Will Owen Finishes 8th at Rolex 24 Hours with Juncos Racing

Will Owen Finishes 8th at Rolex 24 Hours with Juncos Racing

29.01.2019: Will Owen endured the grueling 57th running of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona with team Juncos Racing to finish in 8th place with their #50 Cadillac DPi-V.R in the first race of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Will Owen endured the grueling 57th running of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona with team Juncos Racing to finish in 8th place with their #50 Cadillac DPi-V.R in the first race of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
 
 
 
Owen was joined by teammates Kyle Kaiser, Rene Binder, and Agustin Canapino for what developed into a very tough race due to the inclement weather on the coast of eastern Florida. Canapino originally qualified the Argentinean team in 7th place, but due to a throttle sensor issue, the team discovered while on the starting grid, they were forced to start the race from the pit lane. Within thirty minutes Canapino had moved into 10th place and put the team back in a fighting position.


 
Trouble came back around between the third and fourth hours of the race after Owen took over the #50 from Kaiser. Going into the “Bus Stop” chicane, Owen lost all power for reasons that were unknown within the Juncos Racing machine and had to be towed back to the garage. While Juncos kept their enthusiasm high and resolved the immediate issue with the car, they were sixteen laps behind the leaders of the DPi class by the time they sent Binder back into the race.


 
As the race evolved into the night, there were continuous electrical problems that plagued the #50 Cadillac DPi-V.R. Even so, the determination within the team fueled them to keep gaining ground on their competition and post consistent lap times. Battling the traffic among the slower classed proved to be difficult, but nothing was as challenging or dangerous as the weather that blanketed the field.




Owen found himself behind a safety car for two whole hours in the pouring rain. The American narrowly avoided a crash that unfolded in front of him on the front stretch and ultimately the officials of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship called for the checkered flag of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona eleven minutes early. Owen and Juncos Racing now look ahead to the 12 Hours of Sebring on March 16th with an 8th place finish under their belt.


 
 
Will Owen – Driver
#50 Juncos Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R machine




“Even though it wasn’t the way we wanted to wrap up the weekend here at the Rolex 24, we still have a lot of positives to take away. It was a pleasure to work with Cadillac, Juncos (Racing), and Michelin. The package that we had for the race was fast and competitive.


The unfortunate issues we faced throughout the weekend were out of our hands; however, the team handled them and had the car back on track each time. Even though we lost a lot of laps, we finished the race running which was very important.


I have to thank the crew for putting this program together and for Ricky (Juncos) initiating this and everyone working so hard since August to get to this point. We are not focusing on what place we finished, but what we learned as a group new to the Cadillac family and the IMSA Series.



I am looking forward to getting back on track with them at Sebring in March.”


 
 

 
 

 
Alejandra Zubieta

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