Magnussen ready for Long Beach street fight

Danish ace aims to go back-to-back at Long Beach and three in a row in 2015.

Magnussen ready for Long Beach street fight
Class winners podium: P class winners Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi, Sébastien Bourdais, PC class winners Mike Guasch, Andrew Palmer, Tom Kimber-Smith, GTLM class winners Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, Ryan Briscoe, GTD class winners Ian James, Mario
GTLM class winners Ryan Briscoe, Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, Corvette Racing
#3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, Ryan Briscoe
#3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, Ryan Briscoe
#3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R: Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, Ryan Briscoe

Long Beach, CA, USA: Jan Magnussen and Corvette Racing have had the perfect start to 2015 and this weekend the Danish ace goes from the two longest races of the year to the shortest on the streets of Long Beach.

Magnussen joined with regular teammate Antonio Garcia and Ryan Briscoe on the top step of the podium at both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. After dominating the opening 36 hours of the championship, Magnussen and Garica are now set for a 100 minute street fight in Long Beach - the shortest race of the year.

The famous Long Beach streets kicked off the duo's amazing run of success in 2014 when they won four races in a row.

Magnussen qualified on pole here last year and Garcia pulled off a blinding start to actually pass some prototypes entering turn 1 and open up a huge gap. By the time Magnussen climbed aboard, he was able to "cruise and collect" as he took the No.3 Corvette C7.R to victory lane.

Long Beach has been a happy hunting ground for Magnussen over the years with two poles, two fastest laps and two victories here in California.

Action for this year's race kicks off on Friday morning with the annual "street sweeping" session at 7:45am followed by an additional practice session and qualifying from 4:45pm. The 100-minute race goes green at 4:05pm on Saturday, April 18.

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