St. Petersburg, Fla. – Juncos Racing picked up two Top-5 finishes with rookie Victor Franzoni in the season opener at the Mazda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
The 2018 Indy Lights Championship kicked off with one practice session on the 1.8 mile, 14-Turn street course located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Rookie Victor Franzoni, driving the No. 23 Mazda/Juncos Racing car posted the fourth fastest time overall, after only testing in the car twice since joining the series.
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Qualifying for Round 1 followed later that day for the competitive Indy Lights field. Brazilian Franzoni made his first qualifying appearance in the Indy Lights series, taking the fifth starting position.
The following morning began with qualifying for Round 2. Franzoni improved his position from the previous day, to take the fourth starting position.
Franzoni proved to be consistent and show strong pace during Round 1 of the Indy Lights Championship. Franzoni finished his first Indy Light’s race inside the Top-5 claiming fourth.
The weekend concluded with Round 2 for the Indy Lights Championship. After slight contact during the beginning of the race, Franzoni was forced to the back of the field. Franzoni was able to battle his way back to the Top-5 to finish fourth once again.
“The weekend went well for us as it was my first weekend in the Indy Lights Championship,” said Franzoni. “The goal was to be in the Top-3 during both races, and we finished fourth for both. We learned a lot throughout all of the sessions. It was my first race in the Indy Lights Series and we made it through the entire weekend. We picked up some valuable points for the championship and I am looking forward to getting back on track next month in Barber. I want to thank the entire crew, Mazda and Cooper Tires, and everyone else who has shown their support for our team.”
Team Owner Ricard Juncos said “Victor (Franzoni) did a great job all weekend long. He hasn’t had as much time in the car as other drivers, so we are pleased with his performance throughout all sessions. Between our outstanding crew and Victor’s determination I am confident we will have a successful season. I want to thank Victor, Mazda, Cooper Tires, Andersen Promotions, and all of our supporters.”
The 2018 Indy Lights Championship continues April 19-20th with Rounds 3 and 4 at Barber Motorsports Park.