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5/11/2023

Race preparations in the Golden State.

Maintaining momentum.

For the fourth race of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Porsche Penske Motorsport and Customer Racing Teams are bound for the Golden State of California once more. This time, they are off to Laguna Seca – a race track completely unknown to all GTP vehicles.

The Porsche Penske Motorsport Team will enter the next IMSA race with newfound confidence. After the breathtaking and thrilling race in Long Beach, the team is in the lead of the driver championship with Nick Tandy and Mathieu Jaminet, and the Porsche 963 #6. So, it is only natural that the team wants to build on that success and aim for more spots on the podium. Still, the team remains down-to-earth. Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President Porsche Motorsport, comments, "We’re well aware that we still have some progress to make in terms of the optimal preparation and setup of our cars. This was obvious at the previous FIA World Endurance Championship round in Spa."

 

When it comes to opportunities in Laguna Seca, all the teams of the GTP class are in the same situation: So far, none of the teams could test their GTP vehicles in Lacuna Seca, making them all dependent on previous experiences with other vehicles and track data.

 

The GTP class brings additional changes: For the first time in the 2023 season, the JDC-Miller MotorSports Team will be participating with a Porsche 963 – making it the first Customer Racing Team that is racing with a Porsche LMDh vehicle on the IMSA tracks. This keeps the overall victory for Porsche in sights.

The yellow Porsche 963 #5 belonging to JDC-Miller Motorsports on the racetrack.
The Porsche 963 belonging to JDC-Miller Motorsports will enter the track with the starting number 5.

Facing challenges with a smile.

Until now, the JDC-Miller MotorSports Team participated in the LMP3 class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and managed to conquer the third spot of the class ranking. But it was always clear cut for the team that they would switch to the Porsche 963 the moment they received it. The time came on Thursday, May 4 2023: The Porsche 963 for JDC-Miller MotorSports was rolled out in Weissach, just in time for the IMSA race in Laguna Seca.

 

The chosen drivers for the new Porsche 963 #5, Tijmen van der Helm and former Porsche factory driver Mike Rockenfeller, are facing the challenge to race the vehicle for the first time for the fourth race of the season. But the team faces the challenge with a smile. "I have no doubt that we will be competitive as a team. I look forward to the challenge and opportunity," says Tijmen van der Helm. Mike Rockenfeller is also happily anticipating the race, "I am confident the JDC-Miller MotorSports team is on a very steep learning curve and will compete with the GTP teams very quickly."

The car is an incredible work of engineering and the support system behind it very impressive. Working with Porsche has been amazing.

John ChruchCo-owner of JDC-Miller Motorsports

The race in Laguna Seca will run for 2:40 hours and take place on Sunday. Fans wanting to witness the event can do so via livestream from 9.10 p.m. CEST and cheer for the Porsche Penske Motorsport Team, JDC-Miller MotorSports and the Customer Racing Teams Pfaff Motorsports, Wright Motorsports, AO Racing and Kelly-Moss with Riley.

 

We are keeping our fingers crossed for another win!

Simple graphic that depicts the track in Laguna Seca.
Track map of Laguna Seca.

The race in Laguna Seca will run for 2:40 hours and take place on Sunday. Fans wanting to witness the event can do so via livestream from 9.10 p.m. CEST and cheer for the Porsche Penske Motorsport Team, JDC-Miller MotorSports and the Customer Racing Teams Pfaff Motorsports, Wright Motorsports, AO Racing and Kelly-Moss with Riley.

 

We are keeping our fingers crossed for another win!

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