Franzoni Completes Indy Lights Freedom 100
 May 30, 2018| 
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Although Victor Franzoni did not get the result hoped for at the Freedom 100, the rookie ran one of his best races since joining Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.

Round 7 of the Indy Lights championship kicked off with two practice sessions followed by qualifying on the famous 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. Brazilian rookie Victor Franzoni would take the fourth starting position among the competitive Indy Lights field.

History would repeat itself with one of the most action packed races and record setting passes during the Freedom 100. When the green flag waved the field would go to battle for the lead. In only five laps 27 passes had been made. Franzoni would be one of the top cars battling for the lead and would lead multiple laps. However, a low tire caused the team to call Franzoni in for a unexpected pit stop to change the tire and he would go two laps down. Franzoni ended the day in 8th, after putting on his best performance since joining the Indy Lights Championship.

“The race did not go as we expected,” said Franzoni. “We had to pit due to a low tire in the middle of the race. We had a great race going until that point as I was able to led a couple of laps and we continued to fight our way to the top. The car was amazing all week. I was able to qualify P4. Luck was just not on our side this weekend so we will move forward and go on to the next one.”

Team Owner Ricardo Juncos said, “Victor had an excellent start and was putting on one of his best races this season. He was up front in no time and making some great passes for the lead. Unfortunately one of his tires started to lose pressure so we had to call him in to get it changed, which put him two laps down. I am very proud of how well he was able to run on his first oval in an Indy Lights car. His pace was strong and he was a car to contend with for the win if he had not had to pit for the tire. The crew did an amazing job giving him a fast car for one of the biggest races of the season. I want to thank everyone for all of their hard work as we have had a busy month running all three series. These guys have helped out other teams in making sure everyone had a successful month.”

The 2018 Indy Lights Championship continues with Rounds 8 and 9 at Road America June 21–23.

About Juncos Racing:
Juncos Racing is a championship-winning Mazda Road to Indy team currently running in Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires and Indy Lights Championship presented by Cooper Tires, and Verizon IndyCar Series.

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.

In 2017, Juncos Racing announced they would enter the Verizon IndyCar series and compete in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. The rookie team would go on to finish a respected 15th with Sebastian Saavedra and 18th with Spencer Pigot. Juncos Racing also captured the Pro Mazda Championship and Indy Lights Championship, as the only team to win both series in the same year in the Mazda Road to Indy history.

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 Connor de Phillippi, Nicolas Dapero, Tatiana Calderon, Peter Dempsey, Conor Daly, Spencer Pigot, Victor Franzoni, and Kyle Kaiser.
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