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MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (September, 13th 2018) GAINSCO Auto Insurance hosted 60 guests this weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California for the penultimate round of the 2018 IMSA SportsCar Championship. The guests were independent insurance agents who won the trip based on a sales contest, many of them first-timers to the race track. They experienced a show they will not soon forget. As the field came around turn 11 and onto the front straight to take the green flag, a massive pile-up occurred right in-front of the GAINSCO suite. (click on link for full report)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (August, 9th 2018) JDC-Miller MotorSports will field a two-car Cadillac DPi-V.R program starting with the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in 2019. The team, which currently campaigns a pair of ORECA 07 LMP2 cars in the IMSA WeatherTech SportCar Championship, had confirmed earlier in the year that it was evaluating potential DPi options. (click on link for full report)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (August 8th, 2018) The No. 99 Red Dragon scored another dramatic finish yesterday at Road America with Stephen Simpson taking the checkered flag in second position. Misha Goikhberg started the two hour and forty minute race from the ninth position. (click on link for full report)
The # 85 PSC sponsored Banana Boat sister car with teammates Robert Alon and Simon Trummer was the class of the field early on after starting from Pole Position. Alon controlled the race upfront and extended the lead by over 4 sec. to the 2nd place running car.
with a lapped GTD car took the # 85 out of contention early after the firts
pitstop with the # 85 team losing two laps in the gravel. Alon's teammate
Simon Trummer showed the dominate performance of the car and team with Trummer
setting a new track record (with a damaged rear suspension) after posting
the fastest lap of the race.
Robert Alon Takes Pole at Road America, sets New Track record!
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (August 4th, 2018) Robert Alon scored a shock overall pole for Sundays Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.
The Silver-rated driver stormed to a 1:51.933 lap time in the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Oreca 07 Gibson to give an LMP2 car its third consecutive pole in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition.
Alon, who has four career Prototype Challenge class poles, shares driving duties of the Banana Boat JDC-Miller entry with Simon Trummer.
I have to give it to the engineer, Alon said. He called it. We knew tire deg was going to be pretty bad, so we kind of set up the car for the first couple of laps. We knew those were going to be the best tires, grip-wise. He told me to go out and do my thing for the first two laps and it seemed like the car just did the work. It was a great setup. credit by John Dagys SportsCar 365
win at LimeRock!
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (July 20th, 2018) by IMSA News. The No. 99 RLime Rock Park, while famously known by drivers for its difficulty to pass, provided one of the most memorable moves and emotional victories in IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge history Saturday.
The TCR class victory went to the No. 54 JDC-Miller Motorsports team with drivers Stephen Simpson and Michael Johnson, making it the first win for the group in the Continental Tire Challenge.
It was also the first professional race victory for 25-year-old Johnson, who at the age of 12 was paralyzed from the waist down in a motorcycle incident.
I have been thinking about this win, coming in professional car racing since I broke my back, said Johnson, a Lansing, Michigan resident. This is all the hard work over the years coming together and everyone gets to see that. It makes me so proud that I can prove to everyone that Im the same as everyone else and that I deserve to be here, and I love to be here.
Im so proud, all the talking and now showing people that I can finally get them real results. It clearly shows that it can be done and I am so proud that I can show other people, and talk to them, that dreams can come true with lots of hard work.
The win came in dramatic fashion with a last-lap pass and, ultimately, a photo finish.
In the closing minutes of the two-hour race, leader Kenton Koch defended his No. 12 eEuroparts.com Racing Audi RS3 LMS against an eager Simpson in the No. 54 Audi. Simpson loomed large in Kochs mirror until the final two laps, when he brought his Audi door-to-door with Kochs and even briefly getting ahead momentarily before Koch slid back around into the lead.
Yet Simpsons momentum coming off the final corner and onto the straightaway heading to the checkered flag couldnt be stopped. He ducked inside of Koch and won the drag race, ultimately beating him to the stripe by 0.066 seconds for the third closest finish in Continental Tire Challenge history.
We were both sliding around a lot and Lime Rock Park is a fantastic racetrack, said Simpson. I loved racing around here and I always do but theres also not too many overtaking places apart from Turn 1, so I knew I had to try something a little bit different I did back off the last couple corners to make sure I got a good run coming down the hill and out of the final turn. It just feels good when a plan comes together.
Simpson, though, credits his teammate of three years and the JDC-Miller crew.
Michael did a fantastic job today, but not just today, the last couple of months, said Simpson. He really kicked things off and got us in a good position at the start and then the JDC-Miller Motorsports guys gave us a great car. It really was a team effort and Im pleased to get the team and Michaels first win in the IMSA Continental Tire Motorsports Challenge. It was an exciting end there and it was another good finish.
Simpson and Johnson have undergone several ups-and-downs together in 2018. The duo missed the first two races of the 10-round season after an incident at the Roar Before the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway in January broke Johnsons leg and resulted in significant damage to the car.
Yet the team returned to the Continental Tire Challenge stronger than ever, as Saturdays victory for the No. 54 comes on the heels of back-to-back podium finishes at Watkins Glen International and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park earlier this month.
Its pretty crazy how it all worked out, said Johnson. Its all the hard work we have been putting in this program is finally paying off and it just shows with the numbers and the results we have been getting. Hopefully we can keep the results coming with getting that win every time.
Koch and his co-driver Tom OGorman finished second, while Kuno Wittmer and Rodrigo Sales in the No. 74 Compass Racing Audi took third.
The Lime Rock Park 120 television broadcast will air on Sunday, July 29 on FS1 at 3 p.m. ET.
The next round for the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will take place at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on August 3 5. The two-hour race will be streamed live on IMSA.tv and can be heard on IMSA Radio on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans. Tickets are available at www.roadamerica.com.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (July 8th, 2018) The No. 99 Red Dragon raced north of the border yesterday; making its debut at The Canadian Tire Motorsports Park outside of Toronto, Ontario. Still enjoying the jubilation of their Watkins Glen victory just five days earlier, Stephen Simpson and Toronto resident Misha Goikhberg returned to the site of one of their best performances in 2017 the historic MoSport. Known to be one of the riskiest race tracks in North America, it also happens to be Goikhbergs home track and his favorite. He narrowly missed the pole position and finished second last year. That experience coupled with their success at Watkins Glen, a similar track in topography and high-speed characteristics, gave the GAINSCO crew confidence for a repeat podium performance.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (July
7th, 2018) JDC-Miller MotorSports divers Michael Johnson and Stephen Simpson
turned in another strong performance this weekend as they finished in the
second spot Saturday to earn a podium landing and champagne shower in the
Continental Sports car / IMSA series. This is now the third race of the season
for Johnson and Simpson in the No. 54 JDC-Miller MotorSports, Universal Coating,
Audi RS3 LMS. Finishing fourth in the Mid-Ohio 120 on May 5th and a solid
third place output at Watkins Glen last week, it was only natural for this
team to continue to improve at this fast, winding track. Johnson came out
of the gate delivering a P2 qualifying spot which put the team in a great
position for a chance at victory.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (July
1st, 2018) First victory for the Red Dragon since COTA in 2013
First overall victory for JDC Miller MotorSports in the P category of the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship
No. 99 drivers Stephen Simpson, Misha Goikhberg and Chris Miller finished second in the Sahlens Six Hours at The Glen in 2017, their rookie season in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
"I'm just so proud to get the Red Dragon and GAINSCO Auto Insurance
back to victory lane. It really was a team effort, Misha and Chris drove great
and the team made really good calls. This JDC-Miller MotorSports team fights
so hard. We're a small team but you wouldn't know it, they know how to run
with the big boys and I think that was evident today. We had good driver changes
and tire changes. I think the first stint at the start of the race was important,
we were able to get ourselves to the top two or three and that set the tone
for the race. We wanted to try double stinting the tires in case that would
need to be an option at the end and we did it fine. They biggest challenge
in that stint was the heat. By the final stint, I knew what to expect and
it also wasn't quite as long so it was a bit easier. I've been thinking about
this win and how it slipped away from us last year every week for the last
.tonight, I can sleep peacefully."
incredible for us as a team, and for GAINSCO Auto Insurance. We really struggled
this weekend. At the end of the day Friday we were really scratching our heads.
The guys worked late that night making changes, but honestly yesterday the
Red Dragon wasn't much better. Today, we had a car we could compete with,
our engineers John Hayes and Barry Mumm made great decisions with the set-up
and then again through the race. It was a team effort and I am so pleased.
Now we head to Canadian Tire MoSport Park, my home race track and we ran very
well there last year. It will be great to go there as a race winner next weekend.
Best thing is to get the monkey off our back. Every weekend fans come to us
and talk to us about the Red Dragon and how much they love the Red Dragon.
It's an honor to drive it, but there was a lot of pressure to perform! Now
we can celebrate the Red Dragon with our fans."
"I am just so excited and to do this with our partner GAINSCO Auto Insurance
just makes it even better. WE are all incredibly honored to be able to drive
the No. 99 Red Dragon that we all watched for so many years. To be the overall
winners at a historic race like the Sahlen's 6 Hour and in these colors is
just a career highlight for sure. I think we've all felt some pressure to
get it done, to get the Red Dragon back to victory circle in IMSA and we've
done it and in just six races. For the JDC guys as well, we're a small team
and this is a big deal. Stephen and Misha drove exceptionally well. At the
end of the race they carried us to victory. It was an awesome day and an awesome
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (June 27th, 2018) Will History Repeat Itself? Misha Goikhberg, Stephen Simpson and Chris Miller finished second in the Sahlen's Six Hour at the Glen last year in their "P" class debut. It was the second in a string of three podium finishes (3rd at Detroit, 2nd at Watkins and 2nd at MoSport) that helped them finish fourth in the series championship. The last two rounds of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship at Mid-Ohio and Detroit have led to promising indications that a podium finish is around the corner. Stephen Simpson set the fastest lap of the race at Mid-Ohio and Misha Goikhberg turned over the car in podium contention at Detroit. Unfortunately, a late race incident spoiled the party, but the Red Dragon has the pace to contend and the GAINSCO drivers know how to make it happen at the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (June 2nd, 2018) The No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Red Dragon experienced the highs and lows of street racing today at the Chevrolet Sports Classic Detroit. Earning their best start of the season, Misha Goikhberg took the green flag from the third row, alongside the Daytona race winning car the Mustang Sampling Cadillac. The Detroit circuit is one of the most challenging street circuits in racing, featuring 2.35 miles of very bumpy race track and surface changes, it's tight, it's twisty and on top of all of that its hot and humid.
Most of Saturdays sessions were marred by incidents on track creating long red flag conditions, including engine fires, accidents and lightening strikes. The teams received about half of the scheduled practice and qualifying time because of the delays on a time certain schedule. The JDC-Miller Motorsports team made the most of the time they had and prepared a fast race car despite the delays.
Today, the green flag fell at 1pm Est, and the Prototypes jammed their way into the first turn, a short chicane featuring a sharp right-hander and then a sharp left turn onto a straight away. Misha fought hard but lost a few positions when he was pinched into the wall at the left turn. He recovered quickly, charging on to the straight away. Misha raced hard to recover the positions and was consistently setting laps as quick as the front runners through the first stint. Shortly after, a yellow flag fell, and the No. 99 crew were faced with quick decisions for strategy. To complete a full stop and change drivers? Fuel only? Fuel and tires? Misha's times were fast and engineer John Hayes and team owner John Church chose to come in for fuel only to gain track position. Misha radioed in his confidence in the car, there would be no changes.
It was a good move. Despite having older tires, Misha was able to gain track position and hold off competitors who had fresh rubber. He was in third position for most of the remaining stint. Stephen Simpson waited intently in the pits, he knew this was his best opportunity of the season thus far to get the Red Dragon on the podium. The leaders pitted, and Misha came in a lap later, pitting from first position!
The GAINSCO crew completed a flawless pit stop and driver change, and the Red Dragon roared out of the pits with Stephen Simpson behind the wheel to finish the race. No other stops were needed.
The No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance/ORECA looked set for a top-four result and likely a podium. With less than 10 minutes to go, the Red Dragon's fate would change. The No. 5 car erratically moved from one side of the track to another, forcing Simpson to react and it resulted in contact with the #14 GTD car. The Red Dragon was forced to return to the pit for a new rear wing and surprisingly received a penalty from the series for causing the contact with car 14. Because of the penalty, Simpson had to serve a drive through the pit lane. Any chances for a top five result quickly vanished, but more importantly, the incident cost the No. 99 team very valuable championship points.
Looking on the bright side, the Detroit Grand Prix was the team's most competitive performance overall so far this season. The last round at Mid-Ohio was good, they set the fastest race lap, and this weekend they qualified in the top five and nearly finished on the podium. Now they turn their focus to Watkins Glen for the upcoming Sahlen's six-hour race. Stephen, Misha and endurance teammate Chris Miller just had a successful test there, they finished second at the Sahlen's Six Hour last year and feel the track really suits the Red Dragon. Stay tuned JDC-Miller Motorsports is knocking on the door for their first podium of the season.
Misha Goikhberg: "The day obviously didn't end the way we wanted, but I think we have a lot to be pleased with this weekend. We will take this momentum to Watkins Glen. Traditionally that is a good track for us, they we head to my home race at MoSport, which is my favorite race track, so I am looking ahead."
Stephen Simpson: "I am tremendously
disappointed in the outcome of the race today. The GAINSCO Auto Insurance
car was very good and the JDC boys did a great job in the pits. We had a racing
incident out there today that cost us. I wish Watkins was tomorrow, I'd sleep
in my suit and get right back out there."
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (May 7th, 2018) The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returned to the rolling hills of central Ohio for the first time in five years last weekend, when they raced at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course outside of Columbus. It was a good weekend for the No.99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance®/ORECA, as they earned their third 7th place finish of the season at Mid-Ohio. The weekend kicked off with scattered thunderstorms and near flooding conditions in various parts of the track. The conditions eventually shortened Friday practice substantially when the IMSA Stewards decided to throw the red flag as stream of water flowed over the track and the pit lane turned into a near river.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (April 18th, 2018) The No.99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance®/ORECA raced from 12th to 8th at the Bubba Burger Grand Prix in Long Beach on Saturday. It was the third race of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Red Dragon has finished inside the top ten in all three events. They entered the Long Beach weekend in a three-way tie for sixth position in the championship. The No. 99 Red Dragon, Wayne Taylor Racing and the No. 22 ESM/Patron car all had 48 points. The tie is now broken as the Red Dragon outperformed the No. 22 car and took a big jump forward in points; the team is now ranked fifth with 71 points and just 12 points out of the top three.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (March 18th, 2018) The No.99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance®/ORECA raced from last to seventh in its Sebring debut on Saturday. The Red Dragon is ranked fifth in the series championship after two seventh place finishes in the first two opening rounds of the 2018 season.
Expands toLMP3; Makes IPC Return with Kraut.
IMSA Wire Service March 3, 2018
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (March 3rd, 2018) JWhen JDC MotorSports rolls into Sebring in a few weeks, theyll do so with an armada that includes a pair of Oreca 07 Gibson LMP2s in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship under the JDC-Miller MotorSports banner, and an additional entry.
Its one that reflects where the now-popular WeatherTech Championship program made its entry into IMSA and sports car racing in general the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda.
We started here in 2011 and built our program, said JDC MotorSports CEO and managing partner, John Church. We built the program around the L1 cars at the time and had a lot of success doing that. When the P3 class came along, we decided it was time to take that next step.
JDC MotorSports entered and recently tested at Sebring the No. 55 Ligier JS P3 for Gerry Kraut, who along with Church, was instrumental in bringing the team to IMSA from the open-wheel ranks.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (February
9th, 2018) JDC-Miller MotorSports will not file an entry for the 2018 24 Hours
The team had previously announced their intention to utilize the entry awarded to them from winning IMSA's Jim Trueman award in 2017. After spending the past several months working towards participating in the event the team regretfully informed IMSA, the ACO and their partners that some unexpected challenges came up late in the planning process.
The team was unable
to finalize arrangements that would have allowed them to be as competitive
as they required for running of the 24 Hours of LeMans this year. JDC-Miller
MotorSports would like to thank IMSA for their efforts in trying to work with
the team to find a solution. The team would also like to apologize to IMSA
and the ACO for being unable to fulfill the awarded invitation and any related
difficulties caused to either organization.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (February 2nd, 2018) After a short and busy off-season Minnesota-based JDC-Miller MotorSports returned to the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona with new partners and many new faces, but with the same goals and ambitions that helped them secure a class victory at the twice-around-the-clock classic in 2016.
Red Dragon Finishes 7th in IMSA Return.
Dallas, TX (December 29th, 2018) Racing under the JDC-Miller MotorSports banner, the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance® Red Dragon returned to endurance competition after a 3-year hiatus racing the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, round one of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (December 29th, 2017) JDC-Miller MotorSports today confirmed 19-year-old Ohio native Austin Cindric and 17-year-old Canadian Devlin DeFrancesco will join previously announced Simon Trummer and Robert Alon, to complete the team's Rolex 24 at Daytona lineup in the No. 85 entry.
LMP2 FIA World Endurance Champion and 24 Hours of LeMans winner Gustavo Menezes
joins JDC-Miller MotorSports for the 2018 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona to complete
the No. 99 Red Dragonline-up.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (December 28th, 2017) JDC-Miller MotorSports today confirmed 23-year-old California native Gustavo Menezes will join the team for the 2018 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in the # 99 Red Dragon JDC-Miller MotorSports GAINSCO insurance entry. Menezes is considered one of the brightest American talents in International Motorsport and won the 2016 LMP2 FIA World Endurance Championship as well as the 2016 24 Hours of the LeMans in the LMP2 category as an Alpine LMP2 manufacture driver.
Dallas, TX (December 18, 2017) - JDC-Miller Motorsports and GAINSCO Auto Insurance announced today the return of the No. 99 Red Dragon to the 2018 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. GAINSCO Auto Insurance will be the primary sponsor of the No. 99 ORECA/Gibson, driven by Misha Goikhberg, Stephen Simpson and Chris Miller.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (November 29th, 2017) JDC-Miller MotorSports today confirmed 28-year-old Swiss WEC and GP2 ace Simon Trummer as one of the team's full-season drivers for the new # 84 IMSA WeatherTech Championship Prototype entry.
Trummer brings a wealth
of experience to JDC. Having most recently campaigned an ORECA 07 in the 2017
World Endurance Championship, his background also includes 18 starts in LMP1
and three starts at the 24 Hours of LeMans. Prior to making the transition
to sports cars, he competed in various open-wheel categories; earning podium
finishes in GP2 and International Formula Masters, among others.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (November 2nd, 2017) JDC-Miller MotorSports today confirmed their first full-season driver lineup for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech Championship with JDC-Miller regulars Misha Goikhberg and Stephen Simpson teaming up for their second prototype class campaign in the team's #85 entry.
Goikhberg and Simpson,
along with Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup driver Chris Miller,
became IMSA's 2017 success story as the bright yellow ORECA regularly challenged
for victories and podiums.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (July 28, 2017) JDC-Miller MotorSports currently sitting 3rd in the driver and team championship of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship main prototype category, following two consecutive 2nd place podium finishes in the last two rounds of the championship, has placed and order for a second ORECA 07 earlier this week to be delivered to the team later this year. It's the next step in the teams plan to expand into a two car program for 2018.
The Minneapolis MN based team who had strong runs for the win at Watkins Glen and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, is currently campaigning an ORECA 07 - Gibson WEC LMP2 spec prototype fulltime in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (July
07, 2017) JDC Miller MotorSports scored a second consecutive runner-up finish
this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The team started on the front
row in 2nd place after a strong run by Misha Goikhberg in qualifying, missing
pole position by just 0.128 sec.
Halfway into the race Goikhberg took the lead and the JDC Miller MotorSports ORECA was clearly the dominating car. After Simpson took over the car during a regular pit stop the team dropped to 2nd but Simpson regained the lead again later on dominating the race again from the front on pure speed until rain showers late in the race called for unpredictable wet or dry tire strategies which saw the team drop all the way to 4th place. Simpson's late charge for the lead ended up short in 2nd place after a last lap accident brought out a final race ending full course yellow. With its second consecutive runner-up finish and posting the fastest lap of the race the team and driver remain in 3rd place in the overall team and driver championship.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (July
02, 2017) In an dramatic finish JDC Miller MotorSports with season regulars
Stephen Simpson, Misha Goikhberg and Chris Miller scored a season high 2nd
place finish during this weekend's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins
This was also the team's first podium after moving up to the IMSA main prototype class for the 2017 season moving the team back into 3rd place in the current overall teams and driver championship.
Simpson who drove the final two stints of the race, took the lead at the final restart with 23 minutes to go but then got held up in traffic in the final minutes of the race which allowed the # 5 Cadillac to close the gap and take the lead back crossing the finish line only 1.183 seconds ahead of the JDC Miller MotorSports # 85 for the win.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (April 10, 2017) JDC-Miller MotorSports had JDC Miller MotorSports had another strong showing at the narrow street circuit of the Long Beach Grand Prix. After winning the race last year in the PC class category the team finished 4th overall in this year's race, running an ORECA 07 - Gibson LMP2 spec car in the main prototype class. This has been the 3rd consecutive top 5 finish for the team after making the move into the main prototype class for 2017. The consistency in the first three rounds of the championship moves JDC -Miller MotorSports and season regular drivers Misha Goikhberg and Stephen Simpson 3rd in points in the overall team and driver championship.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (January
4, 2017) JDC-Miller MotorSports today confirmed that Florida-based Hi-Tide
Boat Lifts, the premier US manufacturer of boat lifts and accessories for
over three decades, will continue its support as a season long associate sponsor
of the teams IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype entry.
Hi-Tide Boat Lifts branding and logos were already present on the teams # 85 Prototype Challenge car during the 2016 season.