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6/27/2021 - Mustang Sampling JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac finish seventh after late penalty at Watkins Glen.
Watkins Glen NY, (June 27, 2021) - The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R driven by Tristan Vautier, Loic Duval and Sebastien Bourdais suffered a late race pit lane violation when Loic Duval blew through a red light at the exit of the pits. He had to serve a stop-and-go plus 60-second penalty which sent him to the back of the entire IMSA field. He, Tristan Vautier and Sebastien Bourdais were classified in seventh on the finishing order.
"Our strategy was
actually really good as we made our way to the late stages of the race,"
Vautier said. "Unfortunately, we got that penalty which took us out of
contention or a top four or five. It was a frustrating race, but it will just
make us want more for next weekend."
5/16/2021 - Mustang Sampling JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac finish fourth at Mid-Ohio.
Mid-Ohio, OH (May 16,
2021) - The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R driven by Tristan Vautier
and Loic Duval came to the checker in fourth. Like the 31, the JDC-Miller
Motorsports managed team did not have to splash for fuel and made the most
of the day with a fourth-place finish.
"Our pace was ok, but we were struggling a little bit on starts and restarts on cold tires," Vautier said. "It was a very fun first stint for me battling with the Wayne Taylor car. In the end it was all about who could make it to the finish line. We managed to salvage a decent result with good fuel saving by the team and Loic. We wanted better, but fourth place is good points and we made the most of the race in the end."
3/21/2021 - Mustang Sampling JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac Wins Sebring.
Sebring, FL (March 21, 2021) - Bourdais hangs on to ailing car as the Mustang Sampling JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi-V.R won today's running of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.The team endured a series of bad luck early in the race with several contacts with other cars - none of them being initiated by the # 5 entry - the Mustang Sampling JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac found itself two laps down at one point.
But crew and drivers never gave up and kept their focus on opportunities to get back on the lead lap. After running outside the top five for much of the race, the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac led 28 of the final 31 laps to win the 69th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with drivers Sebastien Bourdais, Tristan Vautier and Loic Duval.
"At the start of my last stint everything was under control," Bourdais said. "We were super strong at the beginning, went from P6 to P1. Our sequence of pit stops was very strong. We kept jumping people. I thought from then it was going to be easy, the Mustang Sampling Cadillac was really good. Then the rear wing fell off with 10 laps to go. That was the hardest 10 laps of my life. The balance went way forward on the car. I compensated with the bars and brake balance. Still the car was unbelievably loose in the fast corners. I can't believe we won it. Honestly, I could have crashed the car about 10 times. Especially before I figured out there was something seriously wrong. The rear tires started to degrade really bad. I was just hanging on. To stay in front of the field like this is one of my greatest achievements."
"Sebring is special for me because I was on the pole here twice but never managed to win the race," Vautier said. "It was overdue, because we led so many laps last year but things didn't go our way. Today, the stars were aligned and the team was amazing.
"Last year, we put together a last-minute program and we did pretty well," Duval said. "Coming here in November, we had a chance to fight for the win. Then, coming into the last hour, we got hit in the back of the car. This year, we had laps at the front at Daytona and we got hit by a Porsche again. It felt at the beginning of the race that it would not come to us, to be honest, but we kept pushing and everybody stayed focused and did their job. At the end, we put everything together. It was not our most competitive race, but we never gave up and we fought pretty hard to come back.
"To see Seb at the end driving on the track was pretty cool. There was a lot of excitement in the box. It made it a little difficult losing a bit of the rear wing at the end of the race, but he made it in a very difficult situation."
The team now sits 3rd
in overall championship points as the leading Cadillac DPi entry.
2/12/2021 - By Mark Robinson IMSA Wire Service - No. 5 Cadillac Finds Silver Lining in Recent Results.
Daytona, FL (Feb. 12, 2021) - Spirits remain high with the drivers and crew of the No. 5 Mustang Sampling/JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac DPi, despite disappointing finishes in the last two IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races.
That's because the No. 5 Cadillac has shown a renewed competitiveness and is now set with a stable lineup of all French drivers for the 2021 season.
Tristan Vautier and Loic Duval are the full-season pilots of the No. 5, with Sebastien Bourdais going from a full-time driver last season to endurance-race addition this year as he returns to a full-season gig in the NTT IndyCar Series. The trio ran strong throughout the 2020 finale, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts, but finished fifth after forced into a late pit stop to replace a damaged rear wing section.
Then in last month's season opener, the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the No. 5 was in the hunt again, leading 106 of the first 226 laps. Just under nine hours into the 24-hour marathon, however, Vautier was the innocent victim when two other cars made contact and one careened into him. Lengthy repairs in the garage ensued, relegating the No. 5 to a seventh-place finish in the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class and 34th overall.
"We've been feeling good with the car since Sebring last November," Vautier said. "It seems like we made a big step forward there and we were hoping it was not just luck and we could conserve it at Daytona."
It appeared that way as well. Vautier and Duval drove the car to a third-place finish in the Motul Pole Award 100 qualifying race a week before the Rolex 24. Along with Bourdais, they were running strong and biding their time in the Rolex 24, until a pair of cars collided on the frontstretch and the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche hit the No. 5 in the aftermath.
"It seemed like since the moment we unloaded (at Daytona), we were very competitive, during the qualifying race in both mixed and dry conditions and for the first part of the (Rolex 24) race," Vautier recalled. "Yeah, it's just unfortunate the way it happened. There was nothing we could do because it was actually not even the (No.) 16. He got hit in the back by another Porsche and sent into me spinning."
Despite the depressing result, the JDC-Miller team is finding a silver lining. The newfound pace has John Church, JDC's CEO and managing partner, excited. It wasn't necessarily the case earlier last season, even when the No. 5 opened the year with a trio of third-place finishes. Those results, Church said, were accomplished more on "perseverance and strategy" than outright speed.
"We definitely didn't ultimately have the fastest car or one of the faster cars," Church admitted. "Now we've got, I think, one of the faster cars. We just need to convert it into results. I'd rather be where we're at today than always hanging on, waiting for everybody else to have some bad luck or misfortune for us to have the results."
After spending the first half of 2020 in JDC-Miller's second DPi entry, the No. 85 Cadillac, Vautier joined Bourdais and Duval in the No. 5 for the latter half of the campaign. With the team running a single entry this year, all focus can be on optimizing the No. 5 Cadillac for each race. Competing against some of the WeatherTech Championship's powerhouse teams in its premier category sometimes makes for JDC-Miller to an afterthought, but Vautier is fine with that.
"Yes, some people tend to overlook us because maybe you have teams with big names and also huge resources and huge support behind them that we don't necessarily have," he said. "We need to make each dollar go a longer way than many others, but the team is run really well.
"We showed that we can do it in Daytona. As I said, if we keep doing what we've been doing, it's going to click."
Church agreed, especially since the next race is a return to Sebring International Raceway for the 69th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
"I'm encouraged by our pace. Our pace was good, the team is working really well together right now," Church said. "We just hit two kind of heartbreaking races in a row. We were in good position at Sebring when we got hit late in the race (in November), which did a fair bit more bodywork damage than it looked like. We're putting ourselves in position to have good results, we just need to be there at the end.
"We just keep going with what we've been doing and eventually the luck is going to go our way. It's going to come to us eventually."
Action for the Mobil
1 Twelve Hours of Sebring begins Wednesday, March 17. The 12-hour race on
the 17-turn, 3.74-mile road course starts at 10:30 a.m. ET Saturday, March
20. Tickets are available at SebringRaceway.com.
1/31/2021 No luck for The No. 5 Mustang Sampling JDC-Miller MotorSports team of Tristan Vautier, Loic Duval and Sebastien Bourdais at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona after leading the race early on.
Daytona, FL (Jan. 31, 2021) - The No. 5 Mustang Sampling JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac team of Tristan Vautier, Loic Duval and Sebastien Bourdais were very competitive throughout the start and into the darkness. Just as the clock clicked past midnight, Vautier was going into Turn 1 when two GT cars tangled and collected him damaging the side of the JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac. The resulting work sent the team down 46 laps to a seventh-place finish.
"We had very solid race with a good Mustang Sampling JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi-V.R," Bourdais said. "The JDC-Miller MotorSports team did a great job preparing for the event. All three drivers were equally fast. Unfortunately, Tristan got victimized by two GTD cars. One pushed the other into the side of our car. The Porsche is a lot stronger than the prototype and it destroyed our car. It is a shame we had a good opportunity to do something good here. I guess racing happened. It is the second race in a row we have been victimized by a GT car. We gave it our best shot."
1/29/2021 Unitronic JDC-Miller MotorSports Recover to Win Daytona TCR Thriller!
Daytona, FL (Jan. 29, 2021) -After suffering fuel pickup issues, dropping them down the order, the #17 Unitronic JDC-Miller MotorSport Audi RS 3 LMS TCR recovered from 2 laps behind to take victory at the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season opener. What started as a perfect weekend, with driver Mikey Taylor going fastest in first official practice by more than 2.7 seconds over their nearest competitor, turned into a weekend of learning and development with the new for 2021 drivetrain and chassis setup, requiring extensive setup changes between sessions and right up until the race in order to help guarantee the reliability of the car.
In addition, the team's Audi RS 3 LMS TCR SEQ (sequential transmission) is a newly permitted package in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge competition, and underwent several Balance of Performance (BoP) changes, mandated by the series and their technical staff throughout the weekend, leaving the team and drivers unsure what kind of speed could be produced in the race.
After a brilliant qualifying
effort by Dr. William Tally on Thursday afternoon, the team was set for a
4th place starting position for the first of two four-hour endurance races
of the 2021 season. Being the designated qualifying driver, meant Tally had
to start the race in the black, yellow and white machine. Tally, in only his
second ever IMSA event, met the challenge with what seemed a seasoned skill,
moving his way up the order eventually leading the race for a brief period before heading into the pits to make the team's scheduled pit stop and driver change, handing it over to full-season driver Chris Miller.
Miller, a previous Rolex 24 hour winner, rejoined the pack and started his first of two one-hour stints, before running into fuel pickup trouble and having to coast the car into the pit lane, making it just 150 yards short of the team's pit box. Quickly jumping into action, the Unitronic JDC-Miller crew members Jeremy, Jay, and Eric sprinted down the hot pit lane to help push the stranded car. Luckily, Miller was not in the fast lane, so the crew could make the push to the pit box. Once recovered and refueled Miller once again set out, this time two laps down from the leaders. Putting together fastest lap after fastest lap the Minnesota native started clawing back the deficit before handing driving duties over to South African born Mikey Taylor.
Together with the team's
engineering and strategy minds of Cole Scrogham and Ryan Perera, Taylor started
on the quest of gaining back 2 laps and making a run for the podium. With
what seemed like pure fate, paired with some ultra-fast lap times and passing
maneuvers, Taylor had gained back the 2 laps and was sitting in third place
with only a handful of minutes left on the clock, when a safety car was
dispatched for a crash on track. Knowing that this was probably a now-or-never moment, in case another full cause caution fell before the checkered flag fell, Taylor made a daring move around the outside of the first and second place cars, jumping from third to first with only two laps remaining! This move gave the Unitronic JDC-Miller MotorSports team and Audi their first victory of the season and a full house of points to start off their championship pursuit.
"What a mega race
that was, I can't say enough about our crew for sticking with it even when
we thought we were out, they gave it their all and it's thanks to them we're
in victory lane! Chris and Will did everything they needed to and gave me
a clean, fast Audi race car! It's a great start to our championship campaign,
and I can't wait to get to Sebring for more fun!" said Taylor.
John Staffi, Technical Director at Unitronic had this to say about the victory "We couldn't have asked for a better start to the 2021 season with our #17 Audi RS 3 LMS TCR. It's exciting to see all of our hard work pay off; and the drivers were a huge part of our success this weekend. Huge thanks to everyone at JDC-Miller MotorSports for outstanding prep, setup, and overall package, especially after the off-season rebuild and uncertainties with the transmission conversion from the DSG to SEQ. Thank you to Mark Murray and the rest of the team at Audi Sport customer racing for their legendary support and dedication to our program.
Last but not least, Thanks to Liqui Moly, ZF / Sachs Performance, Out There Brands, my colleagues internally here at Unitronic, and the rest of our team partners for the support and help making this happen!"
The next event for the
Unitronic JDC-Miller MotorSports #17 Audi RS3 LMS TCR will be the Alan Jay
Automotive Network 120 at Sebring International Raceway on March 19th.
1/24/2021 No. 5 Mustang Sampling JDC-Miller Motorsport Cadillac DPi-V.R finishes 3rd in 100 minutes qualifying race for the 59th running of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona
Daytona, FL (Jan. 24, 2021) -Tristan Vautier was the starting driver for the No. 5 Mustang Sampling JDC-Miller Motorsport Cadillac in the inaugural Motul Pole Award 100 minutes qualifying race, which determined the starting order for the 59th Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The race began under
wet conditions but quickly dried. Vautier overtook the leading No. 01 Chip
Ganassi Racing Cadillac and extended the lead for several laps. After several
full course yellow cautions and handing over the No. 5 JDC-Miller MotorSports
Cadillac DPi V.R to teammate Loic Duval the team finished the race in 3rd
place and was rewarded to 2nd after the post-race inspections which resulted
in a front row start for the 59th running of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.
01/23/2021 David and Keith Grant finish 3rd at Daytona at their 2021 season debut with JDC MotorSports in Saturday's IMSA Scouts of America 145 Prototype Challenge race that opened the 2021 season.
Daytona, FL(Jan. 23, 2021) -Brothers Keith and David Grant finished third overall and took home first place in the Bronze Cup class. Keith Grant started second in the No. 40 JDC Motorsports Duqueine M30-D08 and turned the car over to his brother in fourth position. David Grant was able to get the car back on the overall podium in the closing stint. "It started raining somewhere out there," David Grant said. "We weren't sure what the track was going to do. This is our first weekend to run with JDC, our third year to run Prototype Challenge, and it's a great way to start this."
12/18/2020 Mustang Sampling Racing/JDC-Miller MotorSports confirms Loïc Duval, Tristan Vautier and Sébastien Bourdais for 2021 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship Cadillac DPi-V.R program.
Savage, MN (Dec. 18, 2020) -Minnesota based JDC-Miller MotorSports in partnership with Mustang Sampling Racing confirmed today that Loïc Duval, Tristan Vautier and Sébastien Bourdais will return to the program for 2021. The all French lineup raced together in the team's 2020 Mustang Sampling Racing/JDC-Miller MotorSports No. 5 entry in several races during the 2020 championship.
Duval joins the team for 2021 as one of the full-season drivers and will be paired with Tristan Vautier who ran for the team in both JDC-Miller MotorSports entries in 2020. Sébastien Bourdais meanwhile will move into the role as the 3rd driver for the Michelin Endurance Cup rounds due to his 2021 IndyCar commitments.
Mustang Sampling Racing/JDC-Miller MotorSports No. 5 entry scored three podium finishes in 2020 and was a championship contender for much of the 2020 Championship.
"It's great to have all three of them back for 2021," said John Church, managing partner of JDC-Miller MotorSports. "We had a little bit of an up and down year in 2020 but I think we showed in the final race of the year at Sebring a lot of momentum and the potential we have as a group and that is what we have to build on for 2021. Consistency with our partners and line-up is a big part of that, so we are all very excited to be able to keep the line-up together for another run at the championship in 2021."
always a good thing," said Ken Thompson, CEO of Mustang Sampling. "2020
was a novel year for us with the move to JDC-Miller MotorSports. We spent
an interesting year working some kinks out of the system. I believe with a
full season under our belt and by keeping together the driver line-up of Sebastian,
Loic and Tristan we will find some cohesiveness and momentum in 2021. I want
to thank the drivers and the JDC-Miller MotorSports Team for the outstanding
effort put forth in 2020 to make this a Winning Team, they did this in many
ways throughout the entire year. It is a pleasure and great honor to be partnering
with True Racers of John Miller and John Church, dedicated to the sport and
the Absolut Desire to WIN. A big Thank You to everyone involved from me and
Brenda and our Mustang Sampling Team. We look forward to seeing all our fantastic
Fans in 2021 and last by not least a Thank You to all our Sponsors who help
make this happen."
"I am really happy and pleased to be back with Mustang Sampling Racing/JDC-Miller MotorSports for the 2021 season after I joined the team in 2020 for the long endurance races," said Loïc Duval.
"2020 was a challenging year for a lot of reasons and as a team we for sure had our up and downs but we started the season really strong at Daytona and had a lot of momentum towards the end of the season. So it's great to be back with Tristan and Seb in 2021, now as one of the full season drivers for the team because it for sure gives us consistency and to build on the momentum we had. All the best of luck to Seb for his IndyCar season in 2021 and it's great that we will have him back in the lineup for the endurance races. I cannot wait to go back to Daytona, also with the just announced qualifying race to determent the starting grid for the Rolex24 it's gone be awesome. Hopefully 2021 will see a year where things go back a little bit more to normal and we can see the fans returning to the races and share our passion for the sport, we for sure missed them in 2020". Duval continued to comment on his return to Mustang Sampling Racing/JDC-Miller MotorSports for 2021.
"I am not going
to lie, I wanted to be in this car and this line-up for a long time. So when
I got the opportunity to do some races with them this season, I did everything
to make sure this would carry on to 2021", said Tristan Vautier.
"Now that it is confirmed that I will return to the team in 2021 for the full season, I want to thank John Miller and John Church and the entire JDC-Miller MotorSports team as well as Ken and Brenda from Mustang Sampling, and Cadillac Racing for their trust in me and for having me onboard. Fighting amongst the best is what pushes me every day, and DPI is the place to be for that right now, with some of the best teams, drivers, and racetracks. With Loïc and Seb, we have a great trio, and as a team we finished 2020 building a lot of momentum, so we are very hopeful to carry that into 2021 and fight at the front every weekend." Tristan continued his thoughts towards the 2021 season.
"I am really looking
forward to a second season with Mustang Sampling Racing/JDC-Miller MotorSports.
Thanks to John Miller and John Church, Mustang Sampling and Cadillac, we will
have the tools we all need to compete, run at the front and hopefully win
a couple of IMSA's biggest classic events. I enjoyed working with Loïc
and Tristan in 2020, so it's awesome to stay together and give it another
go next season. Daytona can't come soon enough!" Sébastien Bourdais
commented on his return for a second year with Mustang Sampling Racing/JDC-Miller
MotorSports increases IMSA LMP3 footprint, confirms David and Keith Grant
for full season 2021 IMSA Prototype Challenge Championship program.
Savage, MN (Dec. 17, 2020) - Minnesota based JDC MotorSports will have an increased presence in the 2021 IMSA LMP3 class with David and Keith Grant joining the team in the No. 40 entry for a full season IMSA Prototype Challenge Championship program. They will be joining long-time JDC MotorSports driver Gerry Kraut and teammate Scott Andrews in the team's No. 9 entry which will return to the 2021 IMSA Prototype Challenge Championship for selected races in 2021.
"We are excited
about racing the new DUQUEINE D08 with JDC Motorsports this year. JDC ran
a very competitive program with Gerry and Scott last year and we look forward
to joining the team," said Keith Grant.
Kraut and Andrews scored two wins in 2020, finishing 5th overall in the championship even with missing the opening round in Daytona in 2020. The long-time teammates will start their 2021 IMSA Prototype Challenge season campaign in March at Sebring, the 2nd round of the Championship.
"Scott and I had a great year in 2020, two wins and a third place podium; we were in contention for a podium in almost every race", commented long-time JDC MotorSports driver and partner Gerry Kraut.
For 2021 we already made commitments for a full season in the Michelin Le Mans Cup in Europe which got pushed back from this year so unfortunately we only will be able to run selected events in the IMSA Prototype Challenge Championship in 2021 but I am looking forward to race the new updated 2021 spec car next season", Gerry continued.
The team will take delivery of a brand new DUQUEINE D08 in late December for the start of the 2021 IMSA Prototype Challenge Championship in late January. In the meantime, the team's existing 2020 car for Gerry Kraut and Scott Andrews is currently being updated to 2021 specs.
In addition to its two-car program in the IMSA Prototype Challenge Championship the team is also evaluating plans to field a car in the new LMP3 class of the IMSA WeatherTech Championship starting with the first round of the Championship at Sebring in March 2021.
Besides its increased
LMP3 programs in 2021, the team will campaign again under the entry of JDC-Miller
MotorSports a Cadillac DPi-V.R program in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship
and also recently confirmed a full season Audi Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR
effort with Mikey Taylor and Chris Miller.
85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac DPi-V.R top finishing Cadillac at the IMSA
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Both JDC-Miller
Motorsports Cadillac DPi-V.Rs in the top 5.
Savage, MN (Nov. 15,
2020) - The quiet cool of the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac DPi-V.R
with drivers Matheus Leist, Stephen Simpson, and newbie Scott Andrews drove
a confident race with fault free pit stops to finish fourth, just missing
"It was an extremely late call-up from John Church [team owner] to come and race this weekend," Andrews said. "The last few days have been surreal; I've wanted to do this race for so long. It took me a little bit to get my head around the car on Thursday. Definitely thrown in the deep end. I just focused and sorted myself out. I really like the TC [traction control] in this Cadillac DPi-V.R. It's amazing! We really put it together for the race. We did some unexpected things from this small team. I want to thank Cadillac and Dallara for their support and a massive thanks to John and his team. I hope to do some more next year."
As all of this drama was playing out the trio of Sebastien Bourdais, Tristan Vautier, and Loic Duval also ran a trouble-free race in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R. With just 90 minutes remaining an end plate broke, forcing the team to make an extra pit stop to replace the rear wing section sending them down to fifth.
"I am super disappointed," Vautier said. "We had the pace to win this race. We showed it by leading quite a lot. We had to change the rear of the car and that set us back late in the race. We had the car to win today. If someone would have told us that early in the weekend, we would have been happy about it. It was a good run for the team today. The team and the drivers performed well, just some bad luck. No heads down as we look forward to 2021."
Joins JDC-Miller MotorSport for TCR Championship Run in 2021.
Savage, MN (Nov. 11, 2020) - Coming off of a successful partial season in 2019, with three pole positions and three podiums in only six races, Unitronic, the leader in High Performance Software and Hardware for Audi® and Volkswagen® vehicles, have once again partnered with JDC-Miller MotorSports, setting their sights on a championship run with their #17 Audi RS 3 LMS TCR in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge competition.
Seasoned professionals Mikey Taylor and Chris Miller combine to form undoubtedly one of the strongest lineups in the TCR class. Taylor, who has worked with Unitronic since 2015 said, "Unitronic has grown leaps and bounds, and it's been a pleasure to be part of that growth. I couldn't think of a more enjoyable program to be part of than this. I have my friends from Unitronic, JDC-Miller, Audi, and our family of partners all in one place to go for a proper championship effort and generate some great business value!"
Chris Miller, having spent the majority of the last few seasons making appearances in the team's Cadillac DPI's and prototypes ranking up some impressive results said, "I did one race with Unitronic in 2019 and really enjoyed working with them and learning about their business. I know Mikey and I will be a strong pair to represent them both on and off the track. JDC-Miller MotorSports has had fast cars in TCR so I'm confident we have all the pieces to compete for a championship. I can't wait to get to Daytona in just a few months!"
Along with Unitronic as the team's title partner and car owner, UNITRONIC JDC-Miller MotorSports welcome onboard LIQUI MOLY as Official Motor Oil and Additive Supplier, Sachs Performance as the Official Suspension Partner, and Out There Brands as the Official Branded Displays and Apparel Supplier. The 2021 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season kicks off with the BMW Endurance Challenge at the world-famous Daytona International Speedway on January 28th - 31st.
weekend for the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac JDC-Miller Motorsport Cadillac
DPi-V.R of Tristan Vautier and Sebastien Bourdais as the team struggled with
the handling of their car all day.
Savage, MN (Nov. 01,
2020) - "We had a tough race today," Vautier said. "The track
temp really increased from when we were running the in free practice and in
qualifying this morning. The extra heat in the track really affected the rear
tires of our Cadillac. It was really tough to run good lap times even halfway
through the stint. We will go onto Sebring and look to close the season on
The No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsport Cadillac DPi-V.R was started by Matheus Leist, like his teammates in the No. 5 car, he and Stephen Simpson also struggled with tire wear. The duo came to the finish line in eighth.
10/19/2020 Mustang Sampling Racing JDC-Miller MotorSports Making Moves to Prepare for the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship Campaign.
Savage, MN (Oct. 18,
2020) - The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac team ran a strong race, but didn't
have the ultimate pace of the podium finishers. Sebastien Bourdais, Tristan
Vautier and Loic Duval came to the checker in a very competitive fourth place.
"We had a good race," Vautier said. "We were able to keep a good pace, but really didn't have the ultimate speed to fight for the win. Loic and Sebastien drove great all day and the JDC-Miller Motorsports team did the job with the strategy and pit stops. With what happened at the end I was hoping we would be able to sneak onto the podium but we just missed it finishing fourth."
The No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac with Gabriel Aubry, Chris Miller, and Matheus Leist driving had an early issue that dictated their eighth place finish. Aubry was going into Turn 1 just 20-minutes into race when he went off and had contact with the wall. He was able to bring the car to the garage where the team made the repairs and returned him to the race some 54 laps down.
10/05/2020 Mustang Sampling Racing JDC-Miller MotorSports Making Moves to Prepare for the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship Campaign.
RAVENSWOOD, W.V. (Oct. 5, 2020) - With a focus towards the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, Mustang Sampling Racing and two-time IMSA Champion driver João Barbosa have agreed to mutually part ways ahead of the remaining three races of the season.
Tristan Vautier will assume full-time drive duties of the No. 5 Cadillac DPi-V.R alongside Sebastien Bourdais as the team closes out the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
"We can't thank João enough for making the move with us to JDC-Miller MotorSports this year as we embarked on the next chapter for Mustang Sampling Racing in IMSA's premier class," said Ken Thompson, (CEO/President). "The impact that João made in helping the team take the first step in a performance increase was immeasurable and for that we are extremely grateful. João has been and continues to be one of the greatest ambassador's for sports car racing in the United States and globally. As he focuses on the next chapter of his career, Brenda and I wish him the best in all his future endeavors. He's been with us every step of the way since we joined IMSA in 2015 and been a key to our championships and race wins."
Vautier has spent the majority of the season in the No. 85 Cadillac DPi-V.R for JDC-Miller MotorSports but recently competed at Road Atlanta with Bourdais and Barbosa as co-driver for the six-hour endurance event.
The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R opened the 2020 season posting three consecutive podium finishes, including 126 laps led in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The team has posted a pair of fourth place results and most recently a sixth-place finish at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
"When we joined JDC-Miller MotorSports at the beginning of the year, we knew that there would be some areas to grow in our efforts of chasing another IMSA Championship," said Thompson. "We were thrilled to start the season with three straight podiums but understand there's still work to be done and the best thing we can do is use the remaining events in the 2020 season to prepare for 2021. Our focus remains on winning the championship and powering our partners at Cadillac to another manufacturers title this season."
With two of the three remaining events being endurance events of 10-hours and 12-hours, the team is in a unique position to prepare to open the 2021 campaign. Each season, IMSA teams face the daunting task of 36-hours of racing between the season opening Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Despite focusing on strengthening the team's effort for 2021, expect Bourdais, Vautier and Duval to remain on full-attack mode through the remaining events.
"Racing is constantly evolving," said driver Sebastien Bourdais. "Despite evolutions, as a driver you approach every race with the singular focus of winning. If you're focused on winning, pushing the car to it's limits, everything else will fall into place. I'm looking forward to finishing the year on a strong note and making every effort to get the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R into victory lane."
The Mustang Sampling
Racing team will announce their full driver lineup for the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech
SportsCar Championship at a later date.
09/28/2020 Sixth place finish for Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R at Mid-Ohio. Newcomer Gabriel Aubry and teammate Tristan Vautier delivered a strong run in the No. 85 MEP JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac DPi-V.R., but had to retire the car in the final 30-minutes with loss of drive.
Savage, MN (September
28th, 2020) Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais started the No. 5 Mustang
Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R from seventh on the DPi grid. The duo was able to
move up a position at the checker and take sixth for the JDC-Miller MotorSports
"It was a bit of
a tough ending for us," Bourdais said. "We had to make something
happen to get into contention. We looked like we were headed that way. The
car came to life after playing with the TC [tracktion control] and bars and
after a while I found something that seemed to better our lap time in the
Mustang Sampling Cadillac. I was supposed to be doing a quick third run to
get some gap before turning over to Joao. Then the yellow came out and it
ruined our strategy. We had a slow pit stop and we lost some track position.
So, a little disappointing. We tried hard as a team, but not be this weekend.
We will keep digging for Road Atlanta."
Newcomer Gabriel Aubry
and teammate Tristan Vautier were running strong in Aubry's first run in the
MEP JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi-V.R. With 30-minutes remaining Vautier
pulled the newly wrapped white Cadillac DPi-V.R off at the exit of Turn 1
retiring the car with loss of drive. The team was classified eighth at the
Michael Johnson and
Stephen Simpson had a strong 3rd place podium finish in Sundays Michelin Pilot
Challenge Race in the No. 54 Universal Coating Audi RS3 LMS TCR. Gerry Kraut
and teammate Scott Andrews finished 7th in the IMSA Prototype Challenge race
in the No. 9 JDC MotorSports Norma LMP3.
09/05/2020 The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi-V.R remains 2nd in Championship points after finishing 4th at Road Atlanta.
Savage, MN (September
5th, 2020) The No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac team once again proved that
steady quick lap times and staying out of trouble results in a good finish.
The trio of Sebastien Bourdais, Joao Barbosa and Tristan Vautier finished
the day in fourth. Their race was not without some drama, with just 15-minutes
to go Vautier had to avoid a GTD car in the fast Esses almost coming to a
complete stop on the track.
"We had a good
day in the Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R," Vautier said. "Sebastien
and Joao drove fast all race and I put in some strong stints as well. We weren't
the fastest car, but we kept to our strategy and the JDC-Miller guys had great
pit stops and good strategy all day. It was crazy out there at the end, but
I was glad to be able to bring the car home in fourth."
With its 4th place finish
at Road Atlanta the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac
DPi-V.R remains 2nd overall in team and drivers championship.
The No. 85 JDC-Miller
Cadillac DPi-V.R was started by Matheus Leist. Unfortunately, he was caught
up in the incident at the start of the race and went back to the garage and
07/20/2020 3 for 3. Third consecutive podium for the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi-V.R at Sebring International Raceway. The No 5 entry with Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais are now second in championship points after three rounds of the 2020 season. The No. 85 JDC-Miller MotorSports entry finished eight at Sebring.
Savage, MN (July 20th, 2020) Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais drove the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi-V.R to the third consecutive podium at Sebring International Raceway. The team now sits second in overall championship points.
"We had the plan
going into the event that I would start, do one stint and then comeback and
finish," Bourdais said. "Both Joao and Christian [Fittipaldi] felt
it was the right thing to do. Then with where the yellows fell we didn't want
to end up with a short stop. It ended up being a good thing us. The Mazda
cars ran out of fuel, not good for them, but good for us. The team was telling
me to push them hard because they thought they could not make it. It didn't
seem like it was going to happen I got the 55 halfway around the track on
the last lap and 77 on the last turn. It made for a dramatic finish. Another
podium for us - three in a row!"
Stephen Simpson started the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac DPi-V.R and ran strong in the top-five in his opening run. Handing off to Tristan Vautier, the Frenchman had to pit late in the race for fuel resulting in an eighth place finish.
"Struggle for us with the 85 Cadillac today," Vautier said. "I think our overall pace was ok. We stopped early for our driver change and that affected our fuel strategy, we were a few laps short. I had to stop again late in the race and that was costly. We could have gotten the two Mazda cars. Overall a good day for the team with the five car and for Cadillac Racing with the one-two-three finish."
07/04/2020 Another 3rd Place Podium finish for No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi-V.R in IMSA's return to racing at Daytona. Strong 7th place finish of the team's No. 85 JDC-Miller MotorSports sister car which showed front running speed throughout the weekend.
Savage, MN (July 4th, 2020) Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais drove the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi-V.R to another 3rd Place Podium finish during IMSA's return to racing at Daytona International Speedway.
Following a tough qualifying
effort, starting the race from seventh, Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais
took what the track and competition gave them this evening bringing the No.
5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R to the checker in third place. The duo
ran a fault free race to take the last step on the DPi class podium. "We
chose to start the race on rain tires," Bourdais said. "Some of
the teams started on slicks. It turned out the strategy played into our hands
and we were able to have a pretty good run and finish on the podium in our
first race back. Joao did the tough part today in the wet early. When I got
in the Mustang Sampling Cadillac it was dry. The race went green the whole
way and we really didn't have the speed to compete with the Mazda cars today.
We will look forward to Sebring."
sister car the No. 85 LaModerna JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi-V.R driven
by Chris Miller and Tristan Vautier also had a strong showing at IMSA's return
to racing finishing 7th overall. The No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsport Cadillac
DPi-V.R was started by Chris Miller on rain tires. With the drying track he
was also forced to pit lane in the early going. Handing off to Tristan Vautier
who proceeded to run lap times competitive with the DPi leaders finishing
"It was overall
a positive weekend for us as a team as the 5 car was on the podium,"
Vautier said. "We made some improvements on the car during the break.
It seems like it has paid off. We had a tough beginning of the race. We are
happy with our overall speed. Chris and I get along really well. Chris did
a good job, he got blocked in qualifying on his fast lap so that was tough.
He drove a good stint. We are happy with the steps we have made in pure speed
since the 24. The JDC-Miller team did a good job all race. We now go onto
01/27/2020 3rd Place Podium finish for No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi-V.R at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Strong 5th place finish of the team's No. 85 Mobile Pitstop JDC-Miller MotorSports sister car.
Savage, MN (January
27th, 2020) Joao Barbosa, Sebastien Bourdais and Loic Duval drove the No.
5 Mustang Sampling Racing JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi-V.R to a the
3rd Place Podium finish at the 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona after leading the
race several times especially over long periods during the night. The No.
5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac was still leading in the final ours of
the race but eventually had to settle for a 3rd Place finishing on the lead
lap of the race.
sister car the No. 85 Mobile Pitstop JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi-V.R
driven by Juan Piedrahita, Matheus Leist, Chris Miller and Tristan Vautier
also had a strong showing at the Rolex finishing 5th overall. The car lost
a couple of laps during the night when the team had to overcome some technical
issues but showed the cars speed and potential when it could race with the
leaders during several restart in the morning.
A 3rd Place Podium from Michael Johnson with Co-driver Stephen Simpson in the team's No. 54 JDC-Miller MotorSports Audi TCR team in Saturdays Michelin Challenge race, rounded up an overall positive season start for JDC-Miller MotorSports at Daytona.
Completes JDC-Miller MotorSports Entry 85 Lineup for Rolex 24.
Tristan Vautier to return to JDC-Miller MotorSports for second consecutive
Savage, MN (January 9th, 2020) Tristan Vautier will complete JDC-Miller MotorSports lineup in the No. 85 Cadillac DPi-V.R for this month's IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona. Vautier will join previously announced Juan Piedrahita, Matheus Leist and Chris Miller in the car for the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic.
Vautier already drove
for JDC-Miller MotorSports in 2019 with full season teammate Misha Goikhberg
in the team's No. 85 entry.
"I'm very excited to be back with JDC-Miller Motorsports and Cadillac Racing to start my 8th Rolex 24 at Daytona, and want to thank the team for their continued trust" said Vautier. "We've had some good results in 2019, but I feel like we are starting 2020 in a much better place, so we are definitely setting higher goals for ourselves".
"I raced with Juan
and Chris at JDC-Miller already last year, and it was good to get to know
Matheus during the three days at the Roar" Vautier said. "All four
of us are looking for similar things in the car, and everyone was strong.
I feel we have a very solid lineup and we can have a good result."
"We are very excited
to have Tristan back in the number 85 car to join Juan, Matheus and Chris
at Daytona for the 2020 Rolex 24 hour event," said JDC-Miller MotorSports
team owner and managing partner, John Church. "Obviously we know Tristan
for a long time now and know how fast he is, it was also great to see how
quickly the four of them "clicked" at the Roar it almost looked
like they have been racing together for a while now which all is very positive".
Jewelry Joins Mustang Sampling Racing as an Associate Sponsor for the No.
5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi V.R in the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech
Houston, TX (January 7th, 2020) Misahara Jewelry, recognized and admired for its superior craftsmanship, cutting-edge design and dedicated clientele, handcrafted in New York, will be an associate sponsor for the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-VR in the 2020 IMSA WeaterhTech SportsCar Championship. Misahara is a fine jewelry house that pays tribute to the warm, shimmering waters of the Adriatic Sea, the golden sand of the Sahara Desert as well as other mesmerizing destinations in the world that inspire its designer.
Joining the racing circuit as a sponsor is not a new marketing endeavor for Misahara Jewelry. Misahara began their love affair with racing in 2016 and has enjoyed success as the exclusive jewelry partner of the Ferrari Challenge in North America. Owner and Designer, Lepa Galeb-Roskopp, has embodied the essence of racing within her Collections as seen in stunning pieces for men and women including the Spinning Wheels cufflinks, the Rolling Onyx cufflinks and the Monaco GP cufflinks and ring all inspired by the Monaco Grand Prix.
Misaharas synergy with sports racing has led them to expand their marketing strategy to include Mustang Sampling Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportCar Series. Mustang Sampling Racing has enjoyed enormous success in IMSA, having won the WeatherTech SportsCar Team and Driver Championships in 2015, the Michelin Endurance Cup in 2015, 2016, and 2017, and the Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2018. This combination has created a natural fit for Misahara and Mustang Sampling Racing.
Lepa Galeb-Roskopp commented, I have always loved adrenaline sports and over the past few years Misaharas partnership with Ferrari has really connected me to the racing world. We are passionate about sports car racing and thrilled to be part of Mustang Sampling/JDC incredibly talented line up that gives us a shot at an overall win in the IMSA series, especially the 24 Hours at Daytona.
We are honored to have Misahara Jewelry join Mustang Sampling Racing and grateful for their confidence in this new joint venture. commented Ken Thompson, CEO of Mustang Sampling. This is an exciting time for Mustang Sampling racing as we enter into a new era with some extraordinary sponsors for the 2020 race season.
Mustang Sampling Racing began a new Partnership with JDC-Miller MotorSports to field the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R for the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SprotsCar Championship. This new partnership brings with it Christian Fittipaldi as Mustang Sampling Racing Director to help ensure continued success. The full-season driver lineup includes two-time series champion Joao Barbosa and four-time Champ Car champion Sébastien Bourdais. Loïc Duval, 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, will complete the line-up for the endurance rounds.
Misahara is a fine jewelry house that pays tribute to the warm shimmering waters of the Adriatic Sea, the golden sand of the Sahara Desert as well as other mesmerizing destinations in the world that its designer, Lepa Galeb-Roskopp is inspired by. Misahara creations are handcrafted in New York by experienced ateliers who have worked with some of the worlds most prestigious jewelry houses. The collections evoke the feeling of exquisite luxury, channeling a modern flare of fine jewelry marked by unique handcraftsmanship and the finest quality gemstones. Behind each and every piece lies a significant source of inspiration and a unique story inspired by the pristine elements of nature, as well as Misaharas core belief in the fusion of cultures, ideas and philosophies. Misahara.com
MotorSports Announces Driver Line-Up for 2020 # 85 entry.
For Immediate Release: Brazilian IndyCar standout Matheus Leist joins the Team in the # 85 entry alongside Juan Piedrahita and Chris Miller who both will return to the JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi-V.R prototype program in 2020.
Savage, MN (December 14th, 2019) JDC-Miller MotorSports returns to the IMSA WeatherTech Championship in 2020, once again fielding a two-car prototype effort with the previously announced Mustang Sampling Racing No. 5 entry and No. 85 Cadillac DPi-V.R supported again by Polipetrosur and Mobile Pit Stop.
21 year old Leist from Novo Hamburgo, Brazil is a multiple race winner in Indy lights and drove the last two years for A.J. Foyt Enterprises in the IndyCar Series. He will join Juan Piedrahita in the No. 85 car for the four endurance races at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit LeMans. Chris Miller will join the team in the No. 85 for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
"To be honest I could not be happier to join Cadillac and JDC-Miller MotorSports in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship for 2020. I have driven for Chevrolet for the last two years in Indycar and I am super excited to stay in the GM family and to now drive a Cadillac DPi-V.R. prototype. I can't wait to get to Daytona". Commented Leist.
Columbian Juan Piedrahita will return to the No. 85 car and JDC-Miller MotorSports in 2020 to again contest the four Endurance rounds of the Michelin Endurance Cup. Piedrahita is also planned for additional races in the No. 85 entry in 2020.
"2019 was a first step to get into endurance racing with the Michelin Endurance Cup races. For 2020 the plan is to also do some addition sprint races and ideally the entire season with JDC-Miller MotorSports" said Juan, "For sure the goal is to run the full schedule by 2021. Running in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship is very complex, there is a lot of stuff going on during those races especially the long endurance races but I love the challenge and how competitive it is. It's great to have Matheus joining us this year. We already know each other from when we raced against each other in Indy Lights so it will be good to have him as a teammate in 2020". Piedrahita continued.
The duo will be joined by long-time JDC-Miller MotorSports driver Chris Miller. Miller won the Rolex 24 at Daytona with the team in the PC class in 2016 and also was part of the team's overall win at the Six Hours at Watkins Glen in 2018. Miller who usually runs with the team in the endurance rounds only is currently scheduled for only the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2020 due to other commitments.
"I'm very happy to return to Daytona with Juan and Cadillac and to have Matheus join us as well. 2019 was a challenging year learning a new car but the team did a great job continuing to make progress throughout the season. I'm excited to see us take another step forward after all the hard work everyone has put in over the last few months." Miller explained.
"We are very excited
about our driver roster for the Rolex 24 and the whole season," said
JDC-Miller MotorSports team owner and managing partner, John Church. "We're
thrilled to have Matheus joining us in the No. 85 entry and know he will be
a great addition to our line-up. I'm also happy to welcome back Juan and Chris
to try to build on what we learned together last season. We feel we have strong
line-ups in both of our entries for 2020 and it certainly will be an advantage
running two cars again."
MotorSports 2020 DPi Program.
For Immediate Release: Mustang Sampling Racing joins JDC-Miller MotorSports for 2020/2021 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship Cadillac DPi program.
Savage, MN (November 22nd, 2019) Minnesota based JDC-Miller MotorSports announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Mustang Sampling, LLC to field the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R in the 2020 and 2021 seasons of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship.
The group also confirmed their full-season driver lineup with two-time series champion Joao Barbosa and four-time Champ Car champion Sébastien Bourdais, set to contest the 2020 season in JDC-Miller's No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing entry.
Mustang Sampling Racing has enjoyed enormous success in IMSA, having won the WeatherTech SportsCar Team and Driver Championships in 2015, the Michelin Endurance Cup in 2015, 2016, and 2017, and the Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2018.
"We are honored to have Mustang Sampling joining us and grateful for the confidence Brenda and Ken Thompson have placed in our team and organization," said John Church, managing partner of JDC-Miller MotorSports. "Mustang Sampling Racing has achieved a tremendous amount in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship. We look forward to carrying on the legacy of the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing entry and hope to add more wins and championships in the near future."
"We are thrilled
to continue our Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac Prototype program with our
new partner JDC-Miller MotorSports in 2020," said Mustang Sampling president
Ken Thompson. "Our first five years in IMSA with Action Express, Corvette,
and Cadillac were great. Learning the sport and becoming a part of the IMSA
family promoting sport car racing for all the great fans was fantastic and
we are very thankful to all who guided us along the way. We had much success,
enjoyed many wins and Championships during that time. Now with our partnership
with JDC-Miller MotorSports we are confident this amazing run will continue
and provide many future wins and Championships. Since joining the IMSA WeatherTech
Sportscar Championship in 2014 JDC-Miller MotorSports has shown incredible
growth and success in every category they have competed. We feel as a group
we can be successful, both on and off the track, as we work together to develop
new opportunities for Mustang Sampling and our Fans.
We are also extremely proud that along with this new venture we have added Christian Fittipaldi as an advisor and core part of the TEAM, helping to ensure this continued success. We can't wait to see the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R back on track at Daytona in just a few months. "
"I am extremely happy with what we have accomplished today. A lot of effort from everyone involved has gone into putting this package together and I could not be happier with our driver line-up and what we have achieved. Most thanks to Mustang Sampling, Ken and Brenda for their trust and our new partner JDC-Miller MotorSports. I cannot wait for the season to start and to see the #5 Cadillac again at Daytona." Fittipaldi commented.
IMSA veteran Joao Barbosa has been confirmed full-time for what will be his sixth season driving for Mustang Sampling Racing. Barbosa and Mustang Sampling Racing have enjoyed one of the most successful and winning relationships in recent IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship history.
I'm incredibly excited to join JDC-Miller MotorSports and to continue my relationship with Mustang Sampling Racing! Ken and Brenda have been incredible supporters. The passion they bring to the races is key to the success of Mustang Sampling. We had a lot of success together and we'll be working hard to continue that success. I'm looking forward to 2020.
It was a different off-season for me for sure but we have been working on this project for some time and I'm really happy with how things turned out. JDC-Miller MotorSports has proven that it is ready for a strong season and I'm looking forward to the challenge!
It's going to take a little bit of time to get to know everyone and how they work but so far they have been really nice and are also as excited about the program as I am. Since I first talked with John I felt that we were on the same page and things just clicked.
I'm also very happy to share the car with Sébastien again. I was sad to hear that his IndyCar deal did not continue, but on the other hand, I couldn't really ask for a better teammate. We won Sebring and Daytona together and I feel we can achieve great results again!
Sébastien Bourdais returns to prototype competition after spending the past four seasons as a part of the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT program. The former Peugeot Sport LMP1 driver brings a wealth of top-level prototype experience to JDC-Miller MotorSports and the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing entry.
"Following two very difficult weeks filled with uncertainty regarding my future, I am thrilled to get the opportunity to race a prototype again, be reunited with Joao, Ken and Brenda, and drive for JDC-Miller MotorSports and Mustang Sampling Racing. I want to thank Christian and everyone who made this possible. 2020 can't come soon enough and I can't wait to get behind the wheel of our Cadillac DPi-V.R."
The team also confirmed 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Loïc Duval will complete the line-up for the endurance rounds. Duval currently competes with Audi in the DTM and Formula E championship.
"First of all I am obviously super happy to be able to return to Daytona with a great team, car and fast experienced co-drivers. I am very excited for the challenge and looking forward to my first laps in a Cadillac." Duval said.
JDC-Miller further confirmed that it plans to continue running a two-car Cadillac DPi program in 2020.
"Our plans for
the 2nd car are progressing well and we will be running it again this season,"
said John Church. "We have a couple very solid pieces in place and are
currently in discussions with several additional drivers and partners. We
hope we can make an announcement on who will drive for us in the JDC-Miller
MotorSports No. 85 entry very soon".