Austrian Rene Binder will make his IndyCar debut this year after signing on for a part-time program with Juncos Racing.
Binder will run a four-race schedule beginning with the season opener at St. Petersburg, and running through Barber, Toronto and Mid-Ohio, although the 26-year-old is hoping to add additional events.
“I am honored to be a part of the Verizon IndyCar Series for the 2018 season,” said Binder. “I have been a huge fan of IndyCar and what the series has to offer to me as a driver. I had a hard decision to make this year on which path I would take in my career, and I am confident that I made the right decision. Right now, we have signed for four races, but I hope to add more to our schedule as the season progresses. I would like to thank my sponsors, family and Juncos Racing for giving me this opportunity.”
Binder, a third-generation driver and nephew of ex-F1 driver Hans Binder, enjoyed the most successful season of his career last year when he won four races in the Formula V8 3.5 series. He is also a three-year veteran of GP2.
“I am happy to welcome Rene to our team and we are thrilled to be a part of his North American debut,” said Ricardo Juncos. “Rene has a successful background running in the World Series V8 and GP2, along with the testing he has done within Formula 1, and I know he will carry that momentum into the Verizon IndyCar Series this year.
“The timing is right for a talented driver like Rene to join, as everyone will be starting over with the new IndyCar aero kits. I want to thank Rene for choosing Juncos Racing for his IndyCar debut, along with his sponsors and family for this opportunity.”
Binder will test an IndyCar for the first time next month.