Brabham and Magnussen sign for Ferrari

Established sportscar aces David Brabham and Jan Magnussen have been signed by Ferrari squad Care Racing Development to boost its challenge to win the GTS Class of the 2003 American Le Mans Series

Brabham and Magnussen sign for Ferrari

The Prodrive Ferrari team has called up the duo to perform as team-mates to Tomas Enge and Peter Kox in the sister 550 Maranello as CRD takes on the might of the factory GM Racing Chevrolet Corvettes. Brabham, who finished second in the Le Mans 24 Hours for Bentley, and Magnussen will replace regular drivers Danica Patrick and Jerome Policand in the car.

"It has become clear to me over the last year that, thanks to Prodrive, we have an exceptional racing car with the potential to win many races and championships," said the team's founder Frédéric Dor. "When we returned to the ALMS, it became clear that the level of competition had risen and we need to match that progression in order to be able to truly compete to win.

"We know that Tomas and Peter are a great team, well established with the car and each other, and we wanted to be able to give them an equal partnership in the other car to try to win the championship.

"Danica and Jerome both performed extremely well at Road Atlanta, given that they had had little time in the car and the track, but the advantage that David and Jan have is that they know each track very well and can compete together at the highest level."

Dor said that he does not wish to lose the services of Patrick and Policand and is planning to run a third car for the American as soon as a deal can be put together. Policand is also likely to return to the team for its attempt at the Spa 24 Hours on August 30/31.

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