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Jan Magnussen

Full name
Jan Ellegaard Magnussen
Born
4th July 1973 (Age 47) - Roskilde, Sjaelland
Nationality
Danish
Danish
Years Raced
26
Recent Race
Starts
80 (4)
Wins
29
Poles
12
Podiums
38

Exceptional in Formula 3 and with unquestioned natural ability, Jan Magnussen looked every inch a future superstar on the way to Grand Prix racing. But talent alone is no guarantee of Formula 1 success and his career at the highest level was a huge disappointment.

Karting World Champion and successful in cars 

Victory in the 1990 Formula A World Championship at Jesolo was the culmination of six successful years in karts. The feeling that Magnussen was special was confirmed at the end of his first year in cars.

Increasingly fast in British Formula Ford during 1992, his Duckhams Van Diemen RF92 started Brands Hatch’s end-of-season Festival weekend from the back of the grid in his heat and with a 10-second penalty. Yet, he fought through the field to win the final after an audacious pass for the lead at Paddock Hill Bend.

His dominance of the 1994 British F3 Championship with Paul Stewart Racing’s Dallara F394-Mugen drew comparisons with Ayrton Senna’s time in the series and Magnussen joined McLaren-Mercedes as its F1 test driver in 1995. He raced an AMG Mercedes C-Klasse in that year’s International Touring Car Series and DTM and finished as runner-up in the former. That was despite missing two rounds after breaking his leg when his scooter was hit by a car.

Formula 1 debut for McLaren  

Magnussen also made his F1 debut in the 1995 Pacific GP when replacing appendix patient Mika Häkkinen at Aida. He qualified the difficult McLaren MP4-10B-Mercedes-Benz in 12th position and finished 10th.

A permanent F1 opportunity was not forthcoming for 1996 so Magnussen remained in the DTM. He also raced a works and then Hogan Racing Penske PC25-Mercedes in the last four rounds of the Champ Car World Series but finished no higher than eighth at Laguna Seca.

Grand Prix return with Stewart 

Despite that recent disappointing form in single-seaters, Jackie Stewart still remembered Magnussen’s performances in F3. The Dane signed for new Stewart Grand Prix as Rubens Barrichello’s team-mate for the 1997 F1 World Championship. He finished seventh in Monaco and qualified in a career-best sixth in Austria, but Magnussen struggled and only just retained his drive for 1998. He finished sixth in the 1998 Canadian GP but that was his last GP.

A championship winning GT driver 

Replaced by Jos Verstappen after struggling to apply his talent in F1, Magnussen rebuilt his career in sports cars with the unusual front-engine Panoz roadster. He quickly developed into a race winner in the American Le Mans Series but a 1999 return to Champ Cars was less successful – seventh at Vancouver with Patrick Racing’s Reynard 99I-Ford the best of seven races that season.

He continued with Panoz until 2002 before finishing fourth in the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours with a Team Goh Audi R8. He drove for Corvette Racing from 2004 and won the GTS/GT1 class at Le Mans for three years in a row when sixth (2004), fifth (2005) and fourth (2006) overall. Sixth again in 2007, he narrowly lost the GT1 victory to Aston Martin both that year and the next.

Magnussen also shared the American Le Mans Series GT1 title with Johnny O’Connell in 2008 and was Danish Touring Car Champion that year. GT1 winner at Le Mans again in 2009, he repeated his ALMS GT success in 2013 – now partnered by Antonio García. The Magnussen/García Corvette C7-R won the Virginia IMSA GT race in 2017 and they won IMSA’s GTLM class title a year later.

Part of Corvette’s GT programme for 16 years and a class winner at Le Mans on four occasions, Magnussen was dropped at the end of 2019.

Championship Seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points Results

2019/20

World Endurance Championship

Corvette Racing

JMW Motorsport

0

0

0

0

U

0

2018/19

World Endurance Championship

Corvette Racing

0

0

0

0

U

0

2017

World Endurance Championship

Corvette Racing

0

0

0

0

U

0

2017

WeatherTech Sportscar Championship

Corvette Racing

0

0

1

1

U

0

2016

World Endurance Championship

Corvette Racing

0

0

0

0

U

0

2016

WeatherTech Sportscar Championship

Corvette Racing

0

1

1

1

U

0

2015

World Endurance Championship

Corvette Racing

0 (1)

0

0

0

U

0

2014

World Endurance Championship

Corvette Racing

0

0

0

0

U

0

2013

World Endurance Championship

Corvette Racing

0

0

0

0

U

0

2012

World Endurance Championship

Corvette Racing

0

0

0

0

U

0

2011

Intercontinental Le Mans Cup

Corvette Racing

0

0

0

0

U

0

2007

Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series

SunTrust Racing

2

0

2

2 - 100% win rate

U

0

2006

World Touring Car Championship

RBM Team

0

0

0

0

U

0

2006

Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series

SunTrust Racing

1

0

1

1 - 100% win rate

U

0

2005

Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series

The Racers' Group

0

1

1

1

U

0

2004

Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series

Doran Racing

1

0

1

1 - 100% win rate

U

0

2004

European Touring Car Championship

Peugeot Sport Engineering

14

0

0

0

U

0

2002

American Le Mans Series

Panoz Motorsports

0

0

2

2

U

0

2001

American Le Mans Series

Panoz Motorsports

2

1

2

2 - 100% win rate

U

0

2000

American Le Mans Series

Panoz Motorsports

1

0

1

1 - 100% win rate

U

0

1999

FedEx Championship Series

Patrick Racing

7

0

0

0

24

8

1999

American Le Mans Series

Panoz Motorsports

1

1

1

1 - 100% win rate

U

0

1998

F1 World Championship

Stewart Ford

7

0

0

0

15

1

1997

F1 World Championship

Stewart Ford

17

0

0

0

U

0

1996

PPG Indycar World Series

Hogan-Penske Racing

Marlboro Team Penske

4

0

0

0

23

5

1996

International Touring Car Series

AMG Mercedes

0 (2)

0

5

1

10

97

1995

International Touring Car Series

AMG Mercedes

0

0

5

1

2

83

1995

F1 World Championship

Marlboro McLaren Mercedes

1

0

0

0

U

0

1995

Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft

AMG Mercedes

0 (1)

0

1

0

8

49

1994

British F3 Championship

Paul Stewart Racing

14

8

14

14 - 100% win rate

1

308

Non Championship Races

Title Date Circuit Laps Position

2010 Le Mans 24 Hours

12/06/2010

Le Mans

397

R

2009 Le Mans 24 Hours

13/06/2009

Le Mans

382

15

2008 Le Mans 24 Hours

14/06/2008

Le Mans

381

14

2007 Le Mans 24 Hours

16/06/2007

Le Mans

369

6

2006 Le Mans 24 Hours

17/06/2006

Le Mans

380

4

2005 Le Mans 24 Hours

18/06/2005

Le Mans

370

5

2004 Le Mans 24 Hours

12/06/2004

Le Mans

379

6

2003 Le Mans 24 Hours

14/06/2003

Le Mans

377

4

2002 Le Mans 24 Hours

15/06/2002

Le Mans

375

R

2001 Le Mans 24 Hours

16/06/2001

Le Mans

321

R

2000 Le Mans 24 Hours

17/06/2000

Le Mans

368

15

1999 Le Mans 24 Hours

12/06/1999

Le Mans

366

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