Kyle Kaiser Paces Indy Lights Field at Chris Griffis Test
 November 27, 2015| 
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Indianapolis, Ind. – Juncos Racing proved to be quickest overall during the fifth annual Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy test in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires line up this past weekend at the Circuit of The Americas. Kyle Kaiser took the top spot for Juncos Racing on the 3.4-mile, 20-turn road course, while rookies José Gutiérrez and Zachary Claman DeMelo made their first official run in the Indy Lights series.
The three car line up for Juncos Racing completed a total of 234 laps during the two-day, six-session test. The team continued with their strong momentum since winning the 2015 Indy Lights drivers’ championship, with all three drivers running inside the top-three throughout the weekend.

American Kyle Kaiser (Santa Clara, California), who only ran the first day, locked down the fastest time overall and could not be matched on the final day of testing. Kaiser will rejoin Juncos Racing for his sophomore season in the 2016 Indy Lights Championship.
“I was pleased with the progress we made throughout the test day,” said Kaiser. “Even though we’re testing on a track we will not race on next season, it’s important to go through the process of developing the car and trying various setups. At the end of the day we gained some valuable knowledge, plus it was really fun to drive on one of my favorite tracks!”
Rookie Zachary Claman DeMelo (Montreal, Canada) made his official debut with Juncos Racing in the Indy Lights series, running as high as second throughout the two days and finishing with the third quickest time overall. Claman DeMelo recently competed in the F3 Cup and Formula Renault 2.0 series in Europe.
“I am very happy with how the weekend went,” said Claman DeMelo. “I hope we can continue with this momentum into the next test. The team has been extremely helpful and I progressed in every session so hopefully we can continue with our pace.”
Rookie José Gutiérrez (Monterrey, Mexico) made his first appearance behind the wheel of the Mazda powered Dallara-IL15 this past weekend, finishing fourth overall. Gutiérrez spent the past two seasons running in the Pro Mazda Championship with Juncos Racing where he accumulated multiple podiums and one win.
“Driving the Indy Lights car was awesome,” said Gutiérrez. “I fell in love with it. I can’t thank Juncos Racing enough for giving me the opportunity to drive this monster on a very nice track that F1 cars have raced on. Let’s see what 2016 brings and I can’t wait to start the season.”
Team Principle Ricardo Juncos, was pleased with the results all three drivers obtained and looks forward to continuing preparations for their second season in the Indy Lights series.  
“We tried our hand at running three Indy Lights cars at COTA this past weekend,” said Juncos. “I have to say it was a huge success. Kyle (Kaiser) set the fastest lap of the weekend and Zach (Claman DeMelo) and José (Gutiérrez) closed in on the bar that Kyle had set in day two. All three drivers did a fantastic job and all three would make for valuable additions to the team in 2016. I believe we once again proved that we are the team to beat. I’m looking forward to our upcoming testing throughout the month of December.”
About Juncos Racing:  Ricardo Juncos, a second generation driver, grew up with a deep passion for racing. Juncos made his first steps in the racing community driving karts throughout Argentina. After funding became difficult, Juncos worked for teams in order to support his own racing career. During this time Juncos took courses in mechanical and electrical engineering to fully understand racing on and off the track. Ricardo Juncos established Juncos Racing in 1997 as a formula team operating in Argentina. Six years later, Juncos Racing moved to Miami, Florida where they became a respected karting team recording multiple local, regional, and national titles. After a successful run in karts, Juncos Racing moved north to Indianapolis, Indiana the “racing capitol of the world,” in 2008 to join INDYCAR’s Mazda Road to Indy series. After only two years in the Star Mazda Championship, the team finished second in the 2010 championship while Conor Daly won the driver championship. Juncos Racing continued their run in the Pro Mazda Championship (the former Star Mazda) taking second in the 2012 and 2013 championships. Most recently 2014 proved to be one of the most successful years for Juncos Racing, winning the driver championship with Spencer Pigot and team championship in both the Cooper Tires Winterfest and Pro Mazda Championship. Juncos Racing expanded operations in 2015 to include two Indy Lights entries along with four Pro Mazda cars. Recently the team captured the driver Indy Lights Championship with Spencer Pigot, and took home their second consecutive team Pro Mazda Championship. 
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