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Kevin Magnussen Eyeing Future Daytona or Le Mans Drive alongside father Jan

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Kevin & Jan Magnussen - Haas F1 Team & Corvette Racing - Petit Le Mans
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Kevin Magnussen hopes that his father Jan Magnussen remains in motorsport long enough for him to team up alongside him, with his ambitions eyeing up potential drives in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The two Magnussen’s have enjoyed parallel racing careers in recent years, with Kevin currently racing with the Haas F1 Team in Formula 1, while Jan is a multiple GT Le Mans champion in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, including in 2018.

The younger Dane admits he enjoys the conversations he has with his father about their racing activities, and both are forever trying to learn from each other despite racing in two completely different racing categories.

“It’s all I’ve known. I feel like it’s something that we enjoy,” said Magnussen.  “It’s interesting the conversations that we can have between ourselves.

“We always try and learn from each other, which is cool when you’re father and son. We can talk about our passion on such a professional level. We race in two different worlds, but it’s interesting to get insight into each other’s world.” 

Kevin was able to spend some time with Jan at Road Atlanta for Petit Le Mans earlier this month as he secured the GT Le Mans title alongside Antonio Garcia for Corvette Racing, and he was delighted to be there alongside his family to celebrate the occasion.

“I’m so happy I went to watch the race,” admitted the younger Dane.  “We had a great time. My brother and sister were there, as well. I was hanging out with them, spending time with them – it’s rare that I get to do that. That was a bonus, a big bonus.

“In general, watching my dad race is great. I enjoyed it so much. Nowadays, it’s so rare that I get to do it. For him to then win the championship, the one time I come see him, it’s just great.”  

Kevin Magnussen admits it would be a dream come true for him to team up with his father in the future, and providing he does remain racing for a few more years, he would like the opportunity to team up with Jan in one of the major twice-around-the-clock endurance events either in the United States or France.

“It’s very difficult to say what kind of opportunities we might get to do in the near future,” said Magnussen.  “Certainly, I hope he continues to race long enough so we can go and do a race like Le Mans or Daytona together.

“It would be a dream come true to compete at such a high level with my dad.”

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