Corvette has announced a reshuffled driver lineup for its 2012 American Le Mans Series GT campaign.
Jan Magnussen and Oliver Gavin – who finished second in last year's championship sharing the No. 4 car – are split up for the new season. Tommy Milner moves across from the No. 3 to join Gavin in the No. 4, with Magnussen moving in the opposite direction. The Dane's new partner will be Antonio Garcia, who is promoted to a full-time role in place of Olivier Beretta this year after previously being an additional driver for the endurance events.
Jordan Taylor and Richard Westbrook will be added to the No. 3 and No. 4 driver lineups, respectively, for the longer races. GM racing director Mark Kent said the revised pairings would make Corvette more competitive.
"As part of our comprehensive review of Corvette Racing, we considered every element of the program, from the chassis and engine to the driver pairings," he said. "Preseason testing and data analysis suggested that a revised driver alignment could improve the team's overall performance.
"Certainly physical size is a factor in minimizing the time required for driver changes during pit stops, but we also evaluated the drivers' individual styles and their preferences on chassis setups. With these pairings, we can minimize compromises and maximize driver confidence."