Saturday, August 26, 2017

Definition of gifted, and successful, Ricardo Juncos arrived in the US with $400 and a backpack, without a job, without speaking English. Now he owns a racecar team that just put two cars into the Indy 500

Juncos, who has harbored a passion for racing since he was 14, immigrated to the United States in 2002 after “losing everything” in Argentina’s depression of 2001.

He arrived in Miami speaking no English and without work, but was working in under 12 hours. Inside a week he found a job as an unpaid go-kart mechanic, but it was a start, and 3 months later he was team manager under Brazillian driver Christian Fittipaldi, and in 2003, his team won a championship.

Not long after, he started his own karting team and began amassing championships and building a reputation in the racing world. It wasn't until 2009 that he joined the Pro Mazda, but there, like everywhere else, he found almost immediate success. In 2010, with Noblesville native Conor Daly behind the wheel, Juncos Racing won its first Indy car championship.

Juncos hasn't stopped winning. Since joining Pro Madza and eventually Indy Lights, he has stockpiled 41 victories, 45 poles and the 2015 Indy Lights driver championship with Spencer Pigot.

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