SEBRING, Fla. – Both Cadillac DPis and all six drivers for JDC-Miller Motorsports’ effort in next month’s Twelve Hours of Sebring were on hand for a test on Wednesday at Sebring Int’l Raceway.
Testing in the No. 85 Cadillac DPi were Misha Goikhberg, Tristan Vautier and Juan Piedrahita, while Simon Trummer got the majority of the morning test time in the No. 84. Chris Miller and Stephen Simpson took turns during the afternoon session.
“It feels good,” said Simpson. “I think it can feel a little bit better. We’re doing a lot of good work at the moment. The JDC-Miller Motorsport guys are putting in a lot of hard work. This is the start of a two-day test so the car feels pretty good right now and the goal is for it to feel even better by tomorrow afternoon.”
Other storylines from the test day were as follows:
– French racer Matthieu Vaxiviere took his first laps in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. for Wayne Taylor Racing the last two days as part of the team’s test at Sebring International Raceway.
Vaxiviere completes the team’s IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup lineup for the remaining three enduros – the first being the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts on March 16 – and will also contest the FIA WEC 1000-mile race that same weekend.
“It’s a great opportunity for me,” said Vaxiviere on Wednesday of his IMSA ride. “They are leading the championship and the best team for the moment this year and one of the best teams in the field since a long time ago. It’s great for me and we will try to keep it high.
“(The car) felt great since yesterday. I did three or four runs to discover the track and yeah, it’s a bit different than in an LMP2, what I know, but it’s great. It’s a great car, I already love it and I love the track too.”
– The No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R returned clean and green from the Rolex 24 at Daytona last month and arrived at the Sebring test ready to go for drivers Patrick Lindsey and Patrick Long.
A seventh-place finish at Daytona in the GT Daytona (GTD) class was the best for the team in six seasons of running at the World Center of Racing and team owner Patrick Lindsey – who will also be doubling up in the Super Sebring doubleheader in the 1000-mile WEC race before the Twelve Hours of Sebring – is optimistic about his group’s start to the season.
“It was good points,” said Lindsey of the team’s finish at Daytona. “A great opportunity for us to move on to Sebring and really make something of this championship from early on and be in the hunt. We’re excited about Daytona and the crew couldn’t be happier.”
– New Jersey native Trent Hindman is ready for full-time status in IMSA’s flagship WeatherTech SportsCar Championship after several stints as an IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup driver, running alongside a full-time drive in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.
After driving in the four endurance races for Meyer Shank Racing in 2018, Hindman returns to the team for all 12 rounds in the No. 86 Acura NSX Evo GT3.
“I’m definitely more at ease knowing that I’m a full-time driver now in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship,” said Hindman. “It’s something I’ve been fighting for about six years now. A lot of effort behind this program by a lot of different people.
“This six year-wait to get in the WeatherTech Championship, it’s 100 percent worth it. I’m with a great team, I’m with a great co-driver and we’re looking forward to fighting for a championship.”