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Alon to Make Prototype Return with JDC-Miller

Robert Alon to return to prototype racing with JDC-Miller Motorsports…

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Robert Alon will return to prototype racing with JDC-Miller Motorsports for a full-season IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaign alongside Simon Trummer.

The Californian will drive the No. 85 Oreca 07 Gibson with previously-announced co-driver Trummer.

He formed part of 3GT Racing’s factory-supported Lexus program this season in the GT Daytona class after finishing runner-up in the Prototype Challenge class in 2016.

“I always had the goal of running in Prototype and have stayed in contact with John [Church, team principal] throughout the years,” said Alon.

“JDC is coming off of a very competitive debut in Prototype where I watched them regularly compete for overall wins.

“With the expansion to a two-car program for 2018 it just felt like the right time to move up and do something together.

“When I tested with JDC earlier this month in the Oreca 07 LMP2, I felt right at home. The Oreca is a great car and I’m sure we can be competitive in 2018.”

This comes after it was announced on Monday that JDC-Miller will join forces with GAINSCO on its other Oreca, which will be driven by Mikhail Goikhberg and Stephen Simpson.

That car will run the GAINSCO ‘Red Dragon’ livery while Alon and Trummer’s car will be adorned in the popular ‘Banana Boat’ yellow color scheme.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist focusing on European series for Sportscar365. Kilshaw was the founder of WorldSportsCar.co.uk and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. almzkid

    December 19, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    I wonder what is happening with Spirit of Daytona/Visit Florida Racing? I thought they were announcing the Caddy program last week according to the news and notes during the December IMSA test. Lots of announcements regarding Prototype plans and all quiet on the Troy Flis front

    • Kyle

      December 19, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      This is what they posted on Facebook the day they were supposed to announce:

      “I’m sorry to let you know that our announcement has been delayed…we are very anxious to let everyone know what our 2018 plan is but until we get all of the documents signed and approved our hands are tied.

      We are trying to coordinate the car announcement along with the driver lineup among other things. All I can promise is that we will release everything the moment that we get final approval.

      Hang in there!”

      • Anonymous

        December 19, 2017 at 5:31 pm

        Just going and saying this one of the comments said that the Driver Lineup was gonna be Vautier and McMurry. And I’m skeptical that’s gonna be their lineup unless stated otherwise

  2. Ricky Joe Johnson

    December 19, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    GOOD! More Americans to balance out the French liberal influence. GO Alon and GO JDC. LOVE IT

    • JJ

      December 19, 2017 at 9:28 pm

      “French liberal influence….”
      Please, go on and explain this very interesting quip.

      • Chris

        December 20, 2017 at 12:27 pm

        Based on the username I think he was being facetious. I hope.

        • Dan

          December 20, 2017 at 10:04 pm

          I doubt it was anything more than being a troll and trying to get a rise from someone.

    • Feelthebern2020

      December 21, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Liberal? I bet you are one of those intolerant trump loving inbred racists. Make america great again…it was never great, France is a better country than America will ever be as long as problematic hateful people like you are around!

      We need less Americans, especially white heterosexual cisgendered men. We need more diversity! Why isn’t there more Muslim women drivers? Because of people like you!

      • Feelthebern2020

        December 21, 2017 at 2:39 pm

        The best Daytona 24hr will be when there is no white American sum like you to race in it!

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