Toronto, Canada (July 17, 2017) – American Kyle Kaiser made a clean sweep winning both Rounds 11 and 12 of the Cooper Tires Indy Lights Grand Prix Presented by Allied Building Products this past weekend on the Streets of Toronto. Teammate Nicolas Dapero earned his best finish in the Indy Lights series posting back to back seventh place finishes.
The weekend began with one practice session for the Indy Lights field on 1.786 mile, 11-Turn street course. The series points leader Kyle Kaiser (Los Gatos, California) driving the #18 Juncos Racing car posted the fastest time overall. Rookie Nicolas Dapero (Buenos Aires, Argentina) driver of the #31 American Brokers car finished 11th quick among the highly competitive field.
Kaiser carried the strong momentum into qualifying the following morning where he posted a new qualifying track record with a time of 1:05.3511, picking up his third pole of the season. Dapero would take the 13th starting position.
Round 11 did not begin without drama when an incident on the first lap involving multiple cars shook up the field. Both Juncos Racing cars narrowly escaped any damage. Kaiser would continue his dominating performance, leading every lap and even extending his lead to over five seconds by the end of the race, earning his second win of the season. Dapero brought home his best finish since moving up into the Indy Lights series, finishing seventh.
Qualifying for Round 12 kicked off the final morning around the Streets of Toronto. Kaiser qualified third and teammate Dapero would take the 10th starting position. Much like Round 11, there wasn’t a lack of drama at the start, a handful of cars were collected in an incident at the beginning of the race. Kaiser and Dapero battled through out the race and persevered to end the day with two Top 10’s, including a win. It’s Dapero’s second seventh place finish for the weekend. This is Kaiser’s third win of the season, creating the biggest points lead in the championship. He’s currently 52 points ahead of second place.
“This was such an amazing weekend,” said Kaiser. “We knew we had to come into this weekend and stay aggressive and fight for wins, and that’s exactly what we did. The team gave me a great car right out of the gate and we were up front the entire weekend. With some good fortune we managed to win both races and increase our lead to the highest it’s been all season. We’ll be coming to Mid-Ohio trying to maintain this momentum as the season comes to a close.”
Indy Lights Rookie, Nico Dapero stayed positive throughout the weekend and took the 11-turn street course as a learning opportunity, “Overall it was a learning weekend. We didn’t start the way we wanted with contact with the wall but the team did an excellent job by bringing the best out of me and me bringing the car home 7th in both races! We got all of the experience we’re looking for and we are ready to bring it back next year and fight for the front row!” Dapero exclaimed. “We learn and we grow, that’s how we do it. Really looking forward to Mid Ohio. I want to thank the American Brokers Assistance for the opportunity for me to be here and all the members of Juncos Racing!”
Team Owner, Ricardo Juncos was extremely happy with the entire team throughout the weekend and said, “Toronto was definitely one of our most successful weekends this far in our team history. We know how difficult this track is each year and how competitive Indy Lights is this year. When we came to Toronto, we knew that there was a small gap in points for the championship lead, our goal coming here this weekend was to execute and perfect our strategies. I can not thank the team enough, they worked so hard every day prepping the car and throughout the weekend to look over every detail. Obviously, Kaiser coming back to this track knowing what he knows was something we took advantage of, it was perfect, he drove outstanding all weekend, was always on his game and able to execute everything perfectly, it really speaks to the improvement he’s made with his driving skills. He’s been with our team for 5 years, so it feels like family, as a team owner it’s hard to describe how happy I am with all that’s happened during this time. I am very happy for Nico, he is very young without much experience, moved quickly to Indy Lights from Pro Mazda. He is a winner, he wants to perform and I understand sometimes it’s difficult especially crashing last year in Pro Mazda, then again this year in Toronto with Indy Lights. He wasn’t shaken, he was able to come back mentally and had a great race in Race one and continue to improve throughout the weekend. I think this was the first time we set the two fastest laps in a race with both drivers, so that’s big, especially after Nico fell back to last and then pushed forward to P7 and was the fastest car the last 10 laps of the race. We are happy that he’s following Kyle and has stayed with the team so we can all learn and grow together, I think he has a bright future ahead. We had a very, very good weekend and all of our hard work we’re doing as a team is paying, we’re going to keep doing what we’re doing and hopefully win the championship. I’d also like to thank all of our fans around the world, the support and messages that we’ve received this weekend is incredible. We’re looking forward to getting ready for the next race.”
The 2017 Indy Lights Championship continues July 28-30th with Rounds 13 and 14 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.