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Spencer Pigot Captures First Victories in Indy Lights Double Header at Barber Motorsports Park

Birmingham, Alabama (April 27, 2015) – Juncos Racing gave their most dominating performance since moving into the Mazda Road to Indy’s top level, the Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, this weekend in the Legacy Indy Lights 100 at Barber Motorsports Park. Rookie Spencer Pigot scored not only his first two wins of the season in Rounds 4 and 5, but delivered Juncos Racing their first wins in the Indy Lights series.

Juncos Racing started off on a promising note, pacing the field in practice with Spencer Pigot (Orlando, Florida), who was fastest overall and teammate Kyle Kaiser (Santa Clara, California) finishing third overall in the combined practice sessions. The team continued their momentum in qualifying with Pigot, who set a new track record while capturing his first pole of the season for Race 1 at Barber while Kaiser took fourth to start on the second row.

Pigot continued to dominate the field in the #12 MAZDASPEED scholarship car for Race 1 leading all 30 laps and recording the fastest lap overall. This victory was the first for Pigot since moving up the ladder in the Mazda Road to Indy program, along with Juncos Racing since entering into the Indy Lights series. Kaiser, who started fourth in the #18 InterVision/NetApp/JuniperNetworks, finished eighth.

The weekend concluded on the 2.3 mile, 17-Turn road course with Race 2. Pigot prevailed again going two-for-two in victory circle, leading the entire 35 lap race. Kaiser, who started fourth, was dealt with bad luck from the start after the #11 of Ed Jones made contact with the front wing of Kaiser’s #18 forcing him off track. Kaiser was able to make his way back on track to continue, but the car stopped twice a few laps later, forcing Kaiser to pit. The team discovered the car was overheating, retiring Kaiser from the race on lap 14.

Pigot’s two wins, and three pervious podium finishes move him up to lead the Indy Lights Championship.

“I’m thrilled about how this past weekend went,” said Pigot. “The car was great right from the start, the guys have been working so hard and I can’t thank them enough. To get our first two wins in such dominating fashion was amazing. We’re heading into the month of May with the points lead so hopefully we can extend it at IMS. Big thank you to everyone at Mazda, Cooper Tires, Mockett, Rising Star Racing, The Stutz, MOB, BAD, California Scents and D-A Lubricant for making it all possible. ”

Kaiser, who has shown great pace in practice and qualifying, is confident his race results will improve with the momentum the team has gained over the past few race weekends.

“We showed great pace in practice and qualifying, but obviously that wasn’t enough,” said Kaiser. “This past weekend has been a character builder, as well as a huge motivator to produce better results for the upcoming Indy Grand Prix. I have a lot of confidence in the car and my abilities, it’s just a matter of putting it all together. There’s no better way to reward the team for all their hard work over the past couple weeks than a podium finish, so I’ll be working hard to ensure a great performance.”

Juncos Racing Team Owner, Ricardo Juncos, is pleased with the effort the entire team has put into the Mazda powered Dallara-IL 15 and the accomplishments they have made this far into the 2015 season.

“The team’s performance at Barber speaks to the effort and dedication that everyone at Juncos is putting into the program,” said Juncos. “Our technical department has been working flat out since the day our first IL-15 arrived. While we are incredibly proud of our accomplishments at Barber we have to focus on continuing our performance for the remainder of the season. There are a number of different development projects in the pipeline that should help keep us at the top in the coming races.”

The 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires continues next month May 7-9th for Rounds 6 and 7 on the 2.439 mile, 14-Turn road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For more information please visit juncosracing.com and indylights.com.

Spencer Pigot Takes Second After Tight Battle on the Streets of Long Beach

Long Beach, California (April 20, 2015) – Juncos Racing continued their successful run in the 2015 Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires in their first appearance on the 1.968 mile, 11-Turn course located on the Streets of Long Beach this past weekend. Rookie Spencer Pigot delivered the team their third podium of the season taking second in the Grand Prix of Long Beach Presented by Allied Building Products. After three races the team currently sits second in the Indy Lights Championship.

Juncos Racing started off the weekend strong with rookies Spencer Pigot (Orlando, Florida) and Kyle Kaiser (Santa Clara, California), who each made their first appearance on the Streets of Long Beach, finishing inside the Top-3 of both practice sessions. The team continued their success in qualifying after a tight battle for the pole with Pigot taking the second position and Kaiser qualifying third.

The weekend concluded on the Streets of Long Beach with an action packed Round 3 of the Indy Lights Championship. When the green flag waved for the 42 lap race, multiple drivers went into battle for the lead in Turn-1 causing Kaiser, driving the #18 InterVision/NetApp/JuniperNetworks car, to make contact with the car in front of him, retiring out of the race without completing a lap. Teammate Pigot, driving the #12 MAZDASPEED scholarship car, narrowly avoided the first lap incident and was pushed back in the field to fifth. After 21 laps, Pigot made three impressive passes to move into second, and then went on to battle for the win. Pigot stalked Ed Jones in the #11 Carlin car and made several attempts to take the lead in the last half of the race, but had to settle for the second 0.613 seconds behind Jones.

Pigot’s second place finish marked his third podium in three races and moves into second in the Indy Lights Championship.

“I’m happy to be back on the podium this weekend,” said Pigot. “We’ve worked hard and made a lot of improvements since St. Pete so I have to thank Juncos Racing for that. I had to avoid a crash at the start which forced me back to fifth, but I was able to fight my way back. We definitely had the pace to win today so that’s good for our confidence. I want to thank Mazda, Mockett, Rising Star Racing, The Stutz, MOB and BAD for all of their support.”

Kaiser who continued to show great pace behind the wheel of the Mazda powered Dallara IL-15 during practice and qualifying, was disappointed to end his weekend early due contact on the first lap.

“The race weekend as a whole had many positives despite ending so poorly,” said Kaiser. “The team and I had worked extremely hard to arrive at Long Beach with competitive cars that could challenge for the win, and our pace was always within the Top-3. I’m disappointed that I made a mistake that ended what could’ve been a great race for the team, but it’s a long season and I know the team will continue to work as hard as I will to improve and fight for podiums and wins this year. I’m fortunate the turnaround for Barber will be so quick so I have an opportunity to display that this weekend.”

Juncos Racing Team Owner, Ricardo Juncos, was pleased with the team’s improvements since the first race weekend of the year, along with recording another podium finish, and looks forward to continuing their success at Barber Motorsports Park this week.

“Our goal going into the weekend was to take the fight to the two cars ahead of us,” said Juncos. “Our technical team has been working flat out and I believe we came to Long Beach with an incredibly strong car. We demonstrated that both in qualifying and in the race. Unfortunately, the race start was less than ideal, however I commend both drivers for really going for it. It shows how badly everyone at Juncos Racing wants that first victory. Spencer (Pigot) drove what I believe to be one of the best races he has ever driven for us.”

The 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires continues April 23-25th on the 2.3 mile, 17-Turn road course at Barber Motorsports Park located in Birmingham, Alabama. For more information please visit juncosracing.com and indylights.com.

Juncos Racing’s Timothe Buret Earns First Podium Finish in Pro Mazda Championship

Avondale, LA (April 13, 2015) – The 2015 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires continued this past weekend with the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park (North). Juncos Racing rookie Timothe Buret claimed his first podium finish in the Pro Mazda Championship taking third in Race 1 on the 2.74 mile, 13-Turn road course located in Avondale, Louisiana.

Weather played a major role in the second weekend of the Pro Mazda Championship with heavy thunderstorms on Saturday postponing Race 1 to Sunday. Extremely wet conditions plagued the 16 driver field on Sunday causing low visibility in Race 1, which completed 11 laps caution free. That same day Race 2 was canceled due to inclement weather and will be made up at an unknown date this season.

Rookie Timothe Buret’s weekend started off strong behind the wheel of the #6 BroadSign car, finishing second overall in practice and qualifying fourth. The Frenchman’s third place finish marked his first podium in the Pro Mazda series, delivering Juncos Racing their second podium of the season.

Teammate Jose Gutierrez, driving the #7 Prisma car, finished inside the Top-10 taking home eighth, and remains third in the championship standings. Canadian Garett Grist, who qualified sixth, was battling for fourth in the #5 BlackList/Lander Property Management car, was spun midway through the race to finish 11th. Rookie Will Owen, driving the #23 AMR car, had a great start to the weekend ending practice third overall, unfortunately spun midway through the race forcing him near the back of the field to finish 13th.

Juncos Racing Team Owner, Ricardo Juncos was thrilled to see rookie Buret bring home his first podium finish since moving into the Mazda Road to Indy program. Juncos looks to add more podium finishes from all four drivers as the season progresses.

“Timothe’s performance this weekend was absolutely outstanding, he has quickly shown us that he will be a champion in the future,” said Juncos. “We knew he was talented when he first tested with us, but his ability to rise to the top so quickly shows his passion and determination. Jose (Gutierrez), Garett (Grist), and Will (Owen) didn’t get the finishes that they wanted, but each of them showed tremendous pace during the dry running we had. We have a talented group of drivers and I feel each driver is very close to a big breakthrough. The championship is still up for grabs; we need to turn our focus to have consistent solid finishes from here forward.”

Driver Quotes:

Timothe Buret (Montpellier, France):”I am satisfied with the NOLA weekend, although I had the potential to score more points if the schedule was not altered due to weather. From the beginning of the weekend I had a good feeling in the car. I was unfortunately not able to put everything into the right order during qualifications that resulted in the second row (P4) start. I had a safe start on a wet track Sunday morning, which was also my first experience in those wet conditions with the Pro Mazda and the Cooper tires. After a few laps I was able to improve my pace and climb to P3. I had the speed to improve, but I was too far from the lead in a shortened race. I am very happy to have my first podium with Juncos Racing that has prepared a very fast car in all conditions. I really look forward the next race at Barber, a “European style” track that I really enjoy.”

Garett Grist (Grimsby, Ontario, Canada): “New Orleans was an interesting weekend. Thursday’s practice went well, but we were struggling with being down on power. Friday was another good day where we kept improving and the following day in qualifying we ended up in P6 which wasn’t too bad. In Race 1 I was making my way through the field in the rain, but unfortunately spun while making my run on fourth. The weather was horrible with vision being low and lots of standing water and then the second race was cancelled due to weather. I’m looking forward to getting to a better track when we head to Barber in a few weeks.”

Jose Gutierrez (Monterrey, Mexico): “NOLA was a very up and down weekend for us. We had a lot of speed in practice. This race was one of the craziest races I have ever competed in and it was a battle to the end. We will move on from this weekend and will be back to 100% ready for Barber in a few weeks where I can show my full potential.”

Will Owen (Castle Rock, Colorado, USA): “I was really excited for this event, but it didn’t end in a good way. I was up and down on speed during the practice days. I was third in the combined Friday practice results, but 8th in qualifying because I slightly bent my car on a curb. I had a good start to the race but spun a couple laps in because I drove into turn three too hard. Now I need to push hard to regain confidence and momentum for the next event. Thanks Juncos and Speedgroup for everything this weekend.”

Spencer Pigot Scores Double Podiums in MRTI Indy Lights Debut

Kyle Kaiser Claims Top-5’s at the Mazda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, FL (March 30, 2015) – Juncos Racing showed a strong start to the 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season at the Mazda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Peninsula Pipeline. Rookies Spencer Pigot and Kyle Kaiser, who both moved up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder, made an impressive run in the new Dallara IL-15 chassis and 2.0-liter turbocharged Mazda MZR-R engine in Races 1 and 2 on the 1.8 mile, 14-Turn street course located in St. Petersburg, Florida. After the two opening rounds of the 16 race campaign Juncos Racing currently sits second in the Indy Lights championship.

Starting off the season in front of his hometown crowd, American Spencer Pigot, 21, (Orlando, Florida) driving the #12 MAZDASPEED scholarship car, scored two strong third place finishes in his rookie debut. Pigot, who qualified fifth for both races, earned the “Replay XD Move of the Race Award” for Races 1 and 2 after making two fast launches on the opening laps. Pigot stands third in the championship.

“Great weekend for the Juncos Racing team at St. Pete,” said Pigot. “I’m really happy to be on the podium twice. It’s a big step up for me and all of the guys so I’m really proud of what we were able to accomplish this weekend. A big thanks to all of the crew, my sponsors Mazda, Mockett, Rising Star Racing, The Stutz, and BAD for all of their support. We will look to improve for Long Beach, but this is a great start to the season.”

Making his first Indy Lights series start American Kyle Kaiser, 19, (Santa Clara, California) driving the #18 InterVision/NetApp/JuniperNetworks car claimed two Top-5 finishes after qualifying sixth in Race 1 and seventh in Race 2 on the Streets of St. Petersburg. Kaiser is currently tied for fourth in the championship.

“Overall it was a pretty solid weekend with two Top-5 finishes to start the 2015 season,” said Kaiser. “We still have a lot to improve on as we head into the next rounds at Long Beach. I think we had a little slower start to the weekend than we anticipated during the sessions, we were kind of playing catch up. By the last race I feel like we made a ton of progress so we should be good going into Long Beach. We will continue to work hard to bring a better performance to the track and I look forward to getting back in the car in a few weeks. I’d like to thank the Juncos Racing crew, my dad, and all of my sponsors for all of their continued hard work.”

After an impressive start to the 2015 season Juncos Racing Team Owner, Ricardo Juncos, is proud of the team’s performance in both races taking their first two podiums in the Indy Lights series. Juncos is confident the team will only continue to improve in results as the season gets underway.

“I’m really proud of what the drivers and team have accomplished in our first weekend of the 2015 season,” said Juncos. “Everyone has worked hard on the new Dallara IL-15 and it showed this weekend at St. Pete. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but I know if we continued to stay focused we will only continue to accomplish more. After working with both drivers the past two years, I have seen a lot of growth in their development behind the wheel and I look forward to seeing where we go from here. I want to thank the Juncos Racing crew for all of their hard work on the new car, the drivers for their dedication, and to all of our sponsors and fans who give us amazing support.”

The 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires continues April 19th on the Streets of Long Beach, California. For more information please visit juncosracing.com and indylights.com.

Jose Gutierrez Claims Podium for Juncos Racing on the Streets of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, FL (March 30, 2015) – The 2015 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires began the 13 race campaign this past weekend with Races 1 and 2 of the Allied Building Products Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. A total of 17 Pro Mazda cars lined the field for the opening rounds on the 1.8 mile, 14-Turn street course located in St. Petersburg, Florida. Juncos Racing took home their first Pro Mazda podium of the season with a second place finish by driver Jose Gutierrez.

The season kicked off Saturday March 28th with Race 1 which saw lots of action and tight battles throughout the field. Jose Gutierrez driving the #7 Prisma car picked up a Top-5 finish taking fifth place. American rookie Will Owen driving the #23 AMR car maintained his starting position to finish eighth. Canadian Garett Grist finished 11th in the #5 BlackList/Lander Property Management car and rookie Timothe Buret retired early in the race due to contact in Turn-1 putting the #6 BroadSign car 18 laps down.

The Pro Mazda series continued the following day with Race 2. Mexican Jose Gutierrez collected the first podium of the season in the #7 car for Juncos Racing bringing home second, along with recording the fastest lap of the race. Garett Grist, who started 11th, quickly moved up the field in the #5 car to finish just outside in the Top-5 in sixth. On the opening lap Will Owen was caught in a multiple car accident, putting him in the back of the field. Owen made his way back through the field in the #23 car to bring home an eighth place finish. Timothe Buret who qualified an impressive third, again battled tough luck when contact midway through the race forced the #6 car to end the day early.

Juncos Racing Team Owner, Ricardo Juncos was pleased with the teams results especially since each driver faced uncontrollable circumstances throughout both races. Juncos looks forward to a successful season with the team and continuing to develop them into the next level of their racing careers.

“Even though we had an up and down weekend at St. Pete I am happy overall with the results of each driver,” said Juncos. “Jose (Gutierrez) did a fantastic job bringing home the team’s first podium of the season. I am very pleased with the progress he has made in the past year and I know he will continue to be successful on track battling for the championship. Garett (Grist) was very impressive this weekend making his way from 11th to finish sixth on a track that is very difficult for passing. Will (Owen) had a great run in both races and did a great job avoiding an accident early in Race 2 to bring the car home in eighth. Timothe (Buret) showed great pace this weekend starting off P1 in practice and qualifying as high as third. I know we have a long way to go as a team, but I am confident we will continue to pick up our pace and achieve great results as the season gets underway. I want to thank all of the crew for giving the drivers fast and reliable cars, the drivers for their continued dedication to improve, and to all of our sponsors and families for their support.”

Driver Quotes:

Timothe Buret (Montpellier, France): “”My first Grand Prix of St-Pete has been a tough one with two DNF results. After good practice sessions and a solid qualifying that puts us in the front rows of the grid, I made some mistakes in race 1 that forced me to withdraw from the race with a damaged car. I had plenty of ambition for race 2, starting P3. Unfortunately after several turns I got hit by some remains of damaged cars that collided in front of me and forced me to retire. Although the overall weekend result is not at the level we expected, I was able to show that the huge work we have done with the team starts to pay off in term of pace. I have learned a lot over the weekend and will benefit from this experience in the future. I am now already turning myself towards NOLA where I will put everything into the right direction to come back with a strong result. A huge thank you to Ricardo and the entire Juncos Racing team that has work very hard to provide me with a fast car. I did not bring them the result they deserved, but all our efforts will shortly pay off”.

Garett Grist (Grimsby, Ontario, Canada): “It was an up and down weekend for us in St. Pete. I made a mistake in qualifying that resulted in us starting near the back of the field, when we were a Top-3 car. Unfortunately in the first race my throttle was sticking and I had a lot of trouble with that. In the second race I was able to go from 11th to sixth. It’s always tough to pass at a street course. Overall I was happy with the pace and progress we made as a team.”

Jose Gutierrez (Monterrey, Mexico): “Race 1 was very difficult for me because the car started to give me a little bit of understeer on the exit and I finished fifth. I was a little disappointed with that result. We sat in the drivers meeting and went over everything we could improve on for Race 2. On the start of Race 2 I made a mistake, but was able to take back my second place position. I’m happy to finish on the podium for the first race weekend of the season. I want to thank Juncos Racing for giving me a great car and we are going to NOLA on a very positive note.”

Will Owen (Castle Rock, Colorado, USA): “It’s been a good weekend here in St. Petersburg. I’ve been pretty happy with my results, but I know we can do a lot better. I’m happy we’ve had two pretty solid finishes, but honestly I should have been right up there and next time I think we will be. The first race I think I could have had a better finish if I had made some more passes, but it worked out alright and I was able to bring the car home which is very important to do on your first weekend. The second race had a crazy start with a big crash in front of me and I was trapped, but I was able to back out and get out of there without any damage to the car. I gained a couple of spots in the race and was able to finish eighth again. So it was two good finishes to leave the weekend with and I know we have so much more there. This weekend has been amazing working with the team. Any problem that I had the team was on it right away, they are very dedicated and everyone here is treated equally. I know if I have a problem they are going to spend all of their time working on my car or if another driver has an issue they are going to work just as hard on his too. Thanks to Speed Group for all of their help this weekend taking care of everything that went into making this weekend successful both on and off track.”

The 2015 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires continues April 11th-12th for Rounds 3 and 4 on the 2.74 mile, 13-Turn road course at NOLA Motorsports Park (North) located in Avondale, Louisiana. For more information please visit juncosracing.com and promazdachampionship.com

Kyle Kaiser and Spencer Pigot Ready 2015 Indy Lights Season Opener

 

Indianapolis, IN (March 24, 2015) – After a busy winter developing the new Mazda powered Dallara IL-15, Juncos Racing is ready for the opening rounds of the 2015 Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires this week with Races 1 and 2 on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. Kyle Kaiser and Spencer Pigot look to carry the success from last season in the Pro Mazda Championship into the final step of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder in their rookie season in the Indy Lights series.

Juncos Racing has had great success on the Streets of St. Petersburg in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. In 2014 Juncos Racing dominated the weekend with Spencer Pigot claiming both wins while teammate Kyle Kaiser took home second in both races. The team has claimed a total of five wins in the Pro Mazda series at St. Petersburg.

Kyle Kaiser, 19, (Santa Clara, California) driver of the #18 InterVision/NetApp/JuniperNetworks car is set to begin his rookie campaign in the Indy Lights series after a busy offseason of testing the new Mazda powered Dallara IL-15.

“This offseason has been very productive, but it felt longer than usual,” said Kaiser. “I’m anxious to get back to racing this week in the new IL-15. The team has done a tremendous job during all the testing and development up to this point and I feel we are in a great position to bring a strong performance to St. Petersburg.”

Spencer Pigot, 21, (Orlando, Florida) is eager to get behind the wheel of the #12 Mazda Scholarship car in front of his hometown crowd and looks to continue the momentum gained from the winning the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship.

“I’m really looking forward to the first race in St. Petersburg,” said Pigot. “It’s my favorite street course and I’ve had a lot of success there. It’s been a very long offseason. The Juncos guys have been working hard and we’re all ready to get back to racing. It’s a special race for me having grown up in Orlando, but also a special race for the Indy Lights series as a whole. It will be the first time we will race the new Mazda powered IL-15 and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Juncos Racing Team Owner, Ricardo Juncos, is ready to get the season underway after months of preparing the newly expanded team and new Mazda powered Dallara IL-15 for the Indy Lights Championship.

“This is an exciting year for us joining the Indy Lights series with the new IL-15 and with two full time drivers who have proven they are ready for the final step in the Mazda Road to Indy,” said Juncos. “I’m really looking forward to beginning the season this week at a track that we have been very successful at in past years within the Pro Mazda series. Everyone has worked very hard to develop the new cars this offseason and that has shown through our pervious tests. I am confident through our continued hard work and dedication to always improving we will have strong results at St. Pete.”

The 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season kicks off March 27th-29th on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida for Races 1 and 2. Practice begins Friday March 27th with two thirty minute sessions, followed by qualifying Saturday March 28th at 9:30-10:00AM (ET) and Race 1 at 2:25-3:15PM. The weekend will conclude Sunday March 29th with Race 2 at 12:451:55PM. For more information please visitjuncosracing.com and indylights.com.

 

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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Juncos Racing Kicks Off the 2015 Pro Mazda Championship at St. Petersburg

Indianapolis, IN (March 24, 2015) – The reigning 2014 Pro Mazda Champions Juncos Racing are ready to hit the track for the season opener of the 2015 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires this week on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. The season kicks off with Races 1 and 2 March 27th-29th on the 1.8 mile, 14-Turn street course.

Finishing up a busy offseason of testing and the conclusion of the Cooper Tires Winterfest, Juncos Racing is set for a new season featuring three new drivers and one returning driver to the Pro Mazda line-up.

José Gutiérrez driving the #7 Prisma car returns to Juncos Racing after an impressive rookie season which helped the team claim the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship. The young Mexican claimed his first podium at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, one pole position at The Milwaukee Mile, and earned his first win in the season finale at Sonoma Raceway.

Canadian Garett Grist, who joined the team after a strong run in the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship, will pilot the #5 Lander Property Management car. Grist took home two wins, three Top-5’s, and three pole positions in the 2014 season.

Rookie Will Owen, driving the #23 AMR car, moved up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system to join Juncos Racing after a successful season in the 2014 USF2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. Owen started the 2015 year off on a high note with Juncos Racing, taking two podiums and earning his first pole position in the Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship.

Rookie Timothé Buret, driving the #6 BroadSign car, completes the 2015 Juncos Racing Pro Mazda driver line-up. Buret showed consistency and made great improvements early this year in the 2015 Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship.

Juncos Racing Team Owner, Ricardo Juncos, is set to get the 2015 season off to a strong start after promising results during six race Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship earlier this year. Juncos is confident his driver line-up will be one of the strongest in the competitive 2015 Pro Mazda field.

“I’m really looking forward to this year in the Pro Mazda Championship after an extremely successful run in the 2014 championship,” said Juncos. “We have three new additions along with a returning driver who all bring a lot of success to the team. Winterfest was a great way to get the drivers prepared for the season and we were able to learn a lot throughout the five race championship. The entire Juncos Racing organization has worked hard to give the drivers fast reliable cars along with the knowledge they will need when they visit each track and I am confident that will continue to show this week at St. Pete.”

Driver Quotes:

Timothé Buret (Montpellier, France): “I am very excited to officially enter the 2015 Pro Mazda Championship at St. Petersburg. We have done a great job together with Juncos Racing to get to know each other and to learn the Pro Mazda car and Cooper Tires. I feel ready for this first event where I expect a strong result in a street track that should suit my driving style.”

Garett Grist (Grimsby, Ontario, Canada): “I’m looking forward to getting the Pro Mazda Championship started this week in St. Petersburg. I’ve learned a lot in preseason testing and look forward to showing it in St. Pete.”

José Gutiérrez (Monterrey, Mexico): “The preseason was very good for Juncos Racing. We worked a lot on the car and are 100% ready for St. Pete. I’m very confident that all of our hard will show off this weekend.  Last year we ended on a very high note with a win at Sonoma, and I learned a lot during my rookie season.  This year it will be great to go back to all the tracks that I already know, and to be able to fight for wins and the championship.

Will Owen (Castle Rock, Colorado, USA): “St. Pete was one of my favorite tracks last year and I can’t wait to get back. I hope that I can start this season out with a bang and build some great momentum into the early events. It’s nice to have a level playing field at our first race since nobody has tested there yet. Especially after Winterfest I am confident going into this event, but I am trying to keep my expectations open. As long as I bring my A-game I will have a chance to be in the front. The cars have handled great everywhere we have been and I know it will be no different in St. Pete.”

The 2015 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires kicks off on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida March 27th with two thirtyminute practice sessions, followed by qualifying March 28th at 8:45AM ET and Race 1 at 1:302:10PM. The series concludes on the Streets of St. Petersburg with Race 2 March 29th at 9:5010:30AM. For more information please visit juncosracing.com and promazdachampionship.com.

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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Nicholas Dapero Joins Juncos Racing Driver Development Program

Nicholas Dapero Joins Juncos Racing Driver Development Program

Indianapolis, IN (March 18, 2015) – Juncos Racing is pleased to announce Nicholas Dapero has joined the Juncos Racing Driver Development Program for the 2015 season. Dapero will spend his time in the program learning the Mazda Road to Indy ladder series both on and off track through the guidance of Juncos Racing.

Nicholas Dapero, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina began his racing career running in various karting series throughout Argentina. In 2012 Dapero competed in ROTAX of Buenos Aires, the Florida Winter Tour, and the ROTAX Euro Challenge claiming one win and three podiums. Dapero continued his run in karts in 2013 competing in the ROTAX MAX Challenge in Buenos Aires taking two wins and six podiums. The following year Dapero won the 2014 ROTAX Argentina Championship with three wins, four poles, and eight podiums. The young Argentinean moved into the Formula Metropolitana series in 2014 earning three podiums and one pole position. Dapero currently competes in the 2015 Formula Renault 2.0 series.

Through the Juncos Racing Driver Development Program Dapero will work with the team engineers, driver coaches, and mechanics to develop his skills behind the wheel into the next level. Along with working with the team Dapero will spend time on the racing simulator and testing throughout the year at various tracks in the United States.

“I am very happy to be a part of Juncos Racing knowing that I am on the right path,” said Dapero. “I worked a lot in Argentina with my coach Marcelo La Manna watching the cameras and data. I recently began testing with Juncos Racing at Palm Beach and I am extremely happy with the two days we spent at Palm Beach. The team was really positive with my improvements since my last run in the car at Houston last year. I want to highlight the work done with Peter Dempsey and all the team members who did an excellent job!”

Juncos Racing has prided the team on successfully developing young drivers from around the world into the next level of their careers. The team recently claimed the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and currently competes with four drivers in the Pro Mazda Championship and two drivers in the Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.

Juncos Racing Team Owner, Ricardo Juncos, is excited to bring Dapero on board the Driver Development Program with the championship winning team and looks forward to a long-term relationship building him into the next level of his career. Juncos has proven the success of the program through pervious drivers Conor Daly, Peter Dempsey and Connor De Phillippi, along with present drivers Spencer Pigot, Kyle Kaiser, and Jose Gutierrez.

“With the addition of Nicholas, the Juncos Driver Development Program is proving its value to more and more drivers across the globe,” said Juncos. “We have signed Nicholas to a long-term program, and look forward to working with him at this stage in his development behind the wheel. What we have seen so far from Nico is impressive to say the least. He is arguably the best young South American driver we have seen in the last decade. Spencer (Pigot) and Kyle (Kaiser) have proven how successful our program is and I have no doubt that Nico will do the same.”

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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