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Juncos Racing reveals the look of its No. 32 IndyCar ride for 2018

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Juncos Racing revealed today its livery for the eight races it plans to compete in for the 2018 IndyCar season.

The green, white and orange team colors grace the No. 32 Chevrolet Verizon IndyCar Series entry that will be shared throughout the season by IndyCar rookies Rene Binder and Kyle Kaiser.

If the color scheme for the No. 32 Chevy looks familiar, it’s similar to Juncos Racing’s entries in the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights series.

“We are happy to continue with the colors that represent our team,” team owner Richard Juncos said in a media release. “The shade of green we use really stands out among the field. It is an eye catcher not only on our cars, but in our pit as well.

“Last year an aerial shot of the Indianapolis 500 showed how much we stood out with our green being highly visible on track and among the fans wearing our gear and our crew in the pits.

“These designs and colors will help us maintain that statement this year and I look forward to see

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ing our car on track for the first time this year at Phoenix today.”

The car will take to the track for rookie testing today at the one-mile tri-oval ISM Raceway (formerly Phoenix Raceway) in Avondale, Arizona, the first of a three-day IndyCar test there.

The primary sponsor for the No. 32 while Binder is behind the wheel will be Binderholz, a European company within the timber market.

Primary sponsorship when Kaiser drives the No. 32 has not been secured yet, according to a team media release.

The team has so far said it will compete in eight of the 17 races on the 2018 IndyCar schedule.

Rene Binder

Binder will drive at the season-opening race at St. Petersburg on March 11, as well as Alabama, Toronto and mid-Ohio.

Kaiser will race at Phoenix, Long Beach, the Indianapolis Grand Prix and the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500.

Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”