Corvette Racing: Jordan Taylor To Replace Jan Magnussen

Jordan Taylor is set to replace Jan Magnussen in 2020 Corvette Racing lineup

Corvette Racing To Replace Jan Magnussen with Jordan Taylor for 2020 IMSA WeatherTech Season

Jordan Taylor has been slated to replace Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 of Corvette Racing for the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.  This announcement and subsequent substitution is the first major change to the team’s lineup in nearly a decade.

Jordan Taylor (left) will replace Jan Magnussen (middle) at the start of the  2020 IMSA WeatherTech Season as driver of the No. 3 Corvette Racing C8.R.  He is expected to join Antonio Garcia (pictured right) for the entire racing season.
Jordan Taylor (left) will replace Jan Magnussen (middle) at the start of the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech Season as driver of the No. 3 Corvette Racing C8.R. He is expected to join Antonio Garcia (pictured right) for the entire racing season.

Industry sources have confirmed that 28-year-old race car driver Jordan Taylor will leave his father’s team – Wayne Taylor Racing – to join the Pratt & Miller-run factory Corvette Racing program.  It is a deal that’s believed to have been struck by GM late last month.

This move to the Corvette Racing program is not entirely new to Taylor.  He had previously driven for Corvette Racing in selected endurance races from 2012 thru the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2017.  Taylor was not retained following for any additional events after the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race that year.

Wayne Taylor Racing wins the 2019 24 Hours of Daytona.

 

Instead, Jordan (along with brother Ricky) claimed the IMSA Prototype championship in the Wayne Taylor Racing’s Cadillac DPi-V.R.  Since that time, Taylor’s career focus has remained with WTR, highlighted with two overall Rolex 24 at Daytona wins.

It is a bit of a surprise then that Taylor has left his father’s team to make this move to Corvette Racing.  Moreover, it is a shock to learn that he’ll be replacing Jan Magnussen, who has been an established – and successful – member of the No. 3 Corvette Racing program for many years.  While it has been stated that the detail between Taylor and Corvette has been a number of months in the making,  it is still surprising to learn it comes at the expense of cutting Magnussen from the team.

Jan Magnussen (after securing the GTLM pole) at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in January, 2018.
Jan Magnussen (after securing the GTLM pole) at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in January, 2018.

It’s unclear if the 46-year-old Dane, who has been with Corvette Racing since 2004, was forced out or elected to step down in a possible move towards retirement.

Magnussen’s contract with GM had been up at the end of this year.

When asked about the driver shakeup, a Chevrolet spokesperson was quoted as saying, “Chevrolet won’t discuss speculation on personnel matters. Jan has been and continues to be a valuable part of Corvette Racing.”

2020 C8.R Corvette Race Car
The 2020 Mid-Engine C8.R Corvette Race Car will be officially unveiled at the 2019 Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in October, 2019.

No other changes are expected to the team’s lineup for the 2020 racing season.  Drivers Tommy Milner, Oliver Gavin and Antonio Garcia all expected to return next season to pilot the all-new, 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette C8.R, which will be formally unveiled at next month’s Motul Petit Le Mans.