Juncos Racing is an American racing team in the Indy Lights and Pro Mazda Championship series in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder for IndyCar. Owned by Ricardo Juncos who formed the team in 1997, the team initially was based in Argentina before limited racing opportunities in that country led to the team moving to the United States. The team is currently based in Brownsburg, Indiana.
Ricardo Juncos, a second generation and former Formula Renault driver, grew up with a deep passion and desire for racing. At the age of 14, Juncos made his first steps in the racing community driving karts in Argentina. Through his success in karts Juncos was able to join the Formula Renault class competing throughout South America. After funding became difficult as many drivers experience over their career, Juncos began working for many race teams in order to continue his own racing career. During this time Juncos was able to learn all aspects of the car in and out, along with schooling in mechanical and electrical engineering.
In 1997 Juncos Racing became a full-service formula racing team. The team competed from 1997 through 2003 in the Formula Renault 1600 Championship, Formula Renault 2000 Championship, and the National Sport Prototype Championship of Argentina
In 2003, the team relocated to Miami, Florida as a full-service karting team. During the first few years in the U.S., the team picked up 19 local, regional, and national karting titles. Juncos Racing moved operations north to Indiana, where they developed into a formula open-wheel racing team in 2008.
In 2009, the team entered the Star Mazda series. The team was surprisingly strong its first season, finishing second in the driver’s championship and third in the team championship with driver Peter Dempsey. In 2010 Juncos driver Conor Daly won the Star Mazda championship, winning seven of the thirteen races. Juncos' other driver Tatiana Calderon finished tenth. In 2011 Daly left the team to advance to the Indy Lights series, and the team replaced him with driver Joao Victor Horto. Horto would finish the season fourth, and Calderón sixth. Calderón did finish third in the race at Barber Motorsports Park, becoming the first woman to achieve a podium finish in the series.
For 2014 the team entered four cars full-time in the series, driven by Spencer Pigot, Kyle Kaiser, Julia Ballario and Jose Gutierrez. Juncos Racing started the year off on a high note, winning the Cooper Tires Winterfest Championship in both the team and driver (Spencer Pigot) championship. Pigot went on to win six of the fourteen races en route to a championship. Kyle Kaiser and Jose Gutierrez both took wins in the season finale at Sonoma.
In November 2014, the team announced it would be fielding two cars full-time in the series for 2015, and would be elevating drivers Spencer Pigot and Kyle Kaiser from Pro Mazda to be the drivers. Pigot began the 2015 season with five straight podium appearances, including winning both races of the doubleheader at Barber Motorsports Park. With six wins and nine podiums in 16 races, he was crowned champion over Jack Harvey and Ed Jones.
In May of 2015 Ricardo Juncos announced the team would be building a new facility in Speedway, Indiana (home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway), with the intention of future participation in the IndyCar Series. The facility, called the Juncos Technical Center, would cost three million dollars and be 41,000 square feet in size.