By: Spencer Neff
After more than two years away from INDYCAR, Juncos Racing made their return as the rebranded Juncos Hollinger Racing for the last three races of 2021.
Following a 2022 that gave JHR a promising start, the team enters 2023 with a new look and a new driver as they expand to a second car
After making his series debut at the season-ending “West Coast Swing” in 2021 at the wheel of the No. 77, Cambridge, England’s Callum Ilott was named as the full-time driver for the team ahead of the 2022 season.
After starting and finishing 19th in the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the 2020 Formula 2 runner-up entered his first oval event.
During the XPEL 375, Ilott led five laps at Texas Motor Speedway, the first of his career. A promising run at Barber to begin the month of May was derailed by mechanical issues.
Thirteen days later, Ilott narrowly missed out on his first appearance in the Fast Six, qualifying seventh at the first Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course race.
In his Indianapolis 500 debut, Ilott crashed on Lap 68 and broke his right hand, forcing him out of the following weekend’s race at Belle Isle. Santino Ferrucci took over, starting 17th and finishing 21st.
During the stretch run between June and July, he would qualify in the Top 10 twice and earn a best finish of 11th.
By the end of the season, Ilott and JHR would prove themselves as contenders on the natural terrain road courses.
The driver of the No. 77 earned a career-best finish of ninth at Portland and would start second at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca finale. In both races, he led a lap, the first two of his career.
Hailing from Argentina, just as Car Owner Ricardo Juncos, Agustin Canapino will be the driver of the No. 78 for JHR. Canapino moves over from the Argentine Touring Car circuit, where he won multiple championships.
Canapino has completed testing at The Thermal Club and Sebring International Raceway. On March 5, he will be one of four drivers making their NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
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