Following earlier confirmation that Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller would race together in the C8.R’s WEC debut at CoTA later this month, Corvette Racing has confirmed the pair will return to the team for the FIA WEC race at Sebring.
For the two FIA WEC rounds, the duo will drive the #63 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R in the GTE PRO category and race against the WEC’s three full-season teams: Porsche, Aston Martin and AF Corse (Ferrari).
“These two events provide us with the opportunity to obtain further learnings on the new Corvette C8.R while competing against world-class competition,” said Mark Kent, Chevrolet Director of Motorsports Competition.
“Having experienced Corvette drivers such as Jan and Mike in the car will provide us with a good opportunity to contend for the win in the very competitive World Endurance Championship series.”
The return of Magnussen and Rockenfeller, past endurance teammates with Corvette Racing, allows for the team to focus on technical and mechanical improvements to the Corvette with familiar drivers.
“I’m very happy to be back with Corvette Racing at Circuit of The Americas and Sebring with the mid-engine Corvette C8.R,” said Magnussen, who is no longer a full season IMSA driver with the team.
“For some time, we have been working together on plans for additional races that will help develop and prepare the team and mid-engine Corvette for the IMSA season and hopefully other big races this year. Even in early testing, I was very impressed with the level of engineering and performance of the C8.R. I’m excited to drive it again, now in race conditions.”
Rockenfeller added: “This is a very exciting time to return with Corvette Racing. I have heard a lot from the other drivers about how the Corvette C8.R is much more advanced than any other Corvette out there.
“So I’m really looking forward to these two upcoming events. The mid-engine Corvette looked very fast and competitive at Daytona… going that distance and being in contention for a win this early is a good sign for Corvette Racing. I’m excited to be part of making this car as good as it can be.”