High banks and high speeds part of Texas’ challenge (VIDEO)

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There’s an added sense of excitement that goes with racing under the lights. Throw in 24 degrees of high banks and speeds well over 200 miles per hour, and you’ve got IndyCar at Texas Motor Speedway, a combination that produces some of the most electrifying – and sometimes terrifying – action you’ll see anywhere.

And more often than not, the endings pay off. In 24 previous IZOD IndyCar Series events at Texas, 16 of them finished with a margin of victory of less than one second; eight of them have been decided by less than one-tenth of a second. The Indianapolis 500 may be their crown jewel, but one could argue that the wheel-to-wheel action and close finishes at TMS has been sort of a calling card for the series over the years.

The Firestone 550 at Texas (Sat., 8:30 p.m. ET, check local listings) poses a tough challenge that the drivers must endure. Navigating those high banks at such high speeds subjects them to intense G-forces. In addition, lower downforce levels on the cars’ aerodynamic packages at Texas means that they’ll have a harder time handling their machines around the entire 1.5-mile oval.

A new tire compound and left-side construction from Firestone should help in terms of added grip, but that won’t decrease the level of difficulty. Expect to see more than a few white-knuckle moments in this one.

Juncos Racing to field single car entry in Indy 500

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Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.

The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.

Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.

One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.

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