Touring car champion Canapino gets IndyCar drive · RaceFans

Multiple Argentinian Super TC2000 champion Agustin Canapino will join the IndyCar grid this season with Juncos Hollinger Racing, the team have announced.

The 32-year-old will join the team – jointly owned by Argentinian Ricardo Juncos – for the upcoming IndyCar championship. He will race alongside Callum Ilott in the number 78 car as the team expands to a two-car entry for 2023. He will compete in the full season, including oval races.

Canapino is one of South America’s most successful touring car drivers, having been crowned champion of the Argentinian Super TC2000 series twice in 2016 and 2021 as well as multiple titles in lower categories in the nation.

Racing in IndyCar is a “great opportunity”, said Canapino. “I’m going in with my mind set on learning and going step-by-step, but I’m also focused on evolving throughout the season. The goal is to finish the races, get to know the car, and the circuits – especially the ovals.

“IndyCar is the most competitive and difficult category in the world, and the cars are the most demanding and require the maximum effort and preparation on my part. I am happy to take on this challenge and I’m motivated to perform well and repay those that have trusted me with this opportunity.”

Although much of Canapino’s recent experience is in touring cars, he demonstrated the Juncos Hollinger IndyCar across multiple circuits in Argentina last November, including the Buenos Aires circuit which previously hosted the Argentinian Grand Prix and the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo. He also had a test around a shortened layout of the Sebring circuit.

Canapino is the third rookie to be confirmed on the IndyCar grid this year. Benjamin Pederson has graduated from the Indy Lights series into a second seat at AJ Foyt alongside Santino Ferrucci, while former Ferrari academy driver Marcus Armstrong will race with Chip Ganassi at all road and street circuit races this season after three years in Formula 2.

The IndyCar championship will begin in St. Petersburg, Florida on Sunday 5th March.

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