INDIANAPOLIS – From the moment that Juncos Racing opened their brand new facility in Speedway, Indiana, it was clear the vision was starting to take shape of their goal in becoming a Verizon IndyCar Series team. From the moment Juncos Racing was founded in 2009, their ultimate goal was to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and become a mainstay in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Now, that dream has become a reality.
Juncos Racing will field at least one car in the 101st Indianapolis 500 in May and will make a run at having a full-time team in 2018. Team owner Richard Juncos made the announcement on Tuesday morning.
“This is a dream come true for me and my team,” Juncos said in a statement. “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 officially becoming a new team in the Verizon IndyCar Series and will run in The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indianapolis 500.”
Kevin Kalkhoven confirmed that Juncos bought their two cars from the recently folded KVSH team and that their plan was to run them in the upcoming ‘500. Then, several sources said that not only did they plan to run two cars in May, but they plan to move up to a full-time entry for 2018.
That now appears to be happening.
Juncos, has fielded a team in the Pro Mazda Series every year since 2009. They also have recently started running in the Indy Lights Series in 2012. They won the 2010 and 2014 Pro Mazda championship as well as the 2015 Indy Lights title.
Now, they’re going to expand their operation to an IndyCar team and that’s great news for the series and their growth. There’s no official word on whether they will be a Honda or Chevrolet participant, but with KVSH being a Chevy team and Chevy having two engine/aero kits open, I’d bet on that deal happening.