Indy Lights – Team Viso’s Palli Will Compete at Fontana
Movin’ on up! The Team Viso Project is already paying dividends for Bruno Pally, driver of the #15 Juncos Racing car in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear. With five top-ten finishes so far this year, Bruno will now move up to compete in the Firestone Indy Lights season finale in Fontana alongside J.V. Horto with Juncos Racing. This is exactly the type of graduation that the Mazda Road to Indy program was designed to foster, and it’s good to actually see it begin to happen more frequently. There’s a lot of drivers down in USF2000, and it would be nice to see those numbers percolate upward as Star Mazda and especially Firestone Indy Lights have seen significantly diminished grid sizes in recent seasons. It’s also good to see recruiting projects like Team Viso provide not only opportunities for young drivers to come to the Mazda Road to Indy, but also the real opportunity to advance up the ladder.
Although Bruno passed his initial Indy Lights test at Putnam Park back in August, and passed his oval test at the Kentucky Speedway a week later, Fontana is a completely different beast, as are testing and racing. The action at such a large track will be very close, and small mistakes can lead to disastrous outcomes. We’ve seen this time and time again at IMS, and as recently as this year when several cars were involved in an incident at the exit of Turn 2 during the Firestone Freedom 100. This is a great opportunity for Bruno, but I’ve got my fingers crossed that he keeps his head clear and his nose clean. This is going to be a really sketchy race for the Indy Lights drivers, and the last thing a rookie driver needs in his first race is to bring the car back in pieces.
You can learn more about Bruno Palli and the Team Viso project by watching our interview with EJ Viso, Ricardo Juncos, Diego Ferriera, and Bruno Pauli at the Iowa Speedway, http://openpaddock.net/2012/07/04/inside-the-helmet-team-viso-iowa-speedway/.
Official Press Release from Star Mazda
Brownsburg, IN (September 12, 2012) – Juncos Racing is excited to announce Bruno Palli a rising star in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear — will make his Palli Indy Lights debut in the Firestone Indy Lights Series this weekend in the season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.
Palli, 21, will take his racing career to the next level in the Mazda Road to Indy Program and make his first Firestone Indy Lights Series run in the #86 Juncos Racing car. IZOD INDYCAR driver, E.J. Viso, has sponsored, coached, and mentored Palli since he began his racing career in karts. Palli, who drives the #15 Juncos Racing/Team Viso Venezuela car, currently sits 12th in his rookie season of the 2012 Star Mazda Championship point standings.
“I am really excited to race my first Indy Lights race this weekend at Fontana!” said Palli. “My team and E.J. Viso have been working a lot with me to prepare me for the next step in my racing career. I want to thank my team and E.J. for supporting me and giving me this chance to run in the Indy Lights Series this weekend.”
Ricardo Juncos, Team Owner, is thrilled to be back on track in the Firestone Indy Lights series after a mid-season absence and to advance another Juncos Racing driver up to the next level in the Mazda Road to Indy program.
“Driver development continues to be our main mission at Juncos Racing,” said Juncos. “I could not be any happier to be back running in the Firestone Indy Lights series, especially with our current Juncos driver Bruno. He has shown a lot of progress in only his first season in the Star Mazda Championship and to take him to the next level goes to show what we continue to do at Juncos Racing. We have had the pleasure to be a part of many young drivers racing careers and to help advance their racing skills to move onto other series. I want to thank Bruno for all of his hard work this season and E.J. Viso for his support.”
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