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Sequential Gearbox Issue Takes Unitronic JDC Audi Out of Winning Contention

May 03rd, 2022 EventsMotorsports

What looked to be a breakout weekend for the Unitronic JDC-Miller MotorSports Audi team ended in bitter disappointment when an issue with the team’s sequential gearbox took them out of contention while running 2nd and fighting for the victory with 18 minutes remaining in the two-hour endurance event.


Photo by Sideline Sports Photography LLC

Coming off the back of a dominant performance at Sebring in March, the #17 team was confident heading into the third round of the championship at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca after grabbing a pole position and fourth place finish in 2021, the Minnesota based team was looking to move up a few spots in 2022. The weekend started about as good as it could have with the driver pairing of Mikey Taylor and Chris Miller finishing 1st and 4th in the only two practice sessions on Friday, focusing more on the long-distance race pace on older tires rather than outright speed due to the Laguna Seca racetrack being known for its abrasive surface taking a toll on the Michelin tires over the course of a one-hour fuel stint.

Uni JDC Mikey Taylor and Chris Miller

Photo by Sideline Sports Photography LLC

Saturday morning brought a compressed schedule with Qualifying, and the race only separated by a few hours. As is the case with most races, driver Chris Miller took the qualifying duties as the driver who qualifies is also required to start the race. Pushing hard and laying down some fast laps, Miller was able to set a very competitive lap time of 1:33:180 slotting him into second place behind the factory supported Hyundai #98.


Photo by Sideline Sports Photography LLC

The race kicked off with a bang as the TCR and GS field combined to form one combined start compared to the usual split start, thus causing Miller to have to bob and weave his way through the back markers of the GS field and at the same time making his way to the front of the TCR field by passing the #98 Hyundai on the opening lap. From there Miller did a phenomenal job managing the traffic and his speed extending his lead to over 7 seconds! Several caution and green flag periods later with some alternate fuel strategies by each team dropped the #17 down the order but Miller quickly brought the car into the pits just beating another safety car period with some great strategy by the engineer and the team was able to jump up the order into second place.


Photo by Sideline Sports Photography LLC

With over one hour remaining, the team instructed South African born Mikey Taylor to save fuel and tires to have a chance towards the end of the race. Sitting behind fellow Audi competitor Road Shagger Racing and in front of the chasing pack of Hyundai’s and the lone Alfa Romeo, Taylor managed his fuel and tires knowing he had some good pace in the Unitronic Audi to make a charge at the end. With 18 minutes remaining the fast Alfa Romeo made its way past the Hyundai’s and into 3rd position. Knowing that he didn’t want to get caught up with a battle between the Alfa and the Hyundai’s Taylor started to pressure the #61 Audi ahead for the lead and just as he was about to make a move into turn one, all hopes were dashed as Taylor radioed into the team that the car had lost drive and it felt like a gearbox issue with the SADEV sequential gearbox. An unfortunate end to a brilliant run and weekend for the Liqui Moly supported team.

Chris Miller

Photo by Sideline Sports Photography LLC

Next event for the Unitronic JDC-Miller MotorSport team will be at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course beginning Thursday, May 12th. Tune into IMSA.com for timing and scoring results, and follow along via the UNITRONIC social media channels for behind the scenes action. You can also stay up to date on our activities, learn more about the team, our pro drivers, the #17 RS 3 LMS TCR race car, our tremendous sponsors and shop for team merch on getunitronic.com/motorsports!



Photos by Sideline Sports Photography LLC

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