The JDC-Miller Motorsports team will trade its spec LMP2s for DPis next season as the Minnesota-based team joins the Cadillac family in IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype class.
As RACER had recently reported, the John Church- and John Miller-owned outfit had been intent on moving up to DPi, and with the longstanding ties between team sponsor/partner Bob Stallings of GAINSCO and General Motors, a pathway to move from privateer to works-affiliated status became possible.
“When we first started our IMSA WeatherTech program in 2014 we knew our goal was to work with a brand like Cadillac,” said Church, who will field a pair of DPi-V.Rs. “We feel strongly that we have found the best possible partner and look forward to adding to the incredible success Cadillac has already enjoyed in IMSA.”
The team will complete the season with its race-winning and pole-sitting ORECA 07-Gibson P2s and look to start testing its Cadillacs in November.
“We worked very hard to get to this point and I could not be more proud of my partner John Church and everyone in our group and company who has contributed to our success,” John Miller added. “These are exciting times for our team but I think we have proven last year and in this season that we are ready for this step.”
JDC-Miller Motorsports will join Action Express Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing in the Cadillac stable. It’s unclear whether Spirit of Daytona Racing, which has struggled financially after a number of expensive crashes, will be part of the luxury brand’s full-season plans in 2019.
“We welcome the JDC-Miller team to the Cadillac V-Performance family,” said Matt Russell, Cadillac Racing’s marketing manager. “Their performance with the LMP2 cars has been impressive and we look forward to them joining the grid with their two new Cadillac DPi-V.R cars at Daytona in January.”
The team also confirmed its lead driver will be part of the conversion to Cadillac DPi-V.Rs.
“We can confirm that Stephen Simpson for sure will remain with the team for 2019 since we had an option to continue with Stephen,” Church said. “And after his performance this year there was no question that he will be in the lineup in one of JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac DPis for next year.”