Incredible Qualifying Days For Part-Time Rookies Kaiser and Claman DeMelo In Indy

INDIANAPOLIS – I don’t think many people expected either Verizon IndyCar Series rookie of Kyle Kaiser or Zachary Claman DeMelo to be starting in the top half of the starting lineup for Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). Kaiser, had just three career INDYCAR starts under his belt and was running in Juncos Racing’s second Indy 500. Last year, Juncos had two cars in the big race and they started 29th (Spencer Pigot) and 31st (Sebastian Saavedra). Plus, this year there’s a brand new car…

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Leist, Kaiser, Wickens Pass Rookie Orientation, Fittipaldi Does Not

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s officially May now in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was open for business on Tuesday. Unlike on Monday though, where 21 drivers took to the famed 2.5-mile oval for testing, today was all about rookies and veteran refresher courses. Four rookies were originally slated to run today but only three were on site, as Matheus Leist, Robert Wickens and Kyle Kaiser passed all three phases and are able to compete in the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Pietro Fittipaldi wasn’t here, so he’s the only driver among…

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5 Sleepers To Watch for Saturday Night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix (9 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network)

AVONDALE, AZ – The second race of the Verizon IndyCar Series season is upon us. If Saturday night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix (9 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) is anything like we saw at St. Pete, or even through all the practices and qualifying thus far, it could be very unpredictable. While picking five favorites is hard enough, try five sleepers.   The field is so deep and so talented, anyone can win on any given day. But, these five, four of which rookies, could earn trips to…

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Juncos Racing Remains With Chevrolet, Kaiser’s 4 Races Unveiled

INDIANAPOLIS – Juncos Racing announced today the team will continue their partnership with Chevrolet for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series. Kyle Kaiser will run a four-race schedule starting with Phoenix for the 2018 season. Juncos Racing began their relationship with Chevrolet during the 2017 season in the team’s first year in the Verizon IndyCar series. Chevrolet powered the two-car team for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 where they finished a respected 15th with Sebastian Saavedra and 18th with Spencer Pigot. “We are pleased to welcome Juncos Racing to the…

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Juncos Racing Filling 2018 INDYCAR Races Quickly, Who’s Racing And Where

INDIANAPOLIS – Previously, Juncos Racing had announced that they will move up to Verizon IndyCar Series competition for 2018. But, the new team to the series had only announced that they will contest in four races with Kyle Kaiser as the driver. Kaiser, drove for Juncos the past few years in Indy Lights competition and had just won the series championship for them in 2017. That led to the $1-million Mazda Road to Indy scholarship and a four race opportunity in INDYCAR as a result. While the races weren’t known yet,…

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Kyle Kaiser To Race In At Least 4 Races For Juncos Racing In 2018 INDYCAR Season

INDIANAPOLIS – Juncos Racing announced today that American Kyle Kaiser will join the team for a partial-season run in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series. Kaiser moves up to the Verizon IndyCar Series after claiming this year’s Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship with Juncos Racing. Kaiser (Los Gatos, CA) will run four races in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, including the INDYCAR Grand Prix and the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil – both in May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Two additional events are…

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Telitz Wins Indy Lights Season Finale, Kaiser 2017 Champion

Watkins Glen, NY – Sunday’s Indy Lights season finale was a bit of a mess. Remnants of Hurricane Harvey wrecked havoc on the Northeast today which caused the race at Watkins Glen to be raced in the rain. From the drop of the green flag, it was action packed. Pole sitter Colton Herta, Santi Urrutia and Aaron Telitz ran three-wide into Turn 1. Herta would lead the first two laps before Telitz got by and never looked back en route to his second career victory. 

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Saturday’s MRTI Daily Report

Watkins Glen, NY – The pressure gets bigger and bigger as the days go on through the race weekend at Watkins Glen. On Friday, it was practice and qualifying day. Today, it was part one of race day festivities. Both the USF2000 and Pro Mazda Series’ had races on Saturday, with the USF2000 having their season conclude this afternoon. The Pro Mazda drivers will have their second and final race of the weekend on Sunday be their season finale. The Indy Lights drivers had practice and qualifying of their own on…

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Current Or Recent Indy Lights Drivers Vying For 2018 IndyCar Seats

INDIANAPOLIS – On Tuesday, I took an updated look at the current 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Silly Season efforts. With 12 current rides open for next season, the musical chairs are going to shape the future of this series. Out of the last 18 Indianapolis 500’s, 16 of them have been won by Andretti/Herta/Penske/Ganassi. There’s six combined seats open with them. 2018 IndyCar Silly Season Update With that being said, stars like James Hinchcliffe, Tony Kanaan, Helio Castroneves, Alexander Rossi, Takuma Sato, Max Chilton, Charlie Kimball, JR Hildebrand, Carlos Munoz and…

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MRTI Championships To Be Decided This Weekend at Watkins Glen

It’s defacto championship weekend for the entire Mazda Road to Indy program this weekend at Watkins Glen International. All three series’ of the ladder program will have a champion crowned this weekend in upstate New York. Other than in Indy Lights, where Kyle Kaiser just needs to start the race and become the champion, the other two series’ will be tight and action packed. Kaiser, will win the three race $1-million scholarship and be able to make starts in at least three events in the Verizon IndyCar Series next season…

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