Tuesday, April 9

Magnussen will remain in Ganassi Cadillac for the 12 Hours of Sebring


Ganassi has revealed that the former Formula 1 driver, who contested the full IMSA season last year with the team, will return to one of its cars for a second time in 2022 after being contracted for this weekend’s Rolex 24 Hours. week at Daytona.

Magnussen drives the #02 Cadillac DPi-VR at Daytona with Ganassi full-season drivers Alex Lynn and Earl Bamber, as well as full-time IndyCar racer Marcus Ericsson.

But it has not yet been decided which of the team’s two Daytona Prototype internationals will race in the 12 Hours of Sebring on March 19.

CGR managing director Mike Hull said: “I think it’s safe to say that Kevin will be with us. He’s a naturally talented driver and has a high level of energy.”

The move was made possible by Peugeot’s decision not to race its new 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar at the opening round of the 2022 WEC at Sebring.

The French manufacturer will decide when it will start its WEC entries after initial tests with the car, which began earlier this month in Aragon, Spain.

Magnussen shares Daytona with full-season drivers Lynn and Bamber, plus Ganassi IndyCar driver Ericsson

Magnussen shares Daytona with full-season drivers Lynn and Bamber, plus Ganassi IndyCar driver Ericsson

Photo by: Brett Farmer/Motorsport Images

Magnussen noted that he is still a newcomer to sports car racing after just one season with Ganassi last year and a single season with his father Jan at the Le Mans 24 Hours driving a High Class Racing Oreca LMP2 car.

“Sports cars are still a new thing for me and I still feel like I’m learning,” he said.

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“As a racing driver, you can’t practice every day like a golfer or a tennis player, so you have to compete; it’s not enough to compete six times a year.”

Hull declined to know whether Magnussen might receive permission from Peugeot to join Ganassi for the Six Hours of Watkins Glen or the Petit Le Mans enduro races in June and October respectively.

“The only thing we don’t talk about is contracts, but obviously he can be here at Daytona,” he said.

Hull insisted that it has not yet been decided who will be the third additional driver in his squad for the second round of the IMSA series at Sebring.

Ericsson is one of three Ganassi IndyCar drivers participating in Daytona: Scott Dixon and Alex Palou drive the number 01 with Renger van der Zande and Sebastien Bourdais working full time.

Hull said there is no decision on whether any of his cars will enter both Sebring and the IndyCar round at Texas Motor Speedway.

Drivers will be able to race at Sebring on Saturday and Texas on Sunday because IndyCar has scheduled an additional qualifying session on the Friday of its meeting for drivers competing in the IMSA event.

“We are assessing where we are with Scott, Alex and Marcus and we will go ahead next week and make a decision,” Hull explained.

The participation of Ganassi IndyCar drivers Ericsson (pictured), Palou and Dixon for Sebring has yet to be announced.

The participation of Ganassi IndyCar drivers Ericsson (pictured), Palou and Dixon for Sebring has yet to be announced.

Photo by: Geoff Miller/Motorsport Images

Jimmie Johnson will race at Texas with Ganassi and take his seat in Action Express Racing’s #48 Ally Racing Cadillac at Sebring.

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It has also been confirmed that Helio Castroneves will travel between Texas and Sebring for both races with Meyer Shank Racing.

The four-time Indianapolis 500 winner is contesting his first full IndyCars season since 2017 with MSR this year, and is also confirmed for the team’s Acura ARX-05 DPi for all four IMSA enduros.


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