Juncos Racing announces Indy 500 entry, IndyCar debut

Juncos Racing

By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

After years spent toiling in the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, Juncos Racing are finally aiming to make their Indianapolis 500 dreams a reality.

The organization announced Tuesday that they intend to field an entry in the upcoming 101st Indianapolis 500 Presented by Penngrade Motor Oil.

The team’s planned drivers for the event are unknown at this time. Two potential options are Kyle Kaiser and Nicolas Dapero, both of which will run full-time for Juncos in the upcoming Indy Lights season.

Founded by Ricardo Juncos, Juncos Racing have slowly progressed through karting and into the MRTI. The company recently relocated its headquarters last Nov. to a new facility in Speedway, Indiana. The building, which stretches to roughly 40,000 square feet, contains a paint booth, simulator room, offices, eight car bays and machine shop, along with parking for the team’s transporters.

“I am so happy to officially announce our participation in the Verizon IndyCar Series,” Juncos said in a release. “This is a dream come true for me and my team. It’s been only two months since our grand opening of the new Juncos Technical Center, which was a huge moment for us. Now we are becoming a new team in the Verizon IndyCar Series and will run in ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,’ the Indianapolis 500. This is definitely one of the biggest moments in my life.”

Juncos will run with equipment and support from Kevin Kalkhoven, former co-owner of the now-defunct KV Racing.

“We are delighted Ricardo is developing a program to progress to the Indy 500 and beyond,” Kalkhoven said. “We are committed to helping him and his team with our experience, equipment and data to best ensure a successful entry.”

The plan is for Juncos Racing to compete solely in the Indy 500 in 2017, with the intent to move up to full-time competition in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2018.

“At the moment I am going to focus on the Indy 500 and that will be a starting point,” Juncos said. “The ideal situation will be to run fulltime in ’18. If the opportunity happens that we can race more races than the 500 (in ’17), we’re going to take it.

“Now we are becoming a new team in the Verizon IndyCar Series and will run in ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,’ the Indianapolis 500,” Juncos added. “This is definitely one of the biggest moments in my life.”

The 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 Presented by Penngrade Motor Oil will be contested on May 28.

 

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