In his latest column for Motorsport.com, Corvette Racing driver Jan Magnussen says that he was disappointed to lose to the No. 4 Corvette Racing sister C7.R in the Rolex 24 at Daytona last week, but his son’s new contract with Renault in Formula 1 has made up for it.
Magnussen says both the No. 3 C7.R and the No. 4 C7.R ran “perfect” races, which ultimately placed them neck-and-neck for the finish of the 24-hour race. If it weren’t for a minor fueling issue at the end of the race, the No. 3 car would have, in his words, “had it in the bag.”
The close GTLM finish in the Rolex 24 at Daytona was not only nerve racking to watch on the TV or computer screen at home, but also from the Corvette Racing pit, Magnussen said. He also noted it was “fantastic,” the team let the No. 3 and No. 4 Corvettes race like that in front of the dedicated IMSA fans in attendance.
Despite the loss, Magnussen is still happy this week as his son, Kevin, landed a contract with the newly formed Renault Formula 1 team for 2016. Kevin Magnussen raced for McLaren in F1 in 2014 but was relegated to a reserve driver position after veteran driver Fernando Alonso joined the team. Jan recognizes the opportunity Kevin has with Renault and says he’s hoping to make it out to one or two races this year.
“While I was a little disappointed about finishing second at Daytona, my week certainly got a lot better with the news that my son Kevin is going to be back in Formula 1 this year,” Magnussen said.
“It’s actually a really exciting opportunity. They have a young driver line-up and a manufacturer coming back into the sport very keen to get back to their winning ways,” he added.