One of the most popular drivers in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) will pinch-hit on one of the most popular teams in the Grand American Rolex Series at the Grand Prix of Miami on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla.
Former Formula 1 driver Jan Magnussen, who has won three popularity awards connected with the ALMS, will join the 2002 Grand American SRP champion, Didier Theys, behind the wheel of the Doran-Lista Racing DORAN JE4 Lexus #27. Magnussen, a Danish driver who currently lives in both England and Gainesville, Ga., is substituting for Swiss driver Fredy Lienhard Sr., who drives in selected Rolex events as his business schedule permits.
Magnussen has the most starts (45) of any driver in the history of the ALMS. He plans to drive a limited schedule in that series this year with the factory Chevrolet Corvette team. Last year he drove the Prodrive Ferrari and a Riley & Scott for Jim Matthews Racing, but he is perhaps best known to American road racing fans for his accomplishments as a member of the Panoz Motorsports team.
The 30-year-old Magnussen was the ALMS' "Personality of the Year" in 2001; he received the "From the Fans" award in 2002 and he garnered the "Most Popular Driver" award last year.
Although he'll be getting his first taste of Daytona Prototype racing at Homestead, Magnussen certainly will be with a team with a long list of