Watkins Glen, New York (September 6, 2016) – The Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires returned to Watkins Glen International Raceway this past weekend for the first time since 2010, replacing the originally scheduled Boston Grand Prix that was cancelled earlier this summer. Juncos Racing just missed the podium with American Kyle Kaiser, taking fourth in Round 16 of the 2016 Indy Lights Championship.

The week at Watkins Glen kicked off on Tuesday, August 30th with a three hour long open test. Teams returned to the track Friday for two practice sessions on the 3.4 mile, 11-Turn road course located in upstate New York. Juncos Racing proved to be the quickest team on track with Kyle Kaiser recording the fastest time overall Friday while teammate Zachary Claman De Melo finished fourth.

The following day qualifying saw some of the closest times of the season with most of the field separated by less than 0.500 of a second. Kaiser qualified fourth and Claman De Melo took the ninth starting position.

The weekend concluded that same day with lots of action during the 25 laps of Round 16. Tire degradation would prove to be the biggest factor with multiple drivers throughout the race. Kaiser driving the #18 InterVision/NetApp/ JuniperNetworks car, battled within the Top-5 for most of the race, finishing just off the podium in fourth. Claman De Melo, driving the #13 ZCD Montreal car, had a tough start on the first lap after contact forced him to pit to replace the front wing. The young Canadian went on to finish ninth.

“Although the final result wasn’t what we were hoping for, I was really happy with the performance we had this race weekend,” said Kaiser. “The team did a great job giving me a competitive car for qualifying and the race. Heading into the last race weekend we’ll have a strong package to compete for wins.”

“Overall it wasn’t the result we wanted,” said Claman De Melo. “It’s too bad because the pace was there this weekend and we had a strong car. Hopefully we can carry the momentum over to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.”

Team Principle Ricardo Juncos said, “We learned a lot as a team this week at Watkins Glen. Both drivers proved to have the speed needed to be up front in practice, but we could just not completely translate that into qualifying with everyone being so close. I am happy with Kyle’s (Kaiser) Top-5 finish which keeps him in the hunt of the tight championship. He drove a smart race and was very close to earning another podium. Zach (Claman De Melo) had a tough break from the start when contact put him in the pits on the first lap to replace the front wing. After that his lap times were on track with the leaders, but with no cautions he had no way of rejoining the field to try to make a charge for the front. I am looking forward to the season finale next weekend where we have proved to be very successful at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the past. I would like to thank the team for all of the hard work they put into this long week at Watkins Glen, thank you to both drivers for their dedication on track, and to the families for all of their support.”