Juncos Hollinger Racing will expand to a second full-time entry – the No. 78 — for the 2023 NTT IndyCar Series season, the team announced Sept. 7.
Callum Ilott will retain his role as driver of the No. 77, while the driver of the No. 78 will be announced at a later date.
“To be able to announce this today and make this a reality is incredible,” JHR team principal and co-owner Ricardo Juncos said in a team statement. “We have stood by our words from the beginning that we would continue to grow and expand and that is what we are doing. For us expanding to a two-car team is very exciting to announce but was also our plan for the past year since we joined the NTT IndyCar Series full time.”
“We are very excited to be entering the next season with our second entry,” team co-owner Brad Hollinger added. “Ricardo, Callum and the entire team have done an exceptional job this year, by exceeding the objectives we set for ourselves for the first full year of running in the NTT IndyCar Series. Now we are scheduled to expand the team, which will give us a significant competitive boost for the 2023 campaign.
“Having a second car enables the team to meaningfully enhance our data analytics, as well as test varying track set-ups and race strategies. The advantages of a multiple-car team are immense.”
Ilott so far in 2022 has accumulated just two top 10 finishes and currently sits 20th in points with just one race left in the season.