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Corvette Confirms Magnussen, Rockenfeller for Two WEC Races

Magnussen, Rockenfeller to return for Corvette in new C8.R’s WEC appearances…

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

Corvette Racing has confirmed that Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller will drive for the team in the next two FIA World Endurance Championship races.

The pairing will represent the factory GM operation in both the Lone Star Le Mans six-hour race on Feb. 23 and the 1000 Miles of Sebring in late March.

They will co-drive a predominantly yellow version of the new mid-engine Chevrolet C8.R which competes full-time in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Magnussen and Rockenfeller’s surprise return, which was first reported on Monday for the COTA round, comes after both drivers were released from their roles with the Corvette program at the end of last year.

Magnussen exited the team’s full-season WeatherTech Championship lineup last October while Rockenfeller departed from the extended IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup squad.

The duo shared a Corvette C7.R with Antonio Garcia in last year’s 1000 Miles of Sebring.

It’s understood that the current plan is for Magnussen and Rockenfeller to compete as a pair without a third co-driver at both Circuit of The Americas and Sebring.

“These two events provide us the opportunity to obtain further learnings on the new Corvette C8.R while competing against world-class competition,” said Chevrolet motorsport director Mark Kent.

“Having experienced Corvette drivers such as Jan and Mike in the car will provide us a good opportunity to contend for the win in the very competitive FIA World Endurance Championship.”

It’s not currently known if Magnussen and Rockenfeller will appear for Corvette in races beyond the two American WEC events that they have been confirmed for.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

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