WATKINS GLEN, NY, Friday, June 30, 2017 – Jan Magnussen and Corvette Racing have their sights set on getting back to victory lane once again at Watkins Glen as the team aims to bounce back from late race heartbreak at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Magnussen and teammate Antonio Garcia lead the IMSA GTLM championship after the opening four races of 2017 with victories at Sebring and Circuit of The Americas.
The duo also looked set for victory at Long Beach until Garcia was held up by a “traffic jam” at the hairpin on the last corner or the last lap.
That was a bitter pill to swallow, but worse was to come at the 24 Hours Le Mans. Third driver Jordan Taylor was leading until the final lap until a cut tire pushed them back to third place.
Those set-backs has only made the Danish/Spanish combo even more determined to return to victory lane this weekend.
The duo scored the win here in 2014 on Corvette Racing’s first ever visit to Watkins Glen in what was the third victory of a four race winning streak.
Cars are on track today for the first session at 11:05am with a second session at 3:30pm. The final practice and qualifying takes place on Saturday before Sunday’s six-hour battle. The green flag flies for the third IMSA endurance race of the year at 10:10am
WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL
Friday, June 29
5:05 pm – 6:05 pm: Practice 1
9:30 pm – 10:30 pm: Practice 2
Saturday, June 30
2:00 pm – 3:00pm: Practice 3
6:05 pm – 6:20 pm: GTLM Qualifying
Sunday, June 31
2:00 pm – 2:20 pm: Warm-up
4:10 pm – 10:10 pm: Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen
Friday, June 29
11:05 am –12:05 pm: Practice 1
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Practice 2
Saturday, June 30
8:00 am – 9:00am: Practice 3
12:05 pm – 12:20 pm: GTLM Qualifying
Sunday, June 31
8:00 am – 8:20 am: Warm-up
10:10am – 4:10 pm: Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen
TV SCHEDULE (All times EDT)
Sunday, June 31, 2017
10:00 am to 1:00 pm (US Eastern)
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm (US Eastern)
IMSA.tv and the IMSA mobile app will feature live streaming coverage of qualifying sessions and any live endurance racing action that is not being carried live by FOX Sports.
Jan Magnussen Q&A
Q: How determined are you to bounce back at Watkins Glen after Le Mans?
A: “Le Mans was obviously pretty disappointing, but I couldn’t be more proud of the entire team. We didn’t have the fastest car on the day, but our teamwork and determination put us in a position to win the race.
“Luck wasn’t on our side there at the finish, but there was really nothing we could do.
“We had to settle for third place and it was a pretty cool experience to bring my son Luca onto the podium with us.
“It was great to be on the podium again but we came here to win. We bounced back from the disappointment of Long Beach and we’ll do the same after Le Mans.”
Q: How much do you like racing here at Watkins Glen?
A: “Obviously any track where you have had some success becomes a favorite but I really do enjoy racing here.
“It really is an old-school drivers track. It is super fast and there are consequences if you make a mistake. This is the type of track where the driver can really make a difference.
“Since they repaved the track it only became even faster and even more fun. I had raced here in Grand-Am competition before but being able to win here for Corvette Racing on the team’s first ever visit here in 2014 was a huge thrill.”
Q: You are leading the championship after the Le Mans break, how important is it to keep scoring consistent points?
A: “It is way too early to even start thinking about the championship yet. If we just keep concentrating on winning races, then the championship will take care of itself.
“We’ve had success at a lot of the tracks coming up in the schedule in the past few years. We’ve won at The Glen, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, VIR and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
“The big thing we have in our favor is the incredible work by the Corvette Racing team. They have been at the absolute top of their game throughout the year.
“The competition is so hard on track so any time you can gain a couple of spots with slick pit work is a huge bonus.”
Q: How does Corvette Racing keep raising the bar with the tough competition in GTLM?
A: “I’m so proud of everyone at Corvette Racing. Ford, BMW and Porsche have all come out with new cars in the past couple of years but we’ve still be able to stay very competitive.
“Corvette Racing has won three of the four races this year and obviously we were in contention to win Le Mans as well.
“Antonio and I are so proud to race with these guys. They keep pushing so hard and have a never say die attitude.”
Q: How pleased were you with Kevin’s race last weekend in Azerbaijan?
A: “That was a bit of a crazy day but it was awesome to see him in the points again. He had a good qualifying and raced really well. At one stage he was all the way up to third place but I know he was just happy to come away with a good points haul.
“He has a run of five great European tracks coming up which he really enjoys – especially places like Spa and Monza.”