Chip Ganassi Racing has confirmed their two sportscar drivers for the 2021 season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Kevin Magnussen and Renger van der Zande will be the two full-season pilots in the Cadillac DPi car.
Van der Zande knows the car from Wayne Taylor Racing, where he has raced the car for the past three seasons. The WTR team is moving from the Cadillac to the Acura brand, and at the same time, they no longer needed the Dutch racer, since they had signed three previous Team Penske drivers plus Filipe Albuquerque.
Magnussen arrives fresh from six Formula 1 seasons, but he hasn’t raced sportscars previously. There have been talks about him and his father Jan maybe teaming up for a Le Mans driver, but that hasn’t worked out so far, and won’t happen in 2021 either, since the older Magnussen was announced at High Class Racing alongside Anders Fjordbach and Dennis Andersen just yesterday.
The CGR team hasn’t announced any of their endurance drivers just yet, but Scott Dixon is expected to be one of the two additional drivers in car #01. That car number has a long history with Chip Ganassi Racing in sportscar racing, with one of their previously Daytona Prototypes being run with that number. The team was running the Ford GT effort from 2016 onwards in the IMSA and FIA WEC championships.
The 2021 season of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship starts at the end of January, at Daytona International Speedway.