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GAINSCO Partners with JDC-Miller for New ‘Red Dragon’

GAINSCO teams up with JDC-Miller Motorsports to sponsor No. 99 Oreca 07 Gibson…

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JDC-Miller Motorsports and GAINSCO Auto Insurance announced today the return of the No. 99 ‘Red Dragon’ that will see GAINSCO serve as the primary sponsor of the team’s Oreca 07 Gibson in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year.

The entry, as previously confirmed, will be driven by Mikhail Goikhberg and Stephen Simpson, with Chris Miller joining for the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races.

It comes following Bob Stallings’ decision to discontinue his own race team, but lend the company’s support to another sports car racing operation.

“We had many opportunities to continue our quest for championships and JDC-Miller Motorsports was an easy pick,” said Stallings, the Executive Chairman of GAINSCO.

“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 Prototype class this year, finishing fourth in the championship, and being the only LMP2 team to have completed every race.

“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. [They] 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.”

Church added: “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.”

In addition to its extensive at track activation program, GAINSCO will again host a show car for independent agents that tour states in the company’s markets.

The team’s fourth driver for Daytona will be announced within the next week.

Stallings said that he offered the drive to longtime GAINSCO/BSR driver Jon Fogarty, who has declined due to increasing business commitments.

JDC-Miller expands into a two-car operation next year, with Simon Trummer the first confirmed driver in the No. 85 entry, which will carry the team’s signature ‘Banana Boat’ yellow color.

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 Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. Denz

    December 18, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Ketchup & Mustard will fit right in at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen

  2. Banana Boat!!!

    December 18, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    So instead of running the 84 number, why not run the 85 and 99 numbers?

    • Jack

      December 18, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      Read the last sentence please.

      • Thanks for the Lecture

        December 18, 2017 at 2:52 pm

        That said the 84 when the article first came out, thanks

  3. TailsLeMans722

    December 18, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    And so the Red Dragon awoke from its four year slumber, and like a Phoenix rose from the ashes to rightfully re-take its place among the racing gods it now seeks to challenge for the ultimate crown.

    Welcome back GAINSCO. We missed you.

    • Prototype 1

      December 18, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      Wasn’t the GAINSCO team driving that Corvette DPI that was involved in that massive accident with the Risi Ferrari at Daytona back in 2014?

      Glad they are going back to Daytona to face their Demons. Best of luck GAINSCO.

      • TailsLeMans722

        December 18, 2017 at 3:06 pm

        Yes it was. Hopefully they will have better luck this time, and with a great car and a good team running it, they aught to be competitive as well.

      • pdxracefan

        December 18, 2017 at 5:46 pm

        Except it was a DP.

    • Louis

      December 18, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Man somebody’s high off of some dungeons and dragons!

  4. Lanky Turtle

    December 18, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Awesome news! Put Alex Gurney in that thing!

    • Jack

      December 18, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      Retired. Right after the race one 2014 is when he retired. Would like to see him back tho.

  5. Kirk

    December 18, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    I wonder if Jon Fogarty and/or Alex Gurney will be driving at some point. Regardless, it’ll still be nice to see the distinctive all red colors of the “Red Dragon”. Plus hopefully this will give the JDC-Miller team the boost it needs to get that first win. They sure deserved to get one or two last year.

    • Not Your Spock

      December 18, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      Read the article Captain Kirk. Totally illogical comment Jon Fogarty.

  6. NASCAR/DPs Suck

    December 18, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Fogarty declined the ride due to business commitments? What’s he doing that could be better than getting a full time prototype ride-just curious. It can’t be coaching amateurs or working ride and drives.

  7. Pete

    December 18, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    I know it will obviously carry the ‘Red Dragon’ moniker, but I’m definitely referring to the JDC cars as the Banana Boat and the Apple Cart.

  8. jaysfan

    December 18, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    I don’t get it, Bob Stallings suspended the operation of his own race team, to focus on finding sponsorship, yet he’s going to “lend” Gainsco to JDC-Miller Motorsports?

    • Pete

      December 18, 2017 at 11:30 pm

      When they closed their operation he stated that his intent was to now find an existing team to provide sponsorship to, not find sponsorship to support his own team.

      Basically, give someone a little money to advertise for him, instead of spending all of the monies advertising on his own car.

  9. David Chaste

    December 18, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    If his team had been competitive he wouldnt have shut it down. But in my opinion GT racing just wasnt Fogarty’s thing. ABS, and traction control are like a strange phenomenon to prototype drivers driving Gt cars.

    But Fogarty probably declined the endurance role because the uncompetitive years in PWC might have put a dent in his confidence.

    • DEJ

      December 19, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Confidence is there but the opportunity to compete is not .

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