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Juncos Racing is an American/Argentine racing team in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, IndyCar Series, Indy Lights and Pro Mazda Championship series in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder for IndyCar. Owned by Ricardo Juncos who formed the team in 1997, the team initially was based in Argentina before limited racing opportunities in that country led to the team moving to the United States.[1] The team is currently based in Indianapolis, Indiana.[2]

Argentina Juncos Racing
Founded1997
Team principal(s)Ricardo Juncos
Current seriesIndyCar Series
Firestone Indy Lights
Pro Mazda Championship
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Current driversIndyCar Series
32. United States Kyle Kaiser

Indy Lights:
21. Netherlands Rinus VeeKay
67. Canada Dalton Kellett

Indy Pro 2000:
2. United States Sting Ray Robb
10. Sweden Rasmus Lindh
Teams'
Championships
2014 Pro Mazda Championship
2014 Cooper Tires Winterfest
Drivers'
Championships
2010 Conor Daly - Star Mazda
2014 Spencer Pigot - Pro Mazda
2015 Spencer Pigot - Indy Lights
2017 Victor Franzoni - Pro Mazda
2017 Kyle Kaiser - Indy Lights

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Ricardo JuncosEdit

Ricardo Juncos, a second generation and former Formula Renault driver, grew up with a deep passion and desire for racing. At the age of 14, Juncos made his first steps in the racing community driving karts in Argentina. Through his success in karts Juncos was able to join the Formula Renault class competing throughout South America. After funding became difficult as many drivers experience over their career, Juncos began working for many race teams in order to continue his own racing career. During this time Juncos was able to learn all aspects of the car in and out, along with schooling in mechanical and electrical engineering.[3]

Argentina to the United StatesEdit

Stationed in Buenos Aires, Argentina. and headed by Ricardo Juncos, in 1997 Juncos Racing became a full-service formula racing team. The team competed from 1997 through 2003 in the Formula Renault 1600 Championship, Formula Renault 2000 Championship, and the National Sport Prototype Championship of Argentina In 2003, the team relocated to Miami, Florida as a full-service karting team. During the first few years in the U.S., the team picked up 19 local, regional, and national karting titles. Juncos Racing moved operations north to Indiana, where they developed into a formula open-wheel racing team in 2008. After being formed in 1997 by Ricardo Juncos in Argentina, the team competed from 1997 through 2003 in the Formula Renault 1600 Championship, Formula Renault 2000 Championship, and the National Sport Prototype Championship of Argentina.[4]

Pro Mazda ChampionshipEdit

In 2009, the team entered the Star Mazda series. The team was surprisingly strong in its first season, finishing second in the driver’s championship and third in the team championship with driver Peter Dempsey.[5] In 2010 Juncos driver Conor Daly won the Star Mazda championship, winning seven of the thirteen races. Juncos' other driver Tatiana Calderón finished tenth.[6] In 2011 Daly left the team to advance to the Indy Lights series, and the team replaced him with driver João Victor Horto. Horto would finish the season fourth, and Calderón sixth. Calderón did finish third in the race at Barber Motorsports Park, becoming the first woman to achieve a podium finish in the series.[7]

In 2012 Calderón left to race in the Formula Three series in Europe, while Horto and Juncos moved up to the Indy Lights series on a limited basis, while the team signed Connor De Phillippi, Bruno Palli Martin Scuncio and Diego Ferreira for their Star Mazda cars.[8] De Phillippi would win two races and finish fourth, Scuncio would win one race and finish eighth after missing the season finale. Ferreira would finish sixth and Palli twelfth. Ferreira was named "Most Improved Driver of the Year.[9] In 2013 the team would enter Ferreira and Scott Anderson in the series, now renamed the Pro Mazda Championship. Ferreira would finish second behind a dominant Matthew Brabham.[10] Anderson finished fifth.

For 2014 the team entered four cars full-time in the series, driven by Spencer Pigot, Kyle Kaiser, Julia Ballario and Jose Gutierrez. Juncos Racing started the year off on a high note, winning the Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship in both the team and driver (Spencer Pigot) championship.[11] Pigot went on to win six of the fourteen races en route to a championship. Kyle Kaiser and Jose Gutierrez both took wins in the season finale at Sonoma.[12] For 2015, Gutierrez returned to the team along with new drivers Will Owen,[13] Timothé Buret[14] and Garett Grist, who moved over from Andretti Autosport.[15]

Indy LightsEdit

In 2012 the team made its first attempt to field a car in the Indy Lights series (the next series above Pro-Mazda), with one car which was limited to six of the twelve races with three different drivers taking the wheel.

In November 2014, the team announced it would be fielding two cars full-time in the series for 2015, and would be elevating drivers Spencer Pigot and Kyle Kaiser from Pro Mazda to be the drivers.[16] Pigot began the 2015 season with five straight podium appearances, including winning both races of the doubleheader at Barber Motorsports Park.[17] With six wins and nine podiums in 16 races, he was crowned champion over Jack Harvey and Ed Jones.

IndyCar SeriesEdit

In May 2015 Ricardo Juncos announced the team would be building a new facility in Speedway, Indiana (home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway), with the intention of future participation in the IndyCar Series. The facility, called the Juncos Technical Center, would cost three million dollars and be 41,000 square feet in size.[18] On May 9, 2017 it was announced that Spencer Pigot would rejoin Juncos for its IndyCar debut at the 2017 Indianapolis 500.[19] The following day, the team announced veteran Sebastián Saavedra would drive a second entry for the team.[20]

Complete Series ResultsEdit

IndyCar SeriesEdit

(key)

IndyCar Series results
Year Chassis Engine Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pts Pos Pos
2017 STP LBH ALA PHX IMS INDY DET TXS ROA IOW TOR MDO POC GAT WGL SNM
Dallara DW12 Chevrolet IndyCar V6t   Spencer Pigot 11 18 20th 218
  Sebastián Saavedra1 17 15 26th 80
2018 STP PHX LBH ALA IMS INDY DET TXS ROA IOW TOR MDO POC GAT POR SNM
Dallara DW12 Chevrolet IndyCar V6t   René Binder (R) 32 22 16 21 22 17 21 28th 61
  Kyle Kaiser (R) 21 16 19 29 30th 45
  Alfonso Celis Jr. (R) 20 17 36th 23
2019 STP COTA ALA LBH IMS INDY DET TEX ROA TOR IOW MDO POC GAT POR LAG
Dallara DW12 Chevrolet IndyCar V6t   Kyle Kaiser 32 18 31 32nd* 22*

* Season still in progress

  1. ^ In conjunction with AFS Racing.

Indy LightsEdit

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Indy Lights results
Year Chassis Engine Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points Position
2012 STP ALA LBH INDY DET MIL IOW TOR EDM TRO BAL FON D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Dallara Nissan VRH   João Victor Horto (R) 86 13 7 7 69 15th
  Bruno Palli (R) 7 26 24th
  Chase Austin (R) 8 44 17th
87 10
2015 STP LBH ALA IMS INDY TOR MIL IOW MDO LAG D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Dallara IL-15 Mazda-AER MZR-R 2.0 Turbo I4   Spencer Pigot (R) 12 3 3 2 1* 1* 7 12 9 1* 1* 7 8 8 3 1* 1* 357 344 1st 3rd
  Kyle Kaiser (R) 18 5 5 12 8 12 12 6 5 3 9 9 4 4 11 2 10 237 6th
2016 STP PHX ALA IMS INDY ROA IOW TOR MDO WGL LAG D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Dallara IL-15 Mazda-AER MZR-R 2.0 Turbo I4   Zachary Claman DeMelo (R) 13 11 16 11 5 7 13 14 13 5 4 8 13 13 7 7 9 12 7 199 275 9th 5th
  Kyle Kaiser 18 3 2 1* 15 6 6 3 16 6 6 6 3 3 9 6 4 1* 3 334 3rd
2017 STP ALA IMS INDY ROA IOW TOR MDO GAT WGL D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Dallara IL-15 Mazda-AER MZR-R 2.0 Turbo I4   Kyle Kaiser 18 6 4 2 2 3 1* 9 3 2 5 1* 1 12 12 4 7 330 282 1st 4th
  Nicolas Dapero (R) 31 9 8 9 6 11 8 12 14 12 12 7 7 14 8 5 8 187 13th
2018 STP ALA IMS INDY ROA IOW TOR MDO GAT POR D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Dallara IL-15 Mazda-AER MZR-R 2.0 Turbo I4   Alfonso Celis Jr. (R) 7 7 8 27 291 11th 3rd
  Heamin Choi 8 6 28 10th
  Victor Franzoni (R) 23 4 4 4 2 6 3 8 3 1* 6 6 7 4 6 6 3 5 341 5th
2019 STP COTA IMS INDY ROA TOR MDO GMP POR LAG D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Dallara IL-15 Mazda-AER MZR-R 2.0 Turbo I4   Rinus VeeKay (R) 21 5 1* 2 4 92 75 2nd* 4th*
  Dalton Kellett 67 10 8 9 9 48 10th*

Star Mazda/Pro Mazda/Indy Pro 2000 ChampionshipEdit

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Pro Mazda Championship results
Year Chassis Engine Drivers No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points Position
2009 SEB VIR UTA NJMP MIL IOW ACC TRO MOS ATL LAG D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Star Race Cars Mazda Renesis   Peter Dempsey 3 4 1 1 1 13 4 1 20 461 2nd
  Michael Furfari (R) 13 12 25 9 7 11 10 8 8 6 8 13 13 9 329 9th
  Walt Bowlin1 23 25 20 25 22 23 15 17 17 124 25th
(112)1 (3rd)1
  Sean Burstyn (R) 61 20 23 14 20 19 13 5 18 9 184 19th
  Toshi Deki2 (R) 80 15 15 14 237 14th
(172)2 (2nd)2
2010 SEB STP LAG IRP IOW NJMP ACC TRO ROA MOS ATL D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Star Race Cars Mazda Renesis   Conor Daly 22 3 1 1 1 1 3 4 3 1 3 1 1 3 539 324 1st 2nd
  Tatiana Calderón (R) 25 20 19 9 11 12 11 9 7 11 9 8 16 11 320 10th
  Martin Scuncio (R) 60 4 NC
  Sean Burstyn 61 15 NC
  Rusty Mitchell 66 10 20 10 13 6 8 5 9 12 350 9th
  Hayden Duerson 94 18 20 34 26th
2011 STP ALA IRP MIL IOW MOS TRO SNM BAL LAG D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Star Race Cars Mazda Renesis   João Victor Horto 7 14 4 5 7 2 1 2 4 6 3 6 375 274 4th 2nd
  Tatiana Calderón 10 18 3 9 9 5 3 12 8 5 8 7 322 6th
  Gustavo Menezes (R) 28 8 7 7 5 3 6 6 6 9 4 15 297 8th
  Richard Heistand (R) 39 9 16 47 19th
  Martin Scuncio 60 2 11 6 2 12 9 187 13th
2012 STP ALA IRP IOW TOR EDM TRO BAL LAG ATL D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Star Race Cars Mazda Renesis   Connor de Phillippi 2 1 5 5 3 1 3 7 16 6 13 3 13 2 3 3 3 3 325 416 4th 2nd
  Bruno Palli (R) 15 14 15 13 20 14 7 10 15 18 12 10 17 10 7 20 10 5 146 12th
  Martin Scuncio 22 6 6 4 1 4 2 17 7 4 15 6 5 18 17 9 11 232 8th
  Diego Ferreira (R) 57 7 9 9 7 10 8 5 5 10 11 16 15 5 5 4 4 4 235 6th
2013 COTA STP IRP MIL TOR MOS MDO TRO HOU D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Star Race Cars Mazda Renesis   José Gutierrez (R) 2 10 10 10 10 377 NC 2nd
  Julia Ballario (R) 3 9 11 9 7 NC
  Scott Anderson 44 6 4 8 7 5 5 10 9 4 2 16 6 4 4 6 7 245 5th
  Diego Ferreira 57 1* 2 3 2 6 6 2 2 6 3 3 2 2 2 5 4 357 2nd
2014 STP ALA IMS IRP HOU MDO MIL SNM D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Star Race Cars Mazda Renesis   José Gutierrez 5 20 9 9 9 7 3 9 7 8 5 4 9 11 1 201 375 7th 1st
  Julia Ballario 6 11 7 20 14 10 7 12 4 10 15 11 6 10 8 152 11th
  Spencer Pigot 7 1* 1* 1* 1* 8 8 3 9* 1* 4 6 1* 21 5 309 1st
  Kyle Kaiser (R) 18 2 2 3 5 13 5 8 8 15 12 7 10 1 DSQ 211 6th
2015 STP NOLA ALA IMS IRP TOR IOW MDO LAG D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Star Race Cars Mazda Renesis   Garett Grist 5 11 6 11 C 7 3 5 6 8 4 5 1* 11 4 9 1* 1* 294 426 3rd 1st
  Timothé Buret (R) 6 17 13 3 C 2 8 2 1* 3 12 3 7 9 3 2 11 7 281 5th
  José Gutierrez 7 5 2 8 C 16 16 12 7 4 5 16 5 6 12 10 4 8 216 9th
  Will Owen (R) 23 8 8 13 C 9 4 8 8 2 2 15 8 10 8 5 3 4 243 7th
2016 STP ALA IMS IRP ROA TOR MDO LAG D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Star Race Cars Mazda Renesis   Jake Parsons (R) 00 8 5 10 9 3 6 4 6 9 3 5 4 7 5 12 5 258 445 6th 2nd
  Garett Grist 5 6 8 3 3 4 5 2 133 8th
  Will Owen 23 9 6 5 4 2 3 6 3 3 4 4 3 2 11 2 2 317 4th
  Nicolas Dapero (R) 31 10 10 7 7 8 8 3 2 5 5 9 5 8 3 1* 3 278 5th
2017 STP IMS ROA MDO GAT WGL D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Star Race Cars Mazda Renesis   Victor Franzoni 23 2 2 1* 1* 1* 2 2 1 2 1* 1* 1* 351 372 1st 2nd
  Jeff Green (R) 60 13 9 10 13 6 5 13 13 10 5 11 10 151 8th
2018 STP ALA IMS IRP ROA TOR MDO GAT POR D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Tatuus PM-18 Mazda MZR-R PM18At   Carlos Cunha 1 4 3 10 3 4 2* 2 6 6 2 10 4 12 252 477 6th 1st
  Rinus VeeKay (R) 2 1 1* 5 4 3 14 4 5 5 1* 1* 1* 1* 1* 2 2 412 1st
  Robert Megennis 9 3 16 14 6 14 8 3 8 10 12 3 3 2 2 5 7 269 5th
2019 STP IMS LOR ROA TOR MDO GMP POR LAG D.C. T.C. D.C. T.C.
Tatuus PM-18 Mazda MZR-R PM18At   Sting Ray Robb 2 3 5 39 55 4th* 1st
  Rasmus Lindh (R) 10 2 4 45 2nd*
  1. ^ Masters Series.
  2. ^ Expert Series.

DriversEdit

IndyCar Series (2017–present)Edit

Indy Lights (2012–present)Edit

Pro Mazda Championship (2009–present)Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Our Story Juncosracing.com.
  2. ^ Team Information Juncosracing.com
  3. ^ http://www.juncosracing.com/about-us/
  4. ^ http://www.juncosracing.com/about-us/
  5. ^ Juncos Racing: Instant contenders in the Star Mazda Championship Flagword.com February 1, 2010. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
  6. ^ Callcap Sponsorship Conor Daly Secures 2010 Star Mazda Championship Callcap.com, August 31, 2010.
  7. ^ Calderon Takes Podium And Career Best Finish At Barber The Auto Channel, April 11, 2011
  8. ^ Juncos Signs Horto For Firestone Indy Lights; De Phillippi, Scuncio For Star Mazda March 16, 2012. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
  9. ^ JOSÉ GUTIÉRREZ RETURNS TO JUNCOS RACING FOR THE 2015 PRO MAZDA CHAMPIONSHIP Promazdachampionship.com
  10. ^ Pro Mazda: Brabham Crowned Champion Eforumlacarnews.com, August 12, 2013.
  11. ^ http://www.juncosracing.com/juncos-racing-captures-the-2014-cooper-tires-winterfest-championship/
  12. ^ Tony DiZinno MRTI: Pigot claims Pro Mazda, Latorre USF2000 titles Saturday in Sonoma Motor Sports Talk on NBCSports, Aug 23, 2014.
  13. ^ Owen joins Juncos team for Pro Mazda season Indycar.com, November 20, 2014.
  14. ^ TIMOTHÉ BURET COMMITS TO JUNCOS RACING FOR 2015 PRO MAZDA CHAMPIONSHIP Promazdachampionship.com, December 3, 2014
  15. ^ DiZinno, Tony (December 16, 2014).MRTI: Burkett, Grist, Thompson confirmed for rides Motor Sports Talk on NBCSports
  16. ^ Juncos confirms two-car Indy Lights program, including Pro Mazda champ Spencer Pigot - Motor Sports Talk on NBC Sports, November 6th, 2014.
  17. ^ DiZinno, Tony (Apr 29, 2015) Spencer Pigot’s first Indy Lights weekend sweep the next step in his career - Motor Sports Talk on NBC Sports. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  18. ^ Glendenning, Mark (May 7th 2015) Indy Lights team Juncos Racing expands with eye on IndyCar Autosport.com.
  19. ^ " Juncos confirms Pigot for Indy 500 entry" Racer.com, May 9, 2017
  20. ^ "Saavedra confirmed in Juncos' second 500 entry". Racer.com. Racer Media & Marketing, Inc. May 10, 2017. Retrieved May 10, 2017.

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