DC Racing Exploring Daytona, Sebring LMP2 Effort

Photo: John Dagys

Jackie Chan DC Racing could become the latest European-based team to make its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut, with the Jota Sport-run operation evaluating a LMP2 effort for the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Twelve Hours of Sebring next year.

The Chinese team, fresh off a historic 1-2 class finish in last month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, and overall podium result, is looking to take one of its Oreca 07 Gibsons Stateside for the opening two rounds of the 2018 season, according to team owner David Cheng.

“We’re exploring what’s beneficial, and how it fits into our program,” Cheng told Sportscar365.

“America is a place where a lot of our sponsors, our brand and Jackie’s movies [are at]. The new Jackie Chan movie, ‘The Foreigner’ is coming out in October.

“There’s some interest there for sure.”

Cheng, a former Sebring class winner, hinted that an end-of-season run in this year’s Motul Petit Le Mans could even be in the cards, although Jota Sport team boss Sam Hignett has essentially ruled it out, at least with its current cars, due to logistics.

Despite having three Oreca LMP2 cars, Hignett said its third chassis will be used as a spare at all of the remaining FIA World Endurance Championship events, and would therefore not be available for the Road Atlanta enduro due to shipping schedules.

Hignett, who attended last weekend’s WeatherTech Championship race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, indicated that IMSA’s newly announced “36 Hours of Florida” incentive package for international teams will not likely play a factor in its decision.

The Englishman, however, has praised the championship’s level of competition, as well as scheduling in comparison to the start of the FIA World Endurance Championship season, which generally kicks off in April.

“I think IMSA racing is great and the way the calendars fall does give you the opportunity to do like what Rebellion did, to do Daytona and Sebring at the beginning of the year,” he told Sportscar365.

“The main focus at the moment is having a look and doing a bit of a feasibility study on Daytona and Sebring and seeing what’s possible.”

Should a program materialize, it would mark Jota’s return to the IMSA paddock for the first time since 2009, when it assisted the Corsa Motorsports Ginetta-Zytek Hybrid in the American Le Mans Series.

Prior to that, Hignett ran the factory Zytek 06S LMP1 program, which finished second overall at Pettit Le Mans in 2006.

Hignett, however, has stressed that its WEC effort will take priority, with the team currently holding a commanding lead in the LMP2 World Championship.

“WEC is our main focus and we need to concentrate on this year and next year,” he said.

3 Comments

  1. jason

    July 14, 2017 at 11:02 am

    The whole first timer entry list discount deal is probably targeted at this team more than anybody else. The Jota/Chan team is a very high profile operation now after the Le Mans success. This was not a normal LMP2 class victory. It got much more mainstream attention than usual since they led overall for between hours 21-23.

    • Matt M

      July 14, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      Agreed, they would be a very popular team if they did choose to come race in the states!

  2. Jeff Wagner

    July 16, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Jackie Chan does a team owner right! He leads the reality below by example:
    “Guidelines to ethical and fair Celebrity/Businessman Racing involvment”!
    #1. Please bring: Your passion for Sportscar Racing, it is a good thing! #2. Please bring: Your $$$ to help fund/completely fund a Sportscar team! #3. Please bring: PRO drivers in to race your cars, lots need a ride!
    #4. Please bring: A chair to sit and watch the PROS abilities in amazement!
    #5. Please bring your common sense: you made $ that doesn’t = You a racer!
    #6. PLEASE REMEMBER: JACKIE CHAN WOULD NOT BE IMPRESSED and it wouldn’t be FAIR or ETHICAL if a PRO Driver funded his way onto a Movie set which eventually booted J.C. out of his staring role in a movie! The PRO Driver thought because he had $$$ he had a right to buy his way onto the movie set which bought J.C.’s acting role in the movie! The PRO Driver with $$$ wanted to try being a PRO at karate and acting. The result caused the actual PRO J.C. with natural skill and ability at Karate and Acting to sit at home with NOTHING, as after calling around the other movie producers had actors under contract, and J.C.’s agent lost 75% of his revenue! J.C. never got hired for an acting role again, as producers discovered a Karate guy 5 years younger they could pay 40% less, and his agent never got an A-LIST actor again and went out of business! Within a YEAR the PRO Driver posing as a PRO at Karate and acting for his ego and another “adventure” gets bored because he isn’t the best at it like many “Type A” personalities do, and goes back to racing where he is top notch. He makes the rash decision one day out of the blue and tells the crew leaving them all with no job in the short term. On departing that day It is obvious to everybody on the set that have ALWAYS had a deep resentment towards him as they were ALWAYS in awe of J.C.’s ability but had to keep quiet to keep working, the PRO Driver had NO regret of ruining those two careers or the mess he left behind! It was just another “adventure” to him! The GREAT thing is Jackie Chan is setting an excellent example and doing it RIGHT! Well done Jackie Chan! THANK-YOU!

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