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Victor Franzoni Confident Heading Into Road America

With a pair of runner-ups, followed by two victories, it’s safe to say that Victor Franzoni is off to a great start in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.

“I’m happy how my season is going,” he told POPULAR SPEED. “I’m leading the championship, so it’s really good. It’s great to race with Juncos Racing in Pro Mazda. I hope we can keep going the way it is.”

He will hope to maintain the momentum rolling into Road America this weekend, where he finished fourth and second in Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda competition last year.

“I’m confident going there,” he said. “Juncos last year had a really fast car; I had a good result there. So I think we will have a great result. After Indy whole team and I are confident and happy, so this energy will help us for sure.”

Franzoni entered the season with limited experience on his side, running the second half of the 2015 schedule before this season. Being able to run those events, he says the biggest thing was seeing how their events play out, with the races 40 minutes in length and how the car changes from green to checkered.

Though a benefit for him in quickly adjusting has been the experience surrounding him with Juncos Racing involved in both Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.

“It helps me a lot to learn more,” he said. “Juncos Racing is a really big team, and this is good for me because I start to learn how and what an IndyCar team wants from a driver.”

If he can hold on to win the championship, it will give him the scholarship to compete in Indy Lights next season, which is one step closer to the Verizon IndyCar Series. It’s an opportunity that would mean everything to him.

“This championship is the only chance I have to move up in my career, so I have to win,” he said. “I don’t have too many options.”

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By Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.