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Magnussen Aiming For Strong Long Beach Weekend For Corvette
Posted by: newsla on Apr 12, 2014 - 06:37 AM
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Magnussen Aiming For Strong Long Beach Weekend For Corvette


They may have been delayed with technical headaches at the opening two rounds of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, but Jan Magnussen and the Corvette Racing squad have their sights set on bouncing back on the streets of Long Beach this weekend.

 

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Magnussen, regular teammate Antonio Garcia and IndyCar ace Ryan Briscoe fought back at Sebring after suffering early damage to not only gain back their lost lap but charge their way to the front of the pack.

Fuel pressure issues eventually took the No.3 Corvette out of contention, but the Danish ace is confident of a strong showing this weekend at Long Beach.

Corvette Racing has been traditionally strong here with four race wins and a Corvette has set the fastest race lap in each of the past seven years.

Magnussen is back on track this weekend after recently visiting the Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix where he was able to see his son Kevin in action for McLaren for the first time.

Kevin Magnussen scored a sensational second place on debut in Australia and backed that up with more points in Malaysia despite a penalty and an early stop to replace the nose on his McLaren.

Tequila Patrón Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach (all times PT)

TUDOR Championship Practice 2: 5:05 p.m., Friday, April 11

GTLM Qualifying: 5:45 p.m., Friday, April 11

Tequila Patrón Sports Car Showcase: 3:10 p.m., Saturday, April 12

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Saturday, April 12

6 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1)

JAN MAGNUSSEN Q&A

Q: HOW HARD HAS THE TEAM BEEN WORKING TO IRON OUT SOME OF THE BUGS?

A: "With the new Corvette C7.R, we've proved that the car is fast but unfortunately we've had some technical issues in the first two races that put us out of contention. "I think we're getting on top of the car in terms of reliability. This being a super short race, I don't see the issues that we had at Daytona or Sebring really playing in here. "Even though we've had some good results here, we've also had some damage. But I think that's what happens in these street course races."

Q: HOW DO YOU THINK THE CORVETTE C7.R WILL BE SUITED TO A STREET COURSE?

A: "This will be the first time the car will be on a street course but I feel that it's a good improvement over the Corvette C6.R. I'm really looking forward to see how it's going to be at a place like this. "I think it will be fast. It feels better than the old car and the C6.R was a really good car on street courses."

Q: WITH LESS CARS AND CLASSES ON TRACK THIS WEEKEND, ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING MORE OF A CLEAR TRACK?

A: "It will be a little bit different with just the GTLM and the P cars. The biggest difference with that is that traffic usually plays into the strategy but here we should be traffic free. "We should be able to do our own stuff. The P cars will come by eventually but we only have to worry about that and our own pace which is nice that we can do our own thing. "It's still going to be a tough race, figuring out the strategy. In a perfect race, there will only be one stop if there are no yellows. "In the past, we've both had good luck with the one stop strategy but we've also gotten behind because of it. If somebody has an issue at the beginning of the race, they seem to be coming out on top in that final stop. "We'll just have to see how it goes and race as hard as we can. Hopefully we'll have a good qualifying position and push on and see where it gets us."

Q: HOW IMPORTANT IS TRACK POSITION HERE AT LONG BEACH?

A: "It's very important, and however you can shorten your final stop is going to help you out immensely. "What happened last year was that the BMW flew down the escape road, came back, did a pit stop, then stopped with everybody else on the final stop but that was a super short one for him because he didn't have to fuel for as long. "He was able to come out in front of everybody and keep that position to the end. That worked out perfect for them but you can't count on those kinds of things to happen. It just happened that way last year and they got lucky. "When there's effectively only one stop, these things start to play into it. It's not something you can count on as it would be a big gamble to do an early stop and hope for a yellow."

Q: HOW WAS YOUR TRIP TO MALAYSIA AND YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE AS A FORMULA ONE DAD?

A: "It was fantastic. I absolutely loved it. It's an amazing setup they have. Being around Kevin and seeing how he works and integrates with the team is really, really interesting. I just can't begin to describe of how proud I am of what he's doing. "He's had a fantastic entry into Formula One. Obviously Australia exceeded everybody's expectations. Malaysia was also a great race from Kevin's part, even though he had some damage and a penalty, he still scored some points. "Bahrain was a tough weekend for him. It ended with a DNF for both cars. It was obviously not what they wanted. "But he's enjoying himself. It's tough in Formula One. He's starting to realize how much of a pressure cooker that place is but he still enjoys it and keeps getting better and better all of the time."

Q: DID YOU NOTICE ANYTHING THAT'S SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT FROM YOUR FORMULA ONE DAYS?

A: "My first race in Formula One was with McLaren in 1995. Compared to that, there's more people and much more organized. You can't really compare. "When I did my time with Stewart, it was a smaller team. There's no real fair comparison between McLaren and a small team from the '90s. "It's fantastic now. Everything that's set up; all of the people that are connected to the team and to Kevin, guiding him, is fantastic. "Those cars, even though they're very different from what they were last year, the technology is mind-blowing."

Q: HOW MUCH WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRY A MODERN F1 CAR?

A: "No... Not even a little bit! It's way beyond anything I'd want to do. That's just for guys who have done nothing else. It's a tough job. "I'm quite happy where I'm at and I'm thrilled for Kevin to get the chance to do this. But I have no problem standing back and watching those guys."

Q: WHAT'S THE NEXT F1 RACE FOR YOU TO SEE?

A: "The next one will be Barcelona. They'll be out in China next week then they come back to Europe."

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