SPEEDWAY, Ind. — Juncos Hollinger Racing is planning to stick with Callum Ilott in the #77-car for 2023.
“For us, this is special, because a year ago we had to pick from four or five drivers,” said team co-owner and founder Ricardo Juncos. “Announcing a continuation with Callum is exactly what we needed.”
“We’re going to continue the rest of the year,” said Ilott. “Our last couple races, including the oval at Iowa, have been good and strong. We have lots of goals to meet. I’m super excited to continue what we are doing.”
Co-owner Brad Hollinger said that even before his rookie season this year, they wanted to keep Ilott with the team for multiple years.
Ilott first signed with JHR before the 2022 season after leaving the Formula One ladder in Europe. He ran three races with Juncos in 2021 before signing on to a full season with the team for this season.
“From the European side, IndyCar was always a bit of a mystery,” Ilott added. “Having Romain (Grosjean), and even Felix (Rosenqvist), coming here it created a good base. I’m excited to keep with the competitiveness but also the friendly nature of the series.”
Ilott’s best career finish in his time in IndyCar is eighth which came during the GMR Grand Prix earlier this season. Ilott said he’s grown quite attached to the NTT IndyCar Series and added he hopes to be a part of the series for the foreseeable future as it grows.
Ilott added that “the idea is to have a long, long career in IndyCar.”
He still has an agreement with Scuderia Ferreri as a reserve driver in Formula One that he says will last a few more years, but that he is focused on IndyCar for the long term.
As for the team, Brad Hollinger said that they have a goal of adding a second car to their stable for the 2023 season. Ricardo Juncos added that they are still working on making that happen, but that it “has to be right” for two cars to be possible.
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