One half of the No. 32 Juncos Racing entry this season has strengthened his grip on the season this morning as it was announced that rookie Rene Binder would now take part in six Verizon IndyCar Series events in the 2018 calendar year. This is an increase from the four races that were announced in January.
Binder, 26, was originally slotted to compete in only the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park, the Honda Indy Toronto and the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.
After a late-race crash resulting from brake lock-up at St. Petersburg placed him 22nd, Binder and Juncos have secured the resources to run the rookie at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit on June 2nd and 3rd.
This now means the No. 32 entry led by Juncos Racing is locked in for 10 out of the 17 rounds in the 2018 IndyCar championship. Last year’s Indy Lights champion, Kyle Kaiser, is still in the fold and will compete in at least four races this season.
Kaiser, 22, is confirmed to run the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis in May, as well as the 102nd Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.
The two remaining events on Kaiser’s schedule have yet to be announced, but expect Kaiser to be in the desert for next weekend’s race at ISM Raceway as well as the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach the weekend of April 13-15. That gets Juncos safely in the door for the first ten races of the season and gives them ample time to prepare for the second half of the year, and most importantly, find funding.
Keep an eye out for more announcements like this as part-time teams continue to search for additional support that would allow them to run extra events. Teams such as Michael Shank Racing and Dreyer and Reinbold Racing would be open to additional dates outside of their current commitments, and it is clear that Juncos is ready for more races if they can find the assistance.
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