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Heartbreaking End to History Making Weekend for Juncos Hollinger Racing and Callum Ilott in NTT INDYCAR SERIES Finale

Monterey, California (September 12, 2022)–  Juncos Hollinger Racing, the only one car team running in the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES, earned their best qualifying result ever this weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca when rookie Callum Ilott qualified on the front row. After running inside the Top-5 for the first part of the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey, the No. 77 JHR Chevrolet would unfortunately retire early due to a mechanical issue.

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The final weekend of the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES proved to be one of the most successful runs for JHR in their first full season. Ilott came out strong during the first practice session Friday, finishing fifth quickest overall.

Saturday teams returned to the 2.239-mile, 11-turn road course for one final practice before qualifying that afternoon. Ilott finished the session ninth overall.

The final three rounds of knockout qualifying began Saturday afternoon, where Ilott was placed in the second group for round one. Ilott easily managed to make it out of the first round, onto round 2 with the Top-12 cars. For the first time ever the No. 77 JHR Chevrolet was able to advance out of round 2, onto the final round in the Fast Six. Ilott battled for the pole position, however, would narrowly miss it and settle for second, putting JHR in a solid position on the front row for the 95-lap race.

Sunday morning kicked off with one final 30-minute warm up session before the season finale that afternoon.

The 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season came to a close Sunday afternoon. Ilott started on the outside of the first row. Once the green flag waved, cars went to battle for position. Ilott lost two positions on the start, but would work his way back to the top, leading the race by lap-15. The No. 77 JHR Chevrolet came into pit on lap-16, switching to blacks after starting on Firestone alternates. After pitting, Ilott was running seventh, but worked his way up to fourth by lap-24. The solid performance put on by Ilott would unfortunately come to an end early on lap-37 after the car suffered a mechanical issue, putting the No. 77 out of the race.

Despite Ilott not being able to finish the race, the team leaves with their most successful qualifying run in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. JHR will return to the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES with Callum Ilott and a second full time entry.

“To end the season starting on the front row was exactly the boost we needed going into the offseason,” said JHR Co-owner and Team Principal Ricardo Juncos. “I am confident we would have had a great result today if we had not suffered a mechanical issue outside of our control. The team did an amazing job, giving Callum a fast car all weekend. It’s disappointing that we were not able to get the result we deserved after the incredible drive by Callum and work the team put into this season. I want to thank everyone at JHR and all of our sponsors for all the work and dedication they put into our first full run in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. I also want to thank all of the families a part of JHR and our incredible fans for their support this year. We will work hard this off season building our full time two car team and be back even stronger next year.” 

Callum Ilott Set for NTT INDYCAR SERIES Finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Indianapolis, Indiana (September 8, 2022)– After a successful run last weekend in Portland, NTT INDYCAR SERIES rookie Callum Ilott is ready to carry the momentum into the season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend. Ilott earned his second Top-10 finish of the season last week in the No. 77 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet finishing ninth.

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The final weekend of the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season kicks off Friday September 9th with the first practice session from 5:30-6:40PM EST on the 2.239-mile, 11-turn road course. Teams return to the track Saturday for one final practice session at 1:15PM EST before three rounds of knockout qualifying goes green at 5:05PM EST. Sunday begins with one 30-minute warm-up session before the 95-lap season finale race that afternoon.

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES season comes to an end Sunday afternoon with the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. Live TV coverage begins at 3:00PM followed by the green flag waving at 3:30PM EST.

“The final weekend of the year at Laguna, we are just looking to carry what we had in Portland to and build on those results,” said Ilott. “Hopefully we can get a bit more, the car was good in the test we had there. So yeah, we will see what we can get. A bit sad in a certain way the season is already ending, but hopefully we can lead into a good development in the off season after this.”

Yesterday, Ricardo Juncos and Brad Hollinger announced the team will run two full time entries in the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES. Ilott will pilot the No. 77 JHR Chevrolet and the driver for the No. 78 entry will be announced at a later date.

“We are looking forward to finishing the season off strong,” said JHR Co-owner and Team Principal Ricardo Juncos. “We have established a great baseline for JHR this season by running only one car and are excited to expand and build our second car program over the next few months. This year we have proved we have the pace and capabilities of running with the bigger teams, so I am excited to see what we can do with two cars next year.” 

Juncos Hollinger Racing Expands to Second Full Time Entry for 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Season

Indianapolis, Indiana (September 7, 2022)– Juncos Hollinger Racing is excited to announce the team will field a second full time entry for the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. Callum Ilott will drive the No. 77 JHR Chevrolet and the driver of the No. 78 JHR Chevrolet will be announced at a later date.  Photo Credit: Action…

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Callum Ilott Ready to Return to Portland International Raceway

Indianapolis, Indiana (September 1, 2022)– Callum Ilott is ready to return to where it all began with Juncos Hollinger Racing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES this weekend at Portland International Raceway. The rookie made his first start in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES last year at the Grand Prix of Portland with JHR in the No. 77 Chevrolet. 

The three-day event begins Friday afternoon with practice from 5:30-6:45PM EST on the 12-turn, 1.964-mile road course. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is back on track Saturday for a busy day beginning with the second practice session 12:00-1:00PM EST. Three rounds of knock out qualifying kick off at 3:05PM EST, followed by the final 30-minute practice session at 7:15PM EST.

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES will return to the track Sunday with 110-laps of the Grand Prix of Portland. Live coverage begins at 3:00PM EST on NBC and the green flag will wave at 3:30PM EST. 

“Returning to the first place I had my first NTT INDYCAR SERIES race, honestly, I think we should be on for a good weekend,” said Ilott. “From what I understand we should show quite a bit of potential there. I’m quite excited to return to Portland, it’s a short track but it’s a wild track, the restarts are always quite hectic into Turn-1, but we should be able to make the most of it.” 

Callum Ilott in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway

Madison, Illinois (August 21, 2022)– Despite starting near the back of the 26-car field, NTT INDYCAR SERIES rookie Callum Ilott proved to have the pace in the No. 77 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet during the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway. Unfortunately, Ilott’s race would be derailed after a mistake during the first pit stop sent the No. 77 back to the pit box to serve a 30-second stop and go penalty.  

The weekend kicked off Friday afternoon with a one-hour practice session on the 1.25-mile oval located just outside downtown St. Louis, Missouri. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES returned to the track just two short hours later for qualifying. Ilott struggled to find the pace during his two-lap qualifying run, and would settle for the 22nd starting position for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500. Friday concluded with one final practice session under the lights, where Ilott improved to 13th.

For the second race in a row, weather played a role with periods of rain showers and storms. The start of the 260-lap race was moved up to begin 30-minutes early due to the threat of storms approaching the St. Louis area. Ilott, who started 22nd, had an incredible run during the first four laps, moving up five positions. The No. 77 JHR Chevrolet gained one more position before the first pit stop on lap-59.

Unfortunately, during the pit stop, Ilott made slight contact with the tire held by the left-front tire changer. The crewman was able to continue with the pit stop and would complete all four remaining pit stops. A few laps later the No. 77 JHR Chevrolet served a 30-second stop and go penalty for hitting pit equipment during the pit stop. 

Despite going three laps down after the penalty was served, Ilott continued to show strong pace on track passing multiple cars. The red flag came out with just under 50 laps to go after storms moved into the area. During this time the crewman was evaluated and released by the INDYCAR Medical team.

Around two hours later the track was dry, and the threat of lighting was lifted from the track area. The green flag waved, and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES put on an incredible finish with multiple passes throughout the field. Ilott was able to move up a few more positions to finish 21st.

“We had a lot of pace,” said Ilott. “I think we overtook maybe 30 people throughout the race, so that was really strong. I made a small mistake on the pit stop… locked up and hit the tire and my outside front mechanic. I’m sorry to him but he’s OK. I’m sorry to the team because that cost us with the penalty and then from there, we were just hanging in. It was annoying because we found quite a bit of pace compared to yesterday, and I was quite confident and making moves on the outside. That’s the way it goes. We’ll take it and move on to Portland and Laguna.”

“It was a tough weekend for JHR, but we finished off strong despite the overall result,” said JHR Co-owner and Team Principal Ricardo Juncos. “We struggled to find the pace on Friday, but once race time came we had a fast car. Ilott did an amazing job working his way through the field during the start of the race. An unfortunate mistake during the first pit stop would cost us the result we deserved, but these things happen and we are just thankful our crew is ok. We are looking forward to getting back out west in a few weeks in Portland and Laguna, to finish the season off strong.” 

Callum Ilott Set for Final Oval of the 2022 Season at World Wide Technology Raceway

Indianapolis, Indiana (August 18, 2022)– NTT INDYCAR SERIES rookie Callum Ilott is set for the final oval of the season this weekend in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway located just outside downtown St. Louis, Missouri. 

The two-day event on the 1.25-mile oval, featuring various degrees of banking, begins Friday afternoon at 1:00PM EST with a one-hour practice session. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is back on track for qualifying at 4:15PM EST (Practice and Qualifying on peacock). One driver from each of the nine teams will be part of a special session on track to add tire rubber to the high grove Friday night from 7:00-7:30PM EST before the final practice begins at 7:45PM EST.

The Bommarito Automotive Group 500 will go green Saturday evening at 6:30PM EST (USA Network broadcast begins at 6:00PM EST) with 260 laps under the lights.

“We have a pretty condensed weekend coming up in Gateway,” said Ilott. “I have looked at the races from last year and it’s quite of a strategy game, so it’s going to be interesting on that side. After the test I think we have a pretty good car, so we should be alright. After our pace at Iowa, hopefully we can continue to do a good job on the short ovals.”

Ilott’s best finish during his first year competing on ovals came at Iowa Speedway last month where he finished 11th in the No. 77 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet.

Callum Ilott: Big Machine Music City Grand Prix

Callum Ilott Survives Big Machine Music City Grand Prix to Finish 15th

Nashville, Tennessee (August 7, 2022)– NTT INDYCAR SERIES rookie Callum Ilott survived multiple incidents throughout the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix today to finish 15th in the No. 77 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet.

The weather played a big role throughout the three-day event on the 2.17 mile, 11-turn temporary street course located in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Teams and drivers faced very hot and humid temperatures, along with heavy rain and storms throughout the weekend.
Friday afternoon the NTT INDYCAR SERIES kicked off with a 75-minute practice session under extremely hot, humid conditions. Ilott finished 13th overall in the No. 77 JHR Chevrolet. Saturday morning the series returned for one final practice session before qualifying that afternoon. Ilott finished 16th during the second practice session.
Three rounds of knock out qualifying took place that afternoon after a delay due to lighting in the vicinity of the track. The No. 77 JHR Chevrolet was placed in Group 1 for the first round. Ilott was looking to lay down his fastest lap throughout the session, but unfortunately two red flags would not allow him the chance to put in a solid lap and advance into the second round. Ilott would have to settle for the 19th starting position.Sunday morning the NTT INDYCAR SERIES completed a 30-minute warm up session, with Ilott finishing 16th overall before storms settled in early in the afternoon.
The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix was set to begin at 3:30PM EST, but heavy rain and lightning would postpone the start of the 80-lap race for almost two hours. Once conditions became safe for the start of the race the green flag waved for an incredibly action-packed race. Ilott, who started 19th looked to go on a different pit strategy, pitting five laps into the race. The first of many cautions came out just three laps later, putting strategy to work. Unfortunately, the bad luck would begin for Ilott on lap-26 when seven cars, including the No. 77 JHR Chevrolet were involved in multiple incidents. Ilott who was stalled due to the traffic jam during the incident, was able be refired and return going one lap down. After the race returned green Ilott looked to move forward, but again would be involved in an incident a few laps later where his tire ended up punctured. The crew was able to get the No. 77 back on track but would be four laps down. After many more cautions Ilott was able to survive and bring home a 15th place finish.
“That was a disaster in one way, but we finished P15 in the end somehow,” said Ilott. “We had an incident early on in Turn-6, where they piled up. I had the clutch in, but for some reason it stalled. It took a minute for them to restart me, which they did get me restarted, but it was a bit frustrating. Once we got going, I was in the middle of the pack, and I think I got a touch from Felix (Rosenqvist) which gave me a puncture into Turn-9 and then had another big whack and then I touched with (Alexander) Rossi. I couldn’t turn and I thought the car was done and brought it back in. At this point we were four laps down but were able to get back on track. The pace was good, but what a weird race. I’m glad to get a little rest now because that was a long couple of weeks. Thank you to everyone who watched and thank you to Juncos Hollinger Racing for supporting me and getting me through this weekend and getting me to the end to get those points. We beat a lot of guys who I needed to get points on, so hopefully we can make a few more positions during the final races left in the championship.”
“That was a very wild weekend, more than we could have expected, but to bring the No. 77 JHR home in 15th is amazing,” said Co-owner and Team Principal Ricardo Juncos. “Survival was the factor today, with only 15 cars on track at the end of the race. The team did an incredible job getting the car back on track as quickly as possible. Callum handled everything so well, even with the frustration of being involved with multiple incidents, he still finished and that is what we needed to do. I want to thank all of sponsors and guests who made it out this weekend and to all of the fans who were here to witness this ride to the end.” 

Callum Ilott Ready to Take On the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix

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Indianapolis, Indiana (August 4, 2022)– The NTT INDYCAR SERIES will finish off a busy summer five week in a row run this weekend on the streets of downtown Nashville, Tennessee with the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. This will be the first appearance for rookie Callum Ilott and Juncos Hollinger Racing (JHR) on the temporary street course, which was added to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule in 2021. 

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The 2.17 mile, 11-turn road course will take drivers through downtown Nashville by the Nissan Stadium and across the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge, the only motorsports course in the world to run across a body of water. 
Practice begins Friday August 5th from 4:15-5:30PM EST. Saturday kicks off with the final practice at 12:15-1:15PM EST before qualifying at 4:30PM EST. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES will have a 30-minute warm-up Sunday morning at 10:15AM EST, before the green flag waves for the 80-lap Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. 


JHR confirmed one week ago that Ilott will remain with the team for the foreseeable future. The rookie had a strong run at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this past weekend after starting close to the back of the field to finish 14th


“It will be pretty cool to run in Nashville for the first time,” said Ilott. “From what I have seen it is quite a crazy track, a bit tight in some sections and fast in others. Hopefully it’s not as bumpy as what drivers experienced last year. The only issue with looking ahead is the weather, it looks like there may be some thunderstorms which will make for an interesting weekend.” 

Callum Ilott in the Gallagher Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indianapolis, Indiana (July 30, 2022)– Juncos Hollinger Racing (JHR) hoped for another strong run in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES return to the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the second time this season. Ilott, who proved to be one of the fastest cars on track throughout the weekend, finished 14th in the Gallagher Grand Prix.

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The two-day event on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course located at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway began Friday morning with one 90-minute practice session. Ilott finished the session in 12th.

Three rounds of knock off qualifying kicked off just a few hours later. Ilott, who has qualified in the Top-12 on all road courses this season, with his best qualifying at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway back in May, was placed in the first group for Round 1. Unfortunately, after running well inside the Top-6 during the first half of the session, Ilott was unable to make it out of Round 1 and would settle for the 19th starting position.

Saturday morning the NTT INDYCAR SERIES returned for one 30-minute warm-up session. Ilott came out strong in the No. 77 JHR Chevrolet, finishing sixth quickest overall.
The weekend concluded Saturday afternoon with the Gallagher Grand Prix. Although Ilott would start near the back in 19th, he would work his way forward during the 85-lap race. Only two short cautions came out during the entire race, spreading out the field with less chances of passing. Ilott made three clean pit stops and finished off the day in 14th.

“It was quite a tough race, we ended up 14th after I ran out of fuel crossing the line, so I lost one position,” said Ilott. “During the first half of the race, the track was low grip, and it was really taking a while to get the car to work, and I was struggling to get past other cars. We had good pace in clean air, but I was always stuck behind someone. Once we ended up getting some free air during the last run, we had strong pace and we were catching Pato (O’Ward), but then I had to go into fuel mode and be ecofriendly and try and save it so it was a bit unfortunate. I almost caught him and then I almost didn’t finish. Overall, it was a great result to end with in P14 from P19.”

“This weekend we faced some ups and downs,” said JHR Co-owner and Team Principal Ricardo Juncos. “We are happy because we finished P14, but we know we could have fought for the podium this weekend. We were so fast in practice and qualifying as well, but we just couldn’t put the lap together at the end of qualifying. If you make a small mistake, you pay a big price because everything is so tight here. We had a tough race and a tough position at the beginning, but we were running times as the same as the leader laps, so the pace was there. A fantastic job from Callum once again. We went from being at one-point P22 to finish P14. We ran out of fuel crossing the line, playing the fuel game like so many others. We could have easily finished 13th but lost it by one nose. It’s hard to make it to the front without many yellows in the conditions we were running, so we can be proud of how we finished. We wish though that our result reflected what we can actually do as a team and the pace we have. We learned a lot here as a team with the strategy and communication. We thought we had the fuel to finish to the end, but we didn’t so we have some things we need to learn and that’s part of the process in our growth as a team.”

“Once again thank you to the team, the engineers continue to put together a fast car for Callum,” said Juncos. “I want to thank Callum for his great drive this weekend throughout each session. As a team we are running times as the leaders of the championship, so we have a lot to be proud of especially since we are a one car team, and this is Callum’s rookie season. A huge thank you to all of the sponsors who came here this weekend. We had a great crowd and incredible support from everyone. We will continue to push forward and look forward to finishing off the season strong.”

 

Juncos Hollinger Racing secures long-term contract extension with Callum Ilott

Indianapolis, Indiana (July 28, 2022)– Juncos Hollinger Racing (JHR) is delighted to confirm that Callum Ilott has signed a new long-term contract and will continue to race for the team in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES for the foreseeable future.

Photo Credit: James Black, Penske Entertainment

JHR beat a host of teams to the talented British driver’s signature at the end of 2021 when it persuaded him to spearhead its fresh assault on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

A promising showing in the #77 JHR Chevrolet during the final three rounds of 2021 served as a prelude to other impressive performances in 2022.

The 23-year-old has qualified inside the top-12 at all road courses so far this season, with his best grid slot coming at the GMR Grand Prix where he started seventh. Callum’s strongest race performance came at the same race where he finished eighth – securing his and JHR’s best-ever result in the series.

The speed with which Callum has adapted to the unique challenges of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, his race-winning potential, and the excellent relationship he has established with the entire Juncos Hollinger Racing team has convinced both parties to extend their agreement beyond the end of the current season.

“After seeing the results that we have been able to put forward at JHR for most of the year and the work that has been going on in the background by Ricardo and Brad to improve for the years beyond, made sense to continue with the team and keep building,” said Ilott. “The potential that we have shown as a one car team can only get better as we grow and expand this program. I am super happy to continue working with all the team members at JHR, we have created a great foundation together this season. The effort that everyone puts in and the working environment that they have is amazing. From where we started at a year ago, to where we are now, I am confident that we will find more success together.”

“Back in 2021, I took my time to choose our NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver from a list of five drivers,” said JHR Co-owner and Team Principal Ricardo Juncos. “Even when Callum was not on the radar for most of the teams here in the states, I knew he was the perfect fit for our team. Not only for his potential as a driver, but his personality and his desire to win which aligns with our team philosophy. Today, almost a year later, I’m happy to confirm Callum’s continuation with the team for long term. From the last three races during the 2021 season and the great results we have had so far this year, shows we were right in choosing him as our driver. Together with our new members of JHR, we have proven so much in a short time, which is incredible with the caliber of drivers and teams currently in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. This is just the beginning of a new era at JHR and I’m looking forward to continuing our work with Callum and to the results we know we can receive together as a team.”

“Callum is a supremely talented young driver who beyond his driving skills and technical feedback, possesses the character and passion required to be a champion,” said JHR Co-owner Brad Hollinger. “He is a very quick study, having learned with exceptional speed how to exact the best from the car. His team rapport is excellent and public speaking shows he is a natural media talent as well. We could not be more excited to have Callum drive for and represent JHR. He is a rare combination of raw talent, intelligence, and maturity.”

One of global motorsport’s brightest talents, Callum arrived in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES after deciding not to continue his pursuit of a potential race seat in Formula One.

A member of the prestigious Ferrari Driver Academy since 2017, Callum served as Scuderia Ferrari’s official F1 test driver, and Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN’s reserve driver in 2021.

His other notable career achievements include finishing as FIA Formula 2 Championship vice champion in 2020 and securing an LMGTE podium on his first visit to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2021.

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