INDY LIGHTS CHAMP KAISER ADVANCES TO INDYCAR WITH JUNCOS
19 OCTOBER 2017
The power of Mazda's Road To Indy will be on display next year when reigning Indy Lights champion Kyle Kaiser and his Juncos Racing team make the leap to the Verizon IndyCar Series on a part-time basis. Using the $1 million advancement prize from the MRTI, four races, including the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and Indy 500, are scheduled, and more will be added if increased funding can be found.
Dating back to its debut 32 years ago as the American Racing Series, it will mark the first time in Indy Lights history where the title-winning driver and team remained together to graduate to IndyCar the following season.
"I'm very excited to be moving up to the Verizon IndyCar Series with Juncos Racing," Kaiser said of the Speedway, Ind.-based team owned by Ricardo Juncos. "Juncos has been a huge part of my recent success in the Mazda Road to Indy. I have the utmost confidence in Ricardo's program moving forward and I'm very thankful to everyone involved for making this possible, especially Mazda, Cooper Tires and Dan Andersen for their investment into the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system which will allow me to take the final step towards a career in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Now, I'm just anxious to get behind the wheel as soon as possible!"
Juncos Racing bought the former assets of the KV Racing team earlier this year to make a one-off debut at the Indy 500 with its 2015 Indy Lights champion Spencer Pigot, and IndyCar veteran Sebastian Saavedra. With the partial season planned for California's Kaiser, the Argentinian's team will head into 2018 with its first formal commitment as an IndyCar entrant.
"This is what our mission is at Juncos Racing, to take drivers to the next level in their career," Juncos said. "We began with Kyle in the Pro Mazda series back in 2014 and then took him to the Indy Lights series, where he had three years to grow into the driver he is today. Each season, Kyle showed tremendous progress on and off track. That hard work and dedication paid off this past season with Kyle winning the Indy Lights championship. Now that Kyle has decided to return to the team for his first run in the Verizon IndyCar Series shows his confidence in our organization.
"Kyle and his family have been a part of the Juncos Racing family for a long time and I am thrilled to be a part of this time in his career and look forward to helping him be a successful driver next year in the Verizon IndyCar Series. I want to thank Kyle and his family for continuing to support Juncos Racing and for giving us the opportunity to work with Kyle for our fifth year in a row."