Juncos Racing Launches Initiative for Harvey Relief
 August 31, 2017| 
  • Team News

 

Indianapolis, Ind. – After the major devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, Juncos Racing has launched a Hurricane Harvey relief campaign with the support from the Indianapolis community, collecting donations that will be transported by team members to the Houston, Texas area.

Juncos Racing will be collecting donations on Friday September 1st from 10:00AM-4:00PM at their facility located at 4401 Gilman Street, Indianapolis Indiana 46224. Donations may also be made by appointment by contacting Abby Carter at abby@juncosracing.com or by calling 816-694-1685.

Juncos Racing Chief Operating Officer Jayson Marksberry has been leading this initiative for the team as they head to Watkins Glen International Raceway for the final 2017 race weekend.

A twenty-four-foot gooseneck trailer is currently in the process of being loaded with pallets of bottled water, boxes of food, basic hygiene kits, diapers, and other items desperately needed by evacuees from Houston and surrounding areas devastated by hurricane winds and historic flooding.

Many items are being purchased at Sam’s Club, along with donations of hygiene items from the manager of Brownsburg’s Comfort Suites, Flap Jack’s in Brownsburg, and from NFP Clippinger Financial Group in Evansville.   

“We have several friends, team partners, and sponsors based in Texas, not far from the affected areas,” Marksberry said. “Some still are attempting to find out if their loved ones and employees are safe. As we’ve been in touch with them, and have watched the scope of this disaster grow, we decided that we had to do something to help. Some folks have lost everything they owned. Getting them something to eat, something to drink, diapers for the youngest ones, it’s the least we can do.”

Marksberry will wait until the storm subsides with plans to head out the morning of Tuesday September 5th to the Dallas, Texas area. Several off-duty Brownsburg Police Department officers, along with two off-duty federal customs agents will lead the way for the motorcade.

Marksberry stated “We may make it all the way down to Houston. However, if a large number of people have evacuated to the Dallas area by that time, which it looks like is going to occur, we may be directed to deliver to one of the relief locations there. That’s a decision that will be made by coordinating with Dallas PD as we’re approaching the city. They’ll know where the need is at that particular point.”

Team Owner Ricardo Juncos has been in full support of the relief initiative along with preparing for the finale of the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Championship this weekend.

“When Jayson (Marksberry) approached me with this idea we had no idea how big it would become within a matter of hours,” said Juncos. “People from all of the community have been reaching out to help donate supplies that we will be taking down to those in need. It is absolutely terrible to hear and see what these people are going through. For us to collect donations and deliver them is the least we can do for the people of Texas. The Juncos Racing family sends our positive thoughts and prayers to all of the affected by this storm.”

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

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. 

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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