INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Championship-winning team Juncos Hollinger Racing is ready for the Indianapolis 500.
Juncos Hollinger Racing is not your typical motorsport team. It is run by Ricardo Juncos, a former Argentinian racing driver who raced to success in Indiana.
“For us as a team it’s very exciting to be back in May because we’re racing and the last time we did that was in 2019 so it’s been three years.” said Ricardo Juncos, president of Juncos Hollinger Racing.
In 2021, Juncos shared that in 2020 their efforts were derailed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
His success comes after humble beginnings on and off the race track. After Argentina’s economy collapsed in 2001, Juncos lost everything, forcing him to pursue his motorsport dreams with just $400 in his pocket. Juncos landed his first job as a mechanic for a go-kart team in Miami.
Fast forward, Ricardo formed Juncos Racing and won five 2000 Indy Pro championships as well as two Indy Lights titles.
In 2021, he became Juncos Hollinger Racing with business partner Brad Hollinger, hiring 23-year-old IndyCar driver Callum Illott. Enam Ahmed and Reece Gold is currently competing in the 2000 Indy Pro Championship with Juncos Hollinger Racing.
In 2022, the 2000 Indy Pro Championship returned with rounds 3 and 4 at Barber Motorsports Park. Gold earned his first win of the season in Round 3, while Ahmed earned his second podium of the year by finishing third in Round 3 of the Andersen Interior Contracting Grand Prix of Alabama.
Juncos said: “The United States welcomes you with open arms and that’s how I feel, but as Latinos we know how much we suffer (and) how much sacrifice we have to make for everything we do at home. we.”
No matter the challenges, Juncos continues its course.
“When this country gives you opportunities, we can make a little difference because in Latin America we have to do that to survive in all aspects, not just in motor racing but in general,” Juncos said. “We get used to fighting for everything we need to have because if not you don’t have it, so we’re constantly fighting, trying, inventing, looking for other ways to get things done and when you bring that energy in the country like that everything works much better, I think that’s a big plus.”
The team says they’re also counting on the Latino community to cheer them on.