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2014 Le Mans 24: Magnussen And Corvette Ready For Le Mans Challenge
Posted by: newsla on Jun 13, 2014 - 02:59 PM
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2014 Le Mans 24: Magnussen And Corvette Ready For Le Mans Challenge

The new Corvette Racing C7.R looks to be a force to be reckoned with in this weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours after the No.73 entry of Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor qualified second fastest in GTE-Pro class.


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Magnussen and Garcia enter the race weekend on a winning run having triumphed in the GT Le Mans class in the past two rounds of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Taylor also enters the weekend after taking a Daytona Prototype win at Detroit.

This weekend's Le Mans event is the European debut for the new C7.R with Magnussen, Garica and Taylor aboard the No.73 machine and Olivier Gavin, Tommy Milner and Richard Westbrook driving the No.74 entry.

Magnussen will be targeting his fifth Le Mans victory after previously winning in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2009. Corvette Racing has a total of seven victories in 15 attempts at the classic French endurance event.

Le Mans: Watch It! (Saturday, June 14-Sunday, June 15 - all times ET)

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8:30 a.m-4 p.m., Saturday, June 14 (FOX Sports 1)

4-5 p.m., Saturday, June 14 (FOX Sports 2)

5-6:30 p.m., Saturday, June 14 (FOX Sports GO)

6:30 p.m., Saturday, June 14-1 a.m., Sunday, June 15 (FOX Sports 2)

1-7:30 a.m., Sunday, June 15 (FOX Sports 1)

7:30-9:30 a.m., Sunday, June 15 (FOX Sports 2)

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9 a.m. Saturday-9 a.m. Sunday (FOXsports.com)


Q: After so many years, are you still amazed at the fans reaction to these yellow cars?

JM: "For sure. This is my 11th with Corvette and my 16th total. I have to say that when I started coming here to begin with my sports car career, Le Mans wasn’t the biggest thing on my mind every year because I wasn’t really in a situation to be competitive or in a situation where I could win it.

"My love for Le Mans really started when I joined Corvette because almost every time we come here with a shot of winning or with the intent to try and win it, it’s not just to compete and to complete the race.

"We’re here to try and win it and that makes a whole difference because it is the toughest race that we do and when you come here to try and win it, all the hard work kind of seems justified. "And when you’re not here for that, then it does become maybe even too hard really to focus 100% and to commit yourself to it, but coming here with Corvette year after year, knowing that we are here with a shot at winning makes it the most fantastic event."

Q: Are you surprised at the number of Danish fans who make the trip every year?

JM: "I’m not amazed anymore because it’s become such a normal thing, but it’s fantastic, it’s one of the highlights of every Le Mans. Not only do we get to see them at every parade, but on the Friday, we also get to go to the Danish camps and see all the fans.

"There are some huge camps out there with three to five thousand people, it’s pretty big, and the atmosphere there is fantastic. They’re here to support the Danish drivers and they’re here to have a good time and it’s just such a blast seeing them year after year.

"There are more Danish people here at Le Mans than at the biggest Danish race, which is pretty amazing."

Q: Are you confident with the progress of Corvette Racing and the C7.R?

JM:" I’m very happy with the progress of the new car. We’re still fine-tuning and we’re still finding time. It’s a huge step forward from last year but we also needed that. Last year was really, really tough but I think one of the reasons why it was so tough was because of the success we had with the car and so the balance of performance kind of went against us a little bit, but that’s how it is in GT racing.

"But this year, we are really, really prepared, we’re strong, we’re here, everybody is raring to go and show what this new car can do."

Q: Is there anyone in particular that is your toughest rival this week?

JM: "It’s really hard to call. Looking at the times from last night it’s very close between Aston and Ferrari and Porsche and us, so it’ll be a tough race. It’ll be just like we expected, it’ll be full on for 24 hours, it’ll be a 24-hour sprint race really, where you’re trying to stay out of trouble. "The team that experiences the least amount of trouble probably will win it. But you can’t just hang back and see what happens. You’ll have to be in the fight the whole time and make no mistakes."

Q: Talk about the changes out on course, how have you found the curbs and so forth?

JM: "I think the changes to the track have been good. There’s nothing huge out there the last Ford chicane is a lot slower than it was last year, it’s now effectively a first gear corner where last year if you thought that if nobody was looking you could probably do it in third and a lot of people did!

"I think everywhere that they’ve made changes, they’ve made good changes. Right now I’m just looking forward to getting back out there."

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