Jan Magnussen

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Jan Magnussen
Jan Magnussen cropped.jpg
Magnussen, January 2009
Nationality Denmark Danish
Born Jan Ellegaard Magnussen
(1973-07-04) 4 July 1973 (age 44)
Roskilde, Denmark
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1995, 19971998
Teams McLaren, Stewart
Entries 25 (24 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 1
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First entry 1995 Pacific Grand Prix
Last entry 1998 Canadian Grand Prix
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
1 race run over 1 year
Best finish 63rd (2010)
First race 2010 Toyota/Save Mart 350 (Sears Point)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years 1999
Teams Panoz, Audi Sport Japan Team Goh, Corvette Racing
Best finish 4th (2003), (2006)
Class wins 4 (2004, 2005, 2006, 2009)
Champ Car career
11 races run over 2 years
Team(s) Marlboro Team Penske (1996)
Hogan Penske Racing (1996)
Patrick Racing (1999)
Best finish 24th – 1996, 1999
First race 1996 Miller 200 (Mid-Ohio)
Last race 1999 Honda Indy 300 (Surfers Paradise)
Wins Podiums Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of 5 June 2012.

Jan Ellegaard Magnussen[1] (born 4 July 1973) is a Danish professional racing driver and a factory driver for General Motors. He has competed in several of the most prestigious events in motor sport including CART, NASCAR, the FIA Formula One World Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Career history[edit]

Lower series racing[edit]

Born in Roskilde, Magnussen dominated the 1994 British Formula 3 championship with Paul Stewart Racing, winning 14 of the 18 events and breaking Ayrton Senna's F3 record. Magnussen scored his first British F3 win that April at Donington Park, also taking pole for the race.[2] He also won at Brands Hatch, twice at Silverstone, and at Thruxton. He won six of the first eight races.[3] He then won again at Donington Park,[4] and both season-ending rounds at Silverstone.[5]

Major series racing[edit]

He made his Formula One debut at the 1995 Pacific Grand Prix in Aida, sitting in for Mika Häkkinen, who was unwell. In 1996 Magnussen drove in the CART series and International Touring Car Championship.

For 1997–1998 he had a seat in Formula One with the newly founded Stewart Grand Prix team, owned in part by his old F3 boss Paul Stewart. Team founder Jackie Stewart once described him as, "the most talented young driver to emerge since Ayrton Senna",[6] but his performance was underwhelming. He scored his only championship point in his last race in F1, the 1998 Canadian Grand Prix; for the rest of the season he was replaced by Jos Verstappen. Magnussen started 24 GPs, one less than he entered, because his car was damaged in an accident during the start of the 1997 Brazilian Grand Prix causing him to retire before the restart.

In 1999 he participated in 7 CART races. In 1999 and 2000 he raced in the American Le Mans Series with Panoz. 2001 he drove a Peugeot in Danish Touring Car series (DTC) and raced in 8 ALMS races. 2002 he also raced for Peugeot in DTC and in 10 ALMS races. Jan Magnussen won the 2008 GT1 and 2013 GT drivers' championships, both with Corvette Racing.

Magnussen has participated in various classes in the 24 hours of Le Mans every year since 1999. His best results so far are the victories in the GTS class in 2004 and GT1 class in 2005, 2006, and 2009, each time in a Chevrolet Corvette with Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta as teammates in 2005 and 2006, and Johnny O'Connell and Antonio García in 2009.

Also, Magnussen has participated in the 12 Hours of Sebring every year since 1999, winning the GT1 class in 2006, 2008, and 2009.

In 2005, Magnussen drove a Toyota Corolla in the Danish Touring Car Championship.

Present day[edit]

Magnussen is still an active driver, now in the Danish Touring Car Championship (DTC) and in a Chevrolet Corvette C7.R in the American Le Mans Series with Antonio Garcia as teammate – and of course in the 24 hours of Le Mans. In the Danish Touring Car series he drives a Chevrolet Lacetti for Perfection Racing. He has won the DTC on two occasions in 2003 and 2008.

On 11 June 2010, it was announced that Magnussen would make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut driving the No. 09 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing at Infineon Raceway. After starting 32nd on the grid, he finished in 12th position.[7]

On 14 June 2010 it became public that Magnussen and Perfection Racing would not be participating in the DTC leaving Magnussen and the team to focus on the Scandinavian Touring Car Cup's remaining two rounds.[8]

2011 Rolex Sports Car

Magnussen drove the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro with Robin Liddell and Andrew Davis in the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season opener, the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Following the Rolex 24, he moved to the team's No. 97 car and competed in the majority of the races with Gunter Schaldach. Magnussen finished 24th in GT points and his best finish was second (Miller) with four top-10s.[9]


Magnussen's eldest son, Kevin Magnussen is also a racing driver, who raced in Formula 1 for McLaren[10] during 2014, for Renault in 2016 and for Haas F1 in 2017.[11] Kevin mentioned that his father was his first hero when he was a child.[12]

Motorsports career results[edit]

Formula One[edit]


Driver did not finish the Grand Prix, but was classified as he had completed over 90% of the race distance.

Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

International Touring Car Championship[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

† – Did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

American open-wheel racing results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest race lap)



(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans[edit]

24 Hours of Daytona[edit]


V8 Supercar[edit]

† Withdrew due to licence problems

European Touring Car Championship[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

World Touring Car Championship[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)


  1. ^ "Hot Seatwith Jan Magnussen". Reocities.com. Retrieved 2016-01-09. 
  2. ^ "Motorsport Information for April 1994". Teamdan.com. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Motorsport information for April 1994". Teamdan.com. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "June 1994 Motorsport Information". Teamdan.com. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "AUGUST 1994 Motorsport Information". Teamdan.com. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Too Much Too Young" (PDF). Motor Sport. May 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  7. ^ Mejia, Diego (21 June 2010). "Magnussen enjoys Sprint Cup debut". Autosport. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Team Bauhaus fokuserer på Skandinavien | Racemag". Racemag.dk. 14 June 2010. Archived from the original on 15 July 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Jan Magnussen". grand-am.com. Archived from the original on 1 December 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "Kevin Magnussen signed up by McLaren – GPUpdate.net". F1.gpupdate.net. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Magnussen confirmed at Renault F1 team – MotorSport.com". MotorSport.com. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  12. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20140803191917/http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2014/8/16188.html. Archived from the original on 3 August 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Marc Goossens
Formula Ford Festival

Succeeded by
Russell Ingall
Preceded by
Kelvin Burt
British Formula Three Champion
Succeeded by
Oliver Gavin
Preceded by
Jason Watt
Danish Touring Car Champion
Succeeded by
Casper Elgaard
Preceded by
Michel Nykjaer
Danish Touring Car Champion
Succeeded by
Michel Nykjær