INDIANAPOLIS – Will Owen will return to Juncos Racing next year to compete in the team’s inaugural season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Owen is the first driver announced to the Juncos Racing line-up and will pilot the No. 50 Cadillac DPi-V.R entry for the full season.
Owen rejoins Juncos Racing after two successful seasons running in the European Le Mans Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Owen recorded two victories and finished second in the overall ELMS class championship in 2017. He also scored a fourth-place finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year. The young American continued his string of strong sports car results in 2018, scoring a fourth-place finish at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and a podium finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Owen first joined Juncos Racing for the 2015 Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. He returned to Juncos Racing for the 2016 Pro Mazda season, finishing fourth in the championship after collecting eight podium finishes.
“I am so happy to announce that I will be returning to Juncos Racing in 2019 to compete in the IMSA series,” said Owen. “I have been dreaming of getting into a DPi car since I first saw them hit the track. The Cadillac DPi-V.R is one of the strongest racecars ever built, so it is an honor to have the opportunity to race it with Juncos against the best teams in the world. This year we will be head to head with some seriously talented drivers. In the past the thought of that was intimidating, but thanks to the experience and coaching I have received in Europe I feel prepared to take on this challenge. I’m sure this year will push me to the limits, but that is absolutely necessary on the journey to becoming a professional.
“Around this time four years ago I was also visiting the Juncos shop, but much has changed since then. It is amazing to see how Ricky (Juncos) has grown the team so quickly and how we are now working together on a proper down-force car. I owe thanks to everyone who has worked hard to get this program up and running and helped me be in a position to give my all to our 2019 campaign.”
Team owner Ricardo Juncos announced in August the team would expand into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship running a Cadillac DPi-V.R entry. The team received delivery of the Cadillac DPi-V.R car in November and will begin testing in early December.