Following a strong debut into endurance racing in 2018, Devlin DeFrancesco will tackle the 57th running of the Rolex 24 at the Daytona International Speedway this January. Teaming up once again with the JDC-Miller Motorsports outfit, with whom he challenged both the Rolex 24 and Petit LeMans events, with experience on his side, Devlin is in a strong position to succeed.
Contesting two races in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, 18-year-old Canadian was quick to showcase his talent and speed against more experienced racers. Finishing a sensational sixth place alongside team-mates Simon Trummer, Robert Alon and Austin Cindric at Daytona earlier this year, Devlin further scored a strong top-ten finish at Road Atlanta circuit in October.
Showing his versatility and ability to adapt, 2018 saw Devlin take to the wheel of both Formula 3 and GP3 machinery, racing at some of the most infamous and demanding tracks around the world. Taking it all in his stride, Devlin managed to show strong progress throughout the year, fine-tuning his race craft, which will serve him well behind the wheel of the DPi Cadillac prototype.
Ending the year on a high, Devlin showed strong pace in the GP3 test in Abu Dhabi, placing himself at the sharp end of the timesheets.
Jumping in the affectionately-dubbed ‘Banana Boat’, the Canadian-Italian racer joins experienced teammates Misha Goikhberg, Tristan Vautier, along with Formula 1 legend Rubens Barrichello. The 85 Cadillac DPi-V.R, will get it’s first running next week at Sebring ahead of the first official test at the ROAR before the 24 on January 4-6th. The three-day test serves as the final dress rehearsal before the Rolex 24 which races into action on January 26-27th.
Racing into the night, through the notorious tricky dawn period, provides Devlin and his team with a tough challenge, both physically and mentally. One which the dynamic young driver is more than ready to tackle once again…
“I am so looking forward to Daytona. I am really looking forward to being back with everyone at JDC-Miller. I really enjoyed the two races last year (Rolex 24 and Petit LeMans), it’s a great team, great engineers and it almost feels more like a family team, so its great to be back. We had a decent result with decent pace even with the balance of performance in the P2 at Road Atlanta, so I am really looking forward to coming back in the DPi. I am excited to see what we can do and possibly going to get a Rolex.”