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JDC Planning Two-Car Oreca LMP2 Effort for 2018

JDC-Miller Motorsports places order for second Oreca 07 Gibson…

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

JDC-Miller Motorsports will expand into a two-car Prototype operation in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, having placed an order for a second Oreca 07 Gibson that is set to debut next year.

The Minneapolis-based team has enjoyed a breakout rookie season in IMSA’s top class, with Stephen Simpson and Misha Goikhberg currently sitting third in the overall title race with six top-five finishes and two recent podiums to their credit.

Plans are being put in place for a two-car, full-season effort in 2018, which will also likely include the team’s debut in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as previously reported by Sportscar365.

“Campaigning a second car next season is the logical next step in our goal of becoming one of the strongest professional sport scar teams in North America,” said team owner John Church.

“The success we have enjoyed this season is a product of everyone’s hard work and continued efforts to improve.

“Misha and Chris [Miller] have driven like true professionals with neither putting a foot wrong all year and Stephen has continued to demonstrate that he is one of the top drivers in the championship.

“We have also enjoyed a great relationship with ORECA. They have built an excellent race car and have contributed greatly to our success.

“We know our first win in an Oreca 07 is not far away.”

The team expects to take delivery of the car later this fall.

It will mark at least the fourth full-season Oreca-chassied prototype in WeatherTech Championship competition next year, alongside the pair of Penske Acura ARX-05 DPis.

“We are happy to see that JDC-Miller Motorsports is growing year after year,” said ORECA technical director David Floury.

“Heading from Prototype Challenge to LMP2 was a big step, but the team made it successful with great performance and constant progression through the season.

“It shows also the good ladder made by IMSA to allow the teams to access to the top class.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

22 Comments

22 Comments

  1. Sir Skidsalot

    July 28, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    This are really looking up for the future of IMSA DPi/LMP2, given that Porsche is dropping out of LMP1-H and all. Maybe within a year or two the ACO will let DPi cars race Le Mans like they said originally.

    • Larry

      July 29, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      Good grief. DPi cars will not run with the current P1-L non-hybrid cars. There are several new P1-L cars in the works and the DPis can’t run with them.

      If they do go, they will be competing with the P2 cars, not the P1s.

      • Andy Flinn

        July 30, 2017 at 2:54 pm

        Larry, the LMP2 cars competed with the LMP1 cars for the overall win at Le Mans THIS year.

        With Porsche (and possibly Toyota?) gone, who knows what might be competing for overall wins next year at Le Mans.

  2. WBrowning

    July 28, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    With Mazda upping their game, new engine manufacturers getting in DPi, some new LMP2 cars and the Florida 36, it should be an awesome season in 2018, if NASCAR doesn’t screw it up.

    It will be interesting to see how the Cadillacs do at the Rolex24 with all the BoP adjustments they’ve made since last January’s race. The race should be a lot more competitive and WTR should have their hands full trying to repeat.

    • Blah blah blah

      July 28, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      Cadillac are too slow in straightline speed for Daytona now at current BOP. It will be a slaughterhouse for them.

      • jeff

        July 28, 2017 at 6:17 pm

        blah, who says the bop will stay the same

      • Steven

        July 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm

        The GM fanboys will be doing a lot of crying all season next year when Joest and Penske are constantly putting a beating on the Cadillac teams

        • JamieR

          July 29, 2017 at 6:05 am

          Just like every non-GM supporter this year?

          • Larry

            July 29, 2017 at 8:07 pm

            Jameie, you either have not been paying attention the last 4 years, including this year, or you just want GM to win even if it’s due to rules advantages.

            Pathetic.

      • jack

        July 31, 2017 at 4:12 pm

        daytona always has specific bop. also, fun fact, the caddy isnt that slow on the straights, they are down on power, but they are forced to run low aero packages, which is why they are still consitantly one of the faster cars on the straights.

    • tracer

      July 28, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      I share your optimism, WBrowning!

    • Slicks in the wet

      July 28, 2017 at 9:58 pm

      Pump the brakes on the Mazda….lol…until it hits the track and isnt a dumpster fire–literally–they havent upped anything.

      But, DPi is going better than I expected.

      • Larry

        July 29, 2017 at 8:08 pm

        Oh goody, another “expert” heard from.

        • Slicks in the wet

          July 30, 2017 at 5:12 am

          So, Larry, Joest is faced with a factory squad that isnt known for big budgets, using a chassis and aero that is dreadful, and an engine that dies regularly.

          As good as Joest might be, these are some major hurdles.

          I assume they will address them and the Mazda will be really good.

          But…until we see what actual sweeping changes they can bring in…how can you not be skeptical?

          • jack

            July 31, 2017 at 4:13 pm

            according to marshall pruett, the mazda program was very well funded.

        • Andy Flinn

          July 30, 2017 at 3:10 pm

          Larry, the last four years?

          How did French Ligiers with Japanese (Honda) engines win Daytona, Sebring and Petit last year?

          You must have conveniently not been paying attention.

          Your GM/IMSA conspiracy theory is pathetic.

    • Andy Flinn

      July 30, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      Don’t worry, WBrowning.

      If things ever go sour you’ll always find a scapegoat (NASCAR) to pin the blame on.

      For now, “NASCAR” is doing pretty well, right buddy?

    • Andy Flinn

      July 30, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      WBrowning, it will be interesting to see if Rebellion fixes their electrical issues, and the other non-Cadillac teams fix their reliability issues and experience better luck, oh, and do more pre-testing and don’t announce their programs so late, which (obvious to anyone who actually WATCHED the Rolex24 this year) are all reasons that explain why the Cadillacs dominated at Daytona this year.

  3. Jeff Wagner

    July 28, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    GREAT!!! AWESOME!!! ALL we needed was the 2017 rules to get Sportscar Racing back on track!

    • Andy Flinn

      July 30, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      Yeah, THAT’S all.

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