Cindric among three to complete JDC's Rolex line-up

Cindric among three to complete JDC's Rolex line-up


Cindric among three to complete JDC's Rolex line-up


Austin Cindric, Devlin DeFrancesco and Gustavo Menezes round out JDC-Miller Motorsports’ two-car effort for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Cindric, who raced for Lexus in 2017 at IMSA’s endurance rounds, will step up to the Prototype class in the No. 85 ORECA 07-Gibson, and will have Canada’s DeFrancesco, whose career has led him to European Formula 3 competition, as the final member of the entry helmed by Simon Trummer and Robert Alon.

“It is no secret JDC-Miller Motorsports surprised a lot of people this year, showing that this group is more than capable of fighting with the big dogs,” Cindric said. “It will be my first race in a prototype, so I have plenty to learn and absorb from my teammates. It is an exciting time in IMSA to be in a prototype, racing for an overall win, and I’m grateful to be part of it.”

Coming off a year where he won the Spanish F3 title, DeFrancesco is also looking forward to making his prototype debut.

“[It] will be a pleasure to compete against some of the best drivers in the world and I am 100 percent focused to do a good job behind wheel of the No. 85 Oreca,” he said. “I want to say thank you to our partners that make it possible to join this team. Can’t wait for the Roar and for the race weekend.”

And in the sister No. 99 GAINSCO Red Dragon ORECA, Menezes, who won the LMP2 class at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, will go for his first Rolex 24 win with Misha Goikhberg, Chris Miller and Stephen Simpson.

“Over the last two years I have had a blessed transition into sports car racing, which saw a victory at the 24 Hours Le Mans and the LMP2 World Endurance championship,” he said. “With that said, I have been to Daytona several times and am still hungry to see what we can do and try to get ourselves on the top of the podium. The Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona is one of the largest races in world of sports cars and I’ve always dreamt of battling for victory in the top class.”