Road Atlanta, GA (Thursday, September 29, 2016): Jan Magnussen has his sights set on completing the 2016 season on a high note with a strong run at Petit Le Mans with Antonio Garcia and the returning Mike Rockenfeller.
Magnussen and Garcia enter the weekend coming off back-to-back podiums – a victory at VIRginia International Raceway and a third place finish at Circuit of The Americas.
Rockenfeller returns to the Corvette Racing squad this weekend after previously racing alongside Magnussen and Garcia at Daytona and Sebring earlier this year.
Corvette Racing has its sights set on clinching the driver’s, team’s and manufacturer’s championships in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The team’s No.4 car with Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin currently lead the points with Magnussen and Garcia in third place.
The teams will be back on track today for two more practice sessions including a 90 minute night session this evening. Final practice and qualifying will be staged tomorrow with the 10-hour Petit Le Mans battle kicking off at 11:10am on Saturday.
THURSDAY, SEPT 29, 2016
5:15 pm -6:15 pm: Practice #1 – IMSA (All Classes)
9:25 pm – 10:25 pm: Practice #2 – IMSA (All Classes)
1:30 am – 3:00 am: Practice #3 – IMSA (All Classes)
FRIDAY, SEPT 30, 2016
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm: Practice #4 – IMSA (All Classes)
9:55 pm – 10:10 pm: Qualifying – IMSA (GTLM)
SATURDAY, OCT 1, 2016
2:40 pm – 3:00 pm: Warm Up – IMSA (All Classes)
5:10 pm – 3:10 am: Race – Petit Le Mans
THURSDAY, SEPT 29, 2016
11:15 am -12:15 pm: Practice #1 – IMSA (All Classes)
3:25 pm – 4:25 pm: Practice #2 – IMSA (All Classes)
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm: Practice #3 – IMSA (All Classes)
FRIDAY, SEPT 30, 2016
10:15 am -11:15 am: Practice #4 – IMSA (All Classes)
3:55 pm – 4:10 pm: Qualifying – IMSA (GTLM)
SATURDAY, OCT 1, 2016
8:40 am – 9:00 am: Warm Up – IMSA (All Classes)
11:10 am – 9:10 pm: Race – Petit Le Mans
US TV SCHEDULE (All times EDT)
Friday, September 30
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. IMSA.com (Live) (IMSA App)
Saturday, October 1
11:00 a.m.: FOX Sports 1
12:00 p.m.: IMSA.tv
2:00 p.m.: FOX Sports 2
7:30 p.m.: FOX Sports 2
8:00 p.m.: IMSAtv
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
JM: “Getting a result there was nice. Finishing on the podium was probably a good couple of spots better than we expected before the race started. We showed good speed in the race compared to everyone else. Through practice and qualifying we were about a second or so back, but in then the race was a lot closer so that was a good development for us.”
Q: Looking forward to Petit Le Mans, you’ve done a million miles around Road Atlanta, do you know the place like the back of your hand?
JM: “Yeah pretty much, but still with different cars and different setups and developments and things, the track stays the same but the cars change. So that makes it a challenge every time. It’s not the same again and again and again. I really enjoy driving around Road Atlanta. It’s a fun track. It’s a fantastic place, one of my favorite racetracks in the states and I’m looking forward to finishing the year off here.”
JM: “Well the only negative thing is the amount of time you get in the car to prepare, because now you have three guys that you have try and get everyone in the car during practice. But it’s not a huge problem. As we said before, we’ve had a lot of laps around here, we don’t really need to do a lot to get our eye back in. There is time for a third driver to get comfortable. It’s not a big thing. Everything else is just a bonus and having Rocky back is fantastic. He slotted in perfectly at Daytona and Sebring and did an incredible job.”
Q: Championships are on the line at Petit Le Mans. How much effort goes in to making sure the entire team cleans up all three titles?
JM: “I think it’s important that we win the manufacturers’ title. That was a big goal for Corvette Racing right from the beginning of the year. Obviously, with the No.4 car having led the driver’s championship for the majority of the season, that’s a big goal, too, for the team. For the No.3 car for the moment, we’re in third place, it would be nice to keep that. Something really drastic would have to happen for us to finish second, but we’ll just drive the best race we can and see what that gets us.”
Q: Would the ideal result would be the No.3 car wins the race and the No.4 car finishes second and wins the championship?
JM: “Sounds good. I’ll take it!”
JM: “It hasn’t been a fantastic year. I think we’ve had a good car most of the time, but we just somehow put ourselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. We’ve also been a little bit unlucky in certain situations, which has kind of kept us out of the running for the championship, which is a shame.
“But lately we’ve had great performances at VIR and COTA and hopefully we can carry that on Atlanta and then carry that momentum into next year.”
Q: What are your highlights of Road Atlanta over the years?
JM: “I’ve done Petit every year since ’99 and it’s a fantastic race. The duration of it is nice, running into the night. There aren’t a lot of lights around the track, so it really does get dark here. And with the undulation of the track, the lights of the cars have a hard time lighting up where you need it. So, it makes it a big challenge. I think every year is pretty cool.”
JM: “Last year was crazy! But from what I’ve seen on the forecast this year, it’s supposed to be dry. That would be best. Either way, it’s a challenging race and we don’t really need the rain to make it even more of a challenge.”
Q: How was your last race last weekend in the Danish Thundersports Championship?
JM: “It started off good. I was on pole and won the first race. And then somehow, I’m not sure why, we lost some performance for the second and third race. That kind of put me in some bad positions with other cars I didn’t usually need to race.
“But we weren’t fast enough anymore for some reason, I’m not 100 percent sure why, so in the end, I ended up coming together with another car and I had a penalty.
“It turned out to be kind of an aweful day, but that’s how it goes.
“We’re getting new cars for next year for the series. It’s the same car, but an updated version of what we have now, with better bodies and bigger tires and stuff like that. So, it’s kind of cool. Spend the winter building these things and get ready for next year.”
Q: How thrilled were you with Kevin’s last race in Singapore?
JM: “Awesome race. Fantastic. And he’s going race again this weekend as well so he’s going to really compromise my sleeping. Their schedule is completely messed up to my schedule so I’ll finish the race at Road Atlanta and then have to stay up for a few hours to watch Kevin in Malaysia.”