Daytona Beach, FL (January 27, 2019) – Juncos Racing faced what will probably be their biggest challenge of the season this past week at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) when they took on and completed their first Rolex 24 at Daytona eighth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship DPi class on Sunday.

It wasn’t an easy event by any means for the team that was making its debut in the sports car series after only taking to the track with their Cadillac DPi-V.R for the first time last month.

After starting driver Agustin Canapino faced a throttle issue before the green flag even fell on the 24-hour event, the team bounced back to move up into 10th place overall in only 30 minutes thanks to impressive driving by Canapino who had to start the race from pit lane and at the back of the field.

Unfortunately for the Ricardo Juncos-led team, that wouldn’t be the end of their woes. After taking over driving duties from Kyle Kaiser in the third hour of the race, full-time season driver Will Owen lost all power on the car through no fault of his own upon exiting pit lane 3 hours and 47 minutes into the race.

While the team managed to remedy the issue, the damage had been done as they returned to the track nearly four hours and 20 minutes gone by in the race with Rene Binder behind the wheel, 11th in class and 16 laps behind the DPi leaders.

Despite losing more time to the leaders due to other small issues as well as facing downpour conditions in the later stages of the race, the entire crew with drivers Canapino, Kaiser, Owen and Binder never gave up and kept pushing, registering similar lap times to those of their experienced competitors. The team completed 555 laps and were classified eighth and 30th overall when the 24-hour race was checkered 11 minutes early due to weather conditions.

The Juncos Racing team will be back on track with its Cadillac DPi-V.R next month during a test at Sebring International Raceway ahead of the 12 Hours of Sebring which takes place March 16th, 2019.

Team Owner Ricardo Juncos said: “The 24-hour race is massive, it is demanding, it’s everything you can imagine, and we survived. Until you have the chance to be a part of this race at this incredible track, you do not understand what all and how much goes into it. I want to thank everyone on the team as they have been working so hard these past few months to get us on track in time for the Rolex 24. I want to thank my family and the families of all of our crew for their understanding and support of our team members as we spent a lot of time away from home to make this program come together. I want to thank all of our drivers Kyle (Kaiser), Rene (Binder), Will (Owen), and Agustin (Canapino) for their effort this weekend. They made absolutely no mistakes, which was incredible that this was the first time for three of the four being at Daytona and competing in IMSA. Finally, I want to thank Cadillac for their partnership and support as they have been there every step of the way with us and helped us tremendously over the past three months. We learned a lot and have a lot to work on, but that is what happens when you are building a program. You always can be better and that’s what we will push ourselves to do each day.”

Agustin Canapino: “I would like to start by saying congrats to Ricardo Juncos and the whole Juncos Racing team. I would also like to thank Cadillac on their win today at Daytona. This race was a challenge for everyone from the drivers to the crew, however the chemistry we created as a group helped us battle our way until the end. We were faced with a lot of different factors throughout the 24 hours, but we also learned a lot and have gained a great experience. The crew did an amazing job each time getting the car back on track so that we were able to finish until the end. This race was very important to me and my career. I am very grateful for the chance to work with such a talented team and for them accepting me into their family. I hope in the future to be back with Juncos Racing, so we will be working hard to make this happen. I want to thank YPF, Banco Patagonia, Martino Sosa, and Chevrolet of Argentina for their support and making my dream of running in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.”

Will Owen (Castle Rock, Colorado): “Even though it wasn’t the way we wanted to wrap up the weekend here at the Rolex 24, we still have a lot of positives to take away. It was a pleasure to work with Cadillac, Juncos (Racing), and Michelin. The package that we had for the race was fast and competitive. The unfortunate issues we faced throughout the weekend were out of our hands, however the team handled them and had the car back on track each time. Even though we lost a lot of laps, we finished the race running which was very important. I have to thank the crew for putting this program together and for Ricky (Juncos) initiating this and everyone working so hard since August to get to this point. We are not focusing on what place we finished, but what we learned as a group new to the Cadillac family and to the IMSA Series. I am looking forward to getting back on track with them at Sebring in March.”

Rene Binder (Innsbruck, Austria): “I was in the Cadillac DPi-V.R for quite a long time near the end of the race, for several yellows. It felt OK. I kept it safe in the rain. I went off a little bit only one time. The conditions changed quite a lot. They were good at one point but then they got worse again. It was quite a crazy race during the end. It was fun in the rain, as it felt a little bit like driving on ice but it was also quite dangerous. Overall, I enjoyed my first 24-hour experience, it was definitely a new experience for me, and I hope I can do it again. I want to thank Ricardo Juncos for giving me this opportunity, it wasn’t easy for the team coming in like this with little experience, but everyone put in a great effort and we all learned a lot throughout the weekend.”

Kyle Kaiser (Santa Clara, California): “Overall this was a pretty wild experience. There was a lot going on throughout the race. I think that the experience I gained from this and the experience the team gained from this is very valuable. Obviously in the race we had a few problems come up, but we didn’t quit because in a 24-hour race anything can happen. When the rain came out lots of cars started falling out, but we were able to hang in there with our Cadillac DPi-V.R car and lay down some great laps. I had a great time at this race, as it was so much more than I expected. I really hope we can make more happen in the future with Juncos Racing and IMSA. I want to thank Juncos Racing for all of their hard work these past few months, putting together a solid program and for Cadillac for the support they provide and the amazing cars we get to drive.”