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Canadian Zachary Claman Demelo Joins Juncos Racing for 2016 Indy Lights Campaign

Canadian Zachary Claman Demelo Joins Juncos Racing for 2016 Indy Lights Campaign

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 15, 2015) – Juncos Racing is pleased to announce Zachary Claman Demelo will join the team for the 2016 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. Claman is the second driver to join the regaining 2015 Indy Lights Champions line up for the 2016 season.


The 2016 Indy Lights season will mark Zachary Claman Demelo’s (Montreal, Canada) first run in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder series. The Canadian native recently made his official debut with Juncos Racing at the fifth annual Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy test. Claman proved to be a strong contender in the Indy Lights series leading the field in the final session and finishing third overall.


“I’m very happy about being given the opportunity to work with Juncos Racing,” said Claman. I get along very well with all the guys and I think we work well together. I’m looking forward to a strong season and showing everyone what we are capable of as a team.”

Claman joins the Mazda Road to Indy ladder series with Juncos Racing after competing in the 2014 F3 Cup and Formula Renault 2.0 series in Europe. Claman has also recorded many championships in karts throughout North America including Canadian National Champion and four Eastern Karting Championships. The young Canadian took third in the World Finals, won the Florida Winter Tour Tag Senior Championship, and was the runner up in the Florida Winter Tour Rotax Senior Championship.

Team Principle Ricardo Juncos has been very impressed with Claman’s preseason results and is confident the young Canadian will be a stand out driver in his rookie Indy Lights season.

“I am pleased to be able to announce that Zach Claman will be joining our organization for an assault on the 2016 Indy Lights Championship,” said Juncos. “Zach has been extremely impressive in preseason testing thus far, everyone is excited to see what he can do come St. Petersburg. I have to personally thank Mike Wilson for organizing the first test between Zach and Juncos Racing. Mike has been a huge supporter of Juncos Racing for over a decade and we will be putting our full effort behind Zach.”

Garett Grist Returns to Juncos Racing for the 2016 Pro Mazda Championship

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 10, 2015) – Juncos Racing is pleased to announce Canadian Garett Grist will return to the team for the 2016 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. Grist is the fourth driver to commit to the 2015 Pro Mazda Champion team.

Garett Grist (Grimsby, Ontario, Canada) recently completed a very successful season in the 2015 Pro Mazda series finishing third overall in the championship. Grist, who had a tough start to the 2015 season, went on to finish off the second half of the year by recording an impressive six poles, along with three wins and four podiums.

The 2016 season will mark Grist’s third year in the Pro Mazda series and fourth year in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder series. Grist looks to carry the strong momentum gained during the 2015 season into battling for the 2016 championship.

“I still have a lot to learn and plenty to prove in Pro Mazda,” said Grist. “We had a slow start to the 2015 season and that put us behind in the championship. Peter (Dempsey) and I really hit our stride in the second half of the year and we look to continue that form in St. Petersburg in March. Just look at Laguna Seca. The crew at Juncos has been amazing and I think we have a real shot at the championship in 2016.”

The young Canadian first joined the Mazda Road to Indy ladder series running in the 2013 USF2000 Championship. That year Grist took third in the championship by recording one win and three podiums, along with earning “Rookie of the Year.” Grist moved up the ladder in 2014 into the Pro Mazda series where he finished sixth in the championship and recorded two wins and three poles.

Team Principle Ricardo Juncos, is excited to have Grist back with the team after finishing off the 2015 season on such a high note. Juncos is very confident Grist will carry the strong momentum gained last season to be a tough contender to beat in the 2016 championship.

“I am thrilled to confirm that Garett Grist will be returning to Juncos Racing for 2016,” said Juncos. Garett’s 2015 season ended so strongly that it became a must to have him return this year. He is certainly a championship favorite and rightfully so, having won three of the last six races of 2015 as well as nearly every pole position during the second half of the season. Garett works extremely well with everyone on our Pro Mazda team and we are very excited to see what we can do now that we have a season working together under our belt.”

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American Will Owen Returns to Juncos Racing for the 2016 Pro Mazda Championship

Indianapolis, Indiana (November 13, 2015) – Juncos Racing is pleased to announce Will Owen will return to the team for the 2016 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. Owen is the first driver to join the championship winning team for the 2016 season.

Will Owen (Castle Rock, Colorado) first joined Juncos Racing this past year for the 2015 Pro Mazda Championship, where he captured one pole, five podiums and six Top-5 finishes during his rookie season. The young American helped Juncos Racing capture their second consecutive Pro Mazda team championship and finished seventh overall in the drivers’ championship.

“Last year I got the opportunity of a lifetime to race with Juncos in Pro Mazda,” said Owen. “I had a great first year, and enjoyed every second of it. I am so glad to announce that I will continue with Juncos in the 2016 season. Last year we took every opportunity to learn as much as we could, and this year we can apply that knowledge to get great results and try to win the championship. I love the feeling of going into the season with people I already know and am comfortable with. Having good people around you is critical to being successful and having a good time, and I will have both of those things with all the members of Juncos Racing. I’m looking forward to making this year the best I possibly can!”


Owen made a strong impression on the team last season starting with the 2015 Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship. There he picked up his first pole position in the Pro Mazda series and challenged for the lead throughout the five race championship taking home two podiums. Owen carried the momentum into the rest of the 2015 year, picking up multiple podiums, finishing a season high second at both the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Lucas Oil Raceway.

Team Principle Ricardo Juncos, is thrilled to have Owen rejoin the team for his sophomore year in the Pro Mazda Championship after a successful 2015 season. Juncos is confident Owen will earn his first victory in the Pro Mazda series after being close multiple times throughout his rookie season and is ready to see him be a top contender for the championship.

“Having Will (Owen) rejoin our team for a second consecutive season was an absolute must for us,” said Juncos. “He was on the heels of his first victory from the first race of the Cooper Tires Winterfest all the way until the season concluded in Laguna Seca. You couldn’t ask for a more dedicated driver, his focus and determination will be what make him a future champion. I speak for everyone on the team when I say that we are excited to have him return for his sophomore season in the Pro Mazda Championship. We undoubtedly believe that he will be a championship contender.”

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Team USA Scholarship celebrates 25th anniversary with an outstanding crop of nominees


For a quarter of a century, the Team U.S.A. Scholarship has been providing unparalleled opportunities in AND out of the race car for young American drivers.  Founded in 1990 by Jeremy Shaw, the program includes funded rides, guidance, and insight from those that have “been there, and done that.”

Jimmy Vasser, the first Team USA Scholarship winner in 1990, gets ready to race at Brands Hatch (photo courtesy of Team USA Scholarship)

Jimmy Vasser, the first Team USA Scholarship winner in 1990, gets ready to race at Brands Hatch (photo courtesy of Team USA Scholarship)

A group of 11 drivers will be traveling to Road America this weekend (August 8-9) to convene with a panel of judges who will narrow the dozen drivers down to the six drivers who will take part in a shootout at Auto Club Speedway in early September.

Two drivers from the group of six that have progressed to the shootout (hosted by Allen Berg Racing Schools and Cooper Tire) will ultimately be named scholarship winners and fly the Stars and Stripes during the traditional end-of-season Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch and the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone in England.

The eleven drivers that will convene at the historic 4.048 mile, 14-turn road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin include:

  • Ben Auriemma, 17, Manhasset, N.Y., F1600 Championship Series
  • Sam Chastain, 22, Noblesville, Ind., F2000 Championship Series
  • Dakota Dickerson, 18, San Diego, Calif., Skip Barber Racing Series
  • Austin Mack, 17, Warren, R.I., F1600 Championship Series
  • Tommy McCarthy, 16, Fremont, Calif., SCCA Spec Miata/USAC midgets
  • Austin McCusker, 17, Glen Head, NY, F2000 Championship Series
  • Tazio Ottis, 19, Alameda, Calif., SCCA Formula Mazda
  • Chase Owen, 23, Houston, Texas, Skip Barber Racing Series
  • Timo Reger, 18, Houston, Texas, Skip Barber Racing Series
  • Michai Stephens, 23, Evanston, Ill., F1600 Championship Series
  • Austin Versteeg, 16, Sandy, Utah, IMSA Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda

Austin Cindric, who is competing in Red Bull Global Rallycross, the ARCA Racing Serires, the Pirelli World Challenge and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, was the twelfth driver selected but had to bow-out of the proceedings due to prior commitments.

“From the beginning, it has always been a goal of mine to represent the Team USA Scholarship program during my racing career,” said Cindric. “It is really an honor to be selected as a candidate this year as this program has made such an impact on so many young American drivers over the years. Unfortunately, my current commitments conflict with many of this year’s activities, so I feel it’s best to withdraw my name before the finalists are chosen as I wouldn’t want to stand in the way of another nominee receiving this great opportunity. Hopefully, there will be a way to represent Team USA in another meaningful way in the future.”

Two young drivers Colton Herta and Scott Huffaker were also considered, but because they are not yet 16 years-old, they do not meet the minimum age requirement to compete in the Formula Ford events.

From the first winner in 1990, Jimmy Vasser, to the 2014 representatives, Aaron Telitz and Michai Stephens, the esteemed group of 42 drivers have certainly left their mark in American motorsport.

The list of previous scholarship winners includes:

  • Verizon IndyCar Series team owners – Vasser & Bryan Herta
  • current IndyCar drivers – Josef Newgarden, J.R. Hildebrand, Charlie Kimball and Conor Daly
  • former IndyCar drivers – A.J. Allmendinger, Phil Giebler, Jeff Simmons, Buddy Rice, Tonny Renna, and Memo Gidley
  • current Mazda Road To Indy drivers – Aaron Telitz, Jake Eidson, Matthew Brabham, Jack Mitchell, Jr., Neil Alberico, Spencer Pigot, & Felix Serralles
  • current sports car pilots – Tristan Nunez, Trent Hindman, Connor De Phillippi, Joel Miller, Dane Cameron, Bryan Sellers, Joey Hand, and Andy Lally
2008 Team USA Scholarship winners Conor Daly and Josef Newgarden have competed against each other in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2015 (Photo Courtesy of Team USA Scholarship)

2008 Team USA Scholarship winners Conor Daly and Josef Newgarden have competed against each other in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2015 (Photo Courtesy of Team USA Scholarship)

The esteemed panel of judges who will meet with the dozen drivers in the kettle moraines of Wisconsin include  Derrick Walker, president of operations and competition for INDYCAR and principal of Walker Racing/Team Falken Tire, Chip Ganassi Racing Managing Director Mike Hull, Mazda Motorsports Specialist Kyle Kimball, accomplished racer and NBC Sports Network pundit Townsend Bell and his Scuderia Corsa teammate, Bill Sweedler, television personality and pit lane reporter Jamie Howe, and former scholarship winners Lally, Sellers,  Cameron, and factory Mazda driver Miller.

“I am very grateful for all of the time and effort that has been expended by many people to help provide what should be an illuminating weekend for our scholarship contenders,” said Team USA Scholarship founder Jeremy Shaw. “They will learn a great deal about what to expect as they progress along the racing ladder, and we will have an opportunity to learn a little more about them as individuals.”

Supporters of the Team U.S.A. scholarship include:  Doug Mockett & Company, the Road Racing Drivers Club and, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Team Penske, Mazda, Chip Ganassi Racing,, Afterburner Autosport, Honda Performance Development, Robertson Racing, Masters HGP, Allen Berg Racing Schools, Ellis Clowes North America, Co-Force International, Race Hero, PitFit Training, RaceCraft1, Sparco USA, RACER Magazine, Speedstar Management, Styled Aesthetic and Manifest Group.

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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

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.”

Driver Quotes:
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 and

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.

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Spencer Pigot Gains Valuable Points for the 2015 Indy Lights Championship at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Lexington, Ohio (August 4, 2015) – Juncos Racing took home their ninth podium finish of the 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season this past weekend at the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. Rookie Spencer Pigot earned the third step of the podium of Round 14 on the 2.25 mile, 13-Turn road course at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Spencer Pigot (Orlando, Florida) driver of the #12 MAZDASPEED scholarship car, gained 12 points during Rounds 13 and 14 and now trails the championship leader by only six points. Pigot started the weekend off strong at Mid-Ohio leading the field during practice session one, and went on to qualify third for Round 13.

An incident during Round 13 on the first lap involving points leader Jack Harvey, brought Pigot into the pits to change a tire, finishing his day in eighth. The following day Pigot started Round 14 in seventh position. An intense race between multiple drivers, lead Pigot to the podium taking third for Round 14.

“Overall it was a really good weekend for us in the championship,” said Pigot. “The results weren’t really what we were hoping for, but in the end gaining points is what is really important. The team did an amazing job all weekend and now we head into Mazda Raceway with a real shot at winning it. I want to thank Juncos Racing, Mazda, Cooper Tire, Mockett, Rising Star Racing, The Stutz, MOB and BAD for all of their support. ”

Teammate and fellow rookie Kyle Kaiser (Santa Clara, California), driver of the #18 InterVision/NetApp/JuniperNetworks car, kicked off the weekend at Mid-Ohio running third in the second practice session. Kaiser, who qualified eighth for Round 13, took home his sixth Top-5 finish of the season taking fourth. Round 14 did not fair as well for Kaiser who was involved in an incident early in the race with the #77 of Scott Anderson, ending his day in 11th.

“Rough ending to a weekend that had potential to be really great for the team,” said Kaiser. “The first race went well and we got some valuable points and benefitted from some attrition up front. The second race didn’t go as well because of an early incident, but the team gave me a great car and I know we had one of the fastest cars on track. I’m really looking forward to the finale at my home track, Mazda Raceway. I’ll be training hard in the meantime in anticipation for the last two races!”

After picking up the points necessary to be in contention for their first Indy Lights title, Team Principle, Ricardo Juncos is confident the team will be ready to battle in the final round of the championship next month at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

“Spencer (Pigot) did exactly what he needed to do this weekend,” said Juncos. “He finished in front of (Ed) Jones and (Jack) Harvey in both races. We have now managed to put ourselves within striking distance of Harvey with only one round remaining. Everyone within the Juncos organization is pushing as hard as we possibly can to capture our first Indy Lights title. Kyle (Kaiser) managed a very solid finish on Saturday, we feel Laguna being his home track should be his best shot at a victory this year.”

The 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires concludes next month with the season finale with Rounds 15 and 16 September 10-13th at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. For more information please visit and

Juncos Racing Completes The Milwaukee Mile

Juncos Racing Completes The Milwaukee Mile:

Spencer Pigot Earns Pole for Round 11 of Indy Lights Championship

Milwaukee, WI (July 13, 2015) – Juncos Racing picked up their first pole on an oval since joining the Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with rookie Spencer Pigot at The Milwaukee Mile this past weekend. Teammate Kyle Kaiser qualified third for the second time this season at Round 11 of the Grand Prix of Milwaukee.

After a tough first appearance on an oval earlier this season at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, American rookies Spencer Pigot (Orlando, Florida) and Kyle Kaiser (Santa Clara, California) delivered their best qualifying efforts to Juncos Racing, earning the team a pole and second row starting positions.

Juncos Racing started Round 11 of the Indy Lights Championship with Pigot driving the #12 MAZDASPEED scholarship car leading the field for the 100 lap race on the historic one-mile oval. Fellow Indy Lights rookie RC Enerson was able to get passed Pigot after the start, where they would battle for the lead during the first 50 laps of the race. Juncos Racing teammate Kaiser, pilot of the #18 InterVision/NetApp/JuniperNetworks, continued his run in third for the first half of the race. Kaiser was able to save the #18 after spinning lap 47 in Turn-4 to finish his day in ninth. Pigot ran into tough luck on the restart when an electrical issue prevented the #12 from going into 5th gear, dropping Pigot back to seventh where he would finish.

Despite not finishing on the podium, Pigot was pleased to take home his first pole on an oval and record the fastest lap of the race. Pigot remains second in the championship, trailing the leader by 14 points.

“The weekend started off on a good note for us taking the pole position which was my first on an oval,” said Pigot. “The car was great in qualifying and it ran really well at the beginning of the race, I thought we would be able to challenge RC (Enerson). He (RC) had a great start getting passed us and unfortunately I lost 5th gear about halfway through the race. After that I just had to hang on until the end. I want to thank Juncos Racing, Mazda, Cooper Tire, Mockett, Rising Star Racing, The Stutz, MOBĒ and BAD for all of their support.

Kaiser continues to show strong pace behind the #18 and looks to translate that back into the race results for the remaining  races in his rookie season.

“The results from the race didn’t reflect the pace and hard work the team had put in for the weekend,” said Kaiser. “I’m encouraged after I tied my season best qualifying position, but disappointed I didn’t finish the race with a podium. Minimizing mistakes continues to be my focus, and I know the results will come. Luckily there is a quick turnaround for the next race so we can move forward and push hard for Iowa.”

As the season draws closer to the end with five races remaining Juncos Racing Team Principle, Ricardo Juncos, knows it will be a tight battle until the end for the 2015 Indy Lights Championship.

“Milwaukee demonstrated that we have found a great deal of pace on the ovals,” said Juncos. “Spencer’s (Pigot) pole and Kyle (Kaiser) qualifying third makes all the hard work the team has put in worthwhile. The race result isn’t what we wanted, we needed to gain points over (Jack) Harvey. We did manage to mitigate the loss by getting bonus point for pole as well as the fastest lap of the race. Both drivers and the team are focused on winning Iowa.”

The 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires will visit the final oval circuit of this season this week at Iowa Speedway for Round 12. For more information please and

About Juncos Racing:  Ricardo Juncos, a second generation driver, grew up with a deep passion for racing. Juncos made his first steps in the racing community driving karts throughout Argentina. After funding became difficult, Juncos worked for teams in order to support his own racing career. During this time Juncos took courses in mechanical and electrical engineering to fully understand racing on and off the track. Ricardo Juncos established Juncos Racing in 1997 as a formula team operating in Argentina. Six years later, Juncos Racing moved to Miami, Florida where they became a respected karting team recording multiple local, regional, and national titles. After a successful run in karts, Juncos Racing moved north to Indianapolis, Indiana the “racing capitol of the world,” in 2008 to join INDYCAR’s Mazda Road to Indy series. After only two years in the Star Mazda Championship, the team finished second in the 2010 championship while Conor Daly won the driver championship. Juncos Racing continued their run in the Pro Mazda Championship (the former Star Mazda) taking second in the 2012 and 2013 championships. Most recently 2014 proved to be one of the most successful years for Juncos Racing, winning the driver championship with Spencer Pigot and team championship in both the Cooper Tires Winterfest and Pro Mazda Championship. Juncos Racing expanded operations in 2015 to include two Indy Lights entries along with four Pro Mazda cars.

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Top-5 Finish for Kyle Kaiser at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indianapolis, IN (May 23, 2015) – Entering into the second half of the 2015 season, the Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires returned to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Round 8 this past Friday on the famous 2.5 mile oval. Juncos Racing’s Kyle Kaiser recorded a Top-5 finish taking fifth in the Freedom 100 Presented by Allied Building Products.

The week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway began with testing, followed by practice, and qualifying for the 100 mile race. Rookie Kyle Kaiser (Santa Clara, California) qualified sixth in his #18 InterVision /NetApp /JuniperNetworks Mazda powered Dallara IL-15. Teammate and fellow rookie Spencer Pigot (Orlando, Florida) driving the #12 MAZDASPEED scholarship car, qualified 10th.

Kaiser had an impressive start to the 40 lap racing moving up to third, but dropped two positions to settle for a fifth place finish.

“This weekend was a great learning experience for myself and the team,” said Kaiser. “The lessons and experienced gained from driving at IMS (Indianapolis Motor Speedway) will be invaluable moving forward in my career. I’m happy to bring home a Top-5 finish for my first time on the speedway, and we can improve on the remaining two ovals this year. Now my focus will be on Toronto in a few weeks. We have a really strong street course package and I personally love driving on the street courses.”

Pigot struggled to find speed throughout the week on the first oval of the season, finished ninth and remains third in the championship standings.

“The race didn’t go as we had hoped but we learned a lot this week and it was still a great experience to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” said Pigot. “I want to thank all the Juncos Racing guys for all their hard work and all of my supporters Mazda, Mockett, Rising Star Racing, Stutz, MOBĒ, BAD, California Scents and D-A Lubricant. I’m looking forward to the next race in Toronto.”

Juncos Racing Team Owner, Ricardo Juncos, is confident the team will build on the experience gained this past week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and carry into their efforts at the remaining two ovals this season.

“Even though we did not get the results we hoped for I am still pleased with the efforts put forth this weekend to take home a Top-5 finish,” said Juncos. “We have a lot of work to do on our oval package, but I am confident through this team’s dedication we will only improve as we head into the two remaining ovals this season. We are looking forward to being back on a street course here in a few weeks at Toronto, where we have proven to be successful this year.”

The 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires continues June 12-14th with Rounds 9 and 10 on the Streets of Toronto, Canada. For more information please visit and

Speedway Redevelopment Commission welcomes Juncos Racing to Main Street

Argentinean racing team to relocate and expand headquarters
Speedway, Ind. — With the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a backdrop, the Speedway Redevelopment Commission announced today the expansion and relocation of Juncos Racing headquarters from Brownsburg to Speedway’s Main Street.
“We are thrilled to welcome Juncos Racing to Speedway,” said Vince Noblet, president of the SRC. “It is a complete privilege to welcome yet another outstanding motorsports team to our thriving Main Street. The team’s vision for its new facility is directly in line with our goals for the town and will benefit largely from its neighboring location to the world’s greatest racetrack.”
Founded by Ricardo Juncos in 1997, Juncos Racing (pronounced June-kohs) will develop a new $3 million 41,000-
square-foot facility featuring shop and office space for its six drivers and 25 employees. An additional 30,000 square feet will be available for future expansion so Juncos can do machining, painting and other work in-house, limiting the need for outsourcing. McGovern construction is expected to begin in June, with completion projected for early spring 2016.
“The creation of the Juncos Technical Center marks a historical turning point for the team,” said Ricardo Juncos, team principal of Juncos Racing. “Less than 10 years ago, we were a small karting team in Florida, and I continue to be amazed by the amount of growth and success we have seen in such a short period of time.
“The team has grown larger and stronger each year, which created the need for a facility like the JTC,” he continued. “This new facility will allow Juncos to continue to expand into new series. This undertaking wouldn’t be possible without the incredible passion and desire of every member of Juncos Racing. I am truly grateful for all of the hard work they put in to make this dream a reality.”
Juncos Racing was first established in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to help support the racing career of Ricardo Juncos. After opportunities became limited in Argentina, Juncos moved the team in 2003 to Miami, Florida where they became well respected in the North American karting community.
In 2009, Juncos Racing entered into INDYCAR’s Mazda Road to Indy ladder series, running in the Pro Mazda
Championship Presented by Cooper Tires (former Star Mazda Championship). The team relocated to Brownsburg,
Indiana in 2011 in order to provide more resources and support to their Driver Development Program.
Team manager Charles Crews explained the thinking behind the JTC. “Last year, Ricardo and I developed a long-term strategic plan for the team. This plan centered around continuing the self-sustaining formula that has seen so much success with our Pro Mazda team and now our Indy Lights team. The plan is to slowly expand into desirable racing series while remaining focused on the current ones. Creating a technical center for all of our programs to be based in one central location was key.
“We spent a great deal of time exploring all the options, and there was no doubt that the town of Speedway was the prime location to base the JTC,” he continued. “The city as well as the redevelopment commission welcomed us with arms wide open and we are thankful to be part of such a renaissance within Speedway.”
Most recently, Juncos Racing claimed the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires. The team
currently includes two Indy Lights drivers and four Pro Mazda drivers.
According to Doug Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president, “Professional auto racing in central Indiana is a
major economic driver that stretches well beyond the hospitality and tourism industry. Racing teams like Juncos
Racing provide quality jobs and add to our community pride and image. I have known the team at Juncos Racing for several years and watched as they have grown to become one of the sport’s best and brightest and we are thankful they have chosen to invest in Speedway and we look forward to watching them continue to excel for years to come.”
“I’m sure the Juncos Racing headquarters will become a landmark to visit on Speedway’s Main Street,” said David
Lindsey, president of the Speedway Town Council. “We are excited for the impact this new team and facility will bring to Speedway. The Town of Speedway extends a warm welcome to our newest neighbor.”​
About Speedway Redevelopment Commission
The SRC consists of five volunteers appointed by the Speedway Town Council. Using input from the entire
community, the commission is charged with developing a plan to revitalize a 700-acre area, including Speedway’s
Main Street and the large area to the northwest termed Area 2. More information about the SRC is available at

Juncos Racing Takes Two Podiums with Timothe Buret and Garett Grist at Barber Motorsports Park

Birmingham, AL (April 27, 2015) – Juncos Racing posted another strong week on track in the 2015 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with Rounds 4 and 5 of the Mazda Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. Rookie Timothe Buret recorded his second podium finish taking second in Round 4 while Canadian Garett Grist picked up his first podium of the season taking third in Round 5 on the 2.3 mile, 17-Turn road course located in Birmingham, Alabama.

Juncos Racing began the third weekend of the Pro Mazda Championship season on a high note during the series two session test at Barber Motorsports Park. Timothe Buret finished second overall, followed by teammates Jose Gutierrez in third, Will Owen in fifth, and Garett Grist in seventh. The team continued their successful run in practice the following day, taking four of the Top-5 spots with Timothe Buret finishing second, Jose Gutierrez third, Will Owen fourth, and Garett Grist in fifth.

Round 4 of the Pro Mazda Championship started off with a full course caution immediately after going green due to multiple incidents on the first lap. Juncos Racing driver Jose Gutierrez, who qualified sixth in the #7 Prisma car, was unfortunately involved in one of the first lap incidents and retired the race without completing a lap due to contact with the #28 of Dalton Kellett. After the five lap caution Buret, who qualified second in the #6 BroadSign car, tried to close the gap for first by posting the fastest lap overall for the race with a time of 1:21.684. The Frenchman had to settle for second, recording his second podium finish in the Pro Mazda series. Teammates Garett Grist, driving the #5 BlackList/Lander Property Management car, took home seventh and Will Owen, driver of the #23 AMR car, finished ninth.

Garett Grist kept the podium finishes alive for Juncos Racing in Round 5 of the championship, after starting seventh and making his way through the field to third, recording his best finish of the season. Rookie Will Owen, who started eighth, finished just off the podium to take fourth. Buret, who made his the second start from the front row, went into a tight battle for the lead when the green flag waved with the #22 of Weiron Tan. Both Buret and Tan went side by side for the start, however Buret was given no room and was forced off track, dropping him to the back of the field. Tan was penalized for the action against Buret and was sent to the back of the field. Buret was able to make multiple passes to finish eighth. Teammate Gutierrez, who started sixth, had another frustrating day when he was forced off track on lap 13 by the #22 of Tan and ended his day due to too much damage.

Juncos Racing Team Owner, Ricardo Juncos is pleased with the performance by all four drivers even in tough situations on track and looks forward to adding more podium finishes as the season continues next month at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

“All four of our drivers performed outstanding this past weekend in Barber,” said Juncos. “Tim (Buret) unfortunately had his second race ruined by a fellow competitor before the start, otherwise we expected that he could challenge for his first win of the season starting from second. We are looking forward to the Indy GP, given the pace the team has had there in the past we expect solid results.”

Driver Quotes:

Timothe Buret (Montpellier, France): “I’m really happy to be back on the podium with our second place in Race 1 at Barber. A second place finish is a very good thing for the championship. Race 2 was interesting, at the start of the race Weiron (Tan) pushed me off the track before we got to the final cone. I don’t understand what he was thinking, but all I could do was get back on track to make my way back through the field. I was able to make a few passes, but with not enough green flag laps we could only move up so far. I’m very motivated going into the next rounds at Indianapolis after how much momentum we have created in the last few races. My family will be joining me for the first time this season and I can’t wait to have them here to share the success.”

Garett Grist (Grimsby, Ontario, Canada): “Barber ended up being a great weekend for us! We struggled a bit with the red flag in qualifying which hurt our starting position for the races. Since Barber is such an aero dependent track we knew we had our work cut out for us in the races. In the first race I ended up finishing seventh after going off in Turn-1 on the start and sliding through the grass up into Turn-2. I was much faster than the guy ahead of me, but just no way to pass. In Race 2 I was able to pass four guys on the first lap including three guys on the outside in Turn-2. We had great pace, just need to work on qualifying so we don’t put ourselves in a hole. I can’t thank the guys enough for all of their hard work! I’m very excited for the month of May!”

Jose Gutierrez (Monterrey, Mexico): “I think Barber was a great learning experience. We experienced some new types of race situations. Race 2 was going great for me with an awesome start, but the car started to give me a lot of understeer in turns 2 and 8 and I lost a few positions, but told myself to just finish the race. I saw Weiron Tan coming behind me, so I was trying my best with the car to stay in front. We had a great battle going with Weiron (Tan), but then he decided to try to pass me on the fastest corner of the track and made contact with me and I was taken out of the race. Let’s see what the Race Director thinks about it and let’s forget this weekend and go to Indy 100% focused.”

Will Owen (Castle Rock, Colorado, USA): “Just like Winterfest earlier this year, this weekend at Barber has been up and down, but this time it ended on a good note. I qualified eighth and finished ninth in Race 1 and then had my best finish of the weekend taking fourth. We had a little bit of bad luck, but showed a lot of pace in qualifying. Our luck finally turned around for Race 2 when I was able to get around four cars at the start of the race and was able to make up another position during the race. It ended up fantastic and I’m really excited for Indy because this weekend has given me a lot of momentum and it’s given the team a lot of momentum.”

The 2015 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires continues next month May 7-9th with Rounds 6, 7, and 8 on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Round 6 will be the rescheduled race from NOLA Motorsports Park (North), after the race was cancelled due to weather in April. For more information please visit and

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