Misha Goikhberg

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Mikhail "Misha" Goikhberg (born 24 November 1986), is a Russian-born Canadian race car driver, currently competing in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with JDC-Miller Motorsports.

Biography[edit]

Early career[edit]

Goikhberg's first foray into driving happened in 2003 at the Russian track of Nevskoye Kolzo (The Neva Ring) with a Lada Cup Car under guidance of experienced Russian race car driver Aleksandr Lvov. Goikhberg completed several seasons of regional karting in Canada, followed by enrollment into Skip Barber Racing School in 2008.[1][2][3]

Open Wheel competition[edit]

2009 saw Goikhberg competing with Brian Graham Racing in Ontario Formula Ford, where he finished 5th and 2nd amongst rookies.[4] In 2010 Goikhberg signed with his current team JDC Motorsports, with which started a multi-year relationship.[5] He competed in USF2000 claiming 3rd spot at the end of the year having won at Laguna Seca.[6] In 2011 he drove a limited campaign in the Star Mazda Championship. Due to lack of sponsorship he only ran the rounds in Mosport and Sonoma.

Sportscar Racing competition[edit]

In 2012 Goikhberg and JDC Motorsports decided to move into sportscar racing teaming up for a full season in the IMSA Prototype Lites Championship. The Russian driver won 2 rounds and finished 2nd overall in 2012, followed by a 3rd overall finish in 2013, and finally claimed the championship in 2014 in a commanding fashion winning 9 rounds including 6 pole positions.[7] Goikhberg won the $100000 Mazda Road to the 24 scholarship and moved up to the Tudor United SportsCar Championship with JDC-Miller Motorsports in 2015.[8][9] 2015 was a challenging rookie year for Goikhberg, who finished 4th overall in the driver championship claiming 3 podiums at Daytona, Detroit and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

In 2016 Goikhberg teamed up with Stephen Simpson as his full season teammate. Driving again for JDC-Miller Motorsports in the Prototype Challenge category of the WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, the pair has scored two victories, winning the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona[10][11] and the Long Beach Grand Prix.[12][13] Goikhberg finished the 2016 season in 3rd position in the driver standings[14] and has moved up to Prototype class for 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.[15]

In 2018, Goikhberg and co-driver Simpson would swap rides, piloting the return of the No. 99 "Red Dragon" with sponsorship from GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing as JDC-Miller expanded to a second Oreca 07.[16] and would win that year's 6 Hours of Watkins Glen, the first Prototype victory for JDC-Miller MotorSports. [17]


Career statistic[edit]

IMSA Prototype LitesChampionship
Year Team Car Series Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Points
2012 JDC MotorSports Elan DP02 IMSA Lites L1 SEB SEB UTAH UTAH LAG LAG CTM CTM RAM RAM VIR VIR ATL ATL 2nd 388
Entry # 10 3rd 3rd 1st 2nd 16th 3rd 1st 2nd 2nd 3rd 9th 3rd 18th 18th
35 35 31 32 15 31 35 32 32 31 22 31 13 13
Year Team Car Series Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Points
2013 JDC MotorSports Elan DP02 IMSA Lites L1 SEB SEB LAG LAG MOH MOH CTM CTM RAM RAM COTA COTA ATL ATL 3rd 391
Entry # 10 3rd 3rd 7th 3rd 4th 2nd DNF 4th 4th 3rd 2nd 5th 2nd 2nd
31 31 25 31 29 32 0 29 29 31 32 27 32 32
Year Team Car Series Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Points
2014 JDC MotorSports Elan DP02 IMSA Lites L1 SEB SEB KCS KCS WGL WGL CTM CTM RAM RAM VIR VIR ATL ATL 1st 425
Entry # 10 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 19th 2nd 1st 19th 1st 1st 9th 1st
35 35 32 35 35 35 12 32 35 12 35 35 22 35
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Year Team Car Series Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos. Points
Team Team
2014 JDC-Miller MotorSports ORECA FLM09 IMSA Tudor United SportsCar PC DAY SEB LAG KCS WGL Indy RAM VIR COTA ATL 6th 235
Entry # 85 No Entry No Entry No Entry No Entry No Entry No Entry No Entry No Entry No Entry 6th
27
Year Team Car Series Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos. Points
2015 JDC-Miller MotorSports ORECA FLM09 IMSA WeatherTech PC DAY SEB LAG DET WGL CTM LRP RAM COTA ATL 4th 285
Entry # 85 3rd 4th 4th 2nd 5th 3rd 6th 7th 5th 5th
31 29 29 32 27 31 27 25 27 27
Year Team Car Series Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos. Points
2016 JDC-Miller MotorSports ORECA FLM09 IMSA WeatherTech PC DAY SEB LBH LAG DET WGL CTM LRP RAM COTA ATL 3rd 317
Entry # 85 1st 4th 1st 5th 7th 4th 5th 6th 7th 6th 3rd
36 29 36 27 25 29 27 26 25 26 31
Year Team Car Series Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos. Points
2017 JDC-Miller MotorSports ORECA 07 LMP2 IMSA WeatherTech Prototype DAY SEB LBH MOH DET WGL CTM RAM LAG ATL 4th 277
Entry # 85 5th 4th 4th 4th 6th 2nd 2nd 8th 4th 6th
26 28 28 28 25 32 33 24 28 25
Year Team Car Series Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pos. Points
2018 JDC-Miller MotorSports ORECA 07 LMP2 IMSA WeatherTech Prototype DAY SEB LBH MOH DET WGL CTM RAM LAG ATL 4th 252
Entry # 99 7th 7th 8th 7th 11th 1st 7th 2nd 6th 10th
24 24 23 24 20 35 24 32 25 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ Altemus, Jim. "Letters from Homestead". skipbarber.com. Skip Barber Racing School. Retrieved 3 February 2009.
  2. ^ Altemus, Jim. "Mont Tremblant Race weekend". skipbarber.com. Skip Barber Racing School. Retrieved 12 August 2009.
  3. ^ Altemus, Jim. "Homecoming weekend at Sebring". Skipbarber.com. Skip Barber Racing School. Retrieved 18 February 2009.
  4. ^ "Ontario Formula Ford 2009 Standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  5. ^ "JDC Motorsports enters USF2000 National Championship with three-car line-up". Flagworld.com. Flagworld. Retrieved 18 March 2010.
  6. ^ "Championship class driver Goikhberg wins second USF2000 non-points race Sunday". Flagworld.com. Flagworld. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  7. ^ "Goikhberg takes Prototype Lites championship". Motorsport.com. motorsport.com. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Next generation of young talent to begin quest for title this week at Sebring". motorsport.com. motorsport.com. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Goikhberg Earns Entry Into 2015 TUDOR Championship". Racer.com. Racer. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  10. ^ Kelly, Paul. "GOIKHBERG, KOCH STAND ATOP ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA PODIUM". InsideTrackNews.com. Inside Track News. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  11. ^ Kats, Rachel. "JDC-Miller MotorSports scores breakthrough win at Daytona International Speedway". swnewsmedia.com. Savage Pacer. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  12. ^ Embury, Matt. "IMSA: Taylor, JDC, Porsche North America Win At Long Beach". onpitroad.com. OnPitRoad. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Taylor brothers and Chevrolet go back-to-back in IMSA SportsCar race at Long Beach". Autoweek.com. autoweek. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  14. ^ "IMSA Driver Standings 2016". imsa.com. IMSA. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  15. ^ Dagys, John. "Goikhberg Confirmed for Season". sportscar365.com. Sportscar 365. Retrieved 27 December 2016.
  16. ^ Pruett, Marshall. "GAINSCO Returns with JDC-Miller Motorsports". Racer.com. Racer Media & Marketing, inc. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  17. ^ Pruett, Marshall. "JDC-Miller earns first overall IMSA win at The Glen; Ganassi, Turner earn class victories". Racer.com. Racer Media & Marketing, inc. Retrieved 11 July 2018.

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