Juncos Racing who made their Verizon IndyCar Series debut at the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil announced on Thursday that Indy Lights champion Kyle Kaiser will drive a partial Verizon IndyCar Series programme with the team in 2018.
Kaiser will compete in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May and three other as yet to be determined events during the season.
Speaking about the news, Kaiser commented by saying:
“I’m very excited to be moving up to the Verizon IndyCar Series with Juncos Racing. “Juncos has been a huge part of my recent success in the Mazda Road to Indy. I have the utmost confidence in Ricardo’s (Juncos) program moving forward and I’m very thankful to everyone involved for making this possible, especially Mazda, Cooper Tires and Dan Andersen for their investment into the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system which will allow me to take the final step towards a career in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Now, I’m just anxious to get behind the wheel as soon as possible!
Dan Andersen, CEO of Andersen Promotions commented by saying:
Another year of great Indy Lights competition, another great Indy Lights champion. “I have enjoyed watching Kyle over the past few seasons take his natural talent and improve on his skills, then put it all together this year and win the crown. This is what the Mazda Road to Indy is all about and it’s terrific that both Kyle and Juncos Racing are making the jump together. I believe they will open some eyes in 2018 and we will, of course, be cheering them on!
Founder and owner of Juncos Racing, Ricardo Juncos commented by saying:
This is what our mission is at Juncos Racing, to take drivers to the next level in their career. “We began with Kyle in the Pro Mazda series back in 2014 and then took him to the Indy Lights series, where he had three years to grow into the driver he is today. Each season, Kyle showed tremendous progress on and off track. That hard work and dedication paid off this past season with Kyle winning the Indy Lights championship. Now that Kyle has decided to return to the team for his first run in the Verizon IndyCar Series shows his confidence in our organization. Kyle and his family have been a part of the Juncos Racing family for a long time and I am thrilled to be a part of this time in his career and look forward to helping him be a successful driver next year in the Verizon IndyCar Series. I want to thank Kyle and his family for continuing to support Juncos Racing and for giving us the opportunity to work with Kyle for our fifth year in a row.
IndyCar President of Competition and Operations Jay Frye commented by saying:
“INDYCAR is happy to see Kyle and Juncos Racing take this step together since they have been an integral part of the Mazda Road to Indy system for four years. “We welcomed Juncos Racing to the Verizon IndyCar Series at this year’s Indianapolis 500, believing it would lead to a deeper involvement. Today’s announcement shows this to be the case and we look forward to their participation in the four races in 2018, with hopefully many more to come.”
The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season begins on March 11 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg. The 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil takes place on May 27.