Minnesota’s JDC-Miller Motorsports will hold onto its formidable Pro-Am pairing of Stephen Simpson and Misha Goikhberg to pilot the No. 85 ORECA 07-Gibson P2 next season.
The full-time drivers of the unmistakably yellow “banana boat,” as it was dubbed by IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship fans, will be joined again by Chris Miller for the four North American Endurance Cup events.
“I’m excited to be continuing my strong relationship with JDC-Miller Motorsports and sharing the car with Misha and Chris for another year,” Simpson said. “Continuity and chemistry has been key to our strong 2017 season and I relish the added competition that the 2018 season promises. I’m confident we can build on what we have learned and head into the new season with high expectations.”
Coming off a breakout season in IMSA’s Prototype class, Goikhberg is looking forward to making use the experience he and Simpson have gained in the ORECA.
“I’m glad to be back with JDC-Miller for another season and am very curious to see what we can do with a year under our belt,” Goikhberg said. “The competition is getting very high and we welcome the challenge. I think we can still improve in all areas as we look to make a more sustained and targeted challenge at the championship and capture that first elusive win. I’m very happy that we have continuity in the driver line-up as well and look forward to co-driving again with two very strong drivers in Stephen and Chris.”
The team’s second ORECA 07-Gibson entry, which arrived in early October, is currently testing for a program of unspecified length next season.