St. Petersburg, Florida (April 26, 2021) – The second event weekend of the 2021 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires proved to be tough on the Juncos Racing line-up on the streets of St. Petersburg. However, rookie Sting Ray Robb earned his best finish since moving up to the Indy Lights series taking sixth in Round 3.

The Indy Lights field returned to the track for the second weekend in a row for Rounds 3 and 4 on the 1.8 mile, 14-Turn street course located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Teams had a full day on the track to kick off the weekend on Friday with one practice and two qualifying sessions. Juncos Racing struggled in qualifying for Round 3 with Toby Sowery driving the No. 51 entry qualifying 11th and Sting Ray Robb driving the No. 2 Road To Indy scholarship car in 12th. Qualifying for Round 4 concluded the day with Sowery moving up to take the sixth starting position and Sting Ray Robb in 11th.

Round 3 of the Indy Lights championship took place Saturday afternoon. The No. 51 driven by Sowery, unfortunately, faced issues early in the race, putting him multiple laps down. The Englishman was able to return to the track and would settle for 13th. Sting Ray Robb, who started 12th, overtook multiple cars to finish just outside the Top-5. Sting Ray Robb’s sixth place gave him his best finish since moving up to the Indy Lights series.

The weekend concluded Sunday morning with Round 4. The bad luck continued for Juncos Racing when Sting Ray Robb suffered a rear flat tire due to contact with another driver during the first lap resulting in the No. 2 retiring from the race to finish 13th. Sowery who fell back early in the 40-lap race was able to recover and gain back positions to finish ninth.

Juncos Racing Team Owner Ricardo Juncos said, “After reorganizing the team for the 2021 Indy Lights season and after a year and a half from having a team together, it has been hard to go back to the normal performance we had shown during those five years. Overall we had good results in Barber and then came to St. Pete with high expectations. Unfortunately with only one practice session, we struggled with the performance of the race car itself, so we were not able to give the drivers at Top-3 car. We had to react quickly before going into the first qualifying session, but the changes we made were not right. We then went into the second qualifying and were able to make some positive changes that moved us in the right direction. We carried those positive gains into the first race, in which Sting Ray Robb did an excellent job starting from the back and moving all the way up to finish sixth. Toby Sowery’s race did not go as planned, as he suffered mechanical issues before the race went green, causing him to go many laps down and his race was over. We hoped to take the positive changes we had made into the second race, but unfortunately during the first lap both cars faced issues. Sting Ray Robb had contact with another car which punctured his tire and ended his race. Toby also dealt with contact after some aggressive moves by others put him in the wall and forced him to pit for a nose. He went back on track and we just focused on finishing the best we could at that point.”

“We are still positive and will move forward from here. It is still early in the championship and after back-to-back weekends we now have time to recover and adjust what we need to do. I have no doubt we will recover as a team. We have been dealt with tough situations in the past but have always performed at a very professional and highly competitive level. I want to thank the drivers for how they were able to deal with the tough situations in such a professional manner and keep their focus. I also want to thank all of the families and sponsors for continuing their trust in Juncos Racing. Finally, I want to thank all of the crew for the hard work they put into these back-to-back weekends. We are looking forward to getting back on track in a few weeks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where we have had great success in the past.”

The Indy Lights returns May 13-15th with Rounds 5 and 6 on the road course of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway alongside the NTT IndyCar Series.

Sting Ray Robb: “This weekend we were in St. Petersburg for Rounds 3 and 4 of the Indy Lights championship. Qualifying 1 was pretty rough as we qualified 12th. Qualifying 2 was not a whole lot better, but we made quite a few changes that resulted in a strong finish for the first race. In Round 3 we went from 12th to sixth with some really good passes and were able to keep the car intact to survive the rest of the race. Race 2 was basically non-existent as I suffered a punctured tire during the first lap and was sidelined the rest of the race. I am really disappointed for the team and myself, but we will move forward to our next races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We are optimistic and believe this two-week break will allow us to make some improvements that will provide better results in the future.”

Toby Sowery: “For me, it was a disappointing weekend, we didn’t quite have the ultimate pace but sadly we had some issues in Race 1 which resulted in a last place. Race 2 was ruined for me early by the same poor driving standards of a certain driver. It was unfortunate but this happens in racing.”