Juncos Racing Earns Top-5 Finish at Iowa Speedway
 July 10, 2017| 
  • Team News

Newton, Iowa – Juncos Racing’s Kyle Kaiser continues to lead the 2017 Indy Lights championship after posting a Top-5 finish in the Mazda Iowa 100 Presented by Cooper Tires this past weekend at Iowa Speedway. 

The two-day event kicked off Saturday with two practice sessions for the Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires on the 0.894-mile oval located in Newton, Iowa. 

Qualifying for Round 10 took place the following morning under much hotter conditions than the field experienced the day before. Kyle Kaiser (Los Gatos, California) driving the #18 Juncos Racing Mazda powered car took the third starting position. Teammate Nicolas Dapero (Buenos Aires, Argentina) driving the #31 American Brokers car qualified ninth. 

The weekend concluded with some of the warmest temperatures so far this season for the 100 lap race. Kaiser, who started third, fought for the second position during the first half of the race. By lap 79 Kaiser had fallen back to fourth and would go on to take home a Top-5 finishing fifth. Rookie Dapero ended the weekend in 12th

Although Kaiser did not get the podium finish he hoped for he continues to lead the Indy Lights Championship by 13 points. 

“I was happy overall with the race,” said Kaiser. “We had a really good start, worked our way up to second. After a caution halfway through the race I felt like the rear tire was starting to fall off, so I was just managing the tires to the end. We did not have as much grip as a lot of the guys who passed me late in the race, but I was happy to bring the car home in fifth.” 

Dapero remains one of only two rookies who have finished each race at this point of the season. 

“It was a tough weekend in my second oval race in the Indy Lights Series,” said Dapero. “We learned a lot. We did our best job in qualifying. We were able to take the most out of the car even though it was a little loose.  I will take the positive things out of the race weekend and apply it to the next oval and move onto to the next race in Toronto.” 

Team Owner Ricardo Juncos looks forward to moving on to Toronto where the team has been successful in the past. 

“Even though the team did not get the results we hoped for at Iowa I am happy that we still are leading the championship,” said Juncos. “There is still a long way to go so we must stay as focused as possible for the remaining events. I am looking forward to Toronto this week as we have had great success here in the past.” 

The 2017 Indy Lights Championship continues July 14-16th with Rounds 11 and 12 at the Honda Indy Toronto race held in Toronto, Canada. 

About Juncos Racing: Juncos Racing is a championship-winning Mazda Road to Indy team currently running in Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires. 

Juncos Racing was established by Ricardo Juncos in 1997 as a small formula car race program based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After times became financially tough, Juncos relocated to the United States in 2002 where he worked as a mechanic for a small karting team based in Florida. Juncos was then able to open the doors to his own shop and run in karting series throughout the United States. 

In 2009, Juncos Racing entered in the former Star Mazda Championship (now the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires), where the team had great success in its maiden season, finishing second in the driver's championship and third in the team championship. The following year, the team captured its first championship in the series with Indiana native Conor Daly. Fast forward to 2015, where Juncos Racing had its most successful season capturing the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires driver's championship with current Verizon Indy Car Series driver Spencer Pigot and also claiming the Pro Mazda team championship.  

The mission of Juncos Racing is to develop young drivers from around the world into the next level of their racing careers through the Juncos Racing Driver Development Program. Through this program, the team not only works with drivers on track to improve their skills behind the wheel, but also gives them the tools needed to understand the engineering and mechanics of the race car. Drivers who have participated in the program and have gone on to compete in the next level include Peter Dempsey, Conor Daly, Connor De Phillippi, Chase Austin, Kyle Kaiser, Nicolas Dapero and Spencer Pigot. 

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