PODIUM RESULT FOR JDC MOTORSPORTS IN F2000 RETURN Series newcomer Chris Miller finishes third in opening round at VIR MINNEAPOLIS, MIN. (April 20, 2008) - JDC MotorSports marked its return to Formula Ford 2000 competition over the weekend ...
PODIUM RESULT FOR JDC MOTORSPORTS IN F2000 RETURN
Series newcomer Chris Miller finishes third in opening round at VIR
MINNEAPOLIS, MIN. (April 20, 2008) - JDC MotorSports marked its return to Formula Ford 2000 competition over the weekend (April 19-20) with a podium finish in the opening round of the F2000 Championship Series at Virginia International Raceway. Series rookie Chris Miller bagged a pair of top-10s, highlighted by a stellar run to third in the opening race of the year. Miller's JDC teammate Juan Pfeiffer was also on his game with his own results in the top-10.
After a successful albeit limited off-season testing program, the team entered the season-opening doubleheader with confidence. With series newcomers and first-time F2000 drivers Chris Miller and Juan Pfeiffer behind the wheel of their cars, day one of the three-day event featured the duo experimenting with assorted setups. Continually learning both the track and their JDC Van Diemens, both drivers posted times within reach of the front-runners, with Miller cracking the top-10 in his No. 85 Miller Milling/JDC MotorSports Van Diemen.
Returning to the picturesque road course in southern Virginia one day later, JDC MotorSports was among the teams to watch in Saturday morning qualifying. Bettering his previous best lap by nearly three seconds, Miller qualified an impressive fourth for his inaugural F2000 Championship Series race. Leading a group of drivers separated by tenths and thousandths of a second, Pfieffer qualified 12th in his No. 86 JDC MotorSports entry.
Only few hours later, the JDC duo rolled on-course for Round One of the season. Getting a good launch at the waving of the green flag, Miller immediately moved up one spot into third place, while Pfeiffer, having avoided a multi-car collision in the first turn, cracked the top-10. Initially losing one spot on the subsequent re-start, Miller retook third place prior to midway point of the 11-lap race. Not coming under any threat of note in the closing stages, Miller provided JDC MotorSports with a podium finish in its F2000 Championship Series debut. Continually working his way forward in the race, Pfeiffer crossed the stripe in ninth place.
"I couldn't be happier with the results from both drivers," commented team owner John Church. "Considering the lack of testing and time in these cars, they both did a great job working together to get the cars up to speed. Hopefully we will have a chance to test some more later in the season."
Seeking to build on their success in the opening race of the weekend, things did not get off to a good start for the JDC pairing during Sunday qualifying. Part of a multi-car incident early in the session, Miller never completed a true flying lap, while Pfeiffer struggled to find the right balance in his Van Diemen, qualifying 26th and 14th, respectively.
When race two got underway later in the day, both series rookies immediately showcased their true speed. Passing cars virtually every lap, Pfeiffer was quickly among the top-10, with Miller not far behind. Moving up the timing charts as the race progressed, Pfeiffer and Miller crossed the stripe in order at the conclusion of the 14-lap affair, earning top-10 finishes via ninth and tenth place results.
"JDC gave me a great car all weekend," offered an enthusiastic Miller. "A podium in my first race and in the team's return to F2000 racing is a fantastic result. After a big accident in qualifying on Sunday, the team did an awesome job getting the car back together for the race. I know that we are only going to improve and hopefully we can carry this momentum to Atlanta."
Returning to its base of operations in Minnesota, JDC MotorSports will now commence preparations for Rounds Three and Four of the F2000 Championship series on May 10-11 at Road Atlanta in Georgia. The team's Star Mazda Championship squad is also set to return to battle, heading to Miller Motorsports in Utah later in the month for the second round of the program.