Victor Franzoni

Experienced open-wheel racer Victor Franzoni will drive for Juncos Hollinger Racing (JHR) at the remaining road and street courses on the 2023 INDY NXT by Firestone schedule.

The Brazilian will partner with Rasmus Lindh and will make his debut in the No. 75 machine at this weekend’s INDY NXT by Firestone Music City Grand Prix on the streets of Nashville. He replaces Matthew Brabham, who finished fourth during a one-off appearance July 22 at Iowa and joined Cape Motorsports today.

Franzoni, 27, brings plenty of experience to JHR. He captured the USF Pro 2000 championship with Juncos Racing in 2017, when he won seven out of 12 races. Franzoni then made a successful graduation to INDY NXT by Firestone with Juncos in 2018, winning one race.

“I’m extremely happy to be back with Juncos Hollinger Racing,” Franzoni said. “We had a lot of success in the past together; winning a championship and securing many wins.

“Having this opportunity to come back to Juncos Hollinger Racing again makes me super happy, and I’m excited to give my best in every lap. I’m focused on representing the team and our sponsors in the best way possible as an INDY NXT by Firestone driver.”

Franzoni returns to INDY NXT by Firestone after most recently competing in the Copa Truck series in Brazil. He also has raced in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe sports car series.

Team Principal Ricardo Juncos said: “We’re all very happy to have Victor back in the team,” JHR Team Principal Ricardo Juncos said. “He’s part of the JHR family after racing with us to win the Indy Pro championship in 2017, competing with us in INDY NXT in 2018 and then being part of our IMSA program with Cadillac in 2019.

“He’s always done a great job for our team, and it’s a privilege to have him back. He’s an extremely talented driver and even though he’s been out of INDY NXT for quite a while, he’s been driving lots of different cars since and has the maturity to perform at a really high level.”

Live coverage of the INDY NXT by Firestone Music City Grand Prix starts at 10:10 a.m. ET Sunday, Aug. 6 on Peacock, INDYCAR Live and the INDYCAR Radio Network.