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Jani Replaces Magnussen in Ganassi’s Sebring Lineup

Le Mans winner Neel Jani gets 12H Sebring drive with Cadillac Chip Ganassi Racing…

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Cadillac Chip Ganassi Racing has signed Neel Jani to replace the Formula 1-bound Kevin Magnussen in its DPi driver lineup for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

24 Hours of Le Mans winner Jani will slot into the No. 02 Cadillac DPi-V.R alongside Alex Lynn and Earl Bamber for this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round.

Magnussen was initially due to partner the No. 02 entry’s full-season pairing but the Dane will instead be in action at the Bahrain Grand Prix after securing a late deal to race for Haas in F1.

Jani scored the 12H Sebring pole in 2017 driving for Rebellion Racing and claimed a GT Le Mans class podium in the 2020 edition with Porsche’s factory IMSA team.

“We’re thrilled that Neel Jani is available to be an integral part of our Cadillac team,” commented Mike Hull, managing director of Chip Ganassi Racing.

“His ability to win as a teammate at the highest global level of endurance sports car racing is proven with the unselfish mindset that’s necessary to win as a team.

“We are happy for Kevin to return to his passion of racing at the highest possible level in open-wheel racing.

“Our team is grateful to have worked closely with Kevin. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with him in the seat.”

Jani was assigned to Porsche’s factory GTE-Pro squad in the FIA World Endurance Championship last year but was replaced by Michael Christensen for the 2022 season.

The Swiss, who won Le Mans overall with Porsche in 2016, still works with the manufacturer as one of its ABB FIA Formula E World Championship reserve drivers.

“I am fortunate to have the opportunity to run with a renowned team like Chip Ganassi Racing, while returning to one of my favorite tracks and races in the Twelve Hours of Sebring,” Jani said.

“I’m eager to work with Alex Lynn and team up with a familiar face in Earl Bamber as we go for the checkered in the No. 02.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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