One door closed and now another one has now opened for Haas F1 driver Kevin Magnussen.
Magnussen, who is losing his Formula 1 ride after four years with the Haas F1 Team at season’s end, will be joining Chip Ganassi Racing for a full-time ride in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Ganassi Racing’s Cadillac Daytona Prototype (DPi) car in 2021.
Ganassi Racing made the announcement on Thursday as Magnussen was in Bahrain beginning preparations for this weekend’s F1 Sahkir Grand Prix.
“Chip Ganassi Racing is a hugely successful team in many different racing series,” Magnussen said on Thursday in Bahrain. “I’m going to be joining effectively a new team in DPi in IMSA, but a team that has a lot of experience in this category and success. I’m really looking forward to joining a team that I know will be super competitive.
“Just the thought of being able to look forward to a season where I know that we have a chance of winning is a really good feeling and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Magnussen’s father, Jan, has raced sports cars in the United States for more than two decades and has two IMSA championships and a pair of American Le Mans Series titles to his credit.
“I’ve been over there watching him at many races,” Kevin Magnussen said. “I just always enjoyed the atmosphere and been very curious about those tracks because they are amazing tracks over there.”
Magnussen has been racing in 2014. He has one career podium finish in 117 career F1 starts. That podium came in the form of a second-place finish in his first F1 race at Melbourne with McLaren in 2014.
“If you are in professional racing anywhere in the world, you know the name Chip Ganassi and what it represents in motorsports,” Magnussen, 28, said. “Chip has built one of the best racing organization’s on and off the track, and you can look back in history and see the tremendous record of success, especially as it relates to sports car racing. It’s a great opportunity for myself to team up with CGR, Renger and Cadillac. I can’t wait to get started, meet the team and begin preparations for the 2021 season.”
In addition to Magnussen, Ganassi will be adding sports car veteran Renger van der Zande to the Cadillac DPi program for next season.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to have raced and won with Scott (Dixon) in sports cars and I think he really embodies what the whole Chip Ganassi Racing organization is all about.” van der Zande said. It’s a first-class operation and the team knows how to win the big races.
“One of the things that stood out to me was hearing that as a former driver, Chip always wanted to create and build a team that he would want to drive for. He has certainly done that, and those results speak for themselves across many series around the world. I think Kevin and I are both excited to say the least, and ready to get the 2021 season started at Daytona.”
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