Juncos Hollinger Racing (JHR) announced Thursday, July 28 it has signed Callum Ilott to a new, long-term contract to continue to race for the team in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.
Ilott, from England, joined JHR near the end of the 2021 season as it prepared for its full-time entry into the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in 2022. Ilott, 23, made his series debut with JHR last September in the team’s No. 77 Chevrolet at the Grand Prix of Portland.
The three-race run to finish the 2021 season set the stage for an impressive rookie campaign in 2022 in which Ilott has qualified inside the top 12 on all road courses this season, including a career-best seventh at the GMR Grand Prix in May on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Ilott finished eighth in that race, also a career best and the best NTT INDYCAR SERIES result for JHR, co-owned by Ricardo Juncos and Brad Hollinger.
“After seeing the results that we have been able to put forward at JHR for most of the year and the work that has been going on in the background by Ricardo and Brad to improve for the years beyond, it made sense to continue with the team and keep building,” Ilott said. “The potential that we have shown as a one-car team can only get better as we grow and expand this program.
“I am super happy to continue working with all the team members at JHR. We have created a great foundation together this season. The effort that everyone puts in and the working environment that they have is amazing. From where we started at a year ago, to where we are now, I am confident that we will find more success together.”
A member of the prestigious Ferrari Driver Academy since 2017, Ilott served as Scuderia Ferrari’s official F1 test driver and Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN’s reserve driver in 2021.
His other notable career achievements include finishing second in the FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2020 and securing an LMGTE podium on his first visit to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2021.
“Back in 2021, I took my time to choose our NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver from a list of five drivers,” Juncos said. “Even when Callum was not on the radar for most of the teams here in the States, I knew he was the perfect fit for our team. Not only for his potential as a driver, but his personality and his desire to win, which aligns with our team philosophy. Today, almost a year later, I’m happy to confirm Callum’s continuation with the team for long term.
“From the last three races during the 2021 season and the great results we have had so far this year shows we were right in choosing him as our driver. This is just the beginning of a new era at JHR, and I’m looking forward to continuing our work with Callum and to the results we know we can receive together as a team.”
Said Hollinger: “Callum is a supremely talented young driver who, beyond his driving skills and technical feedback, possesses the character and passion required to be a champion. He is a very quick study, having learned with exceptional speed how to exact the best from the car. His team rapport is excellent, and public speaking shows he is a natural media talent, as well. We could not be more excited to have Callum drive for and represent JHR. He is a rare combination of raw talent, intelligence, and maturity.”