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IMSA: JDC-Miller to run two Cadillac DPi entries in 2019

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Earlier on Thursday, JDC-Miller Motorsports, winners of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen this year with Stephen Simpson, Chris Miller, and Misha Goikhberg in the No. 99 Oreca 07 Gibson, revealed that they will be switching to the Cadillac DPi-V.R platform in 2019.

The announcement comes on the heels of IMSA revealing that next year’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will feature two separate Prototype categories, one for DPi entries and one for LMP2 entries.

“When we first started our IMSA WeatherTech program in 2014 we knew our goal was to work with a brand like Cadillac. We feel strongly that we have found the best possible partner and look forward to adding to the incredible success Cadillac has already enjoyed in IMSA,” said John Church, managing partner with JDC-Miller.

John Miller, co-partner at JDC-Miller, added, “We worked very hard to get to this point and I could not be more proud of my partner John Church and everyone in our group and company who has contributed to our success. These are exciting times for our team but I think we have proven last year and in this season that we are ready for this step.”

JDC-Miller will join Wayne Taylor Racing and Action Express, which have fielded Cadillac DPi entries since they were introduced last year. Spirit of Daytona Racing also races with a Cadillac, but a combination of crashes and financial woes have limited their efforts this year – they did not compete at last weekend’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase from Road America.

Matt Russell, marketing manager at Cadillac Racing, is eager to add another team to the Cadillac lineup.

“We welcome the JDC-Miller team to the Cadillac V-Performance family,” Russell. “Their performance with the LMP2 cars has been impressive and we look forward to them joining the grid with their two new Cadillac DPi-V.R cars at Daytona in January.”

Further, John Church also confirmed that Stephen Simpson will return to the team next year as a driver of one of their DPi machines.

“We can confirm that Stephen Simpson for sure will remain with the team for 2019 since we had an option to continue with Stephen, and after his performance this year there was no question that he will be in the lineup in one of JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi’s for next year,” Church detailed.

More details about their driver lineup will come at a later date.

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Ryan Norman returns to Indy Lights with Andretti Autosport in 2019

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Ryan Norman will return to Andretti Autosport for their third season together in 2019 after scoring his first win and first pole with that organization in 2018.

I’m really excited to finally make it official that I’ll be returning to Andretti Autosport for my third season competing in Indy Lights,” said Norman in a press release. “We’ve built a solid foundation over the past two years and I’m ready to fight for wins, podiums and ultimately the championship, with such a great group of people who have become like a family to me.”

Norman finished 2018 fourth in the championship, earning his first career win in race 15 of the 17-race schedule at Gateway Motorsports Park in August.

Norman’s first pole came in the finale at Portland International Raceway in September, but he crashed on the first lap and finished last (8th).

“We’re very happy that Ryan is rejoining us for his third season of Indy Lights,” said Andretti Autosport President, JF Thormann. “We were pleased with his performance this past season, and his potential as a driver began to really shine after his win at Gateway. He’s right on track with his progression plan put together by his engineering team, and we feel strongly that he has what it takes to be a contender for the 2019 championship.”

Norman will essentially replace teammates Patricio O’Ward and Colton Herta, who will race for Rookie of the Year honors in IndyCar next season.  O’Ward finished first in the Indy Lights standings last year; Herta finished second.

Norman’s 2019 campaign will begin on the streets of St. Petersburgh, Florida March 9, 2019. That will be the first of a double-header with Race 2 running the following day.