Minnesota-based team could double its GTP class effort in future…
October 17, 2023
By John Dagys for SportsCar365.com
JDC-Miller Motorsports could expand into a two-car Porsche 963 operation in the 2025 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season amid the team’s upcoming delivery of a second LMDh car.
The Minnesota-based team, which made its GTP class debut at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in May, is expected to take delivery of a new Porsche LMDh chassis prior to next year’s season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.
“It’s just for spares,” Church told Sportscar365. “We need to have a proper spares program. It’s always more economically viable that way [to buy an entire spare car for spares].
“The whole car is a lot worth a lot more than half of its pieces.”
Church, however, indicated that the spare car could be turned into a second race car for the 2025 season.
“I think down the road for sure,” he said. “But not next year.
“ would be the goal. But right now, we’re just trying to take it one race at a time and then we’ll figure it out.”
Fellow Porsche LMDh privateer Proton Competition, which currently has two cars, is eyeing similar expansion plans, although the delivery dates for additional cars has forced the German squad to focus on single-car full-season programs in the WeatherTech Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship next year.
JDC-Miller, which has yet to finalize its driver lineup for next year, made significant progress over its debut season with the Multimatic-chassied prototype, posting multiple top-five finishes with drivers Mike Rockenfeller and Tijmen van der Helm.
“I think we know way more than we did going into Laguna,” Church said. “You learn every day. I’m really happy with the progress we’ve made and the guys have made.
“It’s been one of those years where it’s been really hard to find things to complain about.
“We’ll get some more testing in [during the off-season] but we’re definitely going in the right direction.”