Juncos Racing’s Kyle Kaiser said that he was a little disappointed with his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway on Saturday night.
Kaiser started the race from 14th place and flirted with the top ten before retiring from the race on lap 174 after making slight contact with the wall and being classified in 21st place.
Speaking following the race, Kaiser commented by saying:
Obviously, I’m a little disappointed with the way things ended, but I am extremely happy with how the car was and effort from the team. I think we had a really nice race car. We had strong pace and were running times with the guys who were running up front. The Chevy engine was great the whole time. We had some good runs and got some good passes in and I learned a ton. I’m a rookie with a rookie team so we are out here on a super steep learning curve. Being able to go out there and run that many laps and learn as much as I did was very valuable. I’m looking forward to getting back in the car at Long Beach and building on what we learned from this weekend.
Team owner Ricardo Juncos was happy with how both his outfit and Kaiser performed over the course of the weekend and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
I am pleased with what we were able to accomplish this weekend in Phoenix. “Kyle (Kaiser) really proved he is a strong rookie to contend with in this field. He was able to adapt to changes made to the car and provide the engineers with the data needed to make improvements. He gained more confidence as each session progressed which translated within his times on track. I am confident he will continue with this momentum into Long Beach this week and look forward to a great weekend. I want to thank the entire crew for all of their hard work. We are a rookie team, so we have a long way to go, but with the work ethic and determination from everyone I am confident we will be successful as the season progresses.