The wait is nearly over for Juncas Racing who will make their Verizon IndyCar Series debut in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.
The Chevrolet powered team are fielding Spencer Pigot and Sebastian Saavedra for the race this weekend. Speaking ahead of Sunday race, team owner, Ricardo Juncos commented saying:
Two months ago, we didn’t know each other and now we have a group of people working really hard together and we are doing it at the Indianapolis 500…that’s pretty special. “There were so many questions back then that had no clear answers, but, now it’s all good. I’m really happy to be running with Sebastian (Saavedra) and Spencer (Pigot). They both like the team. We obviously have a long way to go as far as being consistently competitive and we know this is going to be a long, difficult race. We’re going to take it step-by-step and do our best. At this point, I honestly don’t care where we place in the race. I have no great expectations. I just want both cars to finish the race.
Spencer Pigot in the No.11 Chevrolet will start the race from 29th place and during Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday completed 24 laps and set the 31st fastest time at a speed of 221.732MPH and speaking following the day of action he stated:
We’re still looking for some speed. “We need to keep working on the balance and trying to get it just right in traffic which is very difficult, but I think we made a little bit of progress today. Obviously, we have more to go so we’ll be studying a lot over the next few days and try to make some good changes for the race. As far as expectations for the race, we just want to hopefully start marching our way up the field a little bit. We want to finish the race and hopefully the last 30 laps we can find ourselves somewhere around the top 10 we’ll see what we have.
Sebastian Saavedra completed 31 laps and ended the day in 33rd place at a speed of 221.197MPH and will start Sunday’s race from 31st place and speaking following Carb Day, Saavedra commented by saying:
The No. 17 AFS/Juncos Racing car feels like it took a little bit to get back to where we were Tuesday,” Saavedra said. “I don’t know what happened these last four days. However, we ended the session in a very positive way and getting back to a very comfortable stage. We shall see what’s going to happen Sunday of course. The weather is going to change on us, but so far I feel very good with traffic and there’s going to be plenty of that throughout the race. We’re just going to continue looking through the data from today and go from there.