JUNCOS RACING'S KAISER SCORES DOUBLE PODIUMS ON THE STREETS OF TORONTO
19 JULY 2016
Toronto – Juncos Racing returned to the podium twice this past weekend in Rounds 12 and 13 of the 2016 Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. American Kyle Kaiser picked up a third place finish in both rounds of the Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix of Toronto.
The Indy Lights series made a quick turnaround moving from the last oval of the season at Iowa Speedway to the 1.755 mile, 11-Turn street course located in Toronto, Canada. Practice kicked off on Friday July 15th with two short sessions. Kaiser (Santa Clara, California) remained inside the Top-5 of the extremely tight field for both practice sessions.
Qualifying the following day did not go as planned for Juncos Racing, when both drivers were looking to make their fastest laps and a red flag came out ending the session five minutes early. Kaiser took the seventh position and Canadian Zach Claman De Melo (Montreal, Canada) started ninth.
Round 12 of the championship saw lots of action with multiple incidents throughout the 35 Lap race. Claman De Melo was unfortunately involved in the first incident of the day on tenth lap when the #2 Pelfrey car lost control and collected the #13 ZCD Montreal/Seven for All Mankind car, ending Claman De Melo’s day early. Kaiser, who started seventh, battled his way to the Top-5, eventually passing the #55 on Lap 22 for the fourth position. During the final lap of the race Kaiser made his most impressive pass of the day in the #18 InterVision/NetApp/ JuniperNetworks car, finishing on the podium in third.
The weekend concluded on a high note for Juncos Racing in Round 13. Kaiser, who started fourth, moved into the third position early in the race. The young American would maintain his position for the rest of the 45 lap race and go on to pick up his second podium of the weekend, but not without having one of the toughest battles on track. Teammate Claman De Melo’s day did not go as planned when he had to pit early in the race to replace the front wing and a flat tire. Claman De Melo finished the day 13th.
Kaiser currently sits fourth in the very close championship with only five races remaining in the 2016 season.
“This was a great weekend to get us back in the hunt for the championship. After a late red caught us out and left us with less than optimal starting positions, the team gave me a strong race car for both races. I’m looking forward to the next race at Mid-Ohio to continue the momentum we’ve built.”
Claman De Melo explained “It was a tough weekend, had lots of bad luck. I’m looking forward to my first IndyCar test coming up and plan to be the best me in the next few races to come. Going to be pushing hard!”
Team Principle Ricardo Juncos was thrilled to see Kaiser back on the podium and is confident both drivers will be successful at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course next week.
“I’m really pleased with our results after not starting off the weekend so well in qualifying,” said Juncos. “Everyone worked so hard to give these drivers the best cars for both races. I know that Zach (Claman De Melo) would have had a great finish if he had not been taken out early in the first race. He was showing very strong pace and I know he will bounce back with the last few races of the season. I am very proud of Kyle’s (Kaiser) results this weekend. He drove two of the toughest races and did an excellent job fighting for and maintaining his positions. It’s going to be a tough battle until the end of the championship so we will keep our focus and do everything we can to defend our title from the 2015 season. I have to thank all of the crew for all of the long hours they put in this past weekend. I also want to thank the all of the families and friends of both drivers who came to support us this weekend, we had a great group!”
The 2016 Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires season continues next week July 28th – July 31st at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. 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. Recently the team captured the driver Indy Lights Championship with Spencer Pigot, and took home their second consecutive team Pro Mazda Championship.