SAVAGE, Minn. – JDC-Miller Motorsports has confirmed the driver lineups for its two-car IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship prototype effort next season.
The team will field the No. 84 and No. 85 Cadillac DPi-V.Rs, with Stephen Simpson and Simon Trummer co-driving the No. 84 and Tristan Vautier and Misha Goikhberg sharing the No. 85 full time.
Chris Miller returns for all endurance races in 2019 with the No. 84 team, while Indy Lights standout Juan Piedrahita will complete that car’s line-up for the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Meanwhile, Formula One legend Rubens Barrichello will join Vautier and Goikhberg at Daytona and GP3 young gun Devlin DeFrancesco rounds out the Rolex 24 at Daytona roster for the No. 85 squad.
Piedrahita will join the No. 85 car for the remaining endurance races at Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit LeMans.
“We are very excited about our driver roster for the Rolex 24 and the whole season,” said team owner John Church. “We announced our purchase of the Cadillacs in September. We’ve been working steadily all fall to put together a stealth group of drivers to compete for race wins in 2019. Chris, Misha, Stephen and Simon were very competitive last year. Devlin had two great runs with us in 2018, and Juan and Tristan have raced with us in the past as they developed their driving careers. It’s great to welcome all of them back.
“Last, but certainly not least, we’re thrilled to welcome Rubens to the team,” Church added. “It’s an honor for us, it’s a great opportunity for our team and we look forward to providing him with a very competitive effort.”
Barrichello will make his fifth start at the iconic 24-hour race. He last competed at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2016, driving the No. 10 Corvette DP for Wayne Taylor Racing.
“I can’t wait! I love this race and I am very happy to return,” said Barrichello. “I know the team had a good event last year with a sixth-place finish. I am excited to work hard for a great finish and have an enjoyable weekend and give the fans a great race.”
The International cast of drivers at JDC-Miller includes natives of eight countries: Brazil (Barichello), Canada (DeFrancesco), Columbia (Piedrahita), France (Vautier), South Africa (Simpson), Switzerland (Trummer), Russia (Goikhberg) and the United States. (Miller).
The stout line-up brings experience and race wins from the world’s top levels of motorsports, including Formula One, IndyCar, IMSA and the World Endurance Challenge.
“I want to credit John Church for putting such a strong driver line up together across both the No. 84 and No. 85 cars,” said JDC-Miller veteran Stephen Simpson. “John runs a fantastic operation, which is continuing to go from strength to strength with the goal of becoming championship-winning material.”
The team took delivery of their first Cadillac DPi-V.R just one month ago and is set to complete their first test next week at Sebring.
“I am looking forward to taking what we learned competing alongside the DPi’s the past two seasons and actually applying it in our own Cadillac DPi-V.R,” noted Goikhberg. “I think this year the DPi field will be even more competitive than before, and I cherish that level of competition.”