The #50 Juncos Racing Cadillac is returning to IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta for the first time since a heavy crash at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with Victor Franzoni at the wheel.
The team’s driver lineup for the 10-hour Motul Petit Le Mans season finale on 12 October will include Will Owen, who has driven the #50 in all of its previous races, as well as Rene Binder and full-time IndyCar racer Spencer Pigot.
Pigot won Indy Pro 2000 and Indy Lights titles with Juncos Racing and also competed in the 2017 Indianapolis 500 with the team. He finished on the podium last year at Motul Petit Le Mans with Mazda Team Joest.
“I am thrilled to add such a talented driver like Spencer Pigot to our #50 entry for the final IMSA event,” said team owner Ricardo Juncos. “He had a long, successful run with us and brings great experience to our IMSA driver lineup. Spencer will be the second driver to run in all four of our series that we compete in, which shows the relationship and commitment we make with our drivers to our program and their futures.
”Pigot is equally thrilled to rejoin the team.“I’m looking forward to joining Juncos Racing again, this time for Petit Le Mans,” he said. “We’ve had success together in different championships, and I hope we can continue that in IMSA. It will be my first time driving a Cadillac DPi-V.R, so there will be a lot to get used to in a short amount of time, but I’m confident the team and my teammates will help that transition.
“Petit Le Mans is one of my favourite events of the year and a great way to finish off the season. I’d like to thank Ricardo Juncos and everyone at Juncos Racing for the opportunity to be a part of the team again.”Owen has made seven starts in the Juncos Cadillac this season, with a best result of seventh at Long Beach in April.
Binder has been part of the team’s driver lineup for the previous three IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup events this season at Daytona, Sebring and Watkins Glen.“Will Owen and Rene Binder have also run with our team in the other series we compete in,” said Juncos. “I am looking forward to seeing all three drivers work together with our team to find success for the final event of the season.”It’s been a trying year for the Juncos team.
The crash at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park followed two accidents for the IndyCar team at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May. However, the team has persevered and is ready to end the 2019 season on a high note.“We have been faced with one of our most challenging years as a team,” said Juncos. “There have been many ups and downs during our most expansive year running in four different series.
The year started off strong for us in IMSA at Daytona when we proved to be one of the fastest Cadillac DPi-V.R cars and made it to the very end of our first-ever 24-hour event.“At Long Beach, we were able to lead laps, strong laps on old tires and we pulled away from the pack who had new tires.
We were faced with a terrible incident in July, which totalled our Cadillac DPi-V.R. However, we have been working very hard to regroup and rebuild our IMSA program. I want to thank everyone at IMSA and Cadillac who have been there to support us during these past few difficult months. I cannot thank all of the crew enough for all of their hard work and dedication to this program throughout this incredibly busy year for the team.”