JUNCOS RACING'S KAISER WINS ROUND 17 AT MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA
13 SEPTEMBER 2016
Monterey, Calif. – Juncos Racing ended the 2016 Indy Lights season on a successful note with American Kyle Kaiser taking the win in Round 17 and a third place finish in Round 18 of the Mazda Grand Prix of Monterey Presented by Cooper Tires. Kaiser finishes third in the 2016 Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.
Two practice sessions kicked off the finale weekend of the 2016 Indy Lights Championship on the 2.238 mile, 11-Turn road course. Kyle Kaiser and teammate Zach Claman De Melo both showed great pace among the tight field during both practice sessions.
Kaiser turned up the momentum going into qualifying where he picked up his third pole position of the season. Claman De Melo took the 10th starting position.
Later that day Kaiser continued his impressive run behind the wheel of the #18 InterVision/NetApp/ JuniperNetworks car in front of this hometown crowd, leading the entire 30 lap race and going on to win by over eight seconds. This victory marked the second win for Kaiser this season. Claman De Melo’s luck did not fair as well that afternoon when contact on the first lap caused him to spin and forced the #13 machine to the back of the field. The young Canadian finished 12th.
Juncos Racing carried their success into Round 18, the final race of the season. Kaiser who started second, went on to finish third, delivering the team their ninth podium finish this season. Claman De Melo, driving the #13 ZCD Montreal car, finished a strong seventh after battling his way throughout the race from the back of the field.
Kaiser finishes off the season third in the Indy Lights Championship with two wins, nine podiums, and three poles.
“I’m very happy with how we closed out the season at Mazda Raceway,” said Kaiser. “With a dominant victory and another podium we jumped from fifth to third in the overall championship. I can’t thank the team enough for all their hard work throughout the season. I’ve learned a considerable amount after this year and was fortunate to race against some great competition.”
“It was nice to end the year with a decent result,” said Claman De Melo. “I’m looking forward to getting home and to start working towards next year.”
Team Principle Ricardo Juncos said, “I am so thrilled to end the season with another win and another podium finish. We had a lot to live up to from the 2015 season after winning the driver’s championship and I believe we proved that we are still a top team this season. Kyle (Kaiser) had an incredible year earning multiple podiums and two wins. He (Kaiser) has shown great pace and consistency all season and I know he will continue this success in the future. I want to thank Kyle and his family for their continued involvement and dedication to our team. Zach (Claman De Melo) really impressed us this year by showing great speed in his first appearance in the Indy Lights car. He made a lot of great passes throughout the season and really grew a lot within our team. I owe a huge thank you to our crew who has gone above and beyond to give these drivers fast and reliable cars all season. I also need to thank all of their families for their support, as we know it is not easy for these guys to be away from home throughout the year. We also need to thank all of the amazing support we receive from around the world. Without all of these people we would not be as successful as we are today.”
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.