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Indianapolis, Ind. – Juncos Racing announced today that American Kyle Kaiser will join the team for a partial-season run in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series. Kaiser moves up to the Verizon IndyCar Series after claiming this year’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship with Juncos Racing.
Kaiser (Los Gatos, CA) will run four races in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, including the INDYCAR Grand Prix and the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil – both in May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Two additional events are to be determined.
“I’m very excited to be moving up to the Verizon IndyCar Series with Juncos Racing,” said Kaiser. “Juncos has been a huge part of my recent success in the Mazda Road to Indy. I have the utmost confidence in Ricardo’s (Juncos) program moving forward and I’m very thankful to everyone involved for making this possible, especially Mazda, Cooper Tires and Dan Andersen for their investment into the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system which will allow me to take the final step towards a career in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Now, I’m just anxious to get behind the wheel as soon as possible!”
By winning the 2017 Indy Lights championship, Kaiser was awarded a scholarship valued at $1 million from Mazda to advance to the Verizon IndyCar Series. Kaiser recorded three wins, three poles and five podium finishes throughout the 2017 Indy Lights season.
“Another year of great Indy Lights competition, another great Indy Lights champion,” said Dan Andersen, owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “I have enjoyed watching Kyle over the past few seasons take his natural talent and improve on his skills, then put it all together this year and win the crown. This is what the Mazda Road to Indy is all about and it’s terrific that both Kyle and Juncos Racing are making the jump together. I believe they will open some eyes in 2018 and we will, of course, be cheering them on!”
Juncos Racing expanded its program into the Verizon IndyCar Series earlier this year, debuting in the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil with two entries. The team finished a respected 15th with Sebastian Saavedra and 18th with Spencer Pigot.
“This is what our mission is at Juncos Racing, to take drivers to the next level in their career,” said Juncos Racing Owner Ricardo Juncos. “We began with Kyle in the Pro Mazda series back in 2014 and then took him to the Indy Lights series, where he had three years to grow into the driver he is today. Each season, Kyle showed tremendous progress on and off track. That hard work and dedication paid off this past season with Kyle winning the Indy Lights championship. Now that Kyle has decided to return to the team for his first run in the Verizon IndyCar Series shows his confidence in our organization. Kyle and his family have been a part of the Juncos Racing family for a long time and I am thrilled to be a part of this time in his career and look forward to helping him be a successful driver next year in the Verizon IndyCar Series. I want to thank Kyle and his family for continuing to support Juncos Racing and for giving us the opportunity to work with Kyle for our fifth year in a row.”
The addition of Kaiser and Juncos Racing to the roster of Verizon IndyCar Series entries for 2018 is further evidence of the series’ continued growth, said Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations.
“INDYCAR is happy to see Kyle and Juncos Racing take this step together since they have been an integral part of the Mazda Road to Indy system for four years,” Frye said. “We welcomed Juncos Racing to the Verizon IndyCar Series at this year’s Indianapolis 500, believing it would lead to a deeper involvement. Today’s announcement shows this to be the case and we look forward to their participation in the four races in 2018, with hopefully many more to come.”
Kaiser joined Juncos Racing in 2014 to run in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, where he helped deliver the team its first Pro Mazda team championship. Juncos Racing then moved Kaiser up to Indy Lights in 2015, when the team won its first Indy Lights championship. Kaiser finished third in the 2016 Indy Lights championship, claiming two wins and three poles.
JUNCOS RACING LOOKING FORWARD TO FIRST INDY 500
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – May 26, 2017 – Juncos Racing will be making its Indianapolis 500 debut this Sunday, May 28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.
The team will have two entries in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500. The No. 11 Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone car driven by Spencer Pigot with sponsorship from Oceanfront Recovery through Rising Star Racing, P1 Management and Temple Fort Outfitters. The second entry is the No. 17 AFS/Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone car driven by Sebastian Saavedra.
“Two months ago, we didn’t know each other and now we have a group of people working really hard together and we are doing it at the Indianapolis 500…that’s pretty special,”,” said Juncos Racing owner Ricardo Juncos. “There were so many questions back then that had no clear answers, but, now it’s all good. I’m really happy to be running with Sebastian (Saavedra) and Spencer (Pigot). They both like the team. We obviously have a long way to go as far as being consistently competitive and we know this is going to be a long, difficult race. We’re going to take it step-by-step and do our best. At this point, I honestly don’t care where we place in the race. I have no great expectations. I just want both cars to finish the race.”
Pigot, who qualified 29th for the 2017 Indianapolis 500, ran 24 laps during Carburation Day’s final practice turning a fast lap of 40.5896 seconds/221.732 mph on lap eight. He was 31st on the speed charts.
“We’re still looking for some speed,” Pigot said. “We need to keep working on the balance and trying to get it just right in traffic which is very difficult, but I think we made a little bit of progress today. Obviously, we have more to go so we’ll be studying a lot over the next few days and try to make some good changes for the race. As far as expectations for the race, we just want to hopefully start marching our way up the field a little bit. We want to finish the race and hopefully the last 30 laps we can find ourselves somewhere around the top 10 we’ll see what we have.”
Saavedra, who qualified 31st for Sunday’s race, turned 31 laps today posting his fast time of 40.6878 seconds/221.197 mph on lap 23 placing him 33rd on the speed charts.
“The No. 17 AFS/Juncos Racing car feels like it took a little bit to get back to where we were Tuesday,” Saavedra said. “I don’t know what happened these last four days. However, we ended the session in a very positive way and getting back to a very comfortable stage. We shall see what’s going to happen Sunday of course. The weather is going to change on us, but so far I feel very good with traffic and there’s going to be plenty of that throughout the race. We’re just going to continue looking through the data from today and go from there.”
The 2017 Indy 500 will be Pigot’s 15th career Verizon IndyCar Series start, second Indianapolis 500, second on an oval and first with Juncos Racing. The 23-year-old from Orlando, Florida made his Indy 500 debut with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing last year qualifying 29th and finishing 25th. Pigot is contesting his second Verizon IndyCar Series season. He made three starts for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in 2016 and seven for Ed Carpenter Racing. Pigot has made four starts for Ed Carpenter Racing in 2017 all on road or street courses and is scheduled to run the remaining road and street events for the team. In 14 career IndyCar starts, Pigot has earned four top-10 finishes with a best showing of seventh at Mid-Ohio in 2016 (ninth at Road America in 2016, eighth at Long Beach, 2017 and ninth in the Indy Grand Prix, 2017).
The 2017 Indy 500 will be Saavedra’s 62nd career Verizon IndyCar Series start, first with AFS/Juncos Racing and sixth at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It will be his first Verizon IndyCar Series start since the Grand Prix of Sonoma in 2015. In five previous Indy 500 races the 26-year-old from Bogota, Colombia, who resides in Indianapolis, has a best qualifying position of 24th in 2012 and a best finish of 15th in 2014. Saavedra is contesting his sixth Verizon IndyCar Series season and first with AFS/Juncos Racing. In 61 career IndyCar starts, Saavedra has earned four top-10 finishes and one pole (at the inaugural Indy Grand Prix in 2014). His best finish is eighth in 2013 at Baltimore (Ninth Long Beach – 2014; 10th Detroit – 2013 and Long Beach – 2015);
SPENCER PIGOT NO. 11 JUNCOS RACING DALLARA/CHEVROLET/FIRESTONE SATURDAY, MAY 20 – QUALIFYING 1 Qualified: 29th Lap 1: 223.404 mph Lap 2: 223.591 mph Lap 3: 223.644 mph Lap 4: 223.883 mph Average Speed: 223.631 mph Qualifying Summary: The 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 will be Pigot’s 15th career Verizon IndyCar Series start, second Indy…
SPENCER PIGOT NO. 11 JUNCOS RACING DALLARA/CHEVROLET/FIRESTONE FRIDAY, MAY 19 – FAST FRIDAY Practice 5 Fast Lap: 39.7931 seconds/226.170 mph – 32nd Combined Results (after 5 days) Fast Lap: 39.7931 seconds/226.170 mph – 32nd Practice Summary: Following lightning and rain in the morning, Day 5 of practice for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 started on…
No. 11 Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone
Indianapolis 500 – Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – Practice Day 2
Practice 2: Fast lap – 40.7922 seconds/220.630 mph – 26th
Combined Results (2 days): Fast lap – 40.7922 seconds/220.630 mph – 29th
Spencer Pigot Practice Summary:
Spencer Pigot, No. 11 Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, was 29th on the speed charts following yesterday’s first day of practice with a speed of 218.065 mph. He had a strong day today as the team trimmed the car a bit and put him out in traffic. He ran his fastest lap on the 42nd of the 66 he ran today and went from being eight mph off the pace on the first day of practice to just four mph down today, The 23-year-old resident of Orlando, Florida.is contesting just his second Indy 500 and running on an oval for just the second time in an IndyCar.
Spencer Pigot Practice Day 2 Quote:
“Overall it was a good day. We definitely improved on yesterday. Our goal was to run a lot more in traffic, which we were able to do. We definitely got a lot more data today. We tried a few different down force levels to see what we think might work best for the race and what to really focus on as far as dialing everything in later in the week. A good day and I’m looking forward to tomorrow”
Spencer Pigot Fast Facts:
- The 2017 Indy 500 will be Pigot’s 15th career Verizon IndyCar Series and first with Juncos Racing in an IndyCar.
- He previously competed for Juncos Racing team in Karting, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights..
- Pigot made his Indy 500 debut with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing last year qualifying 29th and finishing 25th.
- Pigot is contesting his second Verizon IndyCar Series season.
- In 2016, he made three starts for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in 2016 and seven for Ed Carpenter Racing.
- Pigot has made four starts for Ed Carpenter Racing in 2017 all on road or street courses and is scheduled to run the remaining road and street events for the team.
- He has placed in the top-10 twice in his first four races this year, a season-high eighth at Long Beach and ninth in the Indy Grand Prix.
- Pigot currently sits 21st in the championship race with 66 points.
- In 14 career IndyCar starts, Pigot has earned four top-10 finishes with a best showing of seventh at Mid-Ohio in 2016 (ninth at Road America in 2016, eighth at Long Beach, 2017 and ninth in the Indy Grand Prix, 2017).
No. 17 AFS/Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone
Indianapolis 500 – Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – Practice Day 2
Practice 2: Fast lap – 40.8554 sec/220.289 mph – 27th
Combined Results (2days): Fast lap – 40.4325 sec/222.593 mph – 24th
Sebastian Saavedra Practice Summary:
Sebastian Saavedra, No. 17 AFS/Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, was 21st on the speed charts following yesterday’s first day of practice with a speed of 222.593 mph. The talented 26-year-old Colombian, who is making his sixth appearance on the Speedway oval, continued to build on the momentum he gained yesterday. Saavedra, who is returning to IndyCar competition after a one-year hiatus, also began to reduce his downforce levels slightly today and spent most of his track time working in traffic. Although his speed dropped a bit from yesterday so did the times of the drivers at the top of the speed charts, mainly due to track conditions. He remained just four mph off the fastest car turning his quickest lap on the 39th of the 55 he ran today.
Sebastian Saavedra Practice Day 2 Quote:
“A very positive second day. We maintained the momentum and built from yesterday. The track conditions were definitely different, which made it a bit more challenging. We focused on continuing to work on a more traffic friendly car and we definitely succeeded at that. Now we need to continue the momentum we have built so far and not lose our focus in the next couple days”
Sebastian Saavedra Fast Facts:
- The 2017 Indy 500 will be Saavedra’s 62nd career Verizon IndyCar Series start, first with AFS/Juncos Racing and sixth at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
- This will be Saavedra’s first Verizon IndyCar Series start since the Grand Prix of Sonoma in 2015.
- In five previous Indy 500 starts Saavedra has a best qualifying position of 24th in 2012 and a best finish of 15th in 2014.
- Saavedra is contesting his sixth Verizon IndyCar Series season and first with AFS/Juncos Racing.
- In 61 career IndyCar starts, Saavedra has earned four top-10 finishes and one pole (at the inaugural Indy Grand Prix in 2014). His best finish is eighth in 2013 at Baltimore (Ninth Long Beach – 2014; 10th Detroit – 2013 and Long Beach – 2015);
JUNCOS RACING MAKES INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY DEBUT IN VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
SAAVEDRA LEADS TEAM ON SPEED CHARTS
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – May 15, 2017 – Juncos Racing made its Indianapolis Motor Speedway debut in the Verizon IndyCar Series today during the first day of practice in preparation for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 set for May, 28, 2017.
Spencer Pigot in the No. 11 Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet//Firestone car was the first Juncos Racing driver to turn a lap on the fabled 2.5-mile oval. He went out at noon today for an installation lap checking the car to make sure all the systems were functioning properly.
Shortly thereafter, Sebastian Saavedra, in the No. 17 AFS/Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone car, turned the first laps at speed while doing a “refresher course” (for drivers who have not driven at the Speedway recently), prior to full practice.
Commenting on making his IndyCar debut at the Brickyard Juncos Racing owner Ricardo Juncos said, “It is a honor and a privilege to be here racing IndyCars at the greatest race track in the world. I have so many people to thank for making this dream come true. Mark Miles and everyone at the Speedway as well as Jay Frye and all the staff at IndyCar have been so helpful guiding us through the process. Chevrolet for supplying the power, and most of all the all the drivers, engineers, crew and everyone at Juncos Racing who have worked so hard to get to this point. This is something very special and I am so proud.”
During the full practice Saavedra, who is making his sixth Indianapolis 500 appearance, led the team with a lap of 222.593 mph placing him 21st on the speed charts for the day. His fastest lap of the day came of the 36th of the 39 laps he turned on the first day of practice.
“All together a very positive first day for AFS Juncos No. 17 car,” Saavedra said. “I felt as if I was a riding a bike. It came back to me quickly. I had to mentality ease through it, not put any pressure on myself which allowed us to get the small things out of the way. We focused on the initial setup and I started connecting with my engineer. It’s been awhile since we worked together, so it was good to get to have this time together. It was also good to work back with my teammate Spencer Pigot. That is going to be crucial for us to have a good month of May. So, overall a very positive first day of testing. I’m very pleased.”
Pigot, who is contesting just his second Indy 500, did not run in traffic during any of his 49 laps. His fastest speed, 218.065 mph, came on lap 39 which put him 29th on the speed charts.
“Yeah, it was a good first day,” Pigot said. “We didn’t really have any issues and that’s what we wanted. We didn’t do a huge amount of laps. We just did a few runs to make sure everything was working well and just kind of did our own thing today. As the week goes on we’ll get more aggressive and start running in traffic a bit more, find some people to get tows and go a little bit quicker. Today the goal was to make sure everything ran okay and we did that”
Juncos Racing has previously competed at IMS 17 times in both the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Series. The team has made seven starts on the road course (four in Pro Mazda and three in Indy Lights) and three starts on the oval in the Freedom 100 Indy Lights race. Juncos Racing has four total victories at the Speedway all on the road course (three in Pro Mazda and one in Indy Lights) over five years (2012, 2014-2017). Three of the victories came last weekend when the team captured both the Pro Mazda events and the Indy Lights race.
Saavedra, is a veteran of 61 Verizon IndyCar starts. In his five previous Indy 500 starts he has a best finish of 15th in 2014. The 2017 Indy 500 marks Saavedra’s return to Verizon IndyCar competition after a one year hiatus. The 26-year-old native of Bogata, Colombia made his first IndyCar start at the Indianapolis 500 for Bryan Herta Autosport. He has also competed in the Indy 500 for Andretti Autosport, 2012, Dragon Racing, 2013, KV Racing, 2014 (also captured the pole for the inaugural Indy Grand Prix) and Chip Ganassi, 2015
Pigot, the 2014 Pro Mazda and 2015 Indy Lights Champion (both with Juncos Racing) has made 15 Verizon IndyCar starts over the last two years including his first Indy 500 (qualified 29th and finished 25th) last year Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. The 23-year-old from Orlando, Florida is scheduled to contest all Verizon IndyCar road and street course events for Ed Carpenter Racing in 2017. He has already notched two top-10 showings in his first four events this year (an eighth place showing at Long Beach and a ninth place finish last weekend in the Indy Grand Prix). .
Indianapolis, Indiana (May 10, 2017) – Juncos Racing announced today that it has entered a car for Sebastian Saavedra in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The team, which is making its debut at the Brickyard, announced Tuesday that Spencer Pigot…
JUNCOS RACING TO RUN PIGOT IN 101ST RUNNING OF INDIANAPOLIS 500 Indianapolis, Indiana (May 9, 2017) – Juncos Racing announced today that Spencer Pigot will drive for the team in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.. Pigot, 23, will pilot the…
TSO notes and thoughts (from Steve) Ricardo Juncos told TSO that he first thought about joining the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2013, but wanted to wait for the right opportunity, and that finally surfaced in December of 2016. Juncos Racing purchased three chassis, the speedway aero-kits, one transporter, two full sets of pit equipment and other sundry…