Pigot Takes Second After Tight Battle in Long Beach
 April 21, 2015| 
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Long Beach, Calif. – Juncos Racing continued its successful run in the 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires in the team's first appearance on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn course located on the streets of Long Beach this past weekend. Rookie Spencer Pigot delivered the team's third podium of the season taking second in the Grand Prix of Long Beach Presented by Allied Building Products. After three races the team currently sits second in the Indy Lights championship.

Juncos Racing started off the weekend strong with rookies Spencer Pigot (Orlando, Fla.) and Kyle Kaiser (Santa Clara, Calif.), who each made their first appearance on the streets of Long Beach, finishing inside the top-three of both practice sessions. The team continued its success in qualifying after a tight battle for the pole with Pigot taking the second position and Kaiser qualifying third.

The weekend concluded with an action-packed Round Three of the Indy Lights championship. When the green flag waved for the 42-lap race, multiple drivers went into battle for the lead in Turn One, causing Kaiser, driving the #18 InterVision/NetApp/JuniperNetworks car, to make contact with the car in front of him, retiring out of the race without completing a lap. Teammate Pigot, driving the #12 MAZDASPEED scholarship car, narrowly avoided the first-lap incident and was pushed back in the field to fifth. After 21 laps, Pigot made three impressive passes to move into second, and then went on to battle for the win. Pigot stalked Ed Jones in the #11 Carlin car and made several attempts to take the lead in the last half of the race, but had to settle for the second 0.613 seconds behind Jones.

Pigot’s second-place finish marked his third podium in three races and moves him into second in the Indy Lights championship.

“I’m happy to be back on the podium this weekend,” said Pigot. “We’ve worked hard and made a lot of improvements since St. Pete so I have to thank Juncos Racing for that. I had to avoid a crash at the start which forced me back to fifth, but I was able to fight my way back. We definitely had the pace to win today so that’s good for our confidence. I want to thank Mazda, Doug Mockett & Company, Rising Star Racing, The Stutz, MOBĒ and BAD for all of their support.”

Kaiser who continued to show great pace behind the wheel of the Mazda-powered Dallara IL-15 during practice and qualifying, was disappointed to end his weekend early due contact on the first lap.

"The race weekend as a whole had many positives despite ending so poorly,” said Kaiser. “The team and I had worked extremely hard to arrive at Long Beach with competitive cars that could challenge for the win, and our pace was always within the top three. I'm disappointed that I made a mistake that ended what could've been a great race for the team, but it's a long season and I know the team will continue to work as hard as I will to improve and fight for podiums and wins this year. I'm fortunate the turnaround for Barber will be so quick so I have an opportunity to display that this weekend."

Juncos Racing Team Owner Ricardo Juncos was pleased with the team’s improvements since the first race weekend of the year, along with recording another podium finish, and looks forward to continuing that success at Barber Motorsports Park this week.

“Our goal going into the weekend was to take the fight to the two cars ahead of us,” said Juncos. “Our technical team has been working flat out and I believe we came to Long Beach with an incredibly strong car. We demonstrated that both in qualifying and in the race. Unfortunately, the race start was less than ideal, however I commend both drivers for really going for it. It shows how badly everyone at Juncos Racing wants that first victory. Spencer (Pigot) drove what I believe to be one of the best races he has ever driven for us.”

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires continues April 24-26 on the 2.3-mile, 17-turn road course at Barber Motorsports Park located in Birmingham, Ala. For more information please visit juncosracing.com and indylights.com.

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.
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