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Long Beach, California (April 15, 2018) – Juncos Racing’s Kyle Kaiser picked up his best finish in the Verizon IndyCar Series this weekend at the Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix. Kaiser finished 16th after facing many challenges throughout the three-day event located on the streets of Long Beach, California. Photo Credit:Patagonia Visual Solutions The third weekend…
Rene Binder Adds Chevrolet Dual in Detroit to 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Schedule
Indianapolis, Indiana (April 4th, 2018) – Juncos Racing announced today that Rene Binder will add the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear to his Verizon IndyCar Series schedule for the 2018 season. Binder will now compete in six races total, including his recent debut at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Austrian Rene Binder previously made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in the season opener at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg . Binder is set to compete again at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Barber, the streets of Toronto, and on the road course at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
“I am very happy to confirm that we have added the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear to my 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series program,” said Binder. “After looking back at my first race weekend in the Verizon IndyCar Series in St. Petersburg, there were a lot of positives to take away. I was able to challenge myself as a driver in a new series and car. I want to thank everyone for their kind words and for the support I have been given as a rookie. I am really looking forward to driving the No. 32 Binderholz Chevrolet for Juncos Racing in this unique doubleheader race weekend in Detroit. This is also the home of our engine partner Chevrolet which is even more motivation for us to give our best. I am confident that our team paired with our powerful Chevrolet engine will help us deliver a positive result.”
Team Owner Ricardo Juncos said, “We are thrilled to add the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix to Rene’s Verizon IndyCar Series season this year. This event is Chevrolet’s marquee event of the Verizon IndyCar Series season. The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix is especially meaningful because we are honored to race with the power of a Chevrolet engine, and their headquarters is in downtown Detroit. I am pleased that we will now have Rene (Binder) competing with us for six events this year, and I am confident he will be successful as he will have another race under his belt before we head to Detroit. I would like to thank the Verizon IndyCar Series and Chevrolet for their support, and Rene and his partners for their commitment to our team.”
Kyle Kaiser and Juncos Racing find success in first run in Verizon IndyCar Series at ISM Raceway
Avondale, Arizona (February 11, 2018) – After a nine-month hiatus in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Juncos Racing recorded their first laps for the 2018 season at the ISM Raceway test with rookie Kyle Kaiser.
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The team completed two successful practice days on the one-mile, low-banked tri-oval track located just outside of Phoenix, Arizona. Juncos Racing opted out of the final practice day on Saturday after accomplishing most of the objectives they planned during Thursday and Friday’s sessions.
Kyle Kaiser (Santa Clara, California) driving the No. 32 Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone car, recorded more than 200 miles in his first appearance in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Kaiser joins the series after winning the 2017 Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.
“I’m very happy with my first test in the Verizon IndyCar Series,” said Kaiser. “Coming into this test we had a list of objectives and goals to accomplish and we checked a lot of boxes off that list. We gathered a lot of data to go over so when we come back in April we’ll be ready. It’s a steep learning curve for the team and myself, but if we keep focusing on our program and making consistent progress I’m confident we’ll be competitive come race day. I’m also very grateful to all the guys on the team for making this test possible. I know they have been working very hard to get the car ready to run with no issues. Now I’m looking forward to getting back on track in a couple of weeks to build upon the progress we’ve gained here.”
Team Owner Ricardo Juncos said “I am so happy to be back in the Verizon IndyCar Series for the 2018 season. It was a challenge for us to get everything ready on time, building with the new Dallara aero kit and electronics, and building a pretty much a new team. The test at Phoenix went fantastic for us, we did what we wanted to do. The strength of the Chevy engine is amazing and I am thrilled to be partnered with them for 2018. We are very pleased with Kyle Kaiser’s results and how handled the test after not being in a race car since the last race of the 2017 Indy Lights season. He exceeded our expectations in his first outing in the Verizon IndyCar Series and I am confident he will be ready for his first race when we return here to Phoenix in April. I cannot thank the crew enough for all their hard work this past month. This was our first chance to be together entirely as a team. After seeing how well everyone worked together I know we have a talented group going into the 2018 season. We still have a long way to go, but by staying focused and meeting our goals I know we can achieve a lot this year.”
The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season kicks off March 9th-11th on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Juncos Racing reveals livery for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series
Indianapolis, Indiana (February 8, 2018) – Juncos Racing revealed today that the vibrant green, white, and orange team colors would carry onto the No. 32 Verizon IndyCar Series entry shared by Rene Binder and Kyle Kaiser for the 2018 season.
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Both rookie drivers will share the No. 32 Juncos Racing Chevrolet entry that will maintain a similar livery as the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series entries in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Juncos Racing is well known for their bold green, white, and flashy orange livery throughout the three series the team currently runs in including the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Lights Championship presented by Cooper Tires, and the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Team Owner Ricardo Juncos said “We are happy to continue with the colors that represent our team. The shade of green we use really stands out among the field. It is an eye catcher not only on our cars, but in our pit as well. Last year an aerial shot of the Indianapolis 500 showed how much we stood out with our green being highly visible on track and among the fans wearing our gear and our crew in the pits. These designs and colors will help us maintain that statement this year and I look forward to seeing our car on track for the first time this year at Phoenix today.”
Binder’s No. 32 Juncos Racing car will feature Binderholz as the primary sponsor. Binderholz is one of the leading European companies in cutting-edge technologies and production methods within the timber market. Along with Binderholz, other sponsorship opportunities are being sought after by the Austrian.
Kaiser will feature Juncos Racing on the No. 32 car until sponsorship has been secured. Today Kaiser will make his first official debut in the Verizon IndyCar Series in Phoenix at ISM Raceway.
As previously announced Rene Binder will run a four-race schedule including the streets of St. Petersburg, Barber Motorsports Park, the streets of Toronto, and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Kyle Kaiser will also run a four-race schedule including ISM Raceway streets of Long Beach, the Indianapolis Grand Prix and the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.
The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season kicks off March 9th-11th on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Juncos Racing continues partnership with Chevrolet for 2018 season Kyle Kaiser and Rene Binder race schedule announced
Indianapolis, Indiana (January 23nd, 2018) – Juncos Racing announced today the team will continue their partnership with Chevrolet for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series. Kyle Kaiser will run a four-race schedule starting with Phoenix International Raceway for the 2018 season. Juncos Racing began their relationship with Chevrolet during the 2017 season in the team’s first…
Austrian Rene Binder joins Juncos Racing for partial Verizon IndyCar season Indianapolis, Indiana (January 5th, 2018 ) – Juncos Racing announced today that Rene Binder will join the team for a partial season in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series. Binder will run a four-race schedule beginning with the season opener on the streets of…
Indianapolis, Ind. – Juncos Racing announced today that American Kyle Kaiser will join the team for a partial-season run in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series. Kaiser moves up to the Verizon IndyCar Series after claiming this year’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship with Juncos Racing.
Kaiser (Los Gatos, CA) will run four races in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, including the INDYCAR Grand Prix and the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil – both in May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Two additional events are to be determined.
“I’m very excited to be moving up to the Verizon IndyCar Series with Juncos Racing,” said Kaiser. “Juncos has been a huge part of my recent success in the Mazda Road to Indy. I have the utmost confidence in Ricardo’s (Juncos) program moving forward and I’m very thankful to everyone involved for making this possible, especially Mazda, Cooper Tires and Dan Andersen for their investment into the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system which will allow me to take the final step towards a career in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Now, I’m just anxious to get behind the wheel as soon as possible!”
By winning the 2017 Indy Lights championship, Kaiser was awarded a scholarship valued at $1 million from Mazda to advance to the Verizon IndyCar Series. Kaiser recorded three wins, three poles and five podium finishes throughout the 2017 Indy Lights season.
“Another year of great Indy Lights competition, another great Indy Lights champion,” said Dan Andersen, owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “I have enjoyed watching Kyle over the past few seasons take his natural talent and improve on his skills, then put it all together this year and win the crown. This is what the Mazda Road to Indy is all about and it’s terrific that both Kyle and Juncos Racing are making the jump together. I believe they will open some eyes in 2018 and we will, of course, be cheering them on!”
Juncos Racing expanded its program into the Verizon IndyCar Series earlier this year, debuting in the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil with two entries. The team finished a respected 15th with Sebastian Saavedra and 18th with Spencer Pigot.
“This is what our mission is at Juncos Racing, to take drivers to the next level in their career,” said Juncos Racing Owner Ricardo Juncos. “We began with Kyle in the Pro Mazda series back in 2014 and then took him to the Indy Lights series, where he had three years to grow into the driver he is today. Each season, Kyle showed tremendous progress on and off track. That hard work and dedication paid off this past season with Kyle winning the Indy Lights championship. Now that Kyle has decided to return to the team for his first run in the Verizon IndyCar Series shows his confidence in our organization. Kyle and his family have been a part of the Juncos Racing family for a long time and I am thrilled to be a part of this time in his career and look forward to helping him be a successful driver next year in the Verizon IndyCar Series. I want to thank Kyle and his family for continuing to support Juncos Racing and for giving us the opportunity to work with Kyle for our fifth year in a row.”
The addition of Kaiser and Juncos Racing to the roster of Verizon IndyCar Series entries for 2018 is further evidence of the series’ continued growth, said Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations.
“INDYCAR is happy to see Kyle and Juncos Racing take this step together since they have been an integral part of the Mazda Road to Indy system for four years,” Frye said. “We welcomed Juncos Racing to the Verizon IndyCar Series at this year’s Indianapolis 500, believing it would lead to a deeper involvement. Today’s announcement shows this to be the case and we look forward to their participation in the four races in 2018, with hopefully many more to come.”
Kaiser joined Juncos Racing in 2014 to run in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, where he helped deliver the team its first Pro Mazda team championship. Juncos Racing then moved Kaiser up to Indy Lights in 2015, when the team won its first Indy Lights championship. Kaiser finished third in the 2016 Indy Lights championship, claiming two wins and three poles.
JUNCOS RACING LOOKING FORWARD TO FIRST INDY 500
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – May 26, 2017 – Juncos Racing will be making its Indianapolis 500 debut this Sunday, May 28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana.
The team will have two entries in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500. The No. 11 Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone car driven by Spencer Pigot with sponsorship from Oceanfront Recovery through Rising Star Racing, P1 Management and Temple Fort Outfitters. The second entry is the No. 17 AFS/Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone car driven by Sebastian Saavedra.
“Two months ago, we didn’t know each other and now we have a group of people working really hard together and we are doing it at the Indianapolis 500…that’s pretty special,”,” said Juncos Racing owner Ricardo Juncos. “There were so many questions back then that had no clear answers, but, now it’s all good. I’m really happy to be running with Sebastian (Saavedra) and Spencer (Pigot). They both like the team. We obviously have a long way to go as far as being consistently competitive and we know this is going to be a long, difficult race. We’re going to take it step-by-step and do our best. At this point, I honestly don’t care where we place in the race. I have no great expectations. I just want both cars to finish the race.”
Pigot, who qualified 29th for the 2017 Indianapolis 500, ran 24 laps during Carburation Day’s final practice turning a fast lap of 40.5896 seconds/221.732 mph on lap eight. He was 31st on the speed charts.
“We’re still looking for some speed,” Pigot said. “We need to keep working on the balance and trying to get it just right in traffic which is very difficult, but I think we made a little bit of progress today. Obviously, we have more to go so we’ll be studying a lot over the next few days and try to make some good changes for the race. As far as expectations for the race, we just want to hopefully start marching our way up the field a little bit. We want to finish the race and hopefully the last 30 laps we can find ourselves somewhere around the top 10 we’ll see what we have.”
Saavedra, who qualified 31st for Sunday’s race, turned 31 laps today posting his fast time of 40.6878 seconds/221.197 mph on lap 23 placing him 33rd on the speed charts.
“The No. 17 AFS/Juncos Racing car feels like it took a little bit to get back to where we were Tuesday,” Saavedra said. “I don’t know what happened these last four days. However, we ended the session in a very positive way and getting back to a very comfortable stage. We shall see what’s going to happen Sunday of course. The weather is going to change on us, but so far I feel very good with traffic and there’s going to be plenty of that throughout the race. We’re just going to continue looking through the data from today and go from there.”
The 2017 Indy 500 will be Pigot’s 15th career Verizon IndyCar Series start, second Indianapolis 500, second on an oval and first with Juncos Racing. The 23-year-old from Orlando, Florida made his Indy 500 debut with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing last year qualifying 29th and finishing 25th. Pigot is contesting his second Verizon IndyCar Series season. He made three starts for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in 2016 and seven for Ed Carpenter Racing. Pigot has made four starts for Ed Carpenter Racing in 2017 all on road or street courses and is scheduled to run the remaining road and street events for the team. In 14 career IndyCar starts, Pigot has earned four top-10 finishes with a best showing of seventh at Mid-Ohio in 2016 (ninth at Road America in 2016, eighth at Long Beach, 2017 and ninth in the Indy Grand Prix, 2017).
The 2017 Indy 500 will be Saavedra’s 62nd career Verizon IndyCar Series start, first with AFS/Juncos Racing and sixth at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It will be his first Verizon IndyCar Series start since the Grand Prix of Sonoma in 2015. In five previous Indy 500 races the 26-year-old from Bogota, Colombia, who resides in Indianapolis, has a best qualifying position of 24th in 2012 and a best finish of 15th in 2014. Saavedra is contesting his sixth Verizon IndyCar Series season and first with AFS/Juncos Racing. In 61 career IndyCar starts, Saavedra has earned four top-10 finishes and one pole (at the inaugural Indy Grand Prix in 2014). His best finish is eighth in 2013 at Baltimore (Ninth Long Beach – 2014; 10th Detroit – 2013 and Long Beach – 2015);
SPENCER PIGOT NO. 11 JUNCOS RACING DALLARA/CHEVROLET/FIRESTONE SATURDAY, MAY 20 – QUALIFYING 1 Qualified: 29th Lap 1: 223.404 mph Lap 2: 223.591 mph Lap 3: 223.644 mph Lap 4: 223.883 mph Average Speed: 223.631 mph Qualifying Summary: The 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 will be Pigot’s 15th career Verizon IndyCar Series start, second Indy…