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Cindric, DeFrancesco Complete JDC-Miller Lineup for Daytona

Austin Cindric, Devlin DeFrancesco complete JDC-Miller lineup for Rolex 24…

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Austin Cindric and Devlin DeFrancesco will complete JDC-Miller Motorsports’ lineup in its No. 85 Oreca 07 Gibson for next month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, the team confirmed on Friday.

NASCAR and sports car racing rising star Cindric and 17-year-old Canadian DeFrancesco join the previously announced Simon Trummer and Robert Alon in the LMP2 contender for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener.

Cindric, who has made starts in the WeatherTech Championship, IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series, Pirelli World Challenge and Global Rallycross competition, will make his Prototype debut.

The 19-year-old is set to race against Team Penske’s new Acura DPi program, which is managed by his father, Tim.

“It is no secret JDC-Miller MotorSports surprised a lot of people this year, showing that this group is more than capable of fighting with the big dogs,” Cindric said.

“It will be my first race in a prototype, so I have plenty to learn and absorb from my teammates. It is an exciting time in IMSA to be in a prototype, racing for an overall win, and I’m grateful to be part of it.”

DeFrancesco, meanwhile, is a race-winner the FIA European Formula 3 championship as well as being the reigning Spanish Formula 3 champion.

“I am looking forward for a great run with JDC-Miller Motorsports in the Daytona 24. Will be a pleasure to compete against some of the best drivers in the world and I am 100 percent focused to do a good job behind wheel of the No. 85 Oreca,” he said.

Team principal John Church added: “Austin and Devlin are both enormous talents and we are thrilled to have them join us in the No. 85 for Daytona.

“I have no doubt that both of them will familiarize themselves quickly with the Oreca 07 at the Roar and be up to speed in no time.”

The team’s two-car lineup for Daytona is now complete, with Gustavo Menezes having been confirmed on Thursday as the fourth driver in the No. 99 GAINSCO-sponsored entry alongside Stephen Simpson, Misha Goikhberg and Chris Miller.

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

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. DanO

    December 29, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Devlin DeFrancesco, race winner in FIA F3? I think not, couldn’t get near the top 10 in is two appearances last year, and the Spanish F3 Championship is no acheivement, just three rounds of the EuroFormula Open, which are in Spain or Portugal.

    Big example of a money-hungry lineup, with Trummer, Alon and DeFrancesco, which is sad. Rather hoped JDC-Miller would push through some talent with an extra car.

    • Mike D.

      December 29, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      Trummer isn’t exactly slow.

      • DanO

        December 29, 2017 at 2:57 pm

        • Mo

          December 29, 2017 at 5:30 pm

          Stop hating. What had you achieved at 16 or 17 years old? Church seems to think they have talented young drivers and that’s what matters.

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