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NFP Partners with Juncos Racing for INDYCAR Classic in Austin TX at Circuit Of The Americas

Austin, Texas (February 11, 2019) – Juncos Racing announced today NFP would extend their partnership with the team’s NTT IndyCar Series program for the 2019 INDYCAR Classic taking place at the Circuit Of The Americas (COTA) on Mar. 24, 2019. Kyle Kaiser will make his return to the NTT IndyCar Series and pilot the No. 32 NFP Chevrolet for Juncos Racing.

NFP is a leading insurance broker and consultant that provides employee benefits, property and casualty, retirement, and individual private client solutions. Nationally ranked as a leading insurance broker and best place to work in insurance, NFP focuses on the unique insurance challenges that companies and individuals face.

“Our family of racing fans, including employees and clients, couldn’t be happier to continue this partnership for the second year,” said chairman and CEO of NFP, Doug Hammond. “The collaboration between NFP, Kyler Kaiser and Juncos Racing during the 2018 season was incredible. It is an honor to once again have our brand represented as the team vies for a title in the 2019 season.”

Kyle Kaiser (Santa Clara, California) returns to Juncos Racing for his sixth consecutive year with the team.

“I am excited to be back in an IndyCar for the 2019 season with Juncos Racing at COTA,” said Kaiser. “I’m thrilled to have NFP partner with us for this incredible race. I was privileged to get to represent NFP in the Indy 500 last year and had the chance to get to know many of the world-class people working there. Their ambition in the business world is a perfect fit for Juncos’ ambition and drive in racing. I’m looking forward to providing NFP and their guests with an invaluable experience at one of the most prestigious racetracks in North America.”

NFP first partnered with Juncos Racing during the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Rookie Kyle Kaiser qualified an impressive 17th in the No. 32 NFP Chevrolet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Juncos Racing has maintained a close relationship with NFP since the 2018 season.

Team Owner Ricardo Juncos said, “We are excited and humbled to continue our partnership with a prestigious and passionate business like NFP. Last year we had the privilege to create a relationship with NFP, and since May have continued to build and explore opportunities among our motorsport programs. The partnership is an excellent opportunity to expose our team, NFP’s partners, employees, and producers, and the NTT IndyCar Series to a wider audience.”

Juncos continued, “NFP’s relationships and entrepreneurial vision provide Juncos Racing with a trusted corporate partner. Juncos Racing and NFP share similar core values of listening to and anticipating the future needs of their partners, collaborating as a team, earning trust by exceeding expectations, and respecting one another. We look forward to embodying these values in pursuit of having a strong run at COTA.”

NFP and Juncos Racing share a passion for motorsports as well as for people: Recognizing the contributions of those who deliver the highest levels of performance and professionalism with humility and grace is paramount.

This renewed partnership represents an opportunity for Juncos Racing to further its relationship with NFP, and for NFP to extend its brand awareness across the auto racing enterprise.

About NFP
NFP is a leading insurance broker and consultant that provides employee benefits, property and casualty, retirement, and individual private client solutions through our licensed subsidiaries and affiliates. Our expertise is matched by our commitment to each client’s goals and is enhanced by our investments in innovative technologies in the insurance brokerage

NFP has more than 4,700 employees and global capabilities. Our expansive reach gives us access to highly rated insurers, vendors and financial institutions in the industry, while our locally based employees tailor each solution to meet our clients’ needs. We’ve become one of the largest insurance brokerage, consulting and wealth management firms by building enduring relationships with our clients and helping them realize their goals.

Recently NFP was named the 2nd largest retirement plan aggregator firm, as ranked by Investment News; the 5th largest US-based privately owned broker, the 5th best place to work in insurance and the 6th largest benefits broker by global revenue by Business Insurance; the 9th largest property and casualty agency by total 2016 P&C revenue and the 9th largest commercial lines agency by total 2016 P&C and commercial lines revenue by Insurance Journal; the 10th largest employee benefits broker by Employee Benefit Adviser; the 11th largest broker of US business by Business Insurance; and the 12th largest global insurance broker by Best’s Review.

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Juncos Racing Expands to the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship With Cadillac Partnership

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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Alfonso Celis Jr. Returns to the Verizon IndyCar Series with Juncos Racing at Portland

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.

Mexican native Alfonso Celis Jr. made his official Verizon IndyCar Series debut in the No. 32 Chevrolet / Juncos Racing car this past June on the 4.014 mile, 14-Turn road course located at Road America. Despite finishing 20th, the 21-year-old made an strong impression on the team. Celis Jr. first joined Juncos Racing earlier this year in the Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires before moving up to the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Celis Jr. will make his second start in the Verizon IndyCar Series around the 1.964 mile, 12-Turn road course located in Portland, Oregon.
Celis Jr. (Mexico City, Mexico) said, “Well what can I say, I’m very happy to be able to make my dream come true again and return to my second IndyCar race.  This is a great way to continue building a project that I think has a lot of future and that I’m extremely excited about.  I’m very grateful with Juncos Racing for giving me this opportunity and putting their trust in me, and for all the people that have helped make this happen. The Verizon IndyCar Series has the best racing and the best drivers in the world, and this is where I want to be.  There has been huge following of the series in Mexico over the years and I want to do everything I can to help revive that love for the sport in my country.I’m very motivated about racing in Portland, we have worked together on developing the setup of the car both on track and in the sim and I feel very proud to be able to do all this work together with Juncos Racing.  Before my debut in Road America I had been out of the car for a while and it was also my first time in an IndyCar, so this second time around should be even better. I’ve been training as hard as I can and I feel ready for this challenge!”
Team Principle Ricardo Juncos said, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to run Alfonso (Celis Jr.) again this season. We had a great weekend overall with him back at Road America His knowledge and feedback of the car provided our team with very valuable and important data. I am confident he will put on another great weekend and we look forward to getting him back into the car later this month. I want to thank Alfonso, his family, and Toni Calderon for helping making this possible and for putting their trust in our organization.”

Juncos Racing Honda Indy 200 Race Recap with Rene Binder

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.

The weekend kicked off with three successful practice sessions for Juncos Racing followed by qualifying on the 2.258 mile, 13-Turn road course located just outside Lexington, Ohio.
Austrian Rene Binder qualified 23rd in the No. 32 HD Pellets/Chevrolet/Juncos Racing car for the 90-lap race.
The Verizon IndyCar Series finished off the weekend with cool and cloudy conditions during the Honda Indy 200. Juncos Racing completed three successful pit stops during the caution free race and Binder would go on to finish 21st.
Binder said, “”It was a tough race and it was a really long one. We had a decent race and a good start at the beginning. Our strategy was working well with the Firestone red tires and we were able to make up some positions. Even though we did not finish where we hoped to, I am pleased overall and this has been a great experience running in the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

Juncos Racing Completes Road America with Rookie Alfonso Celis Jr.

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. Qualifies for First Verizon IndyCar Series Race

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.”

Impressive Run for Rookie Kyle Kaiser at the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500

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 Qualifies 17th for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500

Kyle Kaiser Qualifies 17th for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500

Indianapolis, Indiana (May 20, 2018) – Juncos Racing rookie Kyle Kaiser officially qualified 17th among the highly competitive field of 33 for the 102ndRunning of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.

After a week full of long practice sessions, and a dramatic qualifying Bump Day, Kyle Kaiser delivered Juncos Racing their best starting position in the Verizon IndyCar Series at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kaiser will make his fourth start of the 2018 season next week on the 2.5-mile oval.
“What an amazing day. I am in shock right now that we are going to be starting 17th for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. It was a stellar performance by the team. They gave me a super quick car for qualifying. The conditions were very challenging as the wind picked up and it got really hot, but we made it through and put in the best lap in the NFP Chevy. I am so proud of the entire Juncos Racing crew and I am thrilled to represent NFP in the race next weekend.”
Team Owner Ricardo Juncos said “Wow, what a week we have had here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We made a lot of progress and fought through the challenges we faced with different setups. Kyle (Kaiser) did an excellent job all week. He spent hours with the engineers and crew working on making this a fast race car. I am beyond pleased with how far he has come with such little track time this season. He has proven he is one of the top rookies in this field and I am looking forward to seeing him in his first 500 next weekend. I want to thank the crew for all of their work these past few weeks and delivering a fast-qualifying car. I also want to thank NFP for coming on board and supporting us this month.”

Source: Team PR

Kyle Kaiser Finishes 19th in the INDYCAR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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.

Kyle Kaiser (Santa Clara, California) driving the No. 32 Chevrolet/Juncos Racing car made his first run on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this past week since moving up into the Verizon IndyCar Series. Despite not having any testing time on the circuit prior to the race weekend, Kaiser and Juncos Racing were able to make progress throughout each practice session.
Although qualifying did not go as planned for the team, taking the 24th starting position, Kaiser was pleased with the set up and direction the car was heading in.
The INDYCAR Grand Prix concluded the weekend under cloudy, humid conditions. Kaiser completed the 85-lap race and finished 19th.
“So awesome job by the team. We finished our second race now after Long Beach so I am really happy. Overall it was a really physical and really tough race. It felt like it lasted forever. At the end there we had to save fuel, and that was my first time actually saving fuel in the car, so it was a really good learning process. We made a lot of progress and the car felt great. I feel like we have a lot of positive momentum heading into second half of May. I am looking forward to getting on the big oval. Now that we have this behind us, we finished the race and got the car back in one piece, I am ready to go for the big one.”
Team Owner Ricardo Juncos said “I am very pleased with the effort of the whole team this weekend. We were not able to test here before the race weekend so we went into the first session on a blank slate. The engineers worked extremely hard with Kyle (Kaiser) to develop the car before qualifying. They were able to gain a lot of knowledge in a short time, but we were not able to translate that into qualifying. Kyle (Kaiser) continues to impress the team with his determination and passion behind the wheel. He is focused and is working very hard even though he has not been able to get much time on track. Now we have the Indy 500 qualifying to prepare for and I know this group will do everything it takes to make sure we have a position among the 33 qualifiers.”

Alfonso Celis Jr. Advances to the Verizon IndyCar Series with Juncos Racing

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.

Celis Jr. (Mexico City, Mexico) will pilot the No. 32 Chevrolet/Juncos Racing car on the 4-mile, 14 Turn road course located at Road America this June. The 21-year-old previously competed in the Indy Lights Championship at Barber Motorsports Park back in April.
“I’m very excited to be able to make my Verizon IndyCar Series debut,” said Celis Jr. “This is something that I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid and something that we have worked for many years to achieve. I’ve had a lot of experience in Europe with high downforce and high horsepower cars, both in my testing duties in Formula 1 and in my seasons at World Series V8 3.5, so I feel ready to take on this new challenge. The competition in IndyCar is very high and I know it will be hard work, but we will work with the Juncos team so that we can catch up as quickly as possible. I’m really looking forward to Road America and to the opportunities that this will open.”
Team Owner Ricardo Juncos said, “Although this comes as a surprise for our Indy Lights team, this is another step forward with our IndyCar program. Alfonso (Celis Jr.) has proved he is ready to make this move from the success he has previously had in Formula 1 and I look forward to working with him in the IndyCar Series. In the meantime, we will continue to search for a replacement in the Indy Lights car, and maybe even a driver for our third car. We have had a lot of success in the Indy Lights series and I would like to continue that by running at least a two-car team. I want to thank Alfonso and his sponsors for continuing their commitment to our team and choosing to stay with us as he moves up. I also want to thank Chevrolet for their continued support as we continue to add more races to our IndyCar schedule this season.”
Brazilian Victor Franzoni will continue to run the No. 23 Mazda Scholarship car for the remainder of the 2018 season.


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