The Red Dragon WINS The Sahlen’s Six Hours at Watkins Glen!

  • First victory for the “Red Dragon” since COTA in 2013
  • First overall victory for JDC Miller MotorSports in the P category of the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship
  • No. 99 drivers Stephen Simpson, Misha Goikhberg and Chris Miller finished second in the Sahlen’s Six Hours at The Glen in 2017, their rookie season in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

 

Stephen Simpson: “I’m just so proud to get the Red Dragon and GAINSCO Auto Insurance back to victory lane.  It really was a team effort, Misha and Chris drove great and the team made really good calls.  This JDC-Miller MotorSports team fights so hard.  We’re a small team but you wouldn’t know it, they know how to run with the big boys and I think that was evident today.  We had good driver changes and tire changes.  I think the first stint at the start of the race was important, we were able to get ourselves to the top two or three and that set the tone for the race. We wanted to try double stinting the tires in case that would need to be an option at the end and we did it fine.  They biggest challenge in that stint was the heat.  By the final stint, I knew what to expect and it also wasn’t quite as long so it was a bit easier.  I’ve been thinking about this win and how it slipped away from us last year every week for the last 12 months….tonight, I can sleep peacefully.”

 

Misha Goikhberg: “It’s incredible for us as a team, and for GAINSCO Auto Insurance.  We really struggled this weekend. At the end of the day Friday we were really scratching our heads.  The guys worked late that night making changes, but honestly yesterday the Red Dragon wasn’t much better.  Today, we had a car we could compete with, our engineers John Hayes and Barry Mumm made great decisions with the set-up and then again through the race.  It was a team effort and I am so pleased.  Now we head to Canadian Tire MoSport Park, my home race track and we ran very well there last year.  It will be great to go there as a race winner next weekend. Best thing is to get the monkey off our back.  Every weekend fans come to us and talk to us about the Red Dragon and how much they love the Red Dragon.  It’s an honor to drive it, but there was a lot of pressure to perform!  Now we can celebrate the Red Dragon with our fans.”

 

Chris Miller: “I am just so excited and to do this with our partner GAINSCO Auto Insurance just makes it even better.  WE are all incredibly honored to be able to drive the No. 99 Red Dragon that we all watched for so many years.  To be the overall winners at a historic race like the Sahlen’s 6 Hour and in these colors is just a career highlight for sure.  I think we’ve all felt some pressure to get it done, to get the Red Dragon back to victory circle in IMSA and we’ve done it and in just six races.  For the JDC guys as well, we’re a small team and this is a big deal. Stephen and Misha drove exceptionally well.  At the end of the race they carried us to victory.  It was an awesome day and an awesome race.”

2018-07-01T16:41:21+00:00