INDIANAPOLIS – Juncos Racing has purchased three Tatuus PM-18 cars as they make preparations to compete during the 2018 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires season.
The team will look to continue their successful run in the series with the advanced technology and tools the new car will offer to upcoming drivers from around the world.
The Tatuus PM-18 features a full carbon composite and aluminum honeycomb monocoque chasis manufactured by Tatuus Racing. The 2-litre MZR-PM18A Mazda engines will be prepared by Elite Engines and have a maximum torque of 190 Ft. Lbs. with a fly-by-wire throttle system and Cosworth SQ6 engine management system.
“There are few teams in the Pro Mazda paddock with the history of Juncos Racing,” said Dan Andersen, owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions, which operates all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires. “I am extremely pleased that they’ve stepped up and ordered three of our new PM-18 racecars. This new car will provide vastly increased performance and improved safety, and will close the gap in lap times to Indy Lights.”
“Our goal is to provide the best training for Pro Mazda drivers intent on moving to Indy Lights, and Juncos Racing can certainly offer a great team effort to accomplish that goal.”
“The Mazda Road to Indy is far more than a driver development program: it offers the same benefits for teams as well,” added John Doonan, Director of Motorsports for Mazda North American Operations. To see that nearly a decade of involvement in the MRTI by Ricardo Juncos and Juncos Racing led to their entry in the Indianapolis 500 and the Verizon IndyCar Series is something we were thrilled to see. Now, we’re also thrilled to see them continue to commit to the Mazda Road to Indy with the order of the new PM-18 Pro Mazda cars. We’re certain they will remain one of the teams to beat in all of the categories of the program.”
Juncos Racing team owner Ricardo Juncos is looking forward to providing future drivers a car that will deliver more power and advanced technology, which will take his driver development program to a higher level.
“We have been in the Pro Mazda series for nine years now and we would not be where we are today without this series,” said Juncos. “This series has not only helped drivers grow into the next level, but has helped us grow as a team and a business. We have grown from a Pro Mazda team only to an Indy Lights and Pro Mazda team and now we are expanding to include the Verizon IndyCar Series. The new PM-18 car will also help us grow our successful Driver Development Program, which this team is based on, by providing a car that is technologically advanced.”
Though the team will downsize by one car in the Pro Mazda class, the expectation is that they will continue to grow their burgeoning Verizon IndyCar Series program after two successful entries into this year’s Indianapolis 500.
“In the past we have run four cars in the Pro Mazda series, but next year we will start with a three-car program as we continue to expand into the Verizon IndyCar Series,” Juncos added. “We are looking forward to delivery of the cars in early September, and getting them on track for the Chris Griffis Memorial Test in October.”
Juncos Racing has proved to be one of the most successful teams in the MRTI ladder series. The team entered the Pro Mazda Championship in 2009, winning four races and finishing second in the championship with driver Peter Dempsey. The following year the team won the driver’s championship with current Verizon IndyCar Series driver Conor Daly.
In 2014, Juncos Racing captured both the team and driver championships with current IndyCar driver Spencer Pigot. The team carried their success into the 2015 season, where they claimed the Pro Mazda team’s championship for the second year in a row.
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