INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Juncos Racing completed the 2016 Chris Griffis Memorial Mazda Road to Indy test this past weekend with upcoming drivers Victor Franzoni and Jorge Cevallos earning the fastest times overall among the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires field.
A total of 43 drivers competed in the three series Mazda Road to Indy ladder system in the two-day test on the 2.439-mile, 14-Turn road course located at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Victor Franzoni (Sao Paulo, Brazil) paced the field throughout both days taking the fastest time in all eight practice sessions, and unofficially bettered the track record set earlier this year. The young Brazilian joined Juncos Racing after recently completing a successful season in the 2016 Cooper Tires USF2000 Powered by Mazda Championship, where he claimed three wins.
“The test was awesome and it was a pleasure for me to work with Juncos Racing,” said Franzoni. “Their car is really fast and in just the two days of testing we have already built a great relationship! We finished first in all eight sessions and also betted the unofficial record, so it was an amazing weekend. Thank you to the whole Juncos Racing crew for the great work.”
Jorge Cevallos (Tijuana, Mexico) took the second fastest time overall during his first appearance with Juncos Racing in the Pro Mazda series. Cevallos joined the Mazda Road to Indy series earlier this year running in select races in the Pro Mazda Championship.
“It was a really productive two days for us,” said Cevallos. “The car was fast as soon as it came off the trailer and I jelled really well with the team from day one, and this shows with Victor (Franzoni) and I finished 1-2 both days. I want to thank the team for the hard work. Now it’s time to go to work to get a program ready for 2017 season.”
Team Principal Ricardo Juncos said, “I am very impressed with both Victor and Jorge’s performances this past weekend. They both gave some of the most consistent and solid runs and had great chemistry with the team. I look forward to continuing to build our relationships and hope to see them in the 2017 Pro Mazda Championship. I want to thank both of them for joining us this weekend and to the crew for working very closely with them throughout each session.”
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About Juncos Racing:
Ricardo Juncos, a second generation driver, grew up with a deep passion for racing. Juncos made his first steps in the racing community driving karts throughout Argentina. After funding became difficult, Juncos worked for teams in order to support his own racing career. During this time Juncos took courses in mechanical and electrical engineering to fully understand racing on and off the track. Ricardo Juncos established Juncos Racing in 1997 as a formula team operating in Argentina. Six years later, Juncos Racing moved to Miami, Florida where they became a respected karting team recording multiple local, regional, and national titles. After a successful run in karts, Juncos Racing moved north to Indianapolis, Indiana the “racing capitol of the world,” in 2008 to join INDYCAR’s Mazda Road to Indy series. After only two years in the Star Mazda Championship, the team finished second in the 2010 championship while Conor Daly won the driver championship. Juncos Racing continued their run in the Pro Mazda Championship (the former Star Mazda) taking second in the 2012 and 2013 championships. Most recently 2014 proved to be one of the most successful years for Juncos Racing, winning the driver championship with Spencer Pigot and team championship in both the Cooper Tires Winterfest and Pro Mazda Championship. Juncos Racing expanded operations in 2015 to include two Indy Lights entries along with four Pro Mazda cars. Recently the team captured the driver Indy Lights Championship with Spencer Pigot, and took home their second consecutive team Pro Mazda Championship.