Juncos Racing Leads Championship After Freedom 100
 June 1, 2017| 
  • Team News
Speedway, Ind. – Juncos Racing completed Round 7 of the Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Kyle Kaiser posting the team’s best finish just inside the Top-10, giving him the necessary points to hold onto the championship lead.
 
Testing for the Freedom 100 kicked off the week on the famous 2.5 mile oval located in Speedway, Indiana with two sessions. Juncos Racing showed great pace with veteran Kaiser (Los Gatos, California) and rookie Nicolas Dapero (Buenos Aires, Argentina).
 
Teams returned back to the speedway May 26th for practice and qualifying. Weather, which has been an issue at previous events this season, played a big factor for all teams with practice being shortened to just a 20 minute session due to rain. Qualifying followed directly after with Kaiser taking the 11th position and Dapero starting 14th.
 
Sunny conditions greeted Round 7 of the championship the following day during Miller Light Carb Day. An incident on the first lap of the Freedom 100 involving two cars was avoided by both Juncos Racing cars. Kaiser, driving the No. 18 Juncos Racing car finished ninth after battling a slow leaking tire late in the race. Dapero, driving the No. 31 American Brokers/Juncos Racing car, finished 12th in his first appearance on an oval in the Indy Lights series.
 
Kaiser continues to hold onto the championship, leading second place by 14 points.
 
“The results from this weekend are a little disappointing after coming off such a great weekend on the road course, but this race is always so special and exciting” said Kaiser. “The team has worked so hard this month and I’m extremely grateful for all the hard work they put in. We lacked some pace in qualifying, but we had a solid race car and moved forward during the race. It was unfortunate we had a slow puncture in our right rear tire, but I’m still happy we finished the race and we’re leaving with a larger points lead than we came in with. I’m looking forward to the next race weekend and hopefully getting back on the podium.”
 
Teammate Dapero said “Tough weekend in Indy, it was my first time on this oval. I think we did a good job by ending the race, bringing the car home safe. We were able to do all of the laps, get experience, and get kilometers. I think we didn’t work competitive with the whole team, the guys that have more experience than me were faster but we move onto the next one. Looking forward to Road America test with the team and I just thank the whole Juncos team for a good job.”
 
 Team Owner Ricardo Juncos said “I am pleased with the our overall performance at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Even though the results are not what we expected, both drivers drove a great race. Kyle (Kaiser) could have scored a Top-5 finish, but a slow leak caused him to fall back. I am proud of the way he managed the car and to bring it home. Nico (Dapero) did a great job on his first oval in an Indy Lights car. He has worked very hard this year in transitioning into the car. The team as always worked very hard to give these guys great cars and I cannot thank them enough for their work.”
 
The 2017 Indy Lights Championship continues June 24th – June 25th with Rounds 8 and 9 at Road America.
 
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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