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Kyle Kaiser, Juncos Racing Suffer Indianapolis 500 Setback

By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer

INDIANAPOLIS– Kyle Kaiser suffered the biggest setback after wrecking during Fast Friday practice for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

The 2017 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires champion spun while coming through Turn 3 and hit the wall, nearly turning over before landing on all four wheels. Kaiser got out of the car and was cleared to drive after evaluation at the medical center.

“We are very grateful that our driver Kyle (Kaiser) was not injured and safely walked away from the massive hit he experienced today at IMS,” said team owner Ricardo Juncos.

“As everyone knows this has been a very intense month for our NTT IndyCar Series program. Despite off track setbacks, that has not stopped this team from going out and performing during practice this week. We have been up to the top five in no tow speeds and have consistently improved our times each day. Now we are faced with the challenge of getting our back-up car on track and set for qualifying tomorrow, but I am completely confident in this amazing group we have here at Juncos Racing to make it happen.”

Juncos Racing has had a massive hill to climb to get through the month of May. After recent sponsorship woes have caused the team to enter an all-white car for at least practice, the team now has to convert their road course car that ran at Circuit of the Americas to a superspeedway car with all of the body fitting and other detail work that goes into preparing a car to qualify for the Indianapolis 500.

In the spirit of competition, many other teams have offered parts to the team to help rebuild the car and the team would be willing to accept those parts if needed.

“This group will not stop working until we get our #32 back on track. We want to thank all of the teams who are willing to help out with parts, Chevrolet, and the fans who have stopped by to express their well wishes. We will be working hard all day and night.”

Pre-qualifying practice begins Saturday morning at 8:00.

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A 2012 graduate of LSU, Christopher DeHarde primarily focuses on the NTT IndyCar Series and the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. DeHarde has actively covered motorsports since 2014.