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Exclusive: Magnussen, Garcia Drafted into Stevenson for Lime Rock

Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia drafted into 2nd Stevenson Camaro for Lime Rock…

Photo: Jan Magnussen Racing

Photo: Jan Magnussen Racing

With the GT championship on the line, Stevenson Motorsports and GM have brought in some heavy hitters for this weekend’s Rolex Sports Car Series finale at Lime Rock Park.

Sportscar365 has learned that Stevenson will field a second Camaro GT.R for GM drivers Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia, to support their lead, and title-contending, No. 57 entry of Robin Liddell and John Edwards.

The duo, who have collected four class wins this season, trail Magnus Racing’s Andy Lally and John Potter by 11 points, while also being 7 points back from Alessandro Balzan, who sits second.

In order for the No. 57 Camaro and its drivers to take home the title, they will need the Magnus Porsche to finish 7th or lower and the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari to not score a podium result.

“We have to do everything we can to try and win the championship,” team manager Mike Johnson told Sportscar365. “It comes down to the last race. If they finish 3rd and 6th and we have a car sitting in the shop, then we’d be kicking ourselves afterwards. We have the opportunity.

“We obviously want to make it a clean race and do everything we can. We don’t want to manipulate anything. But if we can end the Camaro history in the Rolex Series with a 1-2 at Lime Rock, we’d be happy and General Motors would be happy.”

Magnussen and Garcia are fresh off their second consecutive GT class victory in the American Le Mans Series, which has seen the Corvette Racing duo take over the championship lead.

While the Dane boasts plenty of Rolex Series GT experience, it will mark Garcia’s first start in the Prep 2 Camaro, which could be making its final professional start due to a change in the regulations for next year.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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