It’s a new era for Juncos Hollinger Racing heading into the 2022 season. The team acquired assets from Carlin Racing in the offseason and will continue a technical partnership with Carlin for rookie driver Callum Ilott. Ilott enters his rookie season with three career starts under his belt. JHR continues to work out of their Speedway, IN shop and will return to the Indianapolis 500 for the first time since 2019 when they qualified for the race, bumping Fernando Alonso from the field of 33.
This closes the book on Carlin Racing’s chapter in IndyCar. The team secured it’s first pole position at Iowa Speedway in the summer of 2020 when Conor Daly set fast time in qualifying for race one. The team led the most laps in the 2018 Indy 500 with Max Chilton behind the wheel. The team had a career best finish of 5th place in Toronto with driver Charlie Kimball in 2018.
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT: Plenty of growing pains will be had for the #77 team in 2022. Illot is fast and just needs to gain more and more experience this season. Finishing as many races as possible should be a goal for the team in 2022. Continuing to gather information and maximizing what you have will help the development of Illot. We should see an improvement when the team and driver combo return to the three races they started in 2022, Portland, Long Beach and Laguna Seca. The team had an impressive test day back in September on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
PROJECTION: The team should continue to grow over the course of the season. Keeping the car in one piece and limiting rookie mistakes can lead to impressive runs for this team. Making the Indy 500 is key and continuing to log as many laps as possible will gain the confidence of the entire team. A few top 15 finishes and improving throughout the season shouldn’t be too far out of the cards.
CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS PROJECTION +7500
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