Double Podiums for Rookie Timothé Buret at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course; Garett Grist Earns Pole for Rounds 13 and 14 of the Pro Mazda Championship
Lexington, Ohio (August 4, 2015) – As the 2015 season comes to a close, Juncos Racing collected two more podium finishes this past weekend in Rounds 13 and 14 of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. Rookie Timothé Buret picked up a second and third place finish while teammate Garett Grist earned both pole positions for the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. Juncos Racing maintains in the lead for the championship by 20 points.
Juncos Racing kicked off the week at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course pacing the field in both test and practice sessions on the 2.25 mile, 13-Turn road course. Garett Grist lead the 18 car field recording the fastest time overall. Rookie Will Owen took the second fastest time and Timothé Buret finished inside the Top-5.
The team carried the momentum into qualifying with Grist taking the pole position, along with Buret earning the third starting position for Round 13. Owen qualified seventh and Jose Gutierrez ninth.
Round 13 of the Pro Mazda Championship went caution free for the entire 23 lap race. Buret, driver of the #6 BroadSign car, took home his seventh podium finish of the season taking third. Grist finished fourth in the #5 BlackList/Lander Property Management car. Owen, driver of the #23 AMR car took eighth and Gutiérrez, driving the #7 Prisma car took 12th.
Round 14 started off on a strong note for Grist who would once again take the pole position, earning his fourth consecutive pole. Grist went on to record the fastest lap of the race for Round 14. Buret delivered the team their second podium of the weekend taking second, giving him
the points to maintain third in the championship. Owen finished a strong fifth and Gutiérrez finished 10th.
Heading into the season finale next month Team Principle, Ricardo Juncos was pleased to keep the points lead for the championship along with picking up two more poles and podium finishes.
“Garett (Grist) did an outstanding job to capture his fourth consecutive pole position,” said Juncos. “Unfortunately the races weren’t as kind to him. Tim (Buret) managed to continue his string of solid results finishing on the podium in both races. We are looking forward to converting our strong pace into the race results at Laguna Seca next month.”
Timothé Buret (Montpellier, France): “It was a very good weekend for me at Mid-Ohio. I had two podiums in two races! I think I did a great job considering how difficult of a track this is for a rookie. The team worked very hard with me to help me get faster and be more comfortable with the track since our test back in June. I’m so happy to be back on the podium after some difficult races and I am really looking forward to a strong finish to the season next month at Mazda Raceway. I want to thank my team Juncos Racing for motivating me to finish the championship out strong and to be one of the Top-3 drivers this year.”
Garett Grist (Grimsby, Ontario, Canada):
José Gutiérrez (Monterrey, Mexico): “This weekend didn’t go to plan like we had hoped for at Mid-Ohio. I was fast in practice, but made some mistakes in qualifying and the races. I did my best, but I feel bad for the results for Juncos Racing. We will get focused and be back to the front of the field at Laguna Seca.”
Will Owen (Castle Rock, Colorado, USA): “Mid-Ohio was a good event overall. Garett (Grist) was very fast during the test, but I was able to find that gap during practice and challenge for the pole. Unfortunately we weren’t able to put it together for qualifying and ended up seventh. Though this was disappointing, starting further back in the field taught me some very valuable lessons. My goal for Round 14 was to race the most aggressive I ever have. I achieved that goal and gained a lot of confidence passing others. I can’t thank everyone enough that helped me out this weekend. I proved to myself that I have plenty of speed to compete at the front. Now it just comes down to putting everything together at the right time.”
The 2015 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires concludes next month Sept. 10-13th on the 2.238 mile, 11-Turn road course at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. For more information please visit juncosracing.com and promazdachampionship.com.
About Juncos Racing: Ricardo Juncos, a second generation and former Formula Renault driver, grew up with a deep passion and desire for racing. At the age of 14, Juncos made his first steps in the racing community driving karts in Argentina. Through his success in karts Juncos was able to join the Formula Renault class competing throughout South America. After funding became difficult as many drivers experience over their career, Juncos began working for many race teams in order to continue his own racing career. During this time Juncos was able to learn all aspects of the car in and out, along with schooling in mechanical and electrical engineering. Stationed in Buenos Aires, Argentina and headed by Ricardo Juncos, in 1997 “Juncos Racing” became a full-service Formula Racing team. By 2003, the team relocated to Miami, Florida as a full-service karting team. During the first few years in the U.S., the team picked up 19 local, regional, and national karting titles. Juncos Racing moved operations north to Indiana, where they developed into a formula open-wheel racing team in 2008. The team went into full swing dedicating most of the time preparing drivers and crew members for the next level in racing. Following this transitional year, Juncos Racing participated in its first open-wheel series, in the 2009 Star Mazda Championship – INDYCAR’s Mazda Road to Indy ladder series. 2010 proved to be a big year for the team with driver Conor Daly capturing the driver championship and finishing second in the team Star Mazda Championship. By 2012, the team’s operations expanded to include cars in the Firestone Indy Lights series and even recorded the fastest lap of the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That same year Juncos Racing took second in the Star Mazda team championship and third driver in the championship with driver Conner De Phillippi while Diego Ferreria was awarded “Most Improved Driver of the Year.” Juncos Racing continued their run in the Pro Mazda Championship (former Star Mazda Championship) finishing second in the 2013 team championship. Most recently the team finished one of their most successful years winning the driver championship, with Spencer Pigot, and the team championship in both the Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship and 2014 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. The team operates of out Brownsburg, Indiana.
For more information, please visit www.juncosracing.com.