Tuesday, March 5

IndyCar 2023 season evaluation: Juncos Hollinger Racing

# 77– Callum Ilott, 16th in champion standings (266 points)– 17 races

  • 0 wins, 0 podium, 2 leading fives, 3 leading 10s, 0 poles, 0 Fast Six Appearances
  • Finest Finish: 5th (St. Petersburg, Laguna Seca)
  • Finest Start: 8th (Portland)

# 78– Agustín Canapino, 21st in champion standings (180 points)– 17 races

  • 0 wins, 0 podiums, 0 leading fives, 0 leading 10s, 0 poles, 0 Fast Six Appearances
  • Finest Finish: 12th (St. Petersburg, Texas, Toronto)
  • Finest Start: 18th (Toronto * – certified 13th at Laguna Seca however began 19th with grid charges)

Joey Barnes: If you were to recall at Ilott’s novice season in 2022 with JHR, there was hope of taking a huge action in 2023. While there were some actually strong positives sometimes, I believe that capacity was topped with the growth of 2 full-time entries and a novice in Canapino that was getting used to open wheel racing. Typically, growing horizontally indicates compromising those vertical gains in the short-term. That stated, there was still a lot to be impressed by this previous season.

Ilott bookended the year with a set of career-best fifth-place surfaces and scored another leading 10 (3) than his novice project. He experienced more drama than required at the Indianapolis 500, where he ultimately switched out the main cars and truck for the backup to make the race and climb from 27th to a decent 12th. In general, it was development however any hope of seeing how far that might have gone ended with the offseason modification that saw Romain Grosjean signed and Ilott parting from the group and bound for the World Endurance Championship. Ilott might still be on the grid for choose IndyCar rounds, however time will inform what that appears like.

With Canapino, the Argentine was outstanding with a set of 12th-place outcomes on a street circuit and a quick oval. It was understood there would be novice issues, however he adjusted method quicker than lots of anticipated. It can’t be neglected that a prospective podiums, or at the least a leading 5, was on the cards at Laguna Seca before regrettable contact with Ilott. With Canapino returning for a 2nd year in 2024, it’ll be fascinating to see his and JHR’s development.

Picture by: Jake Galstad/ Motorsport Images

Agustín Canapino, Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet

Nick Degroot: I ‘d state 2023 was an action in the ideal instructions for Juncos. They scored 2 top-fives and Callum Ilott improved his season-long typical surface by 2, while likewise positioning 4 positions greater in the last standings. His fifth-place surface at the season-opener and season ending were highlights for the Juncos group.

Now, the arrival of Agustín Canapino definitely shook things up. The novice motorist’s project was ruined by encounters with his team-mate, and social networks abuse from some fans cast a shadow over the whole group.

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