GP2 and WEC LMP1/LMP2 veteran Simon Trummer will lead JDC-Miller Motorsports second IMSA Prototype entry in 2018. The Switzerland product is the first full-time driver to commit to the team’s No. 84 ORECA 07-Gibson LMP2 entry, and his signing comes after testing with the team at Sebring.
“Simon is a great addition to our program,” said team co-owner John Church. “He has a lot of experience with the ORECA 07 which immediately showed during the two-day test at Sebring. With the team moving to a two-car program in 2018, we felt it was important to include someone like Simon to our program that knows the car and fits very well into our program on a personal side.
“When he tested with us at Sebring, he was right up to speed for being at the track for the first time while also driving on a new tire. More importantly, he fit right into the entire group – it was like he had been with us all year.”
While Trummer (above) waits to learn the identity of his co-drivers in the No. 84, he’s gotten to know Stephen Simpson, Misha Goikhberg, and Chris Miller, the returnees to JDC’s No. 85 ORECA. Getting to race with the crack Minnesota-based team is in America has also been a long-held for the 28-year-old.
“I have always wanted to race in the U.S. and IMSA at the moment is for sure very attractive with all the new cars and manufacturers joining the championship,” he said. “JDC-Miller had an incredible season in their first year competing in Prototype and when they decided to expand to a two-car program for 2018 we started discussing the possibilities of doing something together.
“John [Church] is exactly right, I felt right at home with the entire group when we tested together last month at Sebring. Sometimes you just ‘click’ with people right away, so I am really excited to be joining JDC-Miller for the upcoming season.”