Juncos to return to IndyCar full-time as Juncos Hollinger Racing
Ricardo Juncos is returning to the NTT IndyCar Series with a new partner in former Williams Grand Prix Formula 1 stakeholder Brad Hollinger and the renamed Juncos Hollinger Racing team.
As Juncos Racing, the Argentinian’s outfit has established itself as a powerhouse entity on the Road To Indy, winning multiple championships across Pro Mazda/Indy Pro 2000 and Indy Lights, as well as competing in IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and IndyCar from 2017-2019.
With the addition of the Hollinger, the CEO of Vibra Healthcare’s passion for motor racing has expanded beyond his former role at Williams and support of one-off Indy 500 programs as a co-entrant, to a full embrace of Juncos Racing with significant plans for rapid expansion.
To launch those ambitions, Juncos Hollinger Racing is scheduled to contest the final three races of the season ahead of a full-time campaign in 2022 and beyond.
Although he wouldn’t provide names, Juncos acknowledged he and Hollinger have drivers from IndyCar, Formula 1, and IMSA on their call list.
Juncos also confirmed that while the team will be open to running the same driver at Portland, Laguna Seca and Long Beach, it could also try multiple drivers as JHR evaluates whom it might hire to represent it next season.
Will Power has revealed he fractured his wrist in a crash at the recent round of the IndyCar Series at Mid-Ohio . Will got tangled with Scott Dixon, looped it into the middle of the track and was clattered into by Ed Jones.
After the incident, Power said he had sore wrists but believed he hadn’t suffered any breaks.
Since then, Will discovered he had sustained a broken wrist.
Fortunately, the cancellation of the Toronto event gave Power a month to recover from the injury.
Will wasnt impressed with Dixon, and had a whinge about him after claiming it cost him an easy podium....“I’m really not impressed by the way he raced me there. He said the reason he did it is because I ran him wide at that particular corner two years before. “We’ll see how it plays out."
*Sebastian, Lance is faster than you... do you understand?*
*I married Miss Right. Just didn't know her first name was Always
I get email newsletters from McLaren F1 and this has just come through.....
McLaren Racing to acquire majority stake in Arrow McLaren SP
McLaren Racing has taken the next step in its full-time return to IndyCar by announcing today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority share in the Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar team. The transaction will close by the end of the year and will see McLaren Racing take a 75% share of the team. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed.
The agreement comes at the inaugural NTT INDYCAR Series race in Nashville, Tennessee, midway through the second season of the McLaren Racing partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
The team was originally founded by Sam Schmidt in 2001, with Ric Peterson joining in 2013 to form Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM). The team ran one of the most successful Indy Lights programs in recent times, securing seven drivers’ championships, while in the INDYCAR series it has claimed 13 pole positions and 27 podiums including nine race victories, two as Arrow McLaren SP.
The team will be governed by a new five-person board, comprising three McLaren Racing appointees together with Sam Schmidt and Ric Peterson, chaired by Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing. Taylor Kiel, President of Arrow McLaren SP, will continue to lead and oversee the operations of the team, reporting directly to the board.
Christian Lundgaard will make his IndyCar Series debut this weekend.
Formula 2 race winner and Alpine academy member Christian Lundgaard will make his IndyCar Series debut in a third Rahal Letterman Lanigan entry at the Indianapolis road course this weekend.
Lundgaard will take over the #45 car driven to four top-10 finishes in five starts by Santino Ferrucci this year for IndyCar's second race on the 2.439-mile circuit where Rinus VeeKay scored his first win earlier this season.
With only a one-hour practice session to learn the car before qualifying, Rahal predicted it would be a “a big challenge” for Lundgaard, but expressed optimism that the circuit's European feel would help smooth his learning curve.
“We were very pleased with the job that Christian did at our recent test at Barber Motorsports Park and are looking forward to seeing him perform at Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” said Rahal.
“It’s going to be a new experience and a big challenge due to the lack of practice time compared to other races.
“[But] the road course is very much like European circuits given that it was designed for Formula 1 and Grand Prix races, so I think it will be less of an issue than going to one of our more traditional IndyCar race tracks.
“Given the lack of test time and practice time, we don’t have any grand expectations of him other than to go out and do a steady job and go from there.”
Alpine F1 Team racing director Davide Brivio said Lundgaard “remains an important part of the Alpine Academy as he has shown huge promise throughout his junior career”, adding that “we are evaluating different options for the next stage” of his career.
“IndyCar is a brilliant, competitive series with very strong contenders and we are excited to see how Christian converts this opportunity,” said Brivio.
“I’m sure Christian will enjoy it, and I can’t wait to see the race.”