After 16 years, 156 race starts, 35 wins and four championships, Jan Magnussen is set to leave his role as a factory driver at Corvette Racing.
In 2020 the Danish driver, whose departure from GM’s factory GTLM programme has been long rumoured, will explore other opportunities in racing.
He leaves the Pratt and Miller programme after a stunning career, which featured a record number of wins and championships since he joined the team back in 2004. In addition to his 35 wins and four titles, he racked up four class wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and one in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and 17 pole positions.
“I’m fortunate to have had such a long career with Corvette Racing,” Magnussen said. “When I joined the program in 2004, I never thought this would be my home for the next 16 years. The team is like my second family. I’m very proud of the championships and race wins we achieved together against very tough competition. Thanks to everyone at Corvette Racing for the good times and memories.”
— Corvette Racing (@CorvetteRacing) October 18, 2019
Magnussen spent his first three years with Corvette Racing as an endurance driver and became a full-time driver in 2007. He partnered with current teammate Antonio Garcia full-time starting in 2012, with the pairing winning GT Le Mans championships in 2017 and 2018.
“Everyone at Corvette Racing thanks Jan for his years of dedication and professionalism during the last 16 years,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance and Motorsports. “Jan has been a key part of the growth and success of Corvette Racing. His experience and insight have been invaluable. We hold Jan in the highest regard and wish him well in the next chapter of his career.”
Corvette Racing will confirm details of its 2020 racing programme later this year. It is expected that Jordan Taylor will fill Magnussen’s seat in 2020, moving on from Wayne Taylor Racing’s DPi class effort to compete with the new C8.R.