JDC-Miller MotorSports finishes 6th at the Rolex 24 at Daytona

January 29, 2024

The JDC-Miller Motorsports Porsche 963 GTP came across the finish line after 24 hours
of racing in the 6th position. It was the team’s first attempt at a 24-hour race with the
Porsche 963. The No. 85 Porsche was fast from the start posting top times in practice.
At the start, JDC-Miller Motorsports driver Richard Westbrook moved up from his 9th
starting position to 2nd in his first session in the car. The drivers and crew performed
flawlessly throughout the 24-hour race, perfectly executing the team’s race strategy,
and late in the race was on the lead lap and in a very good position for a late charge.
Unfortunately, with less than two hours to go, the right-side driver’s door opened and
necessitated an unscheduled pit stop to close the door and repair the latch.

A Porsche 963 GTP was the car to have at this year’s Rolex 24, placing four cars in the
top six positions with the No. 7 Porsche Penske taking the checker by just 2 seconds
over the 2nd place Cadillac. JDC-Miller Motorsports Chief Engineer, Rick Cameron, was
a very proud father as his son Dane was one of the drivers of the winning car.

The No. 85 covered 2806 miles during the race averaging 133.354 MPH. The crew
flawlessly did 31 pit stops and 14 driver changes.

Quotes:

John Church, Managing Partner, No. 85 JDC-Miller MotorSports Porsche 963

“We had a better car today than our 6th place finish indicates. The car was strong from
the start I’m very proud of the crew and the drivers for their exceptional performance.
We are starting to get our arms around the Porsche 963 and it showed this weekend.
All the hard work building up to the race was very evident in the car, crew, and driver,
performance.

I’m very pleased with our driver line-up. They have really jelled as a group and were fast
and mistake free throughout the event. This bodes well for the rest of the 2024 season.
It was fun to have Ben Keating back with us as he is a great driver and a good fit for our
program. He adapted to the complicated 963 almost immediately.”

Richard Westbrook, Driver, No. 85 JDC-Miller MotorSports Porsche 963

“This was our first 24-hour race in the 963. We know how complex these cars are, so to
finish with just minor issues at the end, is really sweet, but a little bit bitter as well. We
just had a couple of niggles at the end that pulled us out of contention. The first half of
the race we felt like we had the weapons to take it to the fight. Later a couple of little
things unraveled. That’s racing. We will dust ourselves off and head to Sebring. But I
think it bodes well for a good year. The crew, I can’t say enough about them. Not one
mistake in pit stops. Drivers didn’t make any mistakes. I think JDC-Miller deserved
something a bit more. But that’s racing. Looking forward to Sebring.”

Tijmen van der Helm, Driver, No. 85 JDC-Miller MotorSports Porsche 963

“We had a fast car which is always fun. When I qualified the car, I thought “wow, this
thing is fast.” It felt really good to put down a lap under the old track record. Later in the
session others went a bit faster but it really showed we had the pace for the race. We
ran really hard for the entire 24 hours and were ready to make a run to the finish when
we had the door issue. Things are really coming together and I am looking forward to
the rest of the 2024 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship season.”

Phil Hanson, Driver, No. 85 JDC-Miller MotorSports Porsche 963

Feeling bittersweet because at one point there we were running a strong fourth. We
were the second Porsche and had good pace. Unfortunately, a few issues along the
way prevented us from achieving the result that we think we deserved. Some door
issues late in the race kind of let us down, but lots of positives to take away. The team
did an excellent job. There were no mistakes. Reliability was fantastic. It ultimately gives
us a very good platform to build on for the rest of the year. It’s a little bit of a
disappointment that we couldn’t get the result that I feel we probably deserved today.
Congratulations to Porsche Penske for the win. It’s nice to see the Porsche 963 win
Daytona for the first time.

Ben Keating, Driver, No. 85 JDC-Miller MotorSports Porsche 963

What a great experience! I love working with this team. The whole GTP experience in
the Porsche 963 was a lot to learn and a lot to take in. I felt honored to be welcomed
into the team with open arms as the only Am driver to ever compete in the GTP class. I
always know that JDC-Miller Motorsports is going to give us a great car for the Rolex
24! We all wanted more than 6th place, but everybody did their job very well and that is
what the race gave us.

JDC-Miller MotorSports partners with Kärcher North America for 2024 IMSA WeatherTech Championship season

January 23, 2024

Savage, Minnesota

JDC-Miller MotorSports is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Kärcher North America for the 2024 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship season, beginning with the iconic Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona on January 27, 2024.

As part of the partnership, Kärcher will become an associate sponsor and the Official Cleaning Partner for JDC-Miller MotorSports. The team will benefit from utilizing Kärcher cleaning equipment within the team’s race shop, race cars, and at the track. 

The partnership brings together two entities utilizing equipment focused on innovation.

The Kärcher brand is associated worldwide with quality, innovation, and high performance.  As innovative leaders, Kärcher is setting standards in technology, service, and design, to provide optimum benefits for its customers. This matches closely with the highly innovative and leading-edge automotive technology powering JDC’s sophisticated hybrid-electric Porsche 963 GTP race car, and the operational excellence required by the JDC-Miller MotorSports team and drivers to win in the highly competitive IMSA WeatherTech series.

Kärcher plans various sales and marketing activations around the partnership to reach and positively influence both consumer DIY and professional/commercial cleaners who demand excellence in their cleaning equipment.

With sustainability being a key corporate focus of Kärcher, this matches well with IMSA’s leading sustainability initiatives in the areas of automotive electrification, tire technology, solar power, EV charging, and diversity, within its organization.

Quotes:

John Church, Managing Partner, JDC-Miller MotorSports

“We are pleased to form this partnership with Kärcher North America.  We look forward to working closely with them to develop their commercial goals.  The brand is an excellent fit with our team and will greatly appeal to our team’s and IMSA’s fan base and corporate partner ecosystem.”

Robin Paul, Senior Director of Professional Product Marketing, Kärcher North America

“As a company committed to sustainability, we are proud to partner with JDC-Miller MotorSports as their official cleaning partner. Embracing cutting-edge technology and environmental responsibility, our partnership with IMSA hybrid racing showcases a shared commitment to a cleaner and greener future. Through this collaboration, we aim to accelerate the adoption of sustainable practices in motorsports, proving that high-performance racing and environmental stewardship can go hand in hand.”

“Furthermore, Paul added, we are excited to utilize JDC-Miller MotorSports’ highly visible performance platform to develop the Kärcher brand and sales in North America.  This collaboration will allow us to achieve greater brand awareness and overall value for our consumers and professionals.”

About Kärcher

The company’s solutions serve customers’ cleaning needs in an economical and environmentally friendly manner. The company continues to distinguish itself with its inventive spirit, top-class performance and innovative cleaning solutions.

Kärcher is the world’s leading provider of cleaning technology. The family-owned business employs more than 15,300 people in 150 companies located in 80 countries. Kärcher North America is one of the largest subsidiaries with over 1,100 employees in the United States. Kärcher produces and distributes products and services under the brands Kärcher, Hotsy, Landa, Water Maze and Legacy.

Visit Kärcher here.

JDC-Miller MotorSports qualifies 9th for Rolex 24 at Daytona

January 22, 2024

JDC-Miller MotorSports qualified their Porsche 963 GTP in the 9th position for the first qualifying session of the 2024 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship season. Tijmen van der Helm turned a 1:33.506 which was .85 seconds off the pole position averaging 137.060 MPH. Conditions for qualifying were close to ideal with cool sunny weather and a strong breeze down the front straight and a headwind going into the bus-stop.  All nine GTP qualifiers bested the previous overall prototype track record of 1:33.685 set by Oliver Jarvis in a Mazda DPi in 2019.

The team did a huge amount of work on the car in the days leading up to qualifying. These efforts came together on Saturday when Richard Westbrook was second fastest overall in Session 3 and Phil Hanson fastest overall in Session 4. Conditions for night practice were not optimum for lap-times so Hanson’s fast time held overnight.

Van der Helm, using extra caution in bringing the tires up to temperature and pressure due to the low ambient temperatures, turned his fastest on lap 7.

Quotes:

John Church, Managing Partner, JDC-Miller MotorSports #85

“We are very happy with where we are in regard to being prepared for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  To be only 8 tenths off an all-time track record puts us in a very good place as we prepare for the race. All the other teams have been working very hard as well so it’s going to be a great race.”

Rick Cameron, Chief Engineer, JDC-Miller MotorSports #85

 “We ran to our plan. We don’t do special qualifying set-ups for a flyer lap that some teams do. Our goal is to put the fastest set-up we know how to do that gives the driver a fast car that he can work with. Tijmen did a great job adjusting to the conditions and turned a phenomenal lap.”

Tijmen van der Helm, Driver, JDC-Miller MotorSports #85

“I knew going into qualy that we had a fast car.  The team had done great work which Richard and Phil proved on Saturday afternoon. They put some pressure on me to get at least as much out of the car as they had. It was fun to see the kind of lap times we all ended up running. I’m really looking forward to the race!”

Richard Westbrook, Driver, JDC-Miller MotorSports #85

“Tijmen did a great job qualifying the really solid car the team gave him.  I’m very pleased with our progress so far. This team has a lot of experience from top to bottom.  Our driver line-up is very good. Both Tijmen and Phil have done this race twice before and what can you say about Ben Keating. Very fast and this is his 14th Rolex 24. Also running in LMP2 and put that car on the pole. Amazing guy.” 

Privateer Porsches Stake Their Claim at Roar Testing

January 20, 2024

JDC-Miller and Proton Competition Top the GTP Chart in the Afternoon Session

By John Oreovicz for IMSA

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When it comes to pure numbers, Porsche has the Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship covered, supplying four of the 10 cars in the Rolex 24 At Daytona field.

Porsche is also the only one of four (soon to be five) manufacturers participating in GTP that currently sells cars to private customer teams in addition to fielding the two Porsche Penske Motorsport entries. Those customer Porsches proved their worth Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, as Phil Hanson turned the fastest lap of this year’s Roar Before the Rolex 24 test sessions in the No. 85 JDC-Miller MotorSports Porsche 963 in preparation for next weekend’s Rolex 24.

Hanson’s time of 1 minute, 35.216 seconds (134.599 mph) in the fourth sessions of track time since Friday paced a tight field in which the top five cars were clustered within about a quarter of a second. Neel Jani and Connor De Phillippi came closest to Hanson on Saturday afternoon, clocking identical 1:45.329 laps in Proton Competition’s No. 5 Porsche 963 and the No. 25 BMW M Team RLL BMW M Hybrid V8, respectively.

Hanson, a 24-year-old Englishman, was asked whether he felt the factory Penske Porsches that finished eighth and 10th in the same session were not yet showing their hand.

“I don’t think we’ve shown our hand yet, to be honest,” Hanson replied with a grin. “The JDC boys did a really good job of rolling out with a strong package this morning, and I think that showed in both practice sessions. We were very fast in the morning when my teammates drove, and that also translated into the afternoon.

“I think we’re in good shape, to be honest,” he added. “We’re just trying to learn as much as we can about the car. There are several other things we want to understand, foreshadowing the race weekend. There are going to be very different conditions, so we want to get as much data as we can now to adapt as best we can. The team is doing a really good job at the moment, and it’s nice to be at the front.”

JDC-Miller was the first customer team to campaign a Porsche 963, beginning in May 2023 in the race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. The team’s full-time drivers this year are Richard Westbrook and 2023 carryover Tijmen van der Helm, joined at the Rolex 24 by Hanson and last season’s Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) class champion Ben Keating.

Keating is performing double duty at Daytona, sharing the JDC-Miller Porsche in GTP while also anchoring the driver lineup in his full-time ride – the No. 2 United Autosports ORECA LMP2 07 in the LMP2 class. Keating was fastest in LMP2 in the Saturday afternoon session, notching a 1:39.047 lap (129.393 mph). Nicklas Nielsen turned the quickest LMP2 lap of the day in the morning with a 1:38.576 (130.011 mph) in the No. 88 Richard Mille AF Corse ORECA.

Keating shares the No. 2 car with Nico Pino, Ben Hanley and Patricio O’ Ward. United Autosports also paced LMP2 on opening day of the Roar, in the hands of Paul di Resta in the team’s No. 22 entry.

“Obviously it’s early in the process of going through this event, but it’s looking like we’re near the top,” said di Resta, whose No. 22 Daytona teammates are Daniel Goldburg, Bijoy Garg and Felix Rosenqvist. “We’re being naive in the sense that we’re just concentrating on ourselves, trying to make the best possible car with the philosophy we think, and hopefully that will enable us to battle for the win.”

Klaus Bachler managed the fastest GT lap of the day, recording 1:45.799 (121.135 mph) in the afternoon session in the No. 86 MDK Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R (type 992) that competes in the GT Daytona (GTD) class. Tommy Milner produced the day’s best lap in the GT Daytona Pro (GTD PRO) class in the morning, timed at 1:45.844 (121.084 mph) in the No. 4 Corvette Racing by Pratt Miller Motorsports Corvette Z06 GT3.R.

Porsche finished 1-2-3 in GTD in the Saturday afternoon session, a year after a difficult debut for the latest generation of the 911 GT3.

“I would definitely take it if next Sunday we would end up in this position,” Bachler remarked, looking ahead to the Rolex 24. “Nothing else to say – it was a good session for us, and the car felt really good. Last year was really hard for us; it was honestly the longest and hardest 24-hour race I’ve ever had. This is different this year, for sure.”

Roar activities were scheduled to continue Saturday evening with a two-hour session under the DIS lights. A final GTP session is set for 1:25 p.m. ET Sunday, just ahead of Rolex 24 qualifying for all classes starting at 1:55 p.m. Peacock has live streaming coverage of the Sunday practice and qualifying.

The 62nd running of the Rolex 24 takes place Saturday, Jan. 27. Flag-to-flag coverage is available on the NBC Sports platforms, with the race start airing live on NBC network beginning at 1:30 p.m.

JDC-Miller MotorSports renews partnership with Wiha Tools for 2024 IMSA WeatherTech Championship season

January 10, 2024

JDC-Miller MotorSports is pleased to announce that it has renewed its partnership with Wiha Tools for the 2024 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship season. Wiha has considerable expertise in tools for high voltage applications such as the Porsche 963 GTP’s hybrid system.  This expertise makes Wiha a perfect fit for JDC-Miller MotorSports 2024  WeatherTech Sportscar Championship GTP class campaign with the Porsche 963.

The collaboration between JDC-Miller MotorSports and Wiha Tools began prior to delivery of the team’s Porsche 963 in early 2023 as the team recognized the challenges of working with high voltage applications. Wiha not only provided the team with a complete line of insulated tools, they also provided expertise to the team. The outcome of this collaboration is the team mechanics work safely and more efficiently.  

Founded in 1939 by Willi Hahn in Schonach, Germany, Wiha Tools, is recognized for producing high-quality, durable, hand tools trusted by professionals worldwide. The company has over 3,500 products and a global workforce of more than1,400 people. JDC-Miller MotorSports is excited about its continued partnership with Wiha Tools and the prospects to expand Wiha’s presence in the dynamic world of motorsports.  

Quotes:

John Church, Managing Partner, JDC-Miller MotorSports

“Wiha Tools is a great partner to JDC-Miller Motorsports. What is a more fundamental need in professional motorsports than great hand tools? Our partnership with Wiha started strong and just keeps getting stronger. They have a great product and are great to work with.”

Wade Krinke, VP of Marketing and Product Development, Wiha Tools

 “Last year was an incredible opportunity for us to break into the endurance racing scene with JDC-Miller Motorsports, and we’re thrilled to be back for 2024. Our product provides the team with the peace of mind and capability to get the job done.  We’re confident Wiha tools will ensure speed and success come race day.”  

Josh Kerrigan, Lead Mechanic, JDC-Miller MotorSports

“Initially it was Wiha’s line of insulated tools that got my attention. Wiha Tools met an immediate need we had for working on the high-voltage hybrid system we are using in the GTP class of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship. We have been using Wiha’s complete hand tool line for more than a year and really enjoy the safety, comfort, and capabilities, of our Wiha tools.  We all use them every day.”

JDC-Miller MotorSports announces 2024 Porsche 963 GTP program driver lineup

Richard Westbrook joins Tijmen van der Helm for JDC-Miller MotorSports
2024 Porsche 963 GTP campaign in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship. Phil Hanson joins the team for the Michelin Endurance
Championship rounds.

Savage, Minnesota (November 14, 2024). JDC-Miller MotorSports confirmed today
that Richard Westbrook and Tijmen van der Helm will return to lead the driver lineup of
the team’s no. 5 Porsche 963 GTP in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
As previously announced, Phil Hanson will join the team for all five Michelin Endurance
championship rounds. Ben Keating returns to JDC-Miller MotorSports for the Rolex 24
at Daytona.

The Minnesota-based race team will be going with experience in its sophomore season
with the Porsche 963 GTP. Van der Helm was with the team for the entire 2023 season
and drove the team’s Porsche 963 GTP from the fourth round onward. He gained pace
and race experience throughout the season as he and the team jelled around the new
963 and the GTP program. Westbrook, who has been a factory driver in several
programs, drove the team’s Cadillac DPi in 2022. He brings experience with the new
hybrid prototypes having driven an LMDh in the 2023 WEC season. Hanson has a huge
amount of protype experience in IMSA and WEC, including a 2020 LMP2 class win at
the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ben Keating, 2023 IMSA WeatherTech LMP2 Champion, returns to JDC-Miller
MotorSports after driving the team’s Cadillac DPi in the 2022 Rolex 24 Hours at
Daytona.

John Church, Managing Partner, JDC-Miller MotorSports
“We were very pleased with our 2023 season with the Porsche 963 GTP. Everything
was new for all the GTP teams last year and we all gained a huge amount of
knowledge. For 2024, we will have a balance of youth and experience, but more
importantly, all our drivers will have extensive prototype experience in IMSA. This driver
line-up, coupled with the support of Porsche Motorsports North America, will put us in
the position to compete for wins in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship.”