Celis gets Juncos call-up for Portland

Alfonso Celis Jr at Road America. Image by Levitt/LAT

Celis gets Juncos call-up for Portland


Celis gets Juncos call-up for Portland


Alfonso Celis Jr will return to Juncos for what will be his second Verizon IndyCar Series start in Portland.

The 21-year-old Mexican made his series debut at Road America in June, where he finished 20th.

“I’m very happy to be able to make my dream come true again and return to my second IndyCar race,” Celis said in a statement. “This is a great way to continue building a project that I think has a lot of future and that I’m extremely excited about.

“I’m very grateful with Juncos Racing for giving me this opportunity and putting their trust in me, and for all the people that have helped make this happen. The Verizon IndyCar Series has the best racing and the best drivers in the world, and this is where I want to be. There has been huge following of the series in Mexico over the years and I want to do everything I can to help revive that love for the sport in my country.

Celis started the season in Indy Lights, making his first and only appearance at Barber before dropping out of the IndyCar feeder series. That was followed by a two-month break before he got his first IndyCar start, but he said that he expects to be better-prepared this time around.

“Before my debut in Road America I had been out of the car for a while and it was also my first time in an IndyCar, so this second time around should be even better,” he said. “I’ve been training as hard as I can and I feel ready for this challenge.”

Team principal Ricardo Juncos said, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to run Alfonso again this season. We had a great weekend overall with him back at Road America His knowledge and feedback of the car provided our team with very valuable and important data. I am confident he will put on another great weekend and we look forward to getting him back into the car later this month.”

Celis is one of three drivers to have rotated through fledgling team Juncos’s No.32 Chevrolet so far this year, joining Kyle Kaiser and Rene Binder.