Haas F1 driver Kevin Magnussen has set his sights on sportscar racing with Chip Ganassi Racing’s IMSA team for the 2021 season.
Kevin Magnussen will be one of the drivers in Ganassi’s Cadillac DPi-V.R entry in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, as per Motorsport. For those unaware, both Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen have been released by Haas after this season. His dad Jan Magnussen has refrained from confirming the move just yet. F2 stars Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin are expected to be their replacements.
Kevin Magnussen and his F1 journey
Kevin Magnussen shone into the limelight after winning the 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 Series. McLaren took note of it, handing the Dane in 2014. Magnussen started the season on a brilliant note, taking the podium in the Australian Grand Prix. He was consistent throughout the season, finishing 11th in the drivers’ championship.
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The following year, he was an understudy to veteran driver Fernando Alonso. That prompted him to move to Renault in 2016, where he scored a total of seven points to finish 16th in the Drivers’ Championship. The Renault was struggling massively that season, and it had a negative effect on Magnussen’s performance.
American team Haas came to his rescue the following year, and he has been with the team ever since. After finishing the 2017 season in 14th position, Magnussen recorded his best-ever F1 season, finishing in the Top 10 in the 2018 season.
The last and current seasons have been considerably underwhelming, with 17th and 19th currently. He just has a solitary point to show from this season, as Haas strive to take over Alfa Romeo in eighth, with three races to go.
Six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon will partner Kevin Magnussen and Van der Zande in the IMSA series. Four endurance rounds have been earmarked – the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, Sebring 12 Hours, Watkins Glen 6 Hours, and Petit Le Mans.