Press Release | Wiha Tools
MONTICELLO, MN – January 3rd, 2024
Wiha Tools, the distinguished global manufacturer of premium hand tools, and JDC-Miller MotorSports, the accomplished racing team, are once again uniting their strengths for the 2024 season. This renewed partnership is set to further excel electric integration in endurance racing and promote high-performance innovation.
The collaboration between Wiha Tools and JDC-Miller MotorSports brings together two entities celebrated for their unwavering commitment to precision, performance, and innovation. JDCMiller MotorSports will once again compete with the electric-yellow Porsche 963, boasting an impressive 680 hybrid horsepower generated from the innovative hybrid motor. The sophomore year of the Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class brings new competition with it, and the team is eager to race alongside them.
JDC-Miller’s driver lineup features a few new faces this season. Richard Westbrook joins Tijmen van Der Helm for the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, while Phil Hanson joins for the Michelin Endurance Championship rounds. Ben Keating will be joining the team for the 24 Hours of Daytona in January.
Westbrook, the returning JDC-Miller driver, piloted the team’s Cadillac DPi in 2022 and contributed valuable experience in the 2023 WEC season with an LMDh. Phil Hanson, a notable addition, secured a 2020 LMP2 class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Tijmen van der Helm, entering his second season with the 963, brings significant experience to the 2024 season, and the endurance racing veteran Ben Keating further strengthens the team. Undoubtedly, JDCMiller is poised to be a formidable force.
In recent discussions with both parties, there is palpable excitement for the season ahead. John Church, Managing Partner of JDC-Miller MotorSports, expressed, “We were very pleased with our 2023 season with the Porsche 963 GTP. For 2024, we will have a balance of youth and experience, but more importantly, all our drivers will have extensive prototype experience in IMSA. This driver lineup, coupled with the support of Wiha and Porsche Motorsports North America, will put us in the position to compete for wins in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship.”
Wade Krinke, VP of Marketing and Product Development at Wiha Tools, shared his enthusiasm, stating, “Last year was an incredible opportunity for us to break into the endurance racing scene, and we’re thrilled to be back for 2024. Our product provides the team the peace of mind and capability we’re confident will ensure speed and success come race day.”
Wiha Tools, recognized for producing high-quality, durable hand tools trusted by professionals worldwide, maintains a long-standing history. With over 3,500 products and a workforce of more than 1,400 people, Wiha Tools has built a renowned company. Wiha Tools’ continued partnership with JDC-Miller MotorSports enables them to expand their presence in the dynamic world of motorsports.
Headquartered in Savage, Minnesota, JDC-Miller MotorSports boasts an impressive track record in the motorsports industry having clinched numerous victories and podium finishes. With a record 32 consecutive IMSA Prototype Lite wins as a team, their commitment to performance and excellence aligns seamlessly with Wiha Tools’ core values. Through this partnership, both entities aspire to leverage their expertise and resources, reaching greater heights in the realms of racing and innovation.
As the partnership continues, Wiha Tools remains an associated sponsor partner and the exclusive tool supplier for JDC-Miller MotorSports. The team's crew members will benefit from access to Wiha Tools’ comprehensive range of premium tools, enhancing their ability to work efficiently and effectively in the demanding motorsports environment. Recognized for their durability, ergonomic design, and superior performance, Wiha Tools’ products prove to be an invaluable asset to the team.
IMSA’s 2024 season kicks off January at the 24 Hours of Daytona.
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