Double Podium for Juncos Racing's Kaiser
 April 25, 2017| 
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LEEDS, Ala. – Juncos Racing picked up its first two podiums of the 2017 Indy Lights Championship this past weekend in Rounds 3 and 4 in the Mazda Grand Prix of Alabama Presented by Cooper tires at Barber Motorsports Park. Kyle Kaiser earned two second-place finishes and the pole position for Round 3, while teammate Nicolas Dapero posted his best finish of the season in the 400th race in the Indy Lights series history.

The weekend started off with one practice session for the Indy Lights Championship presented by Cooper Tires on the 3.2-mile, 17-turn road course located just outside of Birmingham, Ala. The final step of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires ladder series proved to be highly competitive among the 15-car field with two thirds of the cars finishing within 0.8 seconds of each other.

The following morning Kyle Kaiser (Los Gatos, California) put his #18 Juncos Racing car on the pole for the first time this season for Round 3. Rookie Nicolas Dapero (Buenos Aires, Argentina) qualified 12th.

Later that day Round 3 began with an incident on the first lap involving three cars. Both Juncos cars were spared and would go on to finish a clean race. Kaiser claimed his first podium of the season, taking second. Dapero finished just inside the top 10 in ninth.

A downpour of rain stalled all track activity the final morning at Barber Motorsports Park, canceling qualifying for the 400th race in the history of the Indy Lights series. Starting positions were then determined based on championship points. Kaiser took the second position, while Dapero started 10th.  Kaiser went on to claim his second podium of the weekend, taking second. Dapero drove his #31 American Brokers/Juncos Racing car to a sixth-place finish, his best finish so far this season.

Kaiser’s two second-place finishes move him into second in the championship standings.

“I’m very happy with our results from Barber,” said Kaiser. “We achieved one of our goals by getting the pole in the only qualifying session and improved in the points from fifth to second. The team gave me a very fast car and it showed throughout the weekend. I’m excited for the month of May and look forward to closing the gap in the championship.”

Dapero’s second weekend in the Indy Lights series proved to be successful as he was able to finish just outside the top five.

“We showed a lot of improvement in our second weekend in the Indy Lights series,” said Dapero. “That is our main goal for this year. We want to learn and grow each race as much as we can to get closer to the front. Going home with a ninth and sixth-place finish makes us keep working hard to get better every time we go out on track. It was our best result so far and I am 100% confident that next race it will be better. There is a lot we need to still work on for the next race and I will keep working hard away from the track. I want to thank each and every member of the Juncos Racing team for the incredible job.”

Ricardo Juncos, Team Principal, said: “I am pleased with our results at Barber this weekend. Both drivers started off strong in practice and Kyle carried that through into qualifying when he got the pole for Round 3. Kyle did a great job in both races, and I am happy to see him pick up our first two podiums of the year. Nico had a great race in Round 4 and was able to make some great passes, along with hold on to his position to the end. I am really pleased with both Kyle and Nico’s efforts this weekend and look forward to a successful May. The crew did an amazing job as always giving these guys great cars. They continue to work hard both at the shop and here at the track and that pays off on weekends like this when we are able to finish on the podium in each race.”

The 2017 Indy Lights championship continues May 12-13 on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  

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About Juncos Racing
Juncos Racing is a championship-winning Mazda Road to Indy team currently running in Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires.

Juncos Racing was established by Ricardo Juncos in 1997 as a small formula car race program based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After times became financially tough, Juncos relocated to the United States in 2002 where he worked as a mechanic for a small karting team based in Florida. Juncos was then able to open the doors to his own shop and run in karting series throughout the United States.

In 2009, Juncos Racing entered in the former Star Mazda Championship (now the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires), where the team had great success in its maiden season, finishing second in the driver's championship and third in the team championship. The following year, the team captured its first championship in the series with Indiana native Conor Daly. Fast forward to 2015, where Juncos Racing had its most successful season capturing the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires driver's championship with current Verizon Indy Car Series driver Spencer Pigot and also claiming the Pro Mazda team championship. 

The mission of Juncos Racing is to develop young drivers from around the world into the next level of their racing careers through the Juncos Racing Driver Development Program. Through this program, the team not only works with drivers on track to improve their skills behind the wheel, but also gives them the tools needed to understand the engineering and mechanics of the race car. Drivers who have participated in the program and have gone on to compete in the next level include Peter Dempsey, Conor Daly, Connor De Phillippi, Chase Austin, Kyle Kaiser, Nicolas Dapero and Spencer Pigot.

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