Indianapolis, IN (March 24, 2015) – After a busy winter developing the new Mazda powered Dallara IL-15, Juncos Racing is ready for the opening rounds of the 2015 Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires this week with Races 1 and 2 on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. Kyle Kaiser and Spencer Pigot look to carry the success from last season in the Pro Mazda Championship into the final step of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder in their rookie season in the Indy Lights series.
Juncos Racing has had great success on the Streets of St. Petersburg in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. In 2014 Juncos Racing dominated the weekend with Spencer Pigot claiming both wins while teammate Kyle Kaiser took home second in both races. The team has claimed a total of five wins in the Pro Mazda series at St. Petersburg.
Kyle Kaiser, 19, (Santa Clara, California) driver of the #18 InterVision/NetApp/JuniperNetworks car is set to begin his rookie campaign in the Indy Lights series after a busy offseason of testing the new Mazda powered Dallara IL-15.
“This offseason has been very productive, but it felt longer than usual,” said Kaiser. “I’m anxious to get back to racing this week in the new IL-15. The team has done a tremendous job during all the testing and development up to this point and I feel we are in a great position to bring a strong performance to St. Petersburg.”
Spencer Pigot, 21, (Orlando, Florida) is eager to get behind the wheel of the #12 Mazda Scholarship car in front of his hometown crowd and looks to continue the momentum gained from the winning the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship.
“I’m really looking forward to the first race in St. Petersburg,” said Pigot. “It’s my favorite street course and I’ve had a lot of success there. It’s been a very long offseason. The Juncos guys have been working hard and we’re all ready to get back to racing. It’s a special race for me having grown up in Orlando, but also a special race for the Indy Lights series as a whole. It will be the first time we will race the new Mazda powered IL-15 and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Juncos Racing Team Owner, Ricardo Juncos, is ready to get the season underway after months of preparing the newly expanded team and new Mazda powered Dallara IL-15 for the Indy Lights Championship.
“This is an exciting year for us joining the Indy Lights series with the new IL-15 and with two full time drivers who have proven they are ready for the final step in the Mazda Road to Indy,” said Juncos. “I’m really looking forward to beginning the season this week at a track that we have been very successful at in past years within the Pro Mazda series. Everyone has worked very hard to develop the new cars this offseason and that has shown through our pervious tests. I am confident through our continued hard work and dedication to always improving we will have strong results at St. Pete.”
The 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season kicks off March 27th-29th on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida for Races 1 and 2. Practice begins Friday March 27th with two thirty minute sessions, followed by qualifying Saturday March 28th at 9:30-10:00AM (ET) and Race 1 at 2:25-3:15PM. The weekend will conclude Sunday March 29th with Race 2 at 12:45–1:55PM. For more information please visitjuncosracing.com and indylights.com.
About Juncos Racing: Ricardo Juncos, a second generation driver, grew up with a deep passion for racing. Juncos made his first steps in the racing community driving karts throughout Argentina. After funding became difficult, Juncos worked for teams in order to support his own racing career. During this time Juncos took courses in mechanical and electrical engineering to fully understand racing on and off the track. Ricardo Juncos established Juncos Racing in 1997 as a formula team operating in Argentina. Six years later, Juncos Racing moved to Miami, Florida where they became a respected karting team recording multiple local, regional, and national titles. After a successful run in karts, Juncos Racing moved north to Indianapolis, Indiana the “racing capitol of the world,” in 2008 to join INDYCAR’s Mazda Road to Indy series. After only two years in the Star Mazda Championship, the team finished second in the 2010 championship while Conor Daly won the driver championship. Juncos Racing continued their run in the Pro Mazda Championship (the former Star Mazda) taking second in the 2012 and 2013 championships. Most recently 2014 proved to be one of the most successful years for Juncos Racing, winning the driver championship with Spencer Pigot and team championship in both the Cooper Tires Winterfest and Pro Mazda Championship. Juncos Racing expanded operations in 2015 to include two Indy Lights entries along with four Pro Mazda cars.
For more information, please visit www.juncosracing.com.