Follow Juncos' inspiring push to build an Indy 500 qualifying car overnight


During Fast Friday practice for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, Kyle Kaiser smacked the wall in Turn 3. He was OK, but his No. 32 Juncos Racing Chevrolet wasn't. 

For some teams on the grid, the next steps would be simple: Pull out a backup car, get the driver dialed in and prep for Crown Royal Armed Forces Qualifying. For Juncos Racing, a small, part-time NTT IndyCar Series team with limited resources, the loss of the primary car could have been devastating.

After this incident in Turn 3, @KyleKRacing has been checked, cleared and released from the @IMS Infield Medical Center.#INDYCAR // #ThisIsMay

The primary car was severely damaged but Juncos had a second tub and -- with help from other teams -- enough spare parts to start piecing a ride back together. Staff from Juncos' other racing programs chipped in to help.

I just checked in with @juncosracing & have good news!
They have brought in the tub that was used at COTA earlier this season & working to convert it to a Speedway car + here’s what’s cool about @IndyCar, they tell me other teams have offered up spare parts @IMS | #Indy500

Team owner Ricardo Juncos said around 8:40 p.m. ET Friday that he was confident the ride would come together in time for first-day Indy 500 qualifying on Saturday. But the work was just beginning.

📹 Update from Ricardo Juncos. #ThisIsMay #Indy500 #GoGreen 💪🏼

The secret, of course, was coffee. Lots of coffee.

Grease, oil, and coffee. Lots of coffee. ☕️#ThisIsMay #INDY500 #GoGreen 💪🏻

By 10:52 p.m., the team had an engine running. 

🔈That’s the sound we like to hear! 💪🏻#ThisIsMay #INDY500 #GoGreen 💪🏻

We officially have a side pod ✅👍🏻#ThisIsMay #INDY500 #VamosJuncos #GoGreen 💪🏻

Finally, at 3:07 a.m. Saturday, Kaiser's ride was off the lift.

We’re on the ground! 🤘🏻#ThisIsMay #INDY500 #VamosJuncos #GoGreen 💪🏻

The car passed inspection Saturday morning and was fired up for an 8 a.m. practice session. Kaiser turned an all-important 32 issue-free laps in the practice and is 33rd in the qualifying line. This is what the Indianapolis 500 is all about.

Tech passed. ✅ Let’s get this car in the show. 💪🏻#ThisIsMay #INDY500 #VamosJuncos #GoGreen 💪🏻

In Saturday’s qualifying session, drivers will compete for one of 30 locked-in starting positions and a spot in Sunday’s Fast Nine Shootout, which determines the starting order for the first three rows for the Indy 500. Fans can watch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold and from 5 to 6 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.

Back on track ✅

They were up all night piecing together a car after a crash yesterday, but @juncosracing still has some work to do at @IMS.#INDYCAR // #ThisIsMay

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