Taylor, Miller, No. 17 Audi Collect Fourth Win of Season

June 22, 2024

By John Oreovicz and David Phillips IMSA Wire Service

Mikey Taylor enjoyed a bird’s eye view of the tussle for the lead of the Touring Car (TCR) class between Robert Wickens’ No. 33 Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb Agajanian Hyundai Elantra N TCR and Jon Morley’s No. 61 Road Shagger Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR in the closing stages of Saturday’s race. But Taylor was positively delighted by the view in the rearview mirror of the No. 17 Unitronic/JDC-Miller Motorsports Audi the following lap, having taken the lead with a clean pass into the Inner Loop at Watkins Glen after Wickens firmly rebuffed Morley’s bold overtaking effort at the same point the previous lap.

“That was a tough move,” Taylor said of Morley’s unsuccessful passing attempt. “But as competitive as TCR is these days, when you have a sniff at an overtake you’ve got to go for it. I thought they were both going to go around and retire, but the Hyundai is pretty robust. That’s TCR for you: it’s tight, close and fun racing.” 

Once out front, Taylor gradually edged away from Wickens to take the TCR win by 2.054 seconds, even as the race ended in disappointment for Morley when the Road Shagger Audi ran short of fuel two corners from the finish line. Morley’s misfortune enabled Denis Dupont to grab the final spot in the No. 76 BHA Hyundai he shared with Preston Brown.

“We used what we had,” said Taylor. “We didn’t have much front end (tires) left and we didn’t have much fuel left. But (co-driver) Chris (Miller) did a great first stint to bring it to me, and the guys on the (pit) box – I can’t say enough – they did a great job on the strategy. At the end, it wasn’t about raw pace, it was about consistency and that’s what the Unitronic/JDC-Miller Audi is: It’s consistent.”  

Taylor and Miller are becoming quite accustomed to seeing the TCR field in their mirrors. This was their fourth win in five Michelin Pilot Challenge races so far this year and represents a rebound from the race at Mid-Ohio two weeks ago that saw the No. 17 Audi finish third.

“They’re all difficult,” Miller said, “and this is just one step closer to our goal. I’m just super proud of the team. The guys have been doing an amazing job and, honestly, it’s due to them that we’re on this run. Mikey and I are just trying to bring the car home in one piece. They’re calling great strategy, doing great pit stops and we’re picking ‘em up and putting them down.”

The result boosted the No. 17 Unitronic/JDC-Motorsports Audi to a commanding 220-point lead over the No. 76 BHA Hyundai as the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge competitors head north to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in three weeks.

Rasmus Lindh Joins JDC-Miller MotorSports LMP3 Program at Watkins Glen

Rasmus Lindh joins Dan Goldburg and Till Bechtolsheimer in JDC-Miller MotorSports LMP3 No. 85 entry at Watkins Glen.

Savage, Minnesota (June 20, 2023). JDC-Miller MotorSports confirmed today that 21 year-old Rasmus Lindh from Gothenburg, Sweden will join season regulars Dan Goldburg and Till Bechtolsheimer in their JDC-Miller MotorSports Duqueine D08 LMP3 class No. 85 entry for this weekend’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International.

Lindh has considerable open-wheel experience in the Road to Indy program. He was series runner up in USF2000 in 2018 and Indy Pro 2000 the following year. In 2020 he made his IMSA debut in a Prototype Challenge car and has competed in LMP3 since 2021, while also competing in the Road to Indy program. Currently, he competes in the Indy NXT championship with a full season campaign. Indy NXT is the final step to the NTT Indycar series. 

The JDC-Miller MotorSports No. 85 currently sits 3rd in the LMP3 class of the IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship.

Quotes:

Rasmus Lindh, No. 85 JDC-Miller MotorSports Duqueine D08 LMP3

“I am really looking forward to being with JDC-Miller and back in LMP3 again. I have a really good feeling after the test we had a few weeks ago, and look to keep working on the good result that the team had in Sebring.”

Dan Goldburg, No. 85 JDC-Miller MotorSports Duqueine D08 LMP3

“I am pumped for this weekend at Watkins!  Till and I worked together quite well at Sebring, and I have many years working with Rasmus.  He’s a rocket in these LMP3 machines and based on our speed in testing, we should be in the fight for the win!”

Till Bechtolsheimer, No. 85 JDC-Miller MotorSports Duqueine D08 LMP3

“I’m looking forward to improving on our strong 3rd place performance at Sebring. Rasmus is a great addition to the driver line-up.” 

John Church, Managing Partner, JDC-Miller MotorSports

“We are very happy that Rasmus can join us this weekend at Watkins Glen and team up with Dan and Till in our LMP3 class entry. We have tested with him at the Glen and were impressed with his speed and consistency.  He will be a great addition to our line-up and will allow us to compete for the win this weekend.”

About JDC-Miller MotorSports

Minnesota-based JDC-Miller MotorSports began making its mark on the IMSA record books with a PC class win at the 2016 Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona. The John Miller and John Church led operation quickly transitioned to the top ranks of sports car racing in 2017, scoring two second place finishes and fourth in the final class championship. 

The team’s success and growth continued in 2018, when they introduced a two-car effort and scored a victory at Watkins Glen and a pole position at Road America. Once again, JDC-Miller MotorSports finished fourth in the series championship despite racing an even larger and more competitive IMSA WeatherTech Championship field.

For the 2019 season, the team entered into a partnership with Cadillac to field a two car Cadillac DPi-V.R effort. The program had a number of podium finishes and added the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring crown to its growing list of accolades.

JDC-Miller MotorSports entered into an agreement with Porsche for the 2023 season, making it the first customer team selected to campaign the German sports car manufacturer’s Porsche 963 customer program. The Porsche 963 will compete in the new GTP category, which competes as the top class in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The GTP Class introduces technically sophisticated hybrid power to IMSA matching it for the first time to efficient and bespoke internal combustion engines. For more information, please visit: www.jdcmotorsports.com.

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