JUNCOS RACING LEADS INDY LIGHTS CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER FREEDOM 100
27 MAY 2017
Speedway, Indiana – Juncos Racing completed Round 7 of the Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires this past weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Kyle Kaiser posted the team’s best finish just inside the Top-10 giving him the necessary points to hold onto the championship.
Testing kicked off the week on the famous 2.5 mile oval located in Speedway, Indiana with two sessions. Juncos Racing showed great pace with veteran Kyle Kaiser (Los Gatos, California) and rookie Nicolas Dapero (Buenos Aires, Argentina).
Teams returned back to the speedway May 26th for practice and qualifying. Weather, which has been an issue at previous events this season, played a big factor for all teams with practice being shortened to just a 20 minute session due to rain. Qualifying followed directly after with Kaiser taking the 11th position and Dapero starting 14th.
Sunny conditions greeted Round 7 of the championship the following day during Miller Light Carb Day. An incident on the first lap of the Freedom 100 involving two cars was avoided by both Juncos Racing cars. Kaiser, driving the No. 18 Juncos Racing car finished ninth after battling a slow leaking tire late in the race. Dapero, driving the No. 31 American Brokers/Juncos Racing car, finished 12th in his first appearance on an oval in the Indy Lights series.
Kaiser continues to hold onto the championship leading second place by 14 points.
“The results from this weekend are a little disappointing after coming off such a great weekend on the road course, but this race is always so special and exciting,” said Kaiser. “The team has worked so hard this month and I’m extremely grateful for all the hard work they put in. We lacked some pace in qualifying, but we had a solid race car and moved forward during the race. It was unfortunate we had a slow puncture in our right rear tire, but I’m still happy we finished the race and we’re leaving with a larger points lead than we came in with. I’m looking forward to the next race weekend and hopefully getting back on the podium.”
Teammate Dapero said, “Tough weekend in Indy, it was my first time on this oval. I think we did a good job by ending the race, bringing the car home safe. We were able to do all of the laps, get experience, and get kilometers. I think we didn’t work competitive with the whole team, the guys that have more experience than me were faster but we move onto the next one. Looking forward to Road America test with the team and I just thank the whole Juncos team for a good job.”
Team Owner Ricardo Juncos said, “I am pleased with the our overall performance at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Even though the results are not what we expected, both drivers drove a great race. Kyle (Kaiser) could have scored a Top-5 finish, but a slow leak caused him to fall back. I am proud of the way he managed the car and to bring it home. Nico (Dapero) did a great job on his first oval in an Indy Lights car. He has worked very hard this year in transitioning into the car. The team as always worked very hard to give these guys great cars and I cannot thank them enough for their work.”
The 2017 Indy Lights Championship continues June 24th – June 25th with Rounds 8 and 9 at Road America.