Sebring, Florida (March 16th, 2019) – The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship learning experience continued for Juncos Racing at Sebring International Raceway on Saturday where the team finished 10th in class at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts.

 

Despite registering competitive lap times and driving flawlessly throughout the 12-hour event from all three of its drivers, the team had to deal with recurring gremlins that forced them to spend more time in the pits than they would have liked, therefore hampering any chance of a finish that reflected their actual on track speed.

 

After qualifying the No. 50 Cadillac DPi-V.R seventh yesterday, American Will Owen started the race for the team in what were very difficult wet weather conditions. While the first 50 minutes of the race were spent under caution, Owen stayed out of trouble in the very poor visibility conditions when the action went green, running as high as fourth in his stint.

 

Unfortunately, after taking over driving duties from Owen with just under 10 hours to go, Rene binder was forced to the team’s tent for repairs after a piece of debris from the track broke the alternator belt.

 

Binder returned to the track 10th in class where he would remain until handing the car off to teammate Agustin Canapino with seven hours and 46 minutes remaining.

 

Sadly for the team, they were not able to make up the lost ground when issues started popping up about halfway through the race.

 

Despite the struggles, the team persevered and took the checkered flag 10th in class.

Team Owner Ricardo Juncos said, “This was a challenging week for our team. We had a lot of issues that came up throughout the week and plagued our race. The crew and drivers worked very hard finding the solutions to keep us on track. We all learned a lot and have a lot to take back from this event. We will keep learning, progressing and growing with every race.”

Rene Binder (Innsbruck, Austria): “Overall it was a tough race. We had to deal with multiple issues that kept us from staying on the lead lap. Even when we were faced with these different issues, we still set some great pace towards the end of the 12 hours. The team worked very hard all week long and put in some long hours at the track. It is disappointing that after all of the work we have put into this race, we were not able to get the finish we deserved, however we learned a lot and will use that going forward into the next event.”

Will Owen (Castle Rock, Colorado): “Today’s race at Sebring was one of the hardest days I have faced. It was tough for everybody. Tough for the team. Tough for the drivers. I must start by saying thank you to the Juncos Racing team for working so hard. We had a lot of issues to deal with but the team worked so hard to get through them. It just seemed like we couldn’t catch a break. Despite the problems our Cadillac DPi-V.R was fast and it was a lot of fun to drive. I learned more today than I ever have learned in any other race. It is very difficult to drive, especially at night. I feel like I made a huge step forward. We all know as a team what we need to do to get better, so we will work on everything we learned from Sebring and move onto Long Beach in a few weeks.”

Agustin Canapino (Arrecifies, Argentina): “This was my first race at Sebring and it was one of the most difficult races I have experienced. Starting off the weather conditions did not help. It is already a difficult track, so the rain made it even trickier. It was a difficult race for the team having to resolve the issues we had, but they did a great job persevering through the challenges. A huge thank you to Ricardo Juncos and all of Juncos Racing. I have learned a lot with the team and with IMSA. I have really enjoyed this experience and hope to be back soon.”