Longtime race engineer Lee Dykstra has joined Juncos Racing for its second season in Firestone Indy Lights.
Dykstra served as race engineer to IZOD IndyCar Series drivers James Hinchcliffe, Graham Rahal and Raphael Matos in development series. During Dykstra’s previous five seasons as race engineer in Firestone Idy Lights and Champ Car Atlantics, he helped claim a championship, three runner-up championship spots, 17 wins and 14 poles.
“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 (the IZOD IndyCar Series) for aspiring drivers from around the world.”
In addition to Firestone Indy Lights, Juncos Racing will compete for a fifth season in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires (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,” team owner Ricardo Juncos said. “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.”
Pro Mazda Championship selects SpeedSource to build engines
SpeedSource Race Engineering will serve as the Official Engine Builder and Technical Consultant of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.
The Coral Springs, Fla.-based company this month will begin the remanufacturing of all Mazda Renesis rotary engines currently used in the championship to 2013 specifications and also provide internal modifications to ensure parity between engines and greater longevity.
The program will be fully implemented by May 1. Prior to this date, competitors will have the option of using either SpeedSource engines or prior specification engines built and sealed by the former Star Mazda Series with SpeedSource mapping to ensure parity.
Rzadzinski moves to USF2000 with JDC MotorSports
Stefan Rzadzinski will return to JDC MotorSports for 2013, but will switch to the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda.
The 19-year-old native of Edmonton, Alberta, will make the move to USF2000 Championship competition after racing part time for JDC Motorsports in the Star Mazda Championship. Rzadzinski, who has victories in Skip Barber Racing and the Ontario Formula Ford Championship, will take part in the series operated six-race Winterfest championship in Florida.
Rzadzinski will team up with the previously confirmed Michael Johnson, whom he raced against in 2011 Skip Barber Racing competition.
Panther Racing has reached a multi-year technical partnership agreement with Moduline Cabinets to become its official tool storage supplier. The company will create custom cabinets, tool chests and workbenches for the team’s headquarters in Indianapolis and for its pit and garage areas during the IZOD IndyCar Series season.