LANSING, Mich. — JDC-Miller Motorsports and the racing team of Michael Johnson and Stephen Simpson have announced an exciting new partnership with two respected brands for the 2019 season – Out There Brands and Unitronic.
“I am extremely excited to see Out There Brands partner with a top level team like JDC-Miller Motorsports,” said founder and C.O.O. Mikey Taylor. “Over the last few years we have supplied more than 60 percent of all sportscar teams in North America with their team branding and apparel, and I’ve always been a big fan of John (Church) and his team, so it’s great to partner with them to showcase some of our products in the IMSA paddock.”
Taylor, a driver with 16 years of international experience and 100-plus overall podium finishes, will join Michael Johnson and Stephen Simpson in the Universal Coating No. 54 Audi RS3 LMS TCR car for the upcoming 4-hour races at Daytona and Watkins Glen.
“To also add my long-time partner Unitronic to the team, means a lot as they have been with me since 2015,” said Taylor, a native of Pretoria, South Africa. “A big thanks to Michael and Stephen for giving me the opportunity to jump in the car with them for Daytona and Watkins Glen. They achieved some great results last year and I’m hoping we can add a few more this season!”
“The partnerships with Unitronic and Mikey Taylor of Out There Brands shows our commitment to positive growth, not only for Audi but our position within IMSA,” said Josh Reasoner of MJR Partnerships/Media Relations. “We are humble by these associations and fully expect all three to continue to grow their brands, respectively.”
The team of Johnson, Simpson and Taylor will be back on the track at the end of January, racing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona at Daytona International Speedway in Florida as the first official event of the season for the 2019 Michelin Pilot Challenge.
“I am excited to get to Daytona and get our 2019 race season underway,” said Simpson. “I feel Michael and I, along with our JDC-Miller Motorsports team are well prepared for the season opener! I know Michael has been working very hard both in the car and outside of the car in preparation for the season ahead and I’m looking forward to getting to work. Having Mikey Taylor and Unitronic on board is a great addition to the team and is only going to strengthen our program.”
“I’m very excited to get back on track at Daytona, as we had a successful test during the ROAR a few weeks ago,” said Johnson. “During the two-week break, I’ve been training hard at the gym so I’m personally very ready. The guys are hard at work at the shop so I’m confident we will have a strong weekend.”
“Having Mikey Taylor and Unitronic onboard for Daytona is fantastic as well. With Mikey’s talent and knowledge, it will only make us stronger. Daytona is the first four-hour race, so it will be very exciting.”
The team’s highly-successful 2018 season included one title-win, four runners-up, two third-place finishes and two fourths.
About Out There Brands
Out There Brands is an advertising company specializing in digital printing and branded marketing displays. It prints logos or advertisements on anything from tents to flags and canopies. Using only the highest-grade labor and parts, Out There Brands provide our customers with products that look great as well as withstand the elements.
Unitronic prides itself on providing the highest quality Performance Software & Hardware products, engineered to maximize performance, while maintaining complete OEM-like reliability and drivability from your V.A.G. brand vehicle. Unitronic’s complete catalog of Performance Software and Hardware products are designed to work harmoniously; allowing its Clients to progressively upgrade their vehicle’s performance at their convenience.
About Mikey Taylor
Mikey Taylor, a native of Pretoria, South Africa, is not only the founder and Chief Operating Officer of Out There Brands, he is a decorated and experienced driver with a background that includes 16 years of international racing and 100-plus overall podium finishes. He won the IMSA Daytona 24 Hour in 2016 as a spotter/coach and has reached the podium multiple times at the Pirelli World Challenge. Taylor is the co-founder and driver of the Volkswagen Touring Car program. He holds nine lap records in two different continents.