Indianapolis, Indiana (August 15, 2018) – Juncos Racing announced today the team will enter one Cadillac DPi-V.R entry for the full 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Juncos Racing currently runs in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, and the Verizon IndyCar Series. Photo Credit: Aldo Falla Juncos…
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Indianapolis, Indiana (August 3, 2018) – Juncos Racing announced today Alfonso Celis Jr. will return to the Verizon IndyCar Series later this month at Portland International Raceway.
Lexington, Ohio (July 20, 2018) – Juncos Racing completed their sixth and final race with rookie driver Rene Binder in the Verizon IndyCar Series this past weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Alfonso Celis Jr.’s first Verizon IndyCar Series race weekend is complete after finishing 20th in the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America.
Mexican native Alfonso Celis Jr. made his official Verizon IndyCar Series debut in the No. 32 Chevrolet / Juncos Racing car, also shared by Kyle Kaiser and Rene Binder. The 21-year-old had a tough start to the weekend after making contact early in the second practice session on Friday. Celis and the team recovered for qualifying the following day, taking the 21st starting position.
The second longest race of the year, next to the Indianapolis 500, saw near perfect conditions on Sunday. Fans were treated with a caution free 55-lap race on the 4.014 mile, 14-Turn road course. After the green flag waved, Celis had slight contact going into Turn-1, causing damage to the front wing. The crew replaced the front wing on the first pit stop 15 laps later. The team completed two more flawless pit stops and Celis finished the race in 20th.
Celis (Mexico City, Mexico) said, “I finally have my first race under my belt. It was a lot of learning and a lot to take in. It was important to finish no matter what, so that’s good. I made some mistakes during the race. I had contact in Turn-1 at the start of the race, so we had to replace the front wing during the first pit stop. I am happy to finish the race and look forward to moving on from here.”
Team Principle Ricardo Juncos said, “We had a successful weekend here at Road America despite our result. Alfonso (Celis Jr.) was able to provide the team with valuable feedback throughout each session. Each time he went out on track he improved in multiple ways. I know he will be successful with the attitude and work ethic he has on understanding the car inside and out. I hope we are able to add more races with Alfonso in the future. The crew and Alfonso bonded really well in a short time. I want to thank Alfonso and his family for the opportunity to work with him in his first run in the Verizon IndyCar Series.”
Alfonso Celis Jr. completed his first qualifying attempt in the Verizon IndyCar Series at Road America today. Celis Jr. will start 21st for tomorrow’s race scheduled to go green at 12:12PM CST on the 4.014 mile, 14-Turn road course.
Alfonso Celis Jr., pilot of the No. 32 Chevrolet / Juncos Racing car said, “Today we had no issues which was important. Yesterday was for sure a set back as we needed to run the whole day so that we could experiment with the red Firestone tires and the softer compound. So not being able to run on the red tires yesterday really did not help our qualifying effort today. It is what it is at this point, so we will come back tomorrow and be ready to run a good race.”
Juncos Racing Team Principle Ricardo Juncos said, “We are very impressed with Alfonso’s (Celis Jr.) determination and focus in his first weekend in the Verizon IndyCar Series. We tested here last week and made some great improvements in the first session yesterday. However, the early incident in the last session ended our day early and we were not able to get all of the track time we needed. The crew did an amazing job working on the car until late in the evening to get it back on track today. I am looking forward to a great race tomorrow.”
Despite not finishing the entire 200 laps of the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, Kyle Kaiser and Juncos Racing put in a strong effort in the Verizon IndyCar Series during the month of May.
Kyle Kaiser, pilot of the No. 32 NFP/Chevrolet/Juncos Racing car, proved to be a stand out rookie during the entire month of May. The California native and Juncos Racing gave a strong qualifying run making the field of 33 and would go on to start the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 from the middle of the sixth row in the 17th position.
Race day saw close to record breaking temperatures, with a high of 91 degrees, just one degree from the hottest Indianapolis 500 set back in 1937. Once the green flag waved for the 200-lap race on the famous 2.5 mile oval, Kaiser maintained his starting position running in the middle of the pack. During the first pit stop Kaiser had an issue coming into the pit box and was forced to serve a drive through penalty. Despite going a lap down after serving the drive through, Kaiser was battling his way back to the lead lap, running times close to the leaders. The team and Kaiser then completed three more successful pit stops before the day ended early for the rookie on lap 110. A mechanical issue was discovered and the team called off completing the rest of the race, and Kaiser would finish 29th.
Kaiser commented on his first Indianapolis 500, “Obviously, a disappointing end to what I think could have been a really good race. All month has been pretty amazing. We have fought our way back from a lot. We got the car pretty good and had an amazing qualifying and a really good starting position for the race. We fell back in the beginning of the race with a bad pit stop on my part, but we were fighting back. We got one lap back and I know we were going to get the other one back. We had a really good race car. We were hanging with guys that were running up front and we were fighting through the field. We are not 100 % sure what put us out of the race, but we know that it was out of our control. I am just very happy with everything this month. It was a great experience. I was improving and I learned so much. I can’t wait to be back next year. I want to say thanks to the team and everyone on the team for doing their part and bringing me a great race car. I also want to thank NFP for their support and family and friends that came out to make this day possible and to cheer me on.”
Team Owner Ricardo Juncos said, “Even though we did not get the finish we were hoping for, I am beyond impressed and proud of the entire Juncos Racing team. These people put in so much effort and time this whole month and that was proven in both qualifying runs and the race. We faced ups and downs throughout May but came out stronger each session. Our one car program definitely stood out among the teams running multiple cars. Kyle (Kaiser) was very focused and worked very hard with the engineers to find the set up needed for qualifying and the race. I am very proud of him and I know he was capable of finishing inside the Top-10. Even though this is the last race we have scheduled with Kyle this year, I hope we are able to put together more races throughout the season. I want to thank Kyle and his family for believing in our team over the past four years. We were thrilled to have Kyle move up to the Verizon IndyCar Series with us after winning the Indy Lights Championship last year. I also want to thank Chevrolet for their incredible support. They not only supply us with great engines, but the staff they have working with us is always there to provide any assistance we may need. I would like to thank all of the people at NFP for their support for our Indy 500 program. They have been amazing to work with and I hope we can continue this relationship in the future. Finally, a huge thank you to the crew and my family. We are one big diverse family and Juncos Racing, and without these people none of this would be possible.”
Kyle Kaiser Finishes 19th in the INDYCAR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis, Indiana (May 12, 2018) – The month of May kicked off this past week on the 2.439 mile, 14-Turn road course located at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Verizon IndyCar Series. Juncos Racing rookie Kyle Kaiser finished his third race of the season in 19th of the INDYCAR Grand Prix.
Alfonso Celis Jr. Advances to the Verizon IndyCar Series with Juncos Racing
Indianapolis, Indiana (May 10, 2018) – Juncos Racing announced today that Alfonso Celis Jr. will move up within the team from the Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires to the Verizon IndyCar Series. Celis Jr. will make his official debut in the Verizon IndyCar Series at Road America.
NFP Named Official Indianapolis 500 Sponsor of Juncos Racing Sponsorship to elevate brand and drive business among valued clients and fans NEW YORK – April 30, 2018 – NFP, a leading insurance broker and consultant that provides employee benefits, property & casualty (P&C), retirement and individual private client solutions, is pleased to announce its sponsorship of…