Juncos Racing Completes The Milwaukee Mile:
Spencer Pigot Earns Pole for Round 11 of Indy Lights Championship
Milwaukee, WI (July 13, 2015) – Juncos Racing picked up their first pole on an oval since joining the Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with rookie Spencer Pigot at The Milwaukee Mile this past weekend. Teammate Kyle Kaiser qualified third for the second time this season at Round 11 of the Grand Prix of Milwaukee.
After a tough first appearance on an oval earlier this season at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, American rookies Spencer Pigot (Orlando, Florida) and Kyle Kaiser (Santa Clara, California) delivered their best qualifying efforts to Juncos Racing, earning the team a pole and second row starting positions.
Juncos Racing started Round 11 of the Indy Lights Championship with Pigot driving the #12 MAZDASPEED scholarship car leading the field for the 100 lap race on the historic one-mile oval. Fellow Indy Lights rookie RC Enerson was able to get passed Pigot after the start, where they would battle for the lead during the first 50 laps of the race. Juncos Racing teammate Kaiser, pilot of the #18 InterVision/NetApp/JuniperNetworks, continued his run in third for the first half of the race. Kaiser was able to save the #18 after spinning lap 47 in Turn-4 to finish his day in ninth. Pigot ran into tough luck on the restart when an electrical issue prevented the #12 from going into 5th gear, dropping Pigot back to seventh where he would finish.
Despite not finishing on the podium, Pigot was pleased to take home his first pole on an oval and record the fastest lap of the race. Pigot remains second in the championship, trailing the leader by 14 points.
“The weekend started off on a good note for us taking the pole position which was my first on an oval,” said Pigot. “The car was great in qualifying and it ran really well at the beginning of the race, I thought we would be able to challenge RC (Enerson). He (RC) had a great start getting passed us and unfortunately I lost 5th gear about halfway through the race. After that I just had to hang on until the end. I want to thank Juncos Racing, Mazda, Cooper Tire, Mockett, Rising Star Racing, The Stutz, MOBĒ and BAD for all of their support.
Kaiser continues to show strong pace behind the #18 and looks to translate that back into the race results for the remaining races in his rookie season.
“The results from the race didn’t reflect the pace and hard work the team had put in for the weekend,” said Kaiser. “I’m encouraged after I tied my season best qualifying position, but disappointed I didn’t finish the race with a podium. Minimizing mistakes continues to be my focus, and I know the results will come. Luckily there is a quick turnaround for the next race so we can move forward and push hard for Iowa.”
As the season draws closer to the end with five races remaining Juncos Racing Team Principle, Ricardo Juncos, knows it will be a tight battle until the end for the 2015 Indy Lights Championship.
“Milwaukee demonstrated that we have found a great deal of pace on the ovals,” said Juncos. “Spencer’s (Pigot) pole and Kyle (Kaiser) qualifying third makes all the hard work the team has put in worthwhile. The race result isn’t what we wanted, we needed to gain points over (Jack) Harvey. We did manage to mitigate the loss by getting bonus point for pole as well as the fastest lap of the race. Both drivers and the team are focused on winning Iowa.”
The 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires will visit the final oval circuit of this season this week at Iowa Speedway for Round 12. 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.