Rocky Moran Jr. to replace Huertas in Coyne’s No. 18 for Long Beach

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Verizon IndyCar Series will have a new driver making his debut this weekend, as Rocky Moran Jr. has been nominated as a last-minute replacement for Carlos Huertas in the No. 18 Trench Shoring Dale Coyne Racing Honda, DCR team manager Darren Crouser has confirmed to MotorSportsTalk.

Moran Jr. last raced in the 2006 GRAND-AM race at Long Beach in a Daytona Prototype, and last raced an open-wheel car in the 2005 Formula Atlantic race in the same event. He also raced a handful of American Le Mans Series events with Jaguar in 2011.

He tested an IndyCar for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports at Homestead last fall.

Moran Jr. is in just for this race only for the moment. He was debriefing with team engineer Rob Ridgely this morning as he prepares for the race weekend.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am about finally being able to drive an Indy Car,” Moran said in a team release just out.  “Dale is a dream maker and I have always dreamed of this opportunity.  We just need to run a lot of miles, as I am aware of the hill I have to climb, but I love Long Beach and this truly is a dream come true for me.”

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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