Elkhart Lake, WI (Saturday, August 6, 2016) – Jan Magnussen returns to the scene of his first GT victory this weekend as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship heads to the fabled Road America circuit.
The longest circuit on the US sportscar calendar, Road America was the venue where Magnussen scored his first GT win here in 2003 where he triumphed with David Brabham aboard a Ferrari.
Corvette scored that milestone at the previous round at Lime Rock Park with the team recording its 60th 1-2 result.
Magnussen and teammate Antonio Garcia have scored a third and second in the past two race weekends and now how have their sights set on scoring their first victory for 2016.
As a combination here at Road America, Magnussen and Garcia first teamed up here in 2012 with a sixth place finish. They have gone on to finish second (2013), sixth (2014) and fourth (2015) in subsequent years.
Magnussen actually scored Corvette Racing’s last victory here at Road America in 2008 where he teamed with Johnny O’Connell to take the GT1 chequered flag.
The No.3 Corvette was fastest in final practice this morning with Antonio Garcia at the wheel. The team fought back after electrical problems in the first practice session yesterday forced the team to complete an engine change.
Qualifying kicks off this afternoon at 3:15pm.
US TIME (central)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2016
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm: Qualifying – IMSA (GTLM)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2016
9:40 am -10:00 am: Warm Up – IMSA (All Classes)
12:00 pm -12:45 pm: IMSA Driver Autograph Session
3:05 pm – 5:45 pm: Race – IMSA
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2016
10:15 pm – 10:30 pm: Qualifying – WeatherTech (GTLM)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2016
4:40 pm -5:00 pm: Warm Up – IMSA (All Classes)
7:00 pm -7:45 pm: IMSA Driver Autograph Session
10:05 pm – 12:45 am: Race – IMSA
TV DETAILS (All times EDT)
Saturday, August 6
3:50 p.m. – 5:20 p.m. IMSA.com (Live) (IMSA App)
Sunday, August 7
4:00 p.m. FOX Sports 1
Watch online on www.FOXSportsGo.com, or download the FOX Sports Go app.
JAN MAGNUSSEN Q&A
Q: How proud are you to have played a role in Corvette Racing’s 100 wins?
A: “It has been amazing journey. When I first joined Corvette Racing back in 2004 the thought of winning 31 races for them and being a big part of 100 wins would have seemed like a dream.
“This is my 13th season now at Corvette Racing and it really has been an incredible run. For us to not only win the 100th race at Lime Rock but to do it with a 1-2 finish was really remarkable.
“The competition in the GTLM class in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is incredibly tough and getting a result like that does not come easy.
“For us it was all about execution – we didn’t have the fastest car but the entire team did a brilliant job and that’s what it takes to be successful in sportscar racing. It is very much a team sport.”
Q: What is the secret to the team’s success over such a long period?
A: “Many awesome teams have had periods of domination in sportscar racing in the US – teams like Dyson, Flying Lizard, Highcroft, Muscle Milk, Prodrive, Panoz, Champion, Penske, Alex Job, Audi have all had amazing stints but I’m proud to have been a part of Corvette Racing’s incredible run of 16 years of success.
“Full credit must go to everyone at GM and Pratt & Miller. Fans see the hard work that goes on at the track but what you don’t see is the hundreds of man hours which get put in back at base.
“The level of competition gets tougher every year but Corvette Racing keeps raising the bar.”
A: “Absolutely! We had a penalty at Lime Rock which forced us to do a drive-through penalty – without that – who knows what might have happened.
“We had a stray wheel leave the pit box on the first stop which forced me back to the pit lane.
“I can’t complain at all – our guys at Corvette Racing have won so many races for us over years with their brilliant stops.
“We win together – we lose together. It is a total team effort all the time. There have been many races where the team have been perfect in the pits but us drivers have made the mistake.
“With a third and a second in the past two rounds however, both Antonio and I are very keen to win next time around.”
Q: What makes Road America so special for you?
A: “Well this was the place where I first really annoyed Doug Fehan! I got my first GT victory here in 2003 with David Brabham driving a Ferrari and managed to pass Johnny O’Connell on the last lap
“Doug wasn’t happy – he didn’t want to see that happen again so he signed me the following year and I have been “home” in yellow ever since.
“I had won races with Johnny before at Panoz and went on to win a bunch with him at Corvette Racing as well.”
A: “Definitely the Kink and the Carousel. Two super-fast parts of the track which are just awesome to drive when the car is good.
“On the down side, when the car isn’t good – these corners can really hold your attention.
“A lot of guys say Road America reminds them of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. It certainly is the most European-style track we race on in the US.”
Q: How did your most recent Danish Thundersports Championship weekend go?
A: “We had all sorts of weather to deal with at the Copenhagen street race. It is always so cool to get the chance to race through the streets and things started pretty well with second in the first race.
“From there on things didn’t quite go to plan. I got pushed into the wall and had to retire in the second race with a broken wheel and then I broke a throttle cable in the last race.
“We entered the weekend holding the championship lead but now I’m back to second.
“We still have a chance but I have to miss the next weekend because we’ll be racing the Corvette at VIR so the championship is going to be tough.
“On the up side, we did manage to raise a heap of money for the local Children’s Hospital and the Red Cross by doing passenger rides on the street circuit.
“GM Europe gave me a Corvette C7 Z06 to play with – wow – what a car. It was incredibly fast. My passengers certainly got an amazing ride!”