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Kevin, Jan Magnussen Confirmed at MDK for Rolex 24

Dec 9, 2022

Father-and-son Magnussens to team up with Mark Kvamme in MDK Porsche…

Kevin Magnussen has been confirmed for next month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, co-driving with his father, Jan as well as Mark Kvamme in MDK Motorsports’ Porsche 911 GT3 R.

As first reported by Sportscar365, the Ohio-based team will field a new Type-992 Porsche in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener as part of a planned Michelin Endurance Cup effort.

It will feature Haas Formula 1 driver Kevin Magnussen, who will be making his third consecutive Rolex 24 start but first race on U.S. soil alongside his dad.

The father-and-son pairing previously contested the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2021 in a High Class Racing LMP2 car, and have teamed with Kvamme for this weekend’s Gulf 12 Hours in an AF Corse-run Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020.

“I’m super excited about this,” said Kevin. “The Rolex 24 is legendary, and I have had some fantastic moments there with Chip Ganassi Racing the past two years.

“Being able to do such a race together with my dad is amazing. Again, I cannot thank Mark Kvamme enough for setting this up.”

Jan, a two-time WeatherTech GTLM class champion, is set to take part in all four Endurance Cup races next year in the team’s GTD class entry.

“I’m so happy that Kevin and I are doing the Rolex 24 together,” said Jan. “After the 24 Hours of Le Mans last year, we hoped there would come more opportunities to do these endurance races together.

“I’m also excited to become a permanent part of MDK Motorsports’ Michelin Endurance Cup campaign.

“It’s been almost three years since my last race in America. In the meantime, I’ve made selected outings in the FIA World Endurance Championship, Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia, Le Mans Cup and TCR Denmark.

“However, America has been my second home since I switched from Formula 1 to sports cars in 1999, so I’m looking forward to coming back to IMSA again.”

Kvamme, who is set for his tenth consecutive Rolex 24 start, has been confirmed as the third driver for the Rolex 24, with Porsche Motorsport North America selected driver Trenton Estep understood to likely complete the lineup.

“Jan is a multiple IMSA winner and champion, and his year-long experience will be one of our strengths in the Michelin Endurance Cup,” said Kvamme.

“With Kevin, a current F1 driver, also joining us for the first race at Daytona, we have already achieved more than we could wish for.

“It’s going to be an exciting year for the team, and I’m very happy about that.”

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