Grist, from Grimsby, Ontario, spent 10 years racing karts, before moving onto Formula Ford in Ontario and Quebec, where he set a new track record at Canadian Motorsports Park. The former F1600 Formula F driver is a Derek Daly Academy driver, and was also selected as a Team Canada Racing scholarship winner in 2012.
Outside of the track, Grist devotes much of his racing effort supporting SickKids Hospital in Toronto. Each year he allows the hospital's patients to submit helmet drawings, he then chooses one drawing to be worn during a race. The helmet featuring the winning design is then auctioned off to support the hospital's initiatives.
Hobbies: Playing basketball, working out, traveling, hanging with friends
Snapshot: I love watching sports, all sports, especially NBA basketball. My favorite team is the OKC Thunder because they have Kevin Durant. I like basketball because for me it is a real challenge. No one expects a short guy to be good at basketball so that motivates me. Once my racing took off I had to stop playing travel basketball as I missed too many games and practices. I play every chance I get. Hoops anyone?
Racing goal: To continue to learn and improve and win races.
Racing hero: Kimi Raikkonen because he drives the wheels off the car every time.
My fitness routine includes: Lots of basketball and weights
Any pre-race rituals or superstitions: Always eat a bowl of Mac and Cheese before a race.
The one talent I wish I had: I wish I could play an instrument. I have no musical talent whatsoever. I mean zero.
An interesting note about me: A lot of people think I look like Cody Simpson. I have been asked for my picture so many times by screaming teenage girls. It’s kind of funny and freaky at the same time.
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* Under INDYCAR sanction
** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points
Established in 1997 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Juncos Racing opened its doors as a full-service Formula Racing Team. Over the next five years, the team competed in various National Championships including the Formula Renault 1600 Championship, the Formula Renault 2000 Championship and the National Sport Prototype Championship of Argentina.
In 2003, team founder and owner, Ricardo Juncos, felt there was a need to carry his knowledge and expertise to North America. In September of 2003, Juncos Racing opened its doors in Miami, Florida as a full service karting team.
The next few years proved to be successful beyond imagination as the newly formed Juncos Racing team captured 19 Local, Regional and National karting titles throughout North America.
In 2008, Juncos Racing dedicated most of its time establishing and training its drivers and crew members in preparation of the much anticipated next step into the vast world of open wheel Formula Car Racing.
In 2009, Juncos Racing entered into the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear which proved to be a challenging, yet successful season resulting in multiple wins, second in the driver’s championship and third in the team championship. 2010 saw the second-year team making new records, winning the driver’s championship and finishing second in the team championship, turning out to be a dream season for the entire team. 2011 delivered even more wins and podium finishes to add to the team's resume, and in 2012, the Mazda Road to Indy team expanded its operation to involve cars in both the Star Mazda Championship and Firestone Indy Lights series.
The team's headquarters is in Brownsburg, Ind., just outside of the “racing capital of the world”, Indianapolis.The team also has a shop in Fort Pierce, Fla., to promote year-round testing.