in trouble.
“The amount of preparation that goes into things in advance – particularly before we even arrive at the track – continues to intensify.
“We’re learning all the time and examining those lessons to try to improve.”
Q: How much simulation work goes into preparing for the race weekend these days?
A: “Obviously we have a great knowledge bank of data from years of racing in the ALMS and IMSA.
“Now there are a lot of computer simulations which maps out our options for us and gives us a starting point for when we get to the track.
“Sometimes the sim results are absolutely spot on, sometimes there are variables like weather which means we are close but not perfect.
“But when you take the sim, add in feedback from Antonio and myself, examine the data from the car actually on the track – we mix all that together to work out how to find tune the car.”