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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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IMSA’s Bill Auberlen joins NASCAR America to discuss this weekend’s race at Lime Rock

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Turner Motorsport GTD driver Bill Auberlen joined NBC Sports’ Marty Snyder on NASCAR America Presents the Motorsports Hour Thursday to discuss a variety of topics, including Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship race at Lime Rock Park.

Auberlen, alongside co-driver Robby Foley, enters Lime Rock with a great amount of momentum after finishing on the GTD podium at Watkins Glen and taking the GTD class honors in the most recent IMSA race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

There’s also an extra incentive for the duo to win this weekend as well, as Auberlen is one win away from tying Scott Pruett for the most IMSA victories all-time.

Both drivers will have to be on their A-game this weekend, however, as Auberlen stated that Lime Rock is one of the tougher circuits on the IMSA calendar and compared the 1.5-mile Connecticut road course to a short track.

“It’s what we call the bullring of our season,” Auberlen said. “It is a 54-second lap and we’re going to go around it a million times before the end of the day. It’s going to be a hot one, and I think whoever survives this is going to be on the podium.”

Luckily for the GTD and GTLM teams, with no Protoype and LMP2 entries competing at Lime Rock this weekend, the worry of having to yield to entries from the faster classes is gone.

“These Protoypes are so fast now, that interacting with them, you can’t imagine,” Auberlen said. “We have radars in our car that can alert us when they are coming.

“They get on you so fast that if you’re not always looking or something is not telling you they’re coming, you could have a problem and catch into them. That’s gone. Now it’s going to be focus-forward. You’re going to be focused on everything ahead of you. You got GLTM in there at the same time, but they’re virtually the same speed as us – just a little bit faster.

“It’s going to be nice. When you stand on that podium you might be able to go for an overall victory.”

Live race coverage of IMSA’s Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBCsports.com and the NBC Sports app with an encore presentation of the race airing later in the evening at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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