KYLE KAISER FINISHES 16TH IN THE 44TH TOYOTA LONG BEACH GRAND PRIX
17 APRIL 2018
Juncos Racing’s Kyle Kaiser picked up his best finish in the Verizon IndyCar Series this weekend at the Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix. Kaiser finished 16th after facing many challenges throughout the three-day event located on the streets of Long Beach, California.
The third weekend of the Verizon IndyCar Series kicked off with three practice sessions on the 1.968 mile, 11-Turn street course. Kaiser, driving the No. 32 Chevrolet / Juncos Racing car was able to make progress throughout each session and find a strong pace for qualifying.
Qualifying did not go as planned for the California native when he made contact with the wall in Turn-9 and would have to take the starting position in the back of the field. The car suffered major damage on the left side and would take the crew until midnight before the race to repair.
The 44th Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix 85-lap race concluded the weekend with near perfect weather conditions. Kaiser, who started 24th, was penalized early in the race for a pit lane violation and had to take a drive-through penalty. Midway through the race, Kaiser went a lap down after locking up his tires, forcing the car into the runoff in Turn-1. Despite being faced with the challenges throughout the first half of the race, Kaiser was able to pick up his pace, running with the leader’s times and finish 16th.
“Overall, I am happy with where we ended up in the race,” said Kaiser. “There were a couple of mistakes on my part. I had a problem coming out of the pits and had to serve a drive-through (penalty). Then I locked it up going into Turn-1 halfway through the race and we lost a lap doing that. We still managed to finish 16th and move up eight spots. We had really good pace through the race and I know we had a really good race car. I can’t thank the team enough and I cannot thank the guys enough for all of their hard work after qualifying and putting together a good race car. I am really excited for the next race because I know we have a great thing going here and we are just getting better and better every time we get back in the car. Hats off to the team, I’m having a lot of fun racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series.”
Team Owner Ricardo Juncos said, “I am extremely pleased with how the weekend went in Long Beach. This team has really come together and found a great chemistry over the past two events. Kyle (Kaiser) has continued to improve and gain confidence behind the wheel. He proved he can run with the leader’s pace and I am confident he will be successful once we go on track this May. I cannot thank the entire crew enough for all of their hard work. These guys came together and worked until midnight before the race to repair the car after the incident in qualifying. Despite the challenges we have faced as a rookie team, we have shown what we are capable of. I look forward to carrying this momentum into Barber this coming weekend.”
The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series continues this week at Barber Motorsports Park located just outside Birmingham, Alabama.