JDC-Miller MotorSports has announced the full driver line-up for its IMSA WeatherTech Championship campaign in 2019, in which it will race a pair of Cadillac DPi-V.Rs.
Stephen Simpson and Simon Trummer will co-drive the #84, with 2018 IMSA race winner Chris Miller returning for all endurance races in 2019. Indy Lights standout Juan Piedrahita will complete the line-up for the 2019 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.
Tristan Vautier meanwhile, will return to the with the team again to race alongside 2018 Sahlen’s Six Hour winner, Misha Goikhberg in the #85 Cadillac DPi-V.R. Ex-Formula One star Rubens Barrichello will join Vautier and Goikhberg at Daytona for what will be his fifth start in the race; his last appearence was back in 2016. GP3 young gun Devlin DeFrancesco will also race with the team again, at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.
“I can’t wait! I love this race and I am very happy to return,” Barrichello said. “I know the team had a good event last year with a sixth-place finish. I am excited to work hard for a great finish and have an enjoyable weekend and give the fans a great race.”
Juan Piedrahita will join the #85 crew for the remaining endurance races at Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta.
“We are very excited about our driver roster for the Rolex 24 and the whole season,” said JDC-Miller MotorSports team owner, John Church. “We announced our purchase of the Cadillacs in September. We’ve been working steadily all fall to put together a stealth group of drivers to compete for race wins in 2019. Chris, Misha, Stephen and Simon were very competitive last year.
“Devlin had two great runs with us in 2018, and Juan and Tristan have raced with us in the past as they developed their driving careers. It’s great to welcome all of them back. Last, but certainly not least, we’re thrilled to welcome Rubens to the team. It’s an honor for us, it’s a great opportunity for our team and we look forward to providing him with a very competitive effort.”
The team took delivery of its first Cadillac DPi-V.R a month ago and will take it to Sebring for a first test next week. just one month ago and is set to complete their first test next week at Sebring.
Notably, JDC Miller will race without Gainsco backing in 2019, as it did this year with its #99 ‘Red Dragon’-liveried ORECA 07 Gibson. Gainsco after its lengthy tenure in motorsport, has opted to step back from racing.
“Over the past 14 years, the Red Dragon has joined the great legacy of other famous race car liveries in the hearts and minds of fans all over the world,” said Andy Jordan, SR. V.P. Marketing and Business Development, Gainsco Insurance in a statement.
“Gainsco Auto Insurance has decided not to continue its motorsports programme for the 2019 season. And so for now, our story passes into racing history and joins some of the great stories that originally inspired us to start this journey in the first place.
“Most of our 14 years was spent campaigning in the Prototype class of our country’s finest Sports Car series, the IMSA WeatherTech Championship. We were incredibly fortunate to have been able to spend the 2018 season with JDC-Miller MotorSports and celebrate one final return to the Prototype ranks with a fantastic team.
“Stephen Simpson, Misha Goikhberg and Chris Miller will go down in history as the final drivers to pilot a #99 to a race win with their triumph at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen. We could not have asked for a better partnership, nor better representation by a great team than we were in 2018.”