By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief
Juncos Racing have confirmed that its partnership with Chevrolet will carry forward into the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Kyle Kaiser, who captured the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires championship with Juncos, is set to make his debut at ISM Raceway (formerly known as Phoenix International Raceway) as part of a four race effort for the upcoming season. Other events include the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Indianapolis Grand Prix and 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
The team will also run former FIA Formula 2 (formerly GP2) driver Rene Binder for four races also, beginning with the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in March, followed with appearances at Barber Motorsports Park, Toronto and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
A powerhouse in the Mazda Road to Indy, a developmental ladder system sanctioned by INDYCAR, Juncos Racing made their official series debut in last year’s Indy 500. The two-car effort was led with solid performances by Sebastian Saavedra and Spencer Pigot, who finished 15th and 18th, respectively.
“We are pleased to welcome Juncos Racing to the Chevrolet IndyCar program for several events in 2018,” said Mark Kent, Chevrolet’s Director of Motorsports Competition.
“The organization has proven itself as a leader in finding and developing young drivers. We are looking forward to seeing them at the season opening race on the Streets of St. Petersburg.”
For obvious reasons, team owner Ricardo Juncos was equally thrilled to continue with Chevrolet as they aim to build up their program in IndyCar.
“We are thrilled to be back with Chevrolet for the 2018 season,” said Juncos.
“We started a great relationship last year in our first outing in the Verizon IndyCar Series at the Indianapolis 500. They were extremely helpful and always accessible which is why I am confident we will be successful with Chevrolet this year. I want to thank everyone at Chevrolet including Mark Kent who has given us the opportunity to work with them again and allowing us to be a part of the Chevrolet IndyCar program.”