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Jan Magnussen
Nationality Denmark Danish
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1995, 19971998
Teams McLaren, Stewart
Races 25
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 1
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1995 Pacific Grand Prix
Last race 1998 Canadian Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1999 -
Teams Panoz, Audi Sport Japan Team Goh, Corvette Racing
Best finish 1st (2009)
Class wins 4 (2004, 2005, 2006, 2009)

Jan "Big Mag" Magnussen (born 4 July 1973 in Roskilde) is a race car driver from Denmark and a GM factory driver.

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Career history

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Lower series racing

Magnussen had a dominating 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[1]. He also won at Brands Hatch, twice at Silverstone, and at Thruxton. He won six of the first eight races.[2] He then won again at Donington Park, [3] and both season-ending rounds at Silverstone[4].

Major series racing

His F1 debut was a one-off for McLaren, but he returned to the series full-time in 1997 and part of 1998.

He has qualified for 25 Formula One grands prix, debuting on 22 October 1995 in the Pacific Grand Prix in Aida, sitting in for the unwell Mika Häkkinen. He has actually only raced in 24 GPs, because his car was damaged in an accident during the start of the 1997 Brazilian GP causing Magnussen to retire before the restart.

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 Stewart-Ford team, owned in part by his old F3 boss Paul Stewart. Team founder Jackie Stewart once described him as the best prospect since Ayrton Senna, so his failure to succeed was embarrassing for the team. He scored a total of one championship point (in his last race in F1, the 1998 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal). He was replaced by Jos Verstappen for the rest of the 1998 season.

In 1998 he participated in 7 CART races and one ALMS race. In 1999 and 2000 he raced in ALMS 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.

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 team mates 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

Magnussen is still an active driver, now in the Danish Touring Car Championship (DTC) and in a Chevrolet Corvette C6.R in the American Le Mans Series with Johnny O'Connell as team mate – and of course in the 24 hours of Le Mans. In the Danish Touring Car series he drives a BMW 320si E90 for Team Den Blå Avis Fleggaard Racing. He has won the DTC on two occasions in 2003 and 2008.

Family

Magnussen's oldest son, Kevin Magnussen is also a racing driver, who is currently driving in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 series.

Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1995 Marlboro McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/10B Mercedes V10 BRA ARG SMR ESP MON CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR EUR PAC
10
JPN AUS NC 0
1997 HSBC Malaysia Stewart Ford Stewart SF01 Ford VJ Zetec-R 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
BRA
Ret
ARG
10
SMR
Ret
MON
7
ESP
13
CAN
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
12
ITA
Ret
AUT
Ret
LUX
Ret
JPN
Ret
EUR
9
NC 0
1998 HSBC Stewart Ford Stewart SF02 Ford VJ Zetec-R 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
BRA
10
ARG
Ret
SMR
Ret
ESP
12
MON
Ret
CAN
6
FRA GBR AUT GER HUN BEL ITA LUX JPN 17th 1

References

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Marc Goossens
Formula Ford Festival
Winner

1992
Succeeded by
Russell Ingall
Preceded by
Kelvin Burt
British Formula Three
Champion

1994
Succeeded by
Oliver Gavin
Preceded by
Jason Watt
Danish Touring Car Champion
2003
Succeeded by
Casper Elgaard
Preceded by
Michel Nykjaer
Danish Touring Car Champion
2008
Succeeded by
Michel Nykjær

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