MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Current Prototype Challenge class entrants JDC-Miller Motorsports will step up next year to field a Prototype entry in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Team co-owner John Church confirmed Thursday that the Minneapolis-based squad will be on the grid with a 2017-spec ORECA 07 Gibson-powered LMP2 car in 2017.
JDC-Miller MotorSports currently fields the No. 85 PC entry in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship along with the No. 54 Street Tuner car in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series. JDC MotorSports also operates a multi-car entry in the IMSA Mazda Prototype Lites Series.
The team won the season opening Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and the Long Beach Grand Prix in the PC class, and currently sits third in the driver’s championship.
JDC-Miller will continue to run its current Prototype Challenge car in 2017 with the driver lineups for both programs to be finalized in the coming weeks.
Current JDC-Miller Motorsports regulars Misha Goikhberg, Stephen Simpson and Chris Miller will remain with the team, but firm commitments to either program have not been confirmed.
“All of our current drivers will be part of the new LMP2 program in some form in 2017 and beyond. Additionally, we obviously have great talents in our Mazda Prototype Lites program with Austin Versteeg and Clark Toppe who we would love to move into our recently announced P3 (PC1 class) program for 2017,” Church said. “We have also had several conversations with a number of other potential drivers for the 2017 LMP2 program.”
With the confirmation for the LMP2 Prototype class program in 2017 and their recent announcement to field LMP3 spec Prototypes in the newly branded 2017 IMSA Prototype Challenge championship, JDC Motorsports and JDC-Miller Motorsports will run programs in all IMSA Prototype classes next season.
“This is a very exciting program for 2017 and we felt this was the right time to move into the P2 class. We are confident in Oreca and feel they share our vision and goals. We have had a very strong relationship with them over the past 3 years.” Church added. “Clearly our long-term goal is to become part of a DPi manufacturer program in the future.”
“We are delighted by the commitment of JDC-Miller Motorsports with the new ORECA 07 LM P2,” said ORECA Group President Hugues de Chaunac. “We have a strong link with the team since several years and it is great to continue our cooperation with this new challenge. The team is involved in all the different classes of the endurance racing ladder, so it is a logical but important step.”
“We will bring our experience to support JDC-Miller Motorsports and help them to fight at the front. It is an exciting multi-year project and we are glad to be part of it. We can’t wait to see the new ORECA 07 at Daytona.”
JDC-Miller Motorsports is the first American team to announce its plan to run the new ORECA 07 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The target is to make the first U.S. test during the Daytona test in December before continuing with private testing leading up to the Roar Before the Rolex 24 test in January.
CREDIT: JDC-Miller Motorsports