Corvette Racing driver Jan Magnussen will now be writing periodic columns for Motorsport, sharing with us his insights and opinions gained over his long and illustrious racing career. For his first piece, the former F1 driver talks about how it feels to win at Daytona with Corvette Racing “after years of trying,” to do so.
To sum his article up, Magnussen says winning at Daytona was “absolutely fantastic, from start to finish,” adding that “the car was so great to drive. It was a real racecar that you could push and it responded really well in any situation.”
That sounds like a much different racecar than the one the Corvette Racing team competed in at Daytona last year. The team finished fifth and tenth in the GTLM class in 2014 after both C7.Rs experienced mechanical problems. One year of racing and learning has made a huge difference, it seems.
“It was one of those races where nothing went wrong, not a scratch on the car – just some old rubber and a few dead bugs,” Magnussen writes. “Everybody just performed perfectly, the drivers, the team, the crew. Everything was incredible.”
“It’s hard to believe because I’ve never raced here without, at one point, having to go back to the garage to fix something and then go back out,” he added.
Magnussen said the team “has their sights” on winning the 12 Hours of Sebring, the next race in the Tudor United Sportscar Championship. If the Corvette Racing team can capture a victory there, they will have a huge head start in championship points over the competition. But Porsche, Ferrari and Aston Martin, all of whom Magnussen says were “very fast,” at Daytona, won’t be letting that happen easily.