Davison, Lazier take to IMS track for first time this month

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Cars 32 and 33 of the 33 entered for this year’s Indianapolis 500 are making their first laps of the month today.

Sebastien Bourdais shook down the No. 33 Always Evolving Racing/KV Racing Technology Chevrolet and in 10 laps got it up to 218.688 mph, before handing over to rookie James Davison to complete his Rookie Orientation Program.

Past 4:15 p.m. ET, the track action has been stopped twice to allow Davison time to run. He’s completed more than 25 laps and is through the first phase of his ROP.

Buddy Lazier has also been out in the No. 91 Wynn Institute Chevrolet for his Lazier Partners Racing team. Lazier, the 1996 Indianapolis 500 champion, has posted a flier of 217.844 in 11 laps.

The only car that has not been on track thus far is Jack Hawksworth, as the BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian team makes repairs to the No. 98 Honda after its accident yesterday.

MRTI: Juncos signs Carlos Cunha for Pro Mazda campaign

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Juncos Racing continued to bolster its entries in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires by signing Carlos Cunha to pilot a third Juncos Pro Mazda entry for 2018. Cunha, who finished third in the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season on the back of seven podium finishes, joins Rinus VeeKay and Robert Megennis in Juncos’ Pro Mazda lineup for 2018.

Cunha previously tested with the team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in October and joined Juncos for the Chris Griffis Memorial test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in November, testing cars for both the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires teams.

“It’s great to become a part of Juncos Racing,” said the 18-year-old Cunha. “I am really excited to start the 2018 season with Juncos Racing. This fall we did some testing together and from there I was able to see how focused everyone on the team is and I even felt like I became a part of their family in no time. I am confident we will get great results together next year and I look forward to learning and growing more with the team. It will be a huge pleasure and also a great responsibility to carry the number one on my car, thanks to (2017 Pro Mazda champion Victor Franzoni) and I hope to deliver it back to the team at the end of the year!”

Team owner Ricardo Juncos added, “We are excited to add Carlos to our Pro Mazda lineup. From the moment we started testing with him in early October, we knew he would be a great fit for our team. Carlos has been very quick in testing and even had an impressive showing in the Indy Lights car at the Chris Griffis test back in October. He had a great run this past season in the Pro Mazda series and we are confident he will carry that momentum into the 2018 season.”

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