Juncos Hollinger Racing Team Manager David Morgan says that the team is looking to build on a solid season this year for the 2024 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. The INDYCAR SERIES veteran was this week appointed as Team Manager to JHR and speaking to Paddock Eye during a Zoom call on Thursday Morgan said that he has been very impressed with how Agustin Canapino adapted from racing in Argentina to competing full-time in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES alongside Callum Ilott.
Morgan also said that the strategic alliance that the team announced with Arrow McLaren this week is for now, a commercial agreement but that in time it may evolve into a more technical partnership in the future but that is yet to be decided and the team will learn more about that in the coming weeks and months.
When it comes to the overall team performance from 2023, Morgan said that he was very impressed generally with how the team performed during the season but that they just need to work on small things over the off-season such as pit-stops to ensure that they iron out any of the mistakes that they had during the season.
When it comes to the team’s expectations for 2024, Morgan said that they don’t want to be down at the bottom of the grid and that they have shown at times this season that they can compete for top-ten finishes and that is what they hope to achieve for 2024 as being in 22nd or lower is not where the team want to be.
‘Team cars running into each other is never a good idea and I would like not to see that again. We need to work on our race craft and I will leave it at that’.
When asked about the 2024 Juncos Hollinger Racing driver lineup, Morgan confirmed that they will make an announcement towards the end of the month. The strategic alliance between Juncos Hollinger Racing and Arrow McLaren is the latest in a list of partnerships between teams and when asked by Paddock Eye about how beneficial this is to INDYCAR Morgan said:
‘That’s a great question, and I don’t think we know the answer yet. I like small teams. I always have. You are doing away with the small team efforts. It is going to make the one-offs at Indy kind of interesting because there is very much going to be the haves and have-nots. But you still have those places to fill at Indianapolis and that’s exciting to me. I don’t know yet but certainly, if it makes a smaller team more competitive than it helps.’