VIR battle looms for Magnussen and Corvette Racing


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VIRginia International Raceway, VA (Friday, August 26, 2016): Jan Magnussen and Corvette Racing will have the chance to race for the overall win at VIRginia International Raceway in this weekend’s round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The Michelin GT Challenge at VIR will feature the GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes fighting for the overall win as the IMSA championship enters its final three rounds of 2016.

VIR_2Magnussen and teammate Antonio Garcia have their sights set on scoring their first victory of 2016 this weekend. The duo finished second by a matter of inches in a Corvette Racing 1-2 at Daytona and had their chances of success of Sebring ruined when the No. 3 Corvette was taken out just after taking the race lead.

While luck hasn’t been on their side, the duo still sit in third place behind championship leaders and teammates Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin and the driver’s, team’s and manufacturer’s championships.

Magnussen and Garcia have a previous podium here at the 3.27 mile VIR circuit in 2013 – the year of their championship victory in the American Le Mans Series.

Cars will his the track this morning for the first practice session at 11:30am. Sunday’s two hour, 40 minute race will go green at 1:35pm.

 

VIRginia International Raceway

European Time
FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2016
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm:
Practice #1 – IMSA (All)
9:35 pm – 10:35 pm:
Practice #2 – IMSA (All)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2016
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm:
Practice #3 – IMSA (All)
6:20 pm – 6:35 pm:
Qualifying – IMSA (GTLM)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2016
2:05 am – 2:25 am:
Warm Up – IMSA (All)
5:00 am – 5:45 am:
IMSA Autograph Session
7:35 pm – 10:15 pm:
Race – Michelin GT Challenge at VIR

 

US Time
FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2016

11:30 am -12:30 pm:
Practice #1 – IMSA (All)
3:35 pm – 4:35 pm:
Practice #2 – IMSA (All)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2016
8:00 am – 9:00 am:
Practice #3 – IMSA (All)
12:20 pm -12:35 pm:
Qualifying – IMSA (GTLM)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2016
8:05 am – 8:25 am:
Warm Up – IMSA (All)
11:00 am – 11:45 am:
IMSA Autograph Session
1:35 pm – 4:15 pm:
Race – Michelin GT Challenge at VIR

 

US TV SCHEDULE (All times EDT)

Saturday, August 27
QUALIFYING: 11:55 am – 12:35 pm
IMSA.com (Live) (IMSA App)

Sunday, August 28
RACE: 1:30 pm FOX Sports 1

IMSA.tv and the IMSA mobile app will feature live streaming coverage of the qualifying sessions and any live endurance racing action that is not being carried live by FOX Sports.

 

Jan Magnussen Q&A

VIR_5_1Q: How much are you looking forward to this weekend’s round at VIR?

A: “This is really my favorite type of circuit. It is really “old school” – super fast and flowing and the type of place where if you make a mistake there are serious consequences.
“The esses are my favorite part of the track. It is really quick and the car gets quite light through there. This place has a great combination of corners.”

 

Q: What would it mean to pull off your first win of the year here?

A: “Our luck hasn’t been on our side so far this year but we’re still pushing very hard. We finished second by a matter of inches in a Corvette Racing 1-2 at Daytona and then got taken out a split second after we had taken the lead at Sebring.
“We’re still third in the championship fight so we’re pushing very hard. Corvette Racing is not only chasing the driver’s championship but the team’s and manufacturer’s titles as well.
“Podium finishes at Lime Rock and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park have been very important as well
“Every point is going to be critical for all these championships.”

 

VIR_6Q: How important are these championships for Corvette Racing?

A: “We work as a complete team at Corvette Racing and taking all of these titles is a priority.
“For Antonio and I, the driver’s title is going to be a big challenge at this stage but the best way we can help the guys in the No.4 car is to finish ahead of the Ford.
“If it comes down to the line and we need to help our teammates, then that is what we’ll do but in the interim we’ll continue to push as hard as we can and focus on our own results.”

 

Q: How different will this weekend be without the prototypes?

A: “We normally have to have one eye on the mirror and one eye ahead to to see what’s coming up.
“Traffic can sometimes be your best friend or your worst enemy. This weekend we don’t have that variable so it will be a a little different
“It is always great to be able race for the overall win and we’ll be giving it our best shot.”

 

2016-07-mre-chgp-2016-23Q: How is your season looking at home in the Danish Thundersports Championship?

A: “This was one of the only weekends for the year where I was “double booked” – there is a Danish Thundersports race scheduled for this weekend as well.
“I’m still second in the championship but missing this weekend will make it tough to win the title this year. My teammate Michael Markussen at Magnussen Racing Experience is third in the points so hopefully he has a strong weekend.
“We’ve got two more weekends looming with one race in Norway and then back to Jyllands-Ringen for the finale on September 24-25.”

 

Q: How much is Kevin looking forward to this weekend at Spa?

A: “Like his Dad, he really likes “old school” circuits like this but it still may be a bit of struggle as Renault keep working on bridging the gap and focusing on 2017.
“Back in 2013 when he won the World Series by Renault championship he had a great weekend at Spa with two poles, a win and a fastest lap.
“I’ll obviously be keeping an eye on his progress during the weekend.”