It’s been almost a decade since the NTT IndyCar Series has the last time there was a championship round outside of North America. Since the last São Paulo Indy 300 in 2013, the only regularly scheduled IndyCar race outside the US has taken place. the streets of Toronto. However, IndyCar will get help to boost interest in South America from one of the series’ smallest teams.
Juncos Hollinger Racing announced that it will bring its 77th Chevrolet-equipped Dallara IndyCar during a tour of the Argentina auto show in early November. Its open wheel engine will be on display at the prestigious Michelangelo T.Ango house in Buenos Aires November 4. Number 77 will then do demonstration runs during the weekend’s Turismo Nacional race at the Autódromo de Buenos Aires Oscar y Juan Gálvez November 5 and 6. The tour is over November 9when Juncos Hollinger Racing will conduct a private test 740 miles northwest of Buenos Aires at the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo, the current home ground of the MotoGP Argentina Grand Prix.
The brief tour of Argentina was largely made possible thanks to the push of Argentinian co-owner and team principal Ricardo Juncos. He say:
“For many years we have been trying to bring an NTT IndyCar Series to Argentina and today to officially announce the car’s return to the show after 51 years is a great thing. This gives us a lot of pride as Argentinians and for all that means. As we are affiliated with Chevrolet in the USA, having Agustin Canapino as driver will be one of motorsport’s greatest moments in our community. When Alberto Canapino was with us at the 24 Hours of Daytona, we thought about what this amazing moment would be when we saw Agustin in the NTT IndyCar Series and from that moment on, on my promise those are the what we will do . No matter what team and effort it will take, today it became a reality and I’m sure Alberto will be very proud of this moment. “
Argentine classic car champion Agustín Canapino will replace regular team driver Callum Illot on the tour. Canapino’s father and legendary stock auto engineer Alberto Canapino passed away in February 2021 from COVID-19. As mentioned by Juncos, the last time IndyCar visited Argentina was to open the USAC’s 1971 season. It would be great if IndyCar held a payday round at the Termas de Rio Hondo to fill the early-season gap in the current schedule while also expanding the commercial reach of the championship.