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Juncos Confirms Cadillac DPi Effort for 2019

Juncos Racing confirms Cadillac DPi for 2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season…

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Juncos Racing will make the step to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year, with the veteran open-wheel squad announcing plans to field a Cadillac DPi-V.R for the full 2019 season.

Drivers for the Indianapolis-based team’s new sports car racing program have yet to be named.

Team principal Ricardo Juncos, who made a visit to the IMSA paddock at Road America earlier this month, has shared keen interest in adding a top-level prototype program to his operation, following its success in the Mazda Road to Indy ranks.

The team currently fields entries in Pro Mazda, Indy Lights as well as the Verizon IndyCar Series, having recorded nine championships and 58 wins over the last ten years.

“Our entry into the top class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship represents a significant step forward for our company and also bolsters the depth and technical acumen of our teams,” Juncos said.

“We are also excited and humbled by the partnership with Cadillac and look forward to representing the Cadillac brand in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

“Cadillac has a proven history of winning and performance within IMSA and provides Juncos Racing with a championship caliber partner to begin its entry into DPi.”

Delivery of the Cadillac DPi is set for the beginning of November, with testing to start in December.

The addition of Juncos means there will be at least six of the Dallara-built cars for the WeatherTech Championship next year, alongside the pair of recently announced JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac DPis and the expected returns of Action Express Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing, as well as a possible program for Spirit of Daytona.

“The Cadillac Racing family continues to grow thanks to strong on-track performances by each team that has campaigned the DPi-V.R in its first two seasons of competition,” said Cadillac Racing program manager Laura Wontrop Klauser.

“The addition of Juncos Racing brings more top-tier talent to Cadillac’s DPi-V.R program and more excitement to the IMSA grid.”

Atherton: Top-Tier Teams’ Commitments to DPi the “Ultimate Validation”

IMSA President Scott Atherton says the addition of Juncos, as well as other recent developments, has brought “ultimate validation” to DPi and its decision to split off the LMP2 category.

At least ten DPis are now expected to be on the grid full-time next year, taking into account expected entries from Mazda and Acura Team Penske.

“The accomplishments of Ricardo and his Juncos Racing team are impressive – especially having been achieved in such a relatively short period of time,” Atherton said.

“He is an inspiration for the entire industry. We are pleased and honored by the news of Juncos Racing coming into IMSA along with our partners at Cadillac Racing.

“Having top-tier teams continue to invest in IMSA and our DPi class is the ultimate validation. This is good news for all involved, but especially our fans.”

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. Pierce

    August 15, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Wow already tired of the oversubscribed Cadillac field. Not the teams fault for car choice. Wish the other manufactures could do better.

    • David

      August 15, 2018 at 9:21 am

      Agreed. Wonderful news, but the series needs other competitive packages.

    • Jack

      August 15, 2018 at 9:24 am

      I remember when everyone bitched about gm having customer cars, and when they do it people complain again 😂😂. Gm can’t win, you should be ecstatic with more dpi’s man. This is great.

      • RobertB

        August 15, 2018 at 9:48 am

        It is great, I just wish there were more choices for DPi cars for customers to buy.

      • NaBUru38

        August 15, 2018 at 10:27 am

        It’s not GM’s fault that the other manufacturers don’t sell their prototypes to customers.

        • Slicks in the wet

          August 15, 2018 at 11:27 am

          Or that the other manufacturers made bad packages.

    • Rus'L

      August 15, 2018 at 12:04 pm

      The problem is, the other manufacturers don’t want to sell their cars to independents. Can’t blame Cadillac for that.

  2. GridS2Plaza

    August 15, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Cadillac DPi quickly becoming the Porsche 962 of the current series. Maybe with more customer cars coming online other manufacturer’s will step up and expand the offering.

    Definitely do not won’t a one make dominated series but car counts need to improve.

    Another thought that I don’t think I have seen discussed is that with the separation of DPi and LMP2 cars what will keep someone from tuning a gibson powered Oreca or Ligier to DPi specs and running in DPi. Oreca and Ligier are “manufacturer’s” just as GM, Ford, Nissan and Lexus are.

    If Oreca can produce a LMP1 car no reason a P2 version can’t be uprated to compete in the separate DPi category as a manufacturer.

    This would seem to be a logical progression.

    • Rus'L

      August 15, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      I don’t think that is how IMSA is defining manufacturers for this situation.

    • FormulaFox

      August 15, 2018 at 2:55 pm

      There is something blocking LMP2s from simply being “uprated” to DPi spec: IMSA’s rules don’t allow it. They require a roadcar manufacturer to be part of the deal to make a DPi.

      • Jack

        August 15, 2018 at 7:20 pm

        Dallara made a road car last year.

        • FormulaFox

          August 15, 2018 at 8:27 pm

          Which means they’ll be able to do their own DPi if their production numbers meet whatever IMSA deems necessary.

          It does NOT mean any old team or chassis builder can just decide to upgrade their LMP2 into a DPi.

    • Radish

      August 15, 2018 at 2:58 pm

      It will be interesting to see how close in performance the unleashed DPi cars will be to privateer LMP1s. Surely it would benefit both the WEC and IMSA to unify DPi and LMP1 non-hybrids under one class. Toyota are a bit of an outlier with that though.

    • Tracklimits

      August 16, 2018 at 4:03 am

      I think its defined by “engine manufactuer”.

      Oreca and Ligier use the Gibson engine and Gibson won`t produce a own chassis for the cars.

      Furthermore there are specific rules that deny any changes on the LMP2 that are not homologated except the one joker everybody already pulled except for Oreca.

  3. jason

    August 15, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Dallara does not mind it that’s for sure.

  4. Mart

    August 15, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Cool for the series. Hope they will have serious enough funding and drivers. Seems to be lacking in Indycar….

  5. Daren

    August 15, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Is Nissan dead without Patreon?

    • Dave

      August 15, 2018 at 10:20 am

      I think ESM is still searching for a sponsor. Honestly though, Nissan should step up and let ESM run a full factory effort. While they are at Nissan should help a GT-R or two get going in the GTD class.

      • Rus'L

        August 15, 2018 at 12:08 pm

        Nissan doesn’t care. So, why should they step up? They never wanted to be involved in the first place. They have absolutely no desire to run a factory team. They were merely a paid supplier to ESM. (They didn’t even pay the manufacturer participation fee; ESM did.) Nothing more.

        • momo33

          August 15, 2018 at 12:37 pm

          ESM will get that sponsor and then we will have Nissan. Then with WTR going with the Lamborghini DPi and that new team with the Hyundai DPi, there will be lots of DPi’s. I think that this will be just like GTP soon enough.

          • FormulaFox

            August 15, 2018 at 3:00 pm

            Wow. You’re overly optimistic. And don’t know what you’re talking about.

            ESM finding a million-dollar sponsor to keep Nissan around is nowhere NEAR a guarantee.

            There is no Lamborghini DPi. Their leadership made that clear a year ago.

            The team that was looking into that Hyundai DPi has already announced a Cadillac program.

            Keep up with the news, buddy.

        • Mike S.

          August 15, 2018 at 2:44 pm

          Nissan needs to go away from prototypes in IMSA. ESM needs to stay but not with Nissan if they want a reliable package. Them and Mazda seem to be most consistently unreliable packages that have been around a long time. Mazda sure did some diesel experiment and handled a lot more change in the last 5 years then Nissan so what’s Nissan’s excuse??? For ESM’s sake stick a fork in the Nissan program.

        • FormulaFox

          August 15, 2018 at 2:57 pm

          “They didn’t even pay the manufacturer participation fee; ESM did.”

          Correction, PATRON did. Which is why yes indeed, Nissan is gone without another million-dollar sponsor for ESM.

          I think they’ll be around in LMP2 if they can’t get one, though.

      • Steven

        August 15, 2018 at 6:07 pm

        Nissan will be gone after the 2018 Petit Le Mans.

        • Andy Flinn

          August 15, 2018 at 7:49 pm

          Here comes Steven to attempt a wet towel toss on yet another IMSA DPi commitment for 2019.

          Steven, if you don’t like this car or the two other Cadillac DPi customer cars announced for JDC-Miller for 2019, just think of this as another Dallara chassis in IMSA DPi.

          By the way, how many Dallaras have won in WEC LMP2?

          That’s right – ZERO!

          • Steven

            August 15, 2018 at 8:25 pm

            What are you rambling on about now Andy? Trying to put words in my mouth again?

      • jaysfan

        August 15, 2018 at 6:30 pm

        It won’t happen, they’ve been withdrawing their factory support just about every racing series you can think of, except the sale of the engines

      • Ed H.

        August 15, 2018 at 9:45 pm

        Totally agree. Factory effort if no other sponsor comes in. I’ve been calling for GT-R’s and Bentley GT’s for IMSA for a long time. Doesn’t Nissan already pay for the Patron car’s admission?

  6. Sir Skidsalot

    August 15, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Here we go now, Cadillac Prototype international and since IMSA decided to split the LMP2s off, and give all the DPi’s a power advantage, just when they pretty much have the BoP worked out finally. The competition (Mazda, Nissan, Acura and Ford) better get their asses moving or this is going to turn in a boring spec. series.

  7. Pino Majuli

    August 15, 2018 at 10:22 am

    It looks to me that what’s happening here is the same as what has happened in the WEC: customer teams are buying what they think is the best package.

    In WEC/ELMS that means a sh*tload of Oreca, in IMSA it means Cadillacs.
    It’s just the way it is

    • Rus'L

      August 15, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      No. Customers are buying what is the ONLY package.

      No other manufacturer is willing to sell their car to an independent. It has NOTHING to do with who has the best package. It’s the ONLY package available.

      • Pino Mi.

        August 15, 2018 at 5:15 pm

        Surprisingly, to be the best package available, the package has to be available.

    • Andy Flinn

      August 15, 2018 at 7:51 pm

      Pino, there’s one BIG difference. Other cars actually WIN IMSA DPi races.

      I wish I could say the same for WEC LMP2.

  8. Dave

    August 15, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Now Cadillac just needs to make a car to go along with its racing campaign. A new model based on the Corvette mid-engine chassis perhaps? Front lights and softened body work from the DPi up front and angle up the Corvette rear end with Caddy lines…..

    • KV

      August 15, 2018 at 11:26 am

      THE next Cadillac racer will be a prototype,and garage 56 eligilbile,and marvel not at being powered by a HYDROGEN FUEL CELL !

  9. Tim

    August 15, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Wonder what this means for P2 though. 3 teams?

    • jason

      August 15, 2018 at 10:52 am

      In my mind its like LMPC now….who cares. Does not matter. Exception is CORE. Don’t have a clue what they have in mind though. I would hope they can go back to GTD and run the new Porsche 911 GT3 car next year myself.

      • Mike

        August 15, 2018 at 12:10 pm

        I doubt they would go back to GTD. They campaigned for 1 season to keep everyone on the team fresh before stepping back up into Prototypes. John Bennett never felt as comfortable in the 911 as he did in the Oreca 07 PC and he’s showed alot of pace gained this year in the P2. Plus he hasn’t been quiet about wanting the Trueman award and the Auto Invite to Le Mans, if he gets that this year he wont have the team waste time racing a 911 GTD when they are running a P2 at Le Mans, if he doesn’t get it this year, as close of a running as it is between him and Goikberg, I’m sure he will try again next year. Not to mention the rumor mill starting up about Colin Braun and his future, I think Bennett will want to stay where he and his team feel most comfortable.

        • Tim

          August 15, 2018 at 12:31 pm

          No P2 is not anything like PC lol. There is still variety and we will have teams coming in regularly from WEC/ELMS. They are alot more powerful and way more advanced technology then the LMPCs and they do not get in the way of GTLM and they do not cause a caution every 15 minutes.

          We now have a perfect balance I think. Pro and pro/am classes for both Prototypes and GTs. I think P2 might be thin for next year but I’d be surprised if we dont have a decent field of them by 2020.

      • Mike S

        August 15, 2018 at 3:25 pm

        GT3 is almost as expensive to run than a P2. Why? Should Bobby Oregl and PR1 leave too? Both Core and PR1 have been good IMSA teams far longer than some other teams. No one is owed anything but would rather see them being good underdog teams in IMSA than not in IMSA at all and GTD isn’t the answer from a business perspective budget wise.

  10. N8

    August 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Do we know for sure that Acura DPi’s won’t be available to private teams next year? The program isn’t backed by Honda, and you’d assume that HPD would like to monetize the development of this parts package.

    • John

      August 15, 2018 at 3:57 pm

      We don’t, but that’s the consensus based on talk, and what has transpired. JDC already has two Orecas, and it would have been an easy conversion, but they’re going to Cadillacs. Either HPD said no, GM gave them a really sweet deal on a couple new cars, or perhaps both.

      But there are sure to be discussions inside HPD about how they’re going to deal with GM’s onslaught, and if they might ask Penske to waive any exclusivity clause that most think he has.

      Honda is using IMSA to promote its Acura brand. No other sponsors appear on the car, aside from the IMSA’s official fuel and tire supplier. The small Pennzoil and Motegi decals are probably supplier mentions as well.

      Penske surely isn’t paying to run the program out of his own pocket, so I don’t know how anyone could say that Honda isn’t the one backing the program.

      Acura, Mazda, Ford, Porsche, GM/Corvette, and BMW are all clearly factory-backed programs in P and GTLM, and a couple of those surreptitiously in GTD as well.

    • Matthew

      August 15, 2018 at 5:03 pm

      I heard that penske signed an exclusivity contract with acura same with ESM with nissan.

      • Andy Flinn

        August 15, 2018 at 7:54 pm

        Matthew, ESM has discontinued their exclusivity contract with their DPi.

    • Steven

      August 15, 2018 at 6:09 pm

      Penske and Acura are an exclusive contract. So once the contract with Penske is up, then they might be open to additional customers.

  11. MattZ

    August 15, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    If the Cadillac DPi is the new 962, I have no problem with that. It’s not GM’s fault that no other manufacturer wants to make their car available to privateers.

  12. F is for friends

    August 16, 2018 at 1:49 am

    So pretty much imsa 2018 is turning into WEC 2014 LMP1-H/LMP1-L equivalent to DPI/LMP2?

    • F is for friends

      August 16, 2018 at 1:51 am


  13. A Sleeper From Pittsburg

    August 16, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Cadillac is becoming for IMSA what Porsche was for WSC in the Group C days

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