New IMSA entrant Ricardo Juncos sounds like he’s genuinely enjoying the process of assembling Juncos Racing’s Cadillac DPi-V.R effort that will make its debut in January at Daytona. Set to run in IndyCar, the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and the Road to Indy, Juncos has more than enough work in hand to stay busy during the brief offseason.
“We’ve ordered everything for IMSA,” Juncos (pictured above) told RACER. “We’re starting from scratch, including buying a new trailer, so we’ve ordered that, a new awning, a car, spare parts, equipment…absolutely everything. We expect the car to be shipped from Dallara on October 19 and have it here early November. Our plan is to be testing in December, so one month later. So now, we’re building timing stands, fuel tanks, air guns, and getting all the things we can ready before the car arrives.”
The reception area at Juncos Racing’s large shop in Speedway, Indiana, has also been busy with the arrival of potential DPi employees.
“We’re interviewing four or five people each week,” he continued. “We’re going to see how we play this game; it’s good because Daytona and Sebring are before the IndyCar season starts, so I can combine both teams to start and then separate them when the open-wheel series start running.”
Juncos has yet to sign the primary and endurance event drivers for his Cadillac program but as a former sports car driver, he knows what he’s looking for in the composition of the squad for its debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
“Regarding drivers, I want to take my time and don’t want to rush,” he said. “It’s four drivers we know will be driving at Daytona, and they need to be like brothers. You can have a fast driver but with the wrong personality, or a nice guy but he crashes and it can ruin the whole thing, so I’m working on the right drivers. I know we will have good drivers and everything will be fine for Daytona.”
Key members of the team will pay a visit to Road Atlanta next week during Petit Le Mans and hope to return home with more pieces of its DPi puzzle solved.
“I’m going there with my team manager and race engineer and data engineer,” he added. “And we’re looking for a crew chief, meeting with drivers, and meeting again with IMSA to learn more so I can sign everybody.”