Perhaps no team has had a more stressful month of May at the Indianapolis 500 than Juncos Racing.
After losing their sponsorship prior to the start of Indy 500 practice, the team suffered another blow Friday morning, when the team’s primary car was destroyed after Kyle Kaiser made heavy contact with the turn 3 wall.
Such a massive crash would be a setback for any team on the Friday before Indy 500 qualifying, but for a small, part-time team like Juncos, accidents like what happened on Friday morning can eliminate any chances of making the field.
However, Juncos Racing is refusing to give up. Team owner Ricardo Juncos stated that the team “will not stop working until we get [the] #32 back on track”.
“As everyone knows this has been a very intense month for our NTT IndyCar Series program,” Juncos said in a press release issued by the team.
“Despite off track set backs, that has not stopped this team from going out and performing during practice this week. We have been up to the Top-5 in no tow speeds and have consistently improved our times each day. Now we are faced with the challenge of getting our back-up car on track and set for qualifying tomorrow, but I am completely confident in this amazing group we have here at Juncos Racing to make it happen.”
Juncos may have a long night of work ahead of them, but in the spirit of good sportsmanship, fellow competitors have lent parts and tools to the team in attempt to help them meet their qualifying deadline.
“We want to thank all of the teams who are willing to help out with parts, Chevrolet, and the fans who have stopped by to express their well wishes. We will be working hard all day and night,” Juncos said.