Kaiser, Juncos get sponsor for Indy 500

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INDIANAPOLIS – From the moment team owner Ricardo Juncos arrived at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with an all-white car nicknamed the “White Rabbit,” he was hoping to attract a sponsor for the team’s effort in the Sunday’s 103rd Indianapolis 500 (11 am ET on NBC).

Indianapolis-based 250ok, an email intelligence platform, was impressed with the dramatic story of Juncos and driver Kyle Kaiser bumping its way into the field as the last car in the “Last Row Shootout.” The company will be the primary sponsor for Kyle Kaiser’s No. 32 Chevrolet entry in the Indy 500.

“We are thrilled to announce a highly innovative company like 250ok has joined our effort and will be our primary sponsor for the No. 32 Juncos Racing Indy 500 entry,” Juncos said. “When Greg (Kraios, CEO of 250ok) offered to support us, and we were connected over our personal journeys, we knew this sponsorship was meant to be. We both share the same values, commitments and goals, and I look forward to building our relationship with the 250ok team.”

Kraios, who grew up in Speedway, Indiana, is a lifelong race fan. He identified with Juncos’ story of working up from humble beginnings in Argentina to becoming an owner of an NTT IndyCar Series team.

Kraios experienced a similar journey, growing up in a working-class Indiana neighborhood, ultimately working at ExactTarget (now Salesforce) before founding his own technology company.

“After hearing Ricardo’s story, and knowing they were in need of a sponsor, I jumped at the opportunity,” Kraios said. “From our similar upbringings, supporting his hardworking and odds-defying team felt like a personal calling.”

Report: Spencer Pigot out at Ed Carpenter Racing

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Spencer Pigot will not return to Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020, according to a story Thursday by RACER.com.

The 26-year-old Floridian, who won the 2015 Indy Lights championship, is expected to be replaced in the No. 21 Chevrolet by 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay.

“I’m appreciative of the opportunity ECR gave me,” Pigot told RACER.com. “I understand the reasons they had to go in a different direction, and wish them all the best.”

In 56 NTT IndyCar Series starts, Pigot has 15 top 10 finishes, with a best finish of second at Iowa in 2018. He finished 14th in the 2019 point standings.

VeeKay, who tested in an Indy car twice for ECR in 2019, has six wins in 18 Indy Lights starts, including a weekend sweep of the final two rounds of the season at Laguna Seca in September.

A representative from ECR told NBC Sports Thursday that the team currently could not comment on any driver rumors as the team currently does not have any drivers under contract for the 2020 season, although it is presumed that owner/driver Carpenter will return to the No. 20 entry for the oval rounds.

NBC Sports will provide updates on the story once more information becomes available.