DALLAS – JDC-Miller Motorsports and GAINSCO Auto Insurance have announced that the No. 99 Red Dragon Prototype will return to American sports car racing in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next season.
GAINSCO will serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 99 ORECA/Gibson, which will be driven by Misha Goikhberg, Stephen Simpson and Chris Miller, for the full Prototype class schedule.
Bob Stallings, the Executive Chairman of GAINSCO and the founder of GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, recently shuttered his own team, but is committed to continuing the legacy of the Red Dragon by partnering with an organization capable of a long-term winning program.
“We had many opportunities to continue our quest for championships and JDC-Miller Motorsports was an easy pick,” said Stallings. “John Church and John Miller have established themselves as a team to be reckoned with, even against the formidable competition in IMSA.”
The Minnesota-based team made an impressive debut in the IMSA Prototype class this past year, finishing fourth overall. They led four events and were the only LMP2 team to complete every race in 2017.
“After getting to know them both and seeing the success they have had in a short period of time and especially after watching their performance in the Mosport race last season, I knew we had found the right match,” Stallings added. “JDC-Miller has the resources, drivers, engineering experience and desire to win that I was looking for. JDC-Miller Motorsports reminds me a lot of the early days of GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, and I am looking forward to rallying the support of our combined fan-base behind JDC- Miller Motorsports and the No. 99 Red Dragon.”
Led by team principal John Church, JDC Motorsports mastered the open wheel and sports car ladder systems, earning 18 championships since its inception in 2011.
Meanwhile, Goikhberg and Simpson will enter their third full season driving together with the JDC squad. So far, the pair has won the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona and Long Beach in the Prototype Challenge class, before very successfully transitioning to the top-tier LMP2 class in 2017.
Second place finishes at Watkins Glen and MoSport highlighted the team’s initial season in Prototypes, which featured six top-five finishes, and made JDC-Miller MotorSports the most successful non-manufacturer LMP2 team in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
“We are very honored to gain the support of GAINSCO Auto Insurance and to carry on the livery of the No. 99 Red Dragon,” said Church. “It was immediately evident that the GAINSCO folks are as committed as we are. This is a tremendous opportunity for JDC-Miller Motorsports and we look forward to the season ahead.”
“We were amazed and flattered by the amount of interest we received from teams who felt their racing programs would be elevated by an opportunity to partner with us and run the famous “Red Dragon” livery,” added Andy Jordan, the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for GAINSCO. “There were several important considerations for GAINSCO: the team had to compete at the highest level, and it had to feel like the kind of family we could be a part of and believe in.”
“JDC-Miller Motorsports was the team we kept coming back to. They race prototypes, they are great people, they are committed to win and the parallels between JDC-Miller Motorsports today and GAINCSO/Bob Stallings Racing in 2006 and 2007 were abundant. We couldn’t be prouder and more excited to join John and his team for the 2018 season and hopefully beyond.”
CREDIT: JDC-Miller Motorsports