JDC-Miller Updates Lineup for 2019


The driving duties for JDC-Miller Motorsports’ pair of new Cadillac DPi-V.Rs will be split between eight drivers during the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

Stephen Simpson and Simon Trummer will contest the full DPi class schedule in the No. 84 Cadillac DPi and will be joined by Chris Miller for the Michelin Endurance Cup races and Juan Piedrahita for the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Trummer previously paired with Robert Alon in JDC-Miller’s No. 85 ORECA 07. Piedrahita drove for the team in UFS2000 and Pro Mazda from 2011 to 2013 before advancing to Indy Lights for four seasons. Formerly the No. 99 “Red Dragon” entry, the No. 84 has lost the number and the color with GAINSCO Auto Insurance concluding its partnership with the team after a single season.

Taking over the No. 85 entry next year will be Tristan Vautier and returning driver Misha Goikhberg. Eleven-time Formula 1 race winner Rubens Barrichello plus Devlin DeFrancesco will come aboard for the Rolex 24 while Piedrahita will shift to this second car for the three other endurance races.

Vautier gained experience driving the Cadillac with Spirit of Daytona Racing an Action Express Racing in 2018. Barrichello’s participation at Daytona will mark his fifth start in the 24-hour contest and first since joining Wayne Taylor Racing’s Corvette DP lineup in 2016. DeFrancesco raced in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and GP3 Series in 2018, earning a best finishing position of 11th in the GP3 sprint races at the Red Bull Ring and Yas Marina Circuit.

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JDC-Miller Motorsports’ “Banana Boat” speeds toward the start-finish line on Belle Isle. | Photo: Gannon Burgett / The Apex

The team’s two Cadillacs will carry the flags of eight countries in 2019 with each driver calling a different nation home.

“We’ve been working steadily all fall to put together a stealthy group of drivers to compete for race wins in 2019,” said team owner John Church.

“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.”

After taking delivery of their first Cadillac a month ago, the JDC-Miller team will complete their first test with the new car next week at Sebring before opening the season Jan. 26–27, 2019 at Daytona.

Aaron Durant
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