After plenty of rumours for the last few weeks, we have gotten the confirmation now – Jan Magnussen ends his Corvette Racing career.
The Dane has raced for the American team since 2004, where he was called up as the third driver in the endurance races. He won the GTS category at Le Mans straight away, followed by another two wins in 2005 and 2006. He won the GT1 category in 2009, for the final time so far, but was back on the podium in 2014 and 2017 again, at the French circuit.
He has been a full-time member of Corvette Racing since 2007, where he did the full American Le Mans Series, and later on the IMSA series, in addition to the Le Mans races. He won the GT1 title in 2008 with Johnny O’Connell, before he won another GT Championship with Antonio Garcia in 2013. The GTLM title was won in both 2017 and 2018, together with Garcia, while the pairing finished third in this years Championship.
The wording in the Corvette Racing press releases states that Magnussen “Will explore new driving opportunities for 2020 away from Corvette Racing.” That wording could point towards Magnussen himself pulling the plug, rather than Corvette removing him from the team. But we’ll probably never get the real info from any of the parties.
Corvette Racing will announce the new pairings in IMSA and Le Mans 2020 at a later stage.