Juncos Racing's Kaiser Takes Fourth, Dapero Fifth at Gateway
 August 29, 2017| 
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Madison, Ill.  – Juncos Racing picked up two Top-5 finishes this weekend in Round 15 of Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires at Gateway Motorsports Park. Kyle Kaiser took fourth and teammate Nicolas Dapero earned his best finish in the Indy Lights series, taking fifth in the Mazda St. Louis Indy Lights Oval Challenge Presented by Cooper Tires.

The two day event began with one practice session on the 1.25 mile oval track located just outside downtown St. Louis, Missouri.   

Qualifying followed the next morning for the 15 car field. Kaiser (Los Gatos, California) took the fifth starting position while Dapero (Buenos Aires, Argentina) qualified ninth. 

The final oval race of the season concluded the day for the Indy Lights series. Kaiser, driving the #18 Juncos Racing car, needed a fifth place or better finish to secure his championship points lead going into the finale. The Indy Lights series put on one of the most thrilling races of the season during the 75 lap race with multiple battles and a few on track incidents to shake up the field. Kaiser narrowly missed a late incident involving Nico Jamin and would go on to finish just off the podium in fourth. Rookie Dapero, driving the #31 American Brokers Juncos Racing car, had one of his best races of the season and would earn his best finish in the Indy Lights series taking fifth.

Kaiser leads the championship by 31 points and will only need to start Round 16 at Watkins Glen to win the 2017 Indy Lights Driver Championship. 

“What a crazy race,” said Kaiser. “We had a strong start to the race and got up to P2, but started to struggle with some overheating and fell back to P6. A late red flag gave us a chance to cool the tires and get aggressive on the restart and capitalize on some mistakes in front of me to bring the car home P4. Right now we lead the points by 31 heading into the last weekend. I’m extremely grateful for Juncos Racing for supporting me and putting me in a position to win this championship. I’m looking forward to getting back into the car and having some fun next weekend!” 

Dapero said “I’m super happy with how this weekend went for us. It was my best finish so far. The team did a great job and we are showing the hard work we have been putting into this whole year. Every race we are getting better and better. I’m ready to go on for a podium at Watkins Glen or even for the win!” 

Team Owner Ricardo Juncos said “This was one of the best weekends for our entire team, running in both series. Victor (Franzoni) won the Pro Mazda race and now leads the championship. Kyle’s (Kaiser) fourth place finish gave him the points he needed to secure his points lead for the Indy Lights Championship. Nico (Dapero) drove one of his best races since moving up into the Indy Lights series. He has really proven himself and all of his hard work is showing. I cannot say enough about this entire team. We have had a very intense year, running in our first Indy 500 with two cars while running in the Mazda Road to Indy series. Everyone has worked so hard and you can see that with both of our championship leads in the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights series.” 

The 2017 Indy Lights Championship concludes this weekend September 1 – 3rd, with Round 16 at Watkins Glen International Raceway. 

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.  

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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