Back in September, rumors surfaced that Jan Magnussen would leave Corvette Racing at the conclusion of the 2019 IMSA season, with American driver Jordan Taylor filling his seat in the No. 3 car.
Magnussen announced his departure from the team last month, just as the rumors said he would, and now the latter half of the prophecy has come true, with the Chevrolet factory team announcing today that Taylor has joined its ranks for the 2020 racing season.
“It’s a huge honor to be back with Corvette Racing for 2020 and part of the full-season lineup,” the 28-year old Taylor said in a statement. “I’m very proud to be joining one of the most successful teams in sports car racing history and to represent the Corvette and Chevrolet brands.”
Taylor previously drove for his father’s team, Wayne Taylor Racing, where he drove both the Chevrolet Corvette DP and Cadillac DPi-V.R prototypes. The 28-year old Orlando native is no stranger to Corvette Racing either, having raced with the team at Le Mans every year between 2012 and 2017. Taylor took a GTE Pro class victory at Le Mans in 2015 with Corvette Racing, when he partnered with Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R.
“I was very fortunate to spend six years with Corvette in the endurance races driving both the C6.R and C7.R,” Taylor said. “Now being back with the brand new C8.R is really special.”
Taylor will partner Spanish Corvette Racing veteran Antonio Garcia in the No. 3 Corvette C8.R in 2020. Milner and Gavin will again share the No. 4 Corvette Racing entry next year. It’s not yet clear if Marcel Fassler and Mike Rockenfeller will continue with the team in their third-driver roles for endurance races.
“The 2020 season is an important one for all of Corvette Racing with the new C8.R,” said Garcia. “It’s very different from any Corvette I have ever driven, but in a positive way. I’m anxious to continue testing and development with all our team.”
Wayne Taylor Racing has yet to say who will replace Taylor in the No. 11 Cadillac DPi-V.R – though Ryan Briscoe is rumored to be in line for the seat. Briscoe was left without a ride for 2020 after Ford shut down its Chip Ganassi Racing-run Ford GT program.
The 2020 IMSA season will kick off with the Rolex 24 at Daytona in late January – the first competition outing for the new mid-engine Corvette C8.R.