Just before ringing in the new year, Juncos Racing announced Lee Dykstra has joined the team as race engineer for the 2013 Firestone Indy Lights season. Dykstra’s successful background will provide a high level of knowledge and experience to Juncos Racing’s sophomore season competing in the series.
Dykstra, who served as race engineer to IZOD IndyCar Series drivers James Hinchcliffe, Raphael Matos and Graham Rahal as they climbed the open-wheel racing ladder, brings a high level of experience to the growing team. During Dykstra’s previous five seasons as race engineer he helped claim a championship, three runner-up championships, 17 wins and 14 poles within the Firestone Indy Lights and Champ Car Atlantic series. Dykstra’s extensive resume also includes Director of Technology in the Champ Car World Series, President to Special Chassis Inc., and President of Dekon Engineering.
“Juncos Racing is a young, vibrant team,” Dykstra said. “I am looking forward to working with them and bringing my experience to their Firestone Indy Lights team, the final step in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder series to INDYCAR for aspiring drivers from around the world.”
Ricardo Juncos, Juncos Racing Team Owner, said he is excited for the opportunity to work with Dykstra and looks forward to contending for race wins and the championship. In addition to Firestone Indy Lights, it will be the team's fifth season in the Pro Mazda Championship (formerly known as the Star Mazda Championship).
“I’m extremely happy to have a Firestone Indy Lights engineer and a person with so much experience in motor racing as Lee Dykstra,” Juncos said. “All I have is positive words to describe Lee and all of the achievements he has made as an engineer and race car designer through his racing career. I’m so proud that Juncos Racing, as a new team this past season in the Indy Lights series will have the privilege to work with Lee. He is the piece of the puzzle that I have been looking for to have a very competitive Firestone Indy Lights team. I don’t have any doubt we will be on top of the list in the 2013 season.”
Dykstra comes highly recommended by his former drivers. Hinchcliffe finished second in the 2010 Firestone Indy Lights championship with Dykstra as his race engineer.
“Lee will be a great addition to the Juncos Racing team,” Hinchcliffe said. “I have worked with Lee during two different seasons and he is without a doubt one of the strongest engineers I have worked with. His desire to win is as strong as any driver I’ve met and he will be a great asset to the team.”
Raphael Matos, former IZOD IndyCar Series driver and 2007 Champ Car Atlantic champion, won six of the 12 races in Atlantics while working with Dykstra.
“Lee has been a good friend and mentor for me,” Matos said. “I drove one of the best cars of my life in 2007 when we won the 2007 Champ Car Atlantic Championship together. We won six out of twelve races that season. He has the experience and right specialty for street courses.”