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Meeting up with Joel Janco (Duqueine Engineering – Ligier JS P3 n°9)

LMC - 05/10/2017 - Sophie LIGER

A few weeks before the final race of the 2017 season we have met with Joel Janco driver of the n°9 Duqueine Engineering Ligier JS P3. He did his debuts in Michelin Le Mans Cup this year and gave us his impressions about his season and the coming race in Portugal.

Can you tell us a little bit about you and your career?

I started racing late in life in my mid 40’s. Went to Skip Barber Racing School, began racing in their formula car series. That led to buying a formula car and racing in the amateur series Sports Car Club of America. I gradually moved up to the national formula car series called Pro Mazda. I tried racing bigger cars like the Mustang and Aston Martin in the Continental Tire series but preferred prototypes which I raced for six years in the IMSA prototype lites series finally winning the “masters” championship (for drivers over 40) at age 67. This year I decided to race a Ligier LMP3 in the Michelin Le Mans cup. What a fun series with great tracks!! It has been really a wonderful experience.

What are the highs and lows of your 2017 season so far?

There are too many highs to properly list but getting to race at Le Mans was probably the best. I really never thought I would have that opportunity.

My lowest point was when the half shaft broke during my opening stint at Red Bull Ring keeping us from finishing the race.

The Michelin Le Mans Cup will head to Portimão in a few weeks, what are your thoughts about that track?
Looks awesome!!! I can’t wait.

What are your projects for the 2018 season?

I think I will race my Ligier JS P3 in the IMSA Prototype Challenge series with Kenton Koch. Kenton raced with me at Paul Ricard and Spa. He is one of the very best young American prototype drivers. It is such a privilege to get to race a whole year with him. Of course, my friend and one of the very best coaches in the world Jonathan Jorge will be with us all year. Jonathan will be my co-driver at Portimao.

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