New Purdue partnership with Juncos Hollinger Racing brings students into motorsport
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University and Juncos Hollinger Racing announced a new partnership that will expand experiential education opportunities for Purdue students who wish to explore careers in the motorsport, automotive and mobility industries.
The three-year partnership sees Purdue as the academic engineering and technology partner of Juncos Hollinger Racing and establishes a variety of internships for Purdue students, particularly through the College of Engineering, Purdue Polytechnic Institute and the Krannert School of Management. Juncos Hollinger Racing lines up cars in the IndyCar, Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000 and IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) series. Juncos Hollinger Racing is also involved in the Indy Autonomous Challenge.
The two sides will also come up with ideas for joint academic projects and collaborate on the development of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) educational projects. Additionally, Juncos Hollinger Racing will be participating in several Purdue Motorsports events, such as the Purdue evGrandPrix High School and the Collegiate and Autonomous Kart Races, which will run from Thursday September 16 through Saturday September 18 at West Lafayette.
Purdue – and several of its undergraduate and graduate engineering programs – ranks among the nation’s top U.S. public institutions, as well as one of the most innovative universities in the country. Purdue also ranks high for most employable graduates in the United States among public universities.
“This dynamic partnership is beneficial to all groups involved, especially Purdue students who wish to explore careers in motorsport, motor racing and the rapidly evolving mobility industry,” said Danny White, Director of Purdue. Motorsports and General Manager of the evGrand Prix.
“Purdue has a long history in the motorsport, automotive and mobility industries – and looks to the future. Many Purdue alumni have worked with racing teams as engineers, managers and mechanics, as well as in logistics and hospitality. With many students now learning and designing stand-alone systems, this partnership continues to build on Purdue’s reputation and strengthens economic opportunities across Indiana.
Ricardo Juncos, president of Juncos Hollinger Racing, has worked with White for several years and has seen first-hand what Purdue has to offer its motorsport students and is eager to recommend students who wish to get into racing.
“It’s a great opportunity to meet more students who may be the next great designer, engineer or mechanic,” Juncos said. “Our overall goal is to continue teaching students so that they can continue to progress. “
Racing teams also need people behind the scenes to make the team function.
“It will open the doors for everyone,” Juncos said. “Racing teams need graphic designers, safety experts, dietitians, accountants, lawyers and more. We have to have it all for a racing team.
The partnership between Purdue and Juncos Hollinger Racing began last weekend at the Portland, Oregon Grand Prix. The race track is in Laguna Seca, California this weekend for the Firestone Grand Prix in Monterey.
About Purdue University
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About Juncos Hollinger Racing
Juncos Hollinger Racing is a championship winning team that will field multiple cars in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Lights series and the NTT INDYCAR series.
Ricardo Juncos announced in 2021 the formation of Juncos Hollinger Racing with co-owner Brad Hollinger. The partnership between Juncos and Hollinger offers a bright future for the racing team and its state-of-the-art headquarters located just half a mile from Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Juncos Hollinger Racing’s mission is to develop drivers around the world to the next level of their career through the Driver Development Program. Through this program, the team not only works with on-track drivers to improve their driving skills, but also equips them with the tools to understand the engineering and mechanics of the car. Drivers who have participated in this program and have continued to compete at the next level include Connor de Phillippi, Nicolas Dapero, Tatiana Calderon, Peter Dempsey, Conor Daly, Spencer Pigot, Victor Franzoni, Kyle Kaiser, Rinus VeeKay, Rasmus Lindh, Dalton Kellett and Sting Ray Robb.
In addition to focusing on driver development, Juncos Hollinger Racing will develop into a full-time, multi-year NTT INDYCAR SERIES program starting in 2022. For more information visit https://www.juncosracing.com.
Editor, Media Contact: Matthew Oates, 765-586-7496 (mobile), [email protected], @mo_oates,
Juncos Hollinger Racing: Abby Carter, [email protected]
Sources: Danny White, [email protected]
Ricardo Juncos, [email protected]