January’s Rolex 24 At Daytona could have its third active Formula 1 driver on the Prototype grid as Haas F1’s Kevin Magnussen is tipped to join the Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R effort.
“What’s the saying politicians use, ‘I cannot confirm or deny what I’m being asked?'” AXR team manager Gary Nelson told RACER. “I’ll say this: we’re honored to be spoken of in this conversation.”
First mentioned in the Danish newspaper Extra Bladets, the second-generation driver would share the circuit with his father, reigning IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans title winner Jan Magnussen, who competes with the Corvette Racing program.
As part of a quiet fact-finding mission in 2017, the elder Magnussen revealed his son visited Daytona during the Roar Before the 24 to observe. Provided he’s confirmed with AXR – presumably in the No. 5 entry led by Joao Barbosa, Filipe Albuquerque, and Christian Fittipaldi – Kevin would join fellow F1 racers Fernando Alonso of McLaren and Lance Stroll of Williams on the star-studded Prototype grid.
Although Magnussen has tested an LMP1 prototype with Porsche, his limited mileage during the 2015 outing stands as the only significant time the 25-year-old has spent in the type of machinery he’d race at Daytona. The championship-winning Cadillac DPi-V.R, like Magnussen’s Haas F1 cars, are produced by the same constructor, Italy’s Dallara.
The Roar Before the 24 takes place Jan. 5-7.