JDC-Miller MotorSports has revealed the second of its two Cadillac DPi driver line-ups for the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech season. The #85 will see Juan Piedrahita return to the team, to race alongside Matheus Leist and Chris Miller.
Twenty-one year old Leist from Novo Hamburgo, Brazil is a multiple race winner in Indy lights and drove the last two years for A.J. Foyt Enterprises in the IndyCar Series. Piedrahita will drive with him in the #85 for the four endurance races at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans, and plans to race in unspecified additional races too. Chris Miller will join the team just for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
“2019 was the first step to get into endurance racing with the Michelin Endurance Cup races. For 2020 the plan is to also do some addition sprint races and ideally the entire season with JDC-Miller MotorSports” said Piedrahita. “The goal is to run the full schedule by 2021. Running in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship is very complex, there is a lot of stuff going on during those races especially the long endurance races but I love the challenge and how competitive it is.
“It’s great to have Matheus joining us this year. We already know each other from when we raced against each other in Indy Lights so it will be good to have him as a teammate in 2020.
For long-time JDC-Miller MotorSports driver Chris Miller, he continues his relationship with the team as part of this drive at Daytona. He won the Rolex 24 at Daytona with the team in the PC class in 2016 and also was part of the team’s overall win at the Six Hours at Watkins Glen in 2018. Miller who usually runs with the team in the endurance rounds only is currently scheduled for only the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2020 due to other commitments.
“We are very excited about our driver roster for the Rolex 24 and the whole season,” said JDC-Miller MotorSports team owner and managing partner, John Church. “We’re thrilled to have Matheus joining us in the #85 entry and know he will be a great addition to our line-up. I’m also happy to welcome back Juan and Chris to try to build on what we learned together last season. We feel we have strong line-ups in both of our entries for 2020 and it certainly will be an advantage running two cars again.”
The other team’s Cadillac, now Mustang Sampling-backed, will see Sebastien Bourdais, Joao Barbosa and Loic Duval (for the endurance races) compete as a trio.