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Juncos Racing to Enter Indianapolis 500

Last week came the long-rumored news that KV Racing was closing its doors after 14 years in the Champ Car World Series and the IndyCar Series. However, this week was time for happier news.

Juncos Racing, who purchased the equipment from KV, announced they’re planning an entry for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.

“I am so happy to officially announce our participation in the Verizon IndyCar Series,” said team owner Ricardo Juncos. “This is a dream come true for me and my team. It’s been only two months since our grand opening of the new Juncos Technical Center, which was a huge moment for us. Now we are becoming a new team in the Verizon IndyCar Series and will run in ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,’ the Indianapolis 500. This is definitely one of the biggest moments in my life.”

Juncos, an Argentinian who came to the United States in 2002, is also running two cars in the Indy Lights Series. At press time, no driver or sponsor for the Indy 500 entry has been announced.

Two guesses on the driver would be Kyle Kaiser and Spencer Pigot who has won championships in several rungs of the Mazda Road to Indy with Juncos. Kaiser is set to run the full Indy Lights schedule this year for Juncos along with Nicolas Dapero, while Pigot is scheduled for the road and street courses with Ed Carpenter Racing. While ECR hasn’t confirmed the 500 yet for Pigot, it is highly likely based on their program has been set-up in the past. Kaiser, seeming more likely of the two right now, enters his second year of Indy Lights competition after finishing third in points with two wins and nine podiums.

“It’s always hard to identify the right moment and right time to make a big move and make big decisions in motor racing, but I am confident the timing is right and that we will succeed as we did in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder series,” Juncos said. “I want to thank Mark Miles (Hulman & Co. CEO) and Jay Frye (INDYCAR president of competition and operations) from the Verizon IndyCar Series for all of their help and confidence they have had in me and my team. I also want to thank Mr. Kevin Kalkhoven from KV Racing Technology. He has been extremely helpful during this transition and, with his continued support and help with all of his experience in racing, we are confident going into this next level. Thank you to my family and my team for giving me massive support throughout the years, and to all of the fans, thank you!”

Fans and friends of Kevin Kalkhoven will be delighted to hear that the enthusiastic Aussie may be on board to help Ricardo Juncos develop an Indy Car team in a matter of months. Kalkhoven, the KV Racing Technology co-owner, is eager to lend his support to the Juncos Racing effort for the Indianapolis 500.

“We are delighted Ricardo is developing a program to progress to the Indy 500 and beyond,” Kalkhoven said. “We are committed to helping him and his team with our experience, equipment and data to best ensure a successful entry.”

KV Racing Technology posted an Indy 500 win in 2013 with Tony Kanaan driving, Jimmy Vasser as a team co-owner and calling the race for his friend TK. So, an alliance with Kevin, Jimmy and their team members who are otherwise not committed may give Juncos Racing a distinct advantage for the May classic.

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By Lisa Davidson

Lisa Davidson is a graduate of the University of Arizona and spent her corporate career as a Controller. She is a lifelong writer who has been covering open wheel racing since 2000 and is the author of historical articles and co-author of one book She and her husband, photographer Jeff Davidson, have two daughters and make their home in Murrieta, CA.