Driver Spotlight: Jan Magnussen
Driver, No. 3 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R in GTLM
What was the feeling like at the Roar with the two series now together?
“It was quite a good feeling with how everything is coming together. It’s still very early days and it’s two completely different programs that needs to be put into one. It does seem like for the most part, they’ve taken the best from each series and have carried that on. I’m sure there’s still a log of bugs to be worked out until it’s absolutely perfect. It’s an opportunity to make the best GT series in the world and it feels like thats what everyone wants and everyone is working towards.”
How has the new Corvette C7.R been so far?
“For us, it’s just been a development program and it’s gone really well. It’s not the first time Pratt & Miller have developed a new car and it would be completely wrong to say that this is just an evolution of the C6.R. This is a completely new car. It will take some time before we get to know it completely. But everything is moving in the right direction.”
What do you think one of the biggest challenges will be for the Rolex 24?
“There’s no new challenges to Daytona other than it now being four categories that you have to negotiate. But everybody coming from the ALMS is probably more used to that than the GRAND-AM guys, but it’s not that big of a difference. It will be about getting through traffic, running to your own program and not taking any unnecessary risks.”
How proud are you of your son Kevin’s achievements as he steps up to Formula One this year with McLaren?
“I can’t begin to describe how proud I am. It was a great year for the family in 2013. All of the hard work for Kevin starts now. He’s done a fantastic job up until now but he really needs to work hard and focus on what he’s doing. They start testing at the end of the month and pretty soon after that we’ll find out where he is. I’ve got a pretty busy schedule myself but I’ll be at every race that I can. Unfortunately I’m going to miss his first race in Australia because of Sebring.”
Considering the amount of travel you do, do you have any tips to overcome jet lag?
“With the jet lag, the only thing that seems to work for me is to sleep a little bit more than a little bit less. I don’t react well if I get behind on my sleep. It can take me a little bit longer to adapt to the new time. For me, it’s trying to eat at the right time and sleep at the right times.”