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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.”

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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.

 

NFP Named Official Indianapolis 500 Sponsor of Juncos Racing

NFP Named Official Indianapolis 500 Sponsor of Juncos Racing Sponsorship to elevate brand and drive business among valued clients and fans  NEW YORK – April 30, 2018 – NFP, a leading insurance broker and consultant that provides employee benefits, property & casualty (P&C), retirement and individual private client solutions, is pleased to announce its sponsorship of…

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Kyle Kaiser Finishes 16th in the 44th Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix

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…

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Rene Binder Adds Chevrolet Dual in Detroit to 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Schedule

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

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

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.

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