The Juncos Racing Verizon IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy team is expected to add IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship to its plate next season as part of an expanded Cadillac DPi program.
RACER understands the Speedway, Indiana-based team founded by Ricardo Juncos will make a full-time foray into IMSA’s Prototype category with a single Cadillac DPi. The Argentinian’s IndyCar team has made use of Chevrolet power since its debut at the 2017 Indianapolis 500.
The Juncos team has long been a powerhouse on the Road to Indy, earning multiple championships in Pro Mazda and Indy Lights prior to its expansion into IndyCar. Spencer Pigot (2015) and Kyle Kaiser (2017) are among the biggest success stories after earning Lights titles for Juncos, and while Pigot has moved on to become the lead driver at Ed Carpenter Racing, Kaiser remains with the tight-knit outfit for his rookie IndyCar season.
Known as one of the more action-oriented team owners in the sport, Juncos met with IMSA president Scott Atherton at the recent Road America round to gain knowledge about the series and, in less than a two-week span, appears to have concluded a deal to field the most coveted DPi in the WeatherTech Championship.
“Our entry into the top class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship represents a significant step forward for our company and also bolsters the depth and technical acumen of our teams,” said team owner Ricardo Juncos (pictured above). “We are also excited and humbled by the partnership with Cadillac and look forward to representing the Cadillac brand in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Cadillac has a proven history of winning and performance within IMSA and provides Juncos Racing with a championship caliber partner to begin its entry into DPi.
“We have worked very hard in the last 20 years to compete as a championship-caliber team at all levels of competition and also recognize everyone in our racing family, past and present, that have helped us realize our vision of success, our development as a team, and our passion to work hard and achieve results.”
With three full-time Cadillacs in motion with Action Express Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing, plus the recent news of JDC-Miller/GAINSCO Motorsports signing on for 2019 with two DPi-V.Rs, Juncos would bring the tally up to six cars for General Motors’ luxury brand.
It’s unclear whether both of the JDC cars would be full-time or if the second would be reserved for endurance racing appearances, and the same is true for Spirit of Daytona Racing, whose Cadillac program has been sidelined for most of the season due to budget constraints. SDR is rumored to be considering a four-race endurance outing next season, and if it comes to fruition, as many as seven Cadillacs could be on the grid at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta.