Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires championship winning team, Juncos Racing announced on Tuesday plans to run an entry in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on May 28, round six of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Juncos Racing has been extremely successful in the feeder category to the Verizon IndyCar Series, winning the Indy Lights championship with Verizon IndyCar Series driver Spencer Pigot in 2015. The team which is owned by Argentinean Ricardo Juncos will be hoping they can carry the Indy Lights success as a platform for success at the Indianapolis 500 in May.
Speaking at the announcement, Juncos commented by saying:
I am so happy to officially announce our participation in the Verizon IndyCar Series. “This is a dream come true for me and my team. It’s been only two months since our grand opening of the new Juncos Technical Center, which was a huge moment for us. Now we are becoming a new team in the Verizon IndyCar Series and will run in ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,’ the Indianapolis 500. This is definitely one of the biggest moments in my life.
Juncos Racing relocated to Speedway, Indiana in November 2016, moving into a state of the art facility.
Juncos Racing are receiving support from former KVSH Racing co-owner Kevin Kolkhoven. Juncos went on to say:
It’s always hard to identify the right moment and right time to make a big move and make big decisions in motor racing, but I am confident the timing is right and that we will succeed as we did in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder series. “I want to thank Mark Miles (Hulman & Co. CEO) and Jay Frye (INDYCAR president of competition and operations) from the Verizon IndyCar Series for all of their help and confidence they have had in me and my team. I also want to thank Mr. Kevin Kalkhoven from KV Racing Technology. He has been extremely helpful during this transition and, with his continued support and help with all of his experience in racing, we are confident going into this next level. Thank you to my family and my team for giving me massive support throughout the years, and to all of the fans, thank you!
Verizon IndyCar Series President of Competition and Operations Jay Frye commented by saying:
INDYCAR has been fortunate to have many drivers graduate from the Mazda Road to Indy program to the Verizon IndyCar Series, and those drivers have done a phenomenal job over the years. “Another goal of the Mazda Road to Indy program is to graduate teams and INDYCAR is working hard to help create opportunities for those teams to move up to the Verizon IndyCar Series. Ricardo and Juncos Racing have a great history of success, and we are proud to have them become a part of the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Speaking about the new project, Kevin Kalkhoven commented by saying:
We are delighted Ricardo is developing a program to progress to the Indy 500 and beyond. “We are committed to helping him and his team with our experience, equipment and data to best ensure a successful entry.
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