Corvette Racing qualified a solid sixth and ninth place for this weekend’s Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway, but they were dangerously close to missing the qualifying session altogether after Jan Magnussen’s No. 3 was wrapped up in a multi-car collision during a practice session Saturday.
Magnussen was running in the top half of the GTLM field during the final practice session of the day when he slid and on oil on the track and spun under braking/ Porsche factory driver Richard Lietz was also wrapped up in the collision after losing control on the oil and suffered a broken arm. Magnussen was transported, evaluated and released from the track medical center after experiencing “concussion-like” symptoms.
The No. 3 C7.R didn’t fare too well in the crash either, suffering damage to multiple crucial components. The Corvette Racing mechanics worked hard to replace the engine support cradle, sway bar, suspension pieces, steering column, air jacks, rocker, assorted bodywork, body tray, left door and windshield and had the car finished and ready to go just 15 minutes before qualifying started.
Magnussen was replaced by Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan Taylor for the race today as a safety precaution. Taylor will also drive a C7.R at Circuit of the Americas for Corvette Racing next month and also participates in the team’s efforts at Le Mans.