Followers of Corvette Racing will remember fondly the names Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller. The duo had been long-time contributors to the Corvette Racing team and just recently, were removed from driving duties, much to the dismay of enthusiasts.
Jan was dropped from the full-time roster after 16 years with Corvette. His driving skill has cemented numerous 24 Hours of Le Mans class wins as well as Championship titles and over 30 race victories for Team Corvette.
Rockenfeller’s seat as the third hot-shoe during IMSA’s long, endurance races was recently given to Kicky Catsburg. Rockenfeller was a winner with Corvette Racing at the 2017 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, co-driving with Magnussen and Antonio Garcia.
Both Jan and Mike will both find themselves wrapped in the all-new C8.R during two FIA World Endurance Championship races shortly. They will be driving the No. 63 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C8.R, featuring a primary yellow livery with silver accents.
Corvette Racing has announced that it has added two WEC races to the C8.R’s schedule to continue the development of the car in competition. “These two events provide us the opportunity to obtain further learnings on the new Corvette C8.R while competing against world-class competition,” said Mark Kent, Chevrolet Director of Motorsports Competition. “Having experienced Corvette drivers such as Jan and Mike in the car will provide us a good opportunity to contend for the win in the very competitive World Endurance Championship series.”
The first race is scheduled to start this month at the six-hour Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. Both drivers will wield the C8.R around the colorful corners and apexes of the COTA track when the flag drops on February 23, 2020.
The second race on the duo’s C8.R schedule will find the C8.Rs competing in both races of the Super Sebring Weekend – the 1,000 Miles of Sebring for the FIA WEC and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship from March 18-21.
The Lone Star Le Mans will be the first time either driver will turn the wheel of the all-new C8.R in competition. Their expertise and skills are certainly going to be beneficial to Corvette Racing in sorting out the fledgling car’s on-track manners and both drivers are reportedly excited about the opportunity.
“I’m very happy to be back with Corvette Racing at Circuit of The Americas and Sebring with the mid-engine Corvette C8.R,” said Magnussen. “For some time, we have been working together on plans for additional races that will help develop and prepare the team and mid-engine Corvette for the IMSA season and hopefully other big races this year. Even in early testing, I was very impressed with the level of engineering and performance of the C8.R. I’m excited to drive it again, now in race conditions.”
Rockenfeller reported similar excitement. “I have heard a lot from the other drivers about how the Corvette C8.R is much more advanced than any other Corvette out there,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to these two upcoming events. The mid-engine Corvette looked very fast and competitive at Daytona. Going that distance and being in contention for a win this early is a good sign for Corvette Racing. I’m excited to be part of making this car as good as it can be.”
Free Practice and Qualifying for all classes will take place on Saturday, February 22nd with the six-hour race starting at noon local time the following day. Go to the WEC’s website for tickets and viewing options and be sure to cheer on Team Corvette as they take on the world’s best drivers at both WEC events.