Prototype Challenge entrant JDC-Miller MotorSports has revealed it will add a Prototype program in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2017 with an ORECA 07 LMP2 car.
Team co-owner John Church confirmed today that the Minneapolis-based squad will be on the grid with a 2017-spec ORECA 07 Gibson-powered LMP2 car in 2017.
JDC-Miller MotorSports currently fields a PC entry in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship which won its class in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and the Grand Prix of Long Beach.
JDC-Miller will continue to run its current Prototype Challenge car in 2017 with the driver lineups for both programs to be finalized in the coming weeks. Current team regulars Misha Goikhberg, Stephen Simpson and Chris Miller will remain with the team, but firm commitments to either program have not been confirmed.
Church said: “All of our current drivers will be part of the new LMP2 program in some form in 2017 and beyond. Additionally, we obviously have great talents in our Mazda Prototype Lites program with Austin Versteeg and Clark Toppe who we would love to move into our recently announced P3 (PC1 class) program for 2017.
“We have also had several conversations with a number of other potential drivers for the 2017 LMP2 program.”
With the confirmation for the LMP2 Prototype class program in 2017 and the recent announcement to field LMP3 spec Prototypes in the newly branded 2017 IMSA Prototype Challenge championship, JDC MotorSports and JDC Miller MotorSports will run programs in all IMSA Prototype classes in 2017.
“This is a very exciting program for 2017 and we felt this was the right time to move into the P2 class. We are confident in Oreca and feel they share our vision and goals.
“Clearly our long-term goal is to become part of a DPi manufacturer program in the future”, Church explained.
JDC-Miller MotorSports is the first American team to announce its plan to run the new ORECA 07 in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the stated aim is to make the series test in December, then continue with private testing, before the Roar Before the 24 test in January.
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