WEST LAFAYETTE — Purdue University and Juncos Hollinger Racing have announced a new partnership that will expand experiential education opportunities for Purdue students who want to explore careers in the motorsports, auto, and mobility industries.
The three-year partnership calls for Purdue to be Juncos Hollinger Racing’s engineering and technology academic partner and establishes a variety of internships for Purdue students, especially through the College of Engineering, Purdue Polytechnic Institute, and Krannert School of Management. Juncos Hollinger Racing fields cars in the IndyCar, Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000, and IMSA (International Motor Sports Association) series. Juncos Hollinger Racing is also involved with the Indy Autonomous Challenge.
Both sides will also offer ideas for joint academic projects and collaborate on the development of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) educational projects. Additionally, Juncos Hollinger Racing will participate in several Purdue Motorsports events, such as the Purdue evGrandPrix high school and collegiate and autonomous kart races, which will be held Thursday (Sept. 16) through Saturday (Sept. 18) in West Lafayette.
Purdue – and several of its undergraduate and graduate engineering programs – ranks as one of the nation’s top U.S. public institutions, as well as one of the most innovative universities in the country. Purdue also ranks high for most employable graduates in the U.S. among public universities.
“This dynamic partnership is beneficial for all groups involved, especially Purdue students who want to explore careers in motorsports, auto racing, and the fast-changing mobility sector,” said Danny White, manager of Purdue Motorsports and managing director of the evGrand Prix.
“Purdue has a longstanding history in motorsports, auto, and mobility industries – and is eyeing the future. We have had many Purdue alums work with racing teams as engineers, managers, and mechanics, along with logistics and hospitality. With many students now learning and designing autonomous systems, this partnership continues to build on Purdue’s reputation and strengthens the economic opportunities across Indiana.”
Ricardo Juncos, president of Juncos Hollinger Racing, has worked with White for several years and has seen firsthand what Purdue offers its students in motorsports and looks forward to referring students who want to go into racing.
“This is a great opportunity to meet more students who can be the next great designer or engineer or mechanic,” Juncos said. “Our overall goal is to keep teaching the students so they can continue to advance.”
Racing teams also need people behind the scenes to make the team operate.
“This will open the doors for everyone,” Juncos said. “Racing teams need graphic designers, safety experts, dietitians, accountants, lawyers, and more. We need to have everything for a racing team.”
The partnership between Purdue and Juncos Hollinger Racing began last weekend at the Grand Prix of Portland (Oregon). The racing circuit is in Laguna Seca, California, this weekend for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.
About Purdue University
Purdue University is a top public research institution developing practical solutions to today’s toughest challenges. Ranked in each of the last four years as one of the 10 Most Innovative universities in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, Purdue delivers world-changing research and out-of-this-world discovery. Committed to hands-on and online, real-world learning, Purdue offers a transformative education to all. Committed to affordability and accessibility, Purdue has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012-13 levels, enabling more students than ever to graduate debt-free. See how Purdue never stops in the persistent pursuit of the next giant leap at https://purdue.edu/.
About Juncos Hollinger Racing
Juncos Hollinger Racing is a championship-winning team fielding multiple cars in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Lights Series, and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.
Ricardo Juncos announced in 2021 the formation of Juncos Hollinger Racing with co-owner Brad Hollinger. The partnership between Juncos and Hollinger brings an expansive future for the race team and their state-of-the-art headquarters located just a half-mile away from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The mission of Juncos Hollinger Racing is to develop drivers from around the world into the next level of their careers through the Driver Development Program. Through this program, the team not only works with drivers on track to improve their skills behind the wheel but also gives them the tools needed to understand the engineering and mechanics of the car. Drivers who have participated in this program and have gone on to compete in the next level include Connor de Phillippi, Nicolas Dapero, Tatiana Calderon, Peter Dempsey, Conor Daly, Spencer Pigot, Victor Franzoni, Kyle Kaiser, Rinus VeeKay, Rasmus Lindh, Dalton Kellett, and Sting Ray Robb.
Along with focusing on driver development, Juncos Hollinger Racing will expand into a multi-year full-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES program beginning in 2022. For more information, visit https://www.juncosracing.com.