John Church continues to make headway on acquiring at least one Daytona Prototype international for his Minnesota-based JDC-Miller Motorsports team.
The recent overall winner of IMSA’s Sahlen’s Six Hours At The Glen has looked into developing a Hyundai DPi through the connections held by team partner/sponsor Bob Stallings, and based on an update from Church at Road America, it sounds like using an existing DPi model is the most likely possibility for 2019.
“We’re working on it,” he told RACER. “There’s been good reactions to our team [from DPi manufacturers after the win]. It’s just trying to find the right fit. Budget is the big difference. That’s where we’re stuck right now. It’s a big challenge.”
Stallings’ longstanding ties to General Motors as a factory-affiliated entrant in Grand-Am and IMSA have, it’s believed, cracked the door open for JDC-Miller/GAINSCO to add a Cadillac DPi-V.R to its stable. With two ORECA 07-Gibson P2s under its tent, Church, John Miller, and Stallings will have a stronger idea of what next year’s chassis lineup will be after IMSA makes its State of The Series announcements Friday night.
The rumors of a split for the DPis and P2s into separate classes will either be confirmed or dismissed by the series, and once the future of the Prototype class is known, the team can accelerate its plans.
“First and foremost, we’d like to move everything in the [DPi] direction,” Church said. “My fear is there won’t be a good rationale to run a P2 car. To run as a second tier class, there needs to be a financial incentive. To be on a first-tier budget for a second-tier class, which is where we’re at today, that isn’t going to work. We own good equipment, but where does it go?
“We’ve talked about running everything from one of each, to leasing out both [P2s] to someone who wanted to come over from Europe to run IMSA with the cars and have us support them however they need. Hopefully tonight’s announcement gives us more clarity on which direction we need to head.”