New Verizon IndyCar Series team owner Ricardo Juncos was delighted to see both of his cars on track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday as practice officially got underway for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Juncos who is fielding Spencer Pigot and Sebastian Saavedra this year at Indy commented by saying:
It is a honor and a privilege to be here racing IndyCars at the greatest race track in the world. I have so many people to thank for making this dream come true. Mark Miles and everyone at the Speedway as well as Jay Frye and all the staff at IndyCar have been so helpful guiding us through the process. Chevrolet for supplying the power, and most of all the all the drivers, engineers, crew and everyone at Juncos Racing who have worked so hard to get to this point. This is something very special and I am so proud.
Sebastian Saavedra completed the first laps on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the No.17 AFS/Juncos Chevrolet completing his refresher course and speaking following his day in the car which saw him record the 21st fastest speed commented by saying:
All together a very positive first day for AFS Juncos No. 17 car. “I felt as if I was a riding a bike. It came back to me quickly. I had to mentality ease through it, not put any pressure on myself which allowed us to get the small things out of the way. We focused on the initial setup and I started connecting with my engineer. It’s been awhile since we worked together, so it was good to get to have this time together. It was also good to work back with my teammate Spencer Pigot. That is going to be crucial for us to have a good month of May. So, overall a very positive first day of testing. I’m very pleased.
Spencer Pigot who has been loaned to Juncos Racing by Ed Carpenter Racing completed 36 laps and ended the day with the 29th fastest speed and speaking following the day in the car he commented by saying:
Yeah, it was a good first day. “We didn’t really have any issues and that’s what we wanted. We didn’t do a huge amount of laps. We just did a few runs to make sure everything was working well and just kind of did our own thing today. As the week goes on we’ll get more aggressive and start running in traffic a bit more, find some people to get tows and go a little bit quicker. Today the goal was to make sure everything ran okay and we did that”
In total on their first day, Juncos Racing completed 75 laps of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval between the two cars.