TWO TOP-5S FOR KAISER IN SUCCESSFUL INDY LIGHTS DEBUT
30 MARCH 2015
St. Petersburg, Fla – Juncos Racing showed a strong start to the 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season at the Mazda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Presented by Peninsula Pipeline. Rookies Spencer Pigot and Kyle Kaiser, who both moved up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder, made an impressive run in the new Dallara IL-15 chassis and 2.0-liter turbocharged Mazda MZR-R engine in Races 1 and 2 on the 1.8 mile, 14-Turn street course located in St. Petersburg, Florida. After the two opening rounds of the 16 race campaign Juncos Racing currently sits second in the Indy Lights championship.
Starting off the season in front of his hometown crowd, American Spencer Pigot, 21, (Orlando, Florida) driving the #12 MAZDASPEED scholarship car, scored two strong third place finishes in his rookie debut. Pigot, who qualified fifth for both races, earned the “Replay XD Move of the Race Award” for Races 1 and 2 after making two fast launches on the opening laps. Pigot stands third in the championship.
“Great weekend for the Juncos Racing team at St. Pete,” said Pigot. “I’m really happy to be on the podium twice. It’s a big step up for me and all of the guys so I’m really proud of what we were able to accomplish this weekend. A big thanks to all of the crew, my sponsors Mazda, Mockett, Rising Star Racing, The Stutz, and BAD for all of their support. We will look to improve for Long Beach, but this is a great start to the season.”
Making his first Indy Lights series start American Kyle Kaiser, 19, (Santa Clara, California) driving the #18 InterVision/NetApp/JuniperNetworks car claimed two Top-5 finishes after qualifying sixth in Race 1 and seventh in Race 2 on the Streets of St. Petersburg. Kaiser is currently tied for fourth in the championship.
“Overall it was a pretty solid weekend with two Top-5 finishes to start the 2015 season,” said Kaiser. “We still have a lot to improve on as we head into the next rounds at Long Beach. I think we had a little slower start to the weekend than we anticipated during the sessions, we were kind of playing catch up. By the last race I feel like we made a ton of progress so we should be good going into Long Beach. We will continue to work hard to bring a better performance to the track and I look forward to getting back in the car in a few weeks. I’d like to thank the Juncos Racing crew, my dad, and all of my sponsors for all of their continued hard work.”
After an impressive start to the 2015 season Juncos Racing Team Owner, Ricardo Juncos, is proud of the team’s performance in both races taking their first two podiums in the Indy Lights series. Juncos is confident the team will only continue to improve in results as the season gets underway.
“I’m really proud of what the drivers and team have accomplished in our first weekend of the 2015 season,” said Juncos. “Everyone has worked hard on the new Dallara IL-15 and it showed this weekend at St. Pete. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but I know if we continued to stay focused we will only continue to accomplish more. After working with both drivers the past two years, I have seen a lot of growth in their development behind the wheel and I look forward to seeing where we go from here. I want to thank the Juncos Racing crew for all of their hard work on the new car, the drivers for their dedication, and to all of our sponsors and fans who give us amazing support.”
The 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires continues April 19th on the Streets of Long Beach, California. 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.