Kaiser Advances to the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series with Juncos Racing
 October 19, 2017| 
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Kaiser Juncos IndyCar 2017

Indianapolis, Ind. – Juncos Racing announced today that American Kyle Kaiser will join the team for a partial-season run in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series. Kaiser moves up to the Verizon IndyCar Series after claiming this year’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship with Juncos Racing.

Kaiser (Los Gatos, CA) will run four races in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, including the INDYCAR Grand Prix and the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil – both in May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Two additional events are to be determined.

“I’m very excited to be moving up to the Verizon IndyCar Series with Juncos Racing,” said Kaiser. “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!”

By winning the 2017 Indy Lights championship, Kaiser was awarded a scholarship valued at $1 million from Mazda to advance to the Verizon IndyCar Series.  Kaiser recorded three wins, three poles and five podium finishes throughout the 2017 Indy Lights season.

“Another year of great Indy Lights competition, another great Indy Lights champion,” said Dan Andersen, owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “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!”

Juncos Racing expanded its program into the Verizon IndyCar Series earlier this year, debuting in the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil with two entries. The team finished a respected 15th with Sebastian Saavedra and 18th with Spencer Pigot.

“This is what our mission is at Juncos Racing, to take drivers to the next level in their career,” said Juncos Racing Owner Ricardo Juncos. “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.”

The addition of Kaiser and Juncos Racing to the roster of Verizon IndyCar Series entries for 2018 is further evidence of the series’ continued growth, said Jay Frye, INDYCAR president of competition and operations.

“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,” Frye said. “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.”

Kaiser joined Juncos Racing in 2014 to run in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, where he helped deliver the team its first Pro Mazda team championship. Juncos Racing then moved Kaiser up to Indy Lights in 2015, when the team won its first Indy Lights championship. Kaiser finished third in the 2016 Indy Lights championship, claiming two wins and three poles.


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.

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 Peter Dempsey, Conor Daly, Connor De Phillippi, Chase Austin, Kyle Kaiser, Nicolas Dapero and Spencer Pigot. 

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