JDC MotorSports Returns to Winning Ways in Canada
JDC MotorSports returned to victory lane in F2000 Championship Series competition over the weekend (June 13-14), as American Chris Miller scored the victory in Round Five, prior to finishing a close second in Round Six at Mosport International Raceway. Mexican Alejandro Munoz continued his progression as a rookie driver, finishing 19th and 17th in the doubleheader.
Making their lone trip to Canada in 2009, the JDC MotorSports F2000 Championship crew wasted little time giving its drivers the tools to challenge for top honors. Miller immediately showed that he was up to the challenge, ending day one with the fastest time in practice around the high-speed road course just east of Toronto, Ont. When the cars rolled on-track for Saturday morning qualifying, setting the grid for race one of the doubleheader, Miller continued his impressive showing behind the wheel. The Edina, MN, race pilot was in contention for the pole position throughout the session, eventually earning a front-row spot with the second fastest time. Behind the talented American on the time charts, Munoz was part of a pack of cars all turning similar times, eventually earning a 14th place starting position.
When the racing action got underway a short time later, Miller got an excellent jump when the green flag waved, taking over the lead by the exit of turn one. The Round Two winner never looked back from that point forward, retaining the top spot all the way to the checkered flag and his second career series win, despite a late race challenge from P2. Unfortunately for Munoz, an early race off-course excursion resulted in a 19th place finish, one lap behind his race winning teammate.
The start of day three at Mosport featured Miller’s No. 85 Miller Milling/Red Line Oil/JDC MotorSports Van Diemen RF06/Zetec once again at the front of the field, as he successfully built on his race one win by securing the pole position for race two. Munoz, remaining part of the mid-pack battle for position, posting the 19th fastest time in the qualifying session.
Getting the green flag just prior to the lunch break in front of a large Canadian crowd, Miller got away cleanly from his P1 starting position. With race one runner-up Matthew Inge once again hot on his heels, the duo quickly established a gap on the rest of the F2000 Championship field. Running nose-to-tail the entire race, the finishing order was only determined via the checkered flag. Miller, having succumbed to a bold outside pass in turn eight late in the race, crossed the stripe in second, earning a fifth straight podium finish. Behind the leaders, Munoz’s No. 96 Black Lion Racing/Redline Oil/JDC MotorSports Van Diemen RF01/Zetec crossed the stripe in 17th, having turned his fastest race lap of the event.
“Chris did a great job getting back to the top step of the podium in race one,” commented JDC MotorSports owner John Church. “Finishing out the weekend with a pole and another second place finish really helps us in the points. Alex continued to learn the car and track and made steady progress throughout the weekend reacting very well to changes to the car. I’m excited about getting to the Glen in a few weeks.”
JDC MotorSports F2000 championship Series drivers and crew next travel to Watkins Glen International in upstate New York on July 4-5, with Rounds Seven and Eight being run in conjunction with the IndyCar Series. Entering the doubleheader, Miller is tied for second in the championship standings, seven points adrift of the series leader without drops, and leads by 11 with drops.