January Magnussen (born 4 July 1973 in Roskilde, Denmark ) is a Danish racing driver. From 1995 to 1998 he played 25 races of the Formula 1 World Championship for teams McLaren and Stewart and was able to reach a World Championship point. After the end of his Formula 1 career started out successfully in touring car and sports car races. 2014 he takes for Corvette Racing in the United SportsCar Championship.
He is the father of Kevin Magnussen, who also made his debut in 2014 for McLaren in Formula 1.
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At the age of eleven years, Magnussen began karting, winning for the second year of his career, his first national title. In 1987 he was World Kart Champion shortly after his 14th birthday. He is among the youngest drivers who have won this item. In 1989 and 1990 he repeated this success in the last year in Formula K. In total, he won three world championship titles.
His debut in motorsport for single-seater was Magnussen at the Jyllandsringen in Denmark in Formula Ford 1992, he won seven of 19 races in the British Formula Ford 1160 and finished the season in third place. He also won the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch. This meant that he went into the Formula Vauxhall Lotus, where he won four races before the team of Paul Stewart, son of the famous Jackie Stewart, finished the 1993 season.
1994 Magnussen dominated the British Formula 3 Championship. He won 14 of 18 races, and completed his first Formula 1 test at McLaren, where he was then adjusted as a Formula 1 test driver. 1995 Magnussen drove in the DTM / ITC and took the first time in a Formula 1 race for McLaren as a replacement rider for Mika Häkkinen in part. In 1996, he went further in the ITC and had some guest appearances in the Champ Car series as a replacement for the short term after an accident resigned Emerson Fittipaldi. In 1997 and 1998 he was a regular driver alongside Rubens Barrichello at Stewart Grand Prix. In 1998 he won the Grand Prix of Canada 's first and only world championship point, but was then replaced by the Dutchman Jos Verstappen.
1999 debuted Magnussen in sports car racing. He started in the Panoz LMP -1 in the American Le Mans Series and also took part in the 24 - hour race at Le Mans. In the ALMS, he could always get 1999-2002 at least an overall victory at Le Mans was the best result an eighth place in the LMP900 class in 2000.
In 2003, after the end of the Panoz sports car program, he drove in the ALMS in a Ferrari 550 GTS Maranello for Prodrive and was two victories in the GTS class. At Le Mans, he drove an Audi R8 Team Audi Sport Japan Team Goh and finished fourth.
From 2004 Create Magnussen for Corvette Racing in the ALMS and at Le Mans. Initially denied only the long-distance races (Le Mans 12 - hour race at Sebring, Petit Le Mans), 2008, he became a regular driver of the factory teams. Since then, he celebrated four class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, his best finish in the overall standings, he reached fourth place in 2006. 's ALMS he won the 2008 drivers' title of the GT1 class.
After the end of the ALMS in 2014 he appears to also for Corvette Racing, the successor series United SportsCar Championship.
From 2001 to 2010 Magnussen drove in the Danish Touring Car Championship, where he won the league title in 2003 and 2008. After initially a Peugeot 306 and later drove a Peugeot 307, in 2005 he moved into a Toyota Corolla. From 2006 he drove for the team, the Blue Avis a BMW 320si, he also graduated in 2006 for Racing Bart Mampaey a guest appearance in the World Touring Car Championship. In 2010, he started in a Chevrolet Lacetti of the Danish Team Racing Perfection.