Juncos Hollinger brings INDYCAR back to Argentina in November.
Juncos Hollinger Racing will bring its #77 NTT INDYCAR SERIES car to Argentina from November 4-9 for exhibition racing.
The car will be presented at the Michelangelo in the country’s capital, Buenos Aires, then head to the Circuit de Buenos Aires and Circuit de Termas de Rio Hondo, Santiago del Estero for exhibition laps with several Argentine Touring Car Champions Agustin Canapino behind the wheel.
Team co-owner Ricardo Juncos formed the Juncos Competicion team in his native Argentina in 1997. The last time the INDYCAR SERIES visited Argentina was in 1971 at the USAC Rafaela Indy race 300 organized at the Autodromo, won by Al Unser.
Canapino is the son of the famous Argentinian mechanic Alberto Canapino, who died in February 2021.
“For many years we have been trying to bring an NTT INDYCAR SERIES car to Argentina, and today to be able to officially announce that the car will return for exhibition after 51 years is amazing,” said Juncos, who also serves as team leader. “It gives us a lot of pride as Argentines and for all that it means. Since we are linked with Chevrolet in the United States and having Agustin Canapino as a driver will be one of the greatest moments in motorsport in our community. .
“When Alberto Canapino was with us at the 24 Hours of Daytona, we thought what a great moment it would be to see Agustin in an NTT INDYCAR SERIES car, and from then on, on my promise, that’s what we were going to. TO DO.” make happen. Regardless of the team and the effort it would take, today it is a reality, and I am sure Alberto would be so proud of this moment.
“As an Argentinian and understanding what motorsport means in this hierarchy, it fills us with pride, the whole Juncos Hollinger Racing team, our friends and all the immense amount of people who have collaborated in different ways to make I think this is a very important step forward in terms of promoting INDYCAR not only in Argentina but also throughout Latin America, and I hope it will be the basis that will allow us in a near future to further involve our country in the INDYCAR SERIES Championship.
JHR will promote the NTT INDYCAR SERIES throughout the tour by showcasing the car at the exhibition beginning November 4 with a presentation at the Michelangelo in Buenos Aires. The car will be on track for a private session during the Turismo National on November 5-6, culminating in the main event on November 9 at Termas de Rio Hondo, Santiago del Estero.
Gerardo Zamora, the governor of Santiago de Estero, visited Juncos; Mark Miles, President and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corporation; and Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb at the 2022 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.
“For me it is an honor to have an NTT INDYCAR SERIES car test in our Termas de Rio Hondo International Circuit,” said Hector Farina, Termas de Rio Hondo International Circuit Director. “The last time we had this car in our country from the United States was in 1971 and it has not been back since. Having this car in our providence, with a first class driver, will be something amazing thing Thank you all for coming and thinking about Santiago del Estero.”
This won’t be Canapino’s first ride with JHR. He made his debut with the team in the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driving the Cadillac DPi JHR in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring.
“For me to have this chance to be the Juncos Hollinger Racing NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver in Argentina is a great privilege, a great honor and a great responsibility for which I have been preparing for a long time,” said Canapino. “I want to thank Ricardo Juncos, Brad Hollinger and the whole Juncos Hollinger Racing team, as well as those who made it possible for the car to come to Argentina.
“I have nothing but words of gratitude, and at the same time I want to invite everyone to come to this incredible event that we will have with the National Tourism in which I will also be competing in the race of two pilots was the big icing on the cake, which is the Indy Exhibition. It’s not just another car, (JHR is) the Argentina team. They finished the last event (of 2022) qualifying first in the the most competitive and demanding category in the world.
Argentine driver Canapino will drive an NTT INDYCAR SERIES car for the first time next week in a private test at Sebring International Raceway.
“Being able to test with Ricardo and the team is a huge honor and a huge commitment,” Canapino said. “It’s very exciting for me because it’s something that Ricardo had talked about a lot with my father, who unfortunately is no longer here and won’t be able to see me live at the moment, but I know he will be watching.
“Thanks to Ricardo and Juncos Hollinger Racing for giving me this opportunity to test the car before the exhibition. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES car is demanding and its complexity is essential to test beforehand so that everything goes as we wish.