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A Legacy of Championships
About JDC MotorSports / JDC-Miller MotorSports:
Involved in formula car racing since its inception in 1994, JDC MotorSports originally founded by Minnesota natives John Church and Gerry Kraut, established itself as one of the leading junior open-wheel teams in North America before also becoming involved in IMSA SportsCar racing.
Kraut a Minnesota investment banker also competed with the team in numerous JDC open wheel and IMSA SportsCar programs and still races as a driver/owner on regular bases in the team's LMP 3 prototype program. He also was part of the team's first driver lineup during the 2014 12 Hours of Sebring, after the team made the move into the now called IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship under the entry JDC-Miller MotorSports.
Initially making its mark in the F2000 class of club racing competition, JDC MotorSports was soon a team worth watching in the pro ranks. Expanding into the Pro Mazda Championship in 2005, the Minnesota-based team remained focused on not only challenging for top honors, but also helping develop young drivers. Over the years, JDC MotorSports has won numerous races and championships.
JDC captured both the driver and team titles in the 2007 Star Mazda Championship, with Rookie of the Year Dane Cameron scoring a series-high three wins. The Minnesota-based team followed that up with a second Star Mazda Championship title with Rookie of the Year Adam Christodoulou, and the F2000 Championship Series title with Chris Miller in 2009.
JDC continued its winning ways one year later, earning the Rookie of the Year award in the Star Mazda Championship with Connor De Phillippi, and scoring a non-points win in the USF2000 National Championship with Misha Goikhberg.
The junior formula car standout secured its third Star Mazda Championship title in 2011 with Tristan Vautier, in addition to scoring a win in the USF2000 National Championship with Luke Ellery, as well as making its Prototype Lites Championship debut, earning five podium finishes.
In 2014 JDC MotorSports captured the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites driver and team champion with drivers Misha Goikhberg (2014 overall driver champion), Matt McMurry and JDC MotorSport owner and partner Gerry Kraut.
2014 was also the first
year JDC MotorSports entered under JDC-Miller MotorSports with new program
partner John Miller a program in the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship Prototype
Challenge class, finishing 4th at its maiden race the 12 hours of Sebring
and scored its first podium finishing 3rd at Road America.
Re-writing IMSA history
JDC Motorsports added
to the tally in 2015 with another team and driver championship in the Cooper
Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda Championship. But there was more to
celebrate along the way than the championship. In the 2015 Prototype Lites
season, JDC Motorsports won every race and pole position. The won 32 out of
33 IMSA prototype Lites races dating back to August 2014, which marked
one of the more remarkable streaks in North American sports car racing.
In their second season competing in the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship Prototype Challenge fulltime driver Misha Goikhberg finished 4th overall in 2015 prototype challenge class driver championship including three podiums and the team's first pole position at LimeRock Park.
In the 2016 season JDC-Miller MotorSports accomplished its biggest success so far winning the legendary Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and later the Long Beach Grand Prix. Misha Goikhberg and regular full season teammate Stephen Simpson finished 3rd in the overall IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype Challenge class driver championship. The team also finished 3rd in 2016 Tequila Patron North American endurance cup driver championship and 2nd in the Tequila Patron North American endurance cup team championship.
Additional to the success in the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, JDC secured the overall IMSA Prototype Lites driver championship with Clark Toppe, as well as the team and Masters Class championship with Joel Janco in 2016.
In 2017 the team moved its JDC-Miller MotorSports program into the main Prototype class of the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship running an ORECA 07 Gibson WEC spec LMP2 prototype. After two consecutive 2nd place podium finishes and seven top five finishes overall, JDC-Miller MotorSports finished 4th in the overall driver and team point's championship which made the team the most successful non-manufacture LMP2-spec program in the series. The team also campaigned a BMW 228i with drivers Michael Johnson and Stephen Simpson in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and under the entry of JDC MotorSports with partner Gerry Kraut a multi-car program in the IMSA Prototype Challenge Championship.
In 2018 JDC-Miller MotorSports IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship program expanded to a full season two car program with a second ORECA 07 Gibson WEC spec LMP2 prototype. In the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship the team moved into the new TCR class running an Audi RS3 LMS TCR for Michael Johnson and Stephen Simpson. In addition the team ran in selected races a Ligier JSP3 LMP3 prototype under the entry of JDC MotorSports with partner Gerry Kraut in the 2018 IMSA Prototype Challenge Championship. After winning the Six Hours at the Glen and another 2nd place podium finishes at Road America, JDC-Miller MotorSports again finished 4th in the overall driver and team point's championship in 2018.
After IMSA announced the Prototype class spit starting with the 2019 season into DPi and LMP2 prototypes, JDC-Miller MotorSports entered into an agreement with General Motors to run a two car Cadillac DPi-V.R prototype program in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship DPi class in 2019.
As of today all JDC programs combined secured a total of 18 Championships, 62 wins, 58 Pole Position and 204 podiums.
A Legacy of Championships
2021 Overall Winner 12 Hours at Sebring
2018 Winner Jim Trueman
Award - automatic entry invite 2018 24 Hours of LeMans
2018 Overall Winner Six Hours at Watkins Glen
2017 Winner Extreme Spirit Award
2017 Winner Jim Trueman Award - automatic entry invite 2018 24 Hours of LeMans
2016 IMSA Lites Driver Champion
2016 IMSA Lites Masters Champion
2016 IMSA Lites Team Champion
2015 IMSA Lites Driver Champion
2015 IMSA Lites Team Champion
2014 IMSA Lites Driver Champion
2014 IMSA Lites Team Champion
2012 2nd place Star Mazda Championship
2011 Star Mazda Driver Champion
2010 Star Mazda Rookie Champion
2009 Star Mazda Driver Champion
2009 Star Mazda Rookie Champion
2009 Star Mazda Masters Champion
2009 Star Mazda Team Champion
2009 F2000 Driver Champion
2008 Star Mazda Masters Champion
2007 Star Mazda Driver Champion
2007 Star Mazda Rookie Champion
2007 Star Mazda Team Champion