A mechanical issue resulted in driver Jan Magnussen losing control of the car in the Porsche Curves and smashing into the guard rail, damaging the car’s front and rear ends beyond immediate repair.
Magnussen was helped from the car by the ACO medical staff and was taken to the track’s medical center for the standard series of checks. He was fortunately given the all-clear by the ACO medical staff.
The incident marks the first withdrawal of a Corvette Racing entry at Le Mans. The No. 63 Corvette C7.R was to be driven by Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, and Ryan Briscoe. The No. 63 C7.R is also the very car that won both the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring earlier this year.
The crash leaves only one Corvette Racing entry — the No. 64 C7.R — for the event. On Saturday, it will be piloted by Tommy Milner, Oliver Gavin and Jordan Taylor.
“We are thankful that Jan has been checked and released by the ACO medical staff,” said Mark Kent, Director of Chevrolet Racing. “We are disappointed that the No. 63 Corvette will be unable to compete at the Le Mans this year. The Corvette Racing team put a lot of work into two C7.Rs for this event, and unfortunately only one will be in the race.”