Ricardo Juncos didn’t expect to spend the year shuffling three drivers in and out of his No. 32 Chevy, but that’s what it took to keep his rookie team on track for most of the season.
Juncos Racing contested 12 of the 17 rounds; Rene Binder signed up for six, Kyle Kaiser came on board for four, and Alfonso Celis Jr. took two as the championship-winning Indy Lights program stepped up to the IndyCar Series.
As Juncos looks ahead, the Argentinian wants to do more races with fewer drivers.
“We want to keep growing, so doing more races — being full-time — is our focus,” he told RACER. “It’s our ideal situation. I want to do, at least, one car with maybe two drivers like Ed Carpenter does; an oval driver and a road course driver.”
Juncos entered two cars on the team’s debut at the 2017 Indy 500, and with Kaiser winning the Indy Lights championship in a Juncos entry, he graduated to IndyCar this year as a result of the $1 million Mazda Road To Indy scholarship. With Kaiser’s four-race program confirmed, Juncos converted one of his Dallara DW12s to 2018 specification utilizing IndyCar’s new universal aero kit, and with growing interest in fielding a second car on occasion, another DW12 is being outfitted with contemporary bodywork.
“That’s why I’m building a second car to have it ready in case somebody else shows up,” Juncos continued. “I’m thinking, for sure, we’ll have two cars for the Indy 500. I want to have two cars, and what we did this year was very good. We already have some interested drivers for next year’s Indy 500. There’s five months to the first race, so there’s time to talk and see.”
The goal for Juncos is to reach a point in the future where he is able to hire the best drivers on the market.
“For me, I’m not doing IndyCar at this stage to make money,” he said. “I didn’t make any money this season, and that’s OK because this is the time where we establish Juncos Racing in IndyCar. We’re talking to sponsors and trying to find money to help with the budget, but we don’t have investors or sponsors right now, so we talk to drivers that are interested and can bring a budget. It puts you in a situation sometimes where it limits the amount of drivers that can bring this money, so we’re trying to make the best of the situation.”