INDIANAPOLIS – Austrian Rene Binder has joined Juncos Racing for a partial Verizon IndyCar Series campaign.
Binder will compete in four events for Juncos Racing beginning with the season opener in St. Petersburg, Fla. He’ll also compete at Alabama’s Barber Motorsports Park, Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario, and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
“I am honored to be a part of the Verizon IndyCar Series for the 2018 season,” said Binder. “I have been a huge fan of IndyCar and what the series has to offer to me as a driver. I had a hard decision to make this year on which path I would take in my career, and I am confident that I made the right decision.”
“Right now, we have signed for four races, but I hope to add more to our schedule as the season progresses. I would like to thank my sponsors, family and Juncos Racing for giving me this opportunity.”
Binder joins the Verizon IndyCar Series after competing in the World Series Formula V8, where he captured four wins, five podiums and two poles. Binder was a title contender throughout the first half of the season, but multiple technical issues forced him to retire early or to start from the back several times, relegating him to fourth in the championship.
Binder competed in the GP2 series from 2013 to 2015, where he earned five top-10 finishes, including sixth- and seventh-place finishes at Monte Carlo.
“I am happy to welcome Rene (Binder) to our team and we are thrilled to be a part of his North American debut,” said team owner Ricardo Juncos. “Rene has a successful background running in the World Series V8 and GP2, along with the testing he has done within Formula 1, and I know he will carry that momentum into the Verizon IndyCar Series this year.”
“The timing is right for a talented driver like Rene to join, as everyone will be starting over with the new IndyCar aero kits. I want to thank Rene for choosing Juncos Racing for his IndyCar debut, along with his sponsors and family for this opportunity.”
CREDIT: Juncos Racing