Ilott ready to pick up Barber pace at Indy this weekend, his thoughts

INDIANAPOLIS — Callum Ilott has really turned a lot of heads thus far during the 2022 NTT INDYCAR Series season. The rookie driver for Juncos Hollinger Racing has been extremely fast throughout the 4 race weekends thus far but none shined more than how he fared the last time out at the Barber Motorsports Park.

Ilott, was 8th fastest in the first practice session around the Alabama road course that Friday. He then backed that up with being 9th overall on the speed charts in Saturday morning’s session. While he didn’t make the Fast Six, Ilott still qualified his No. 77 Dallara-Chevrolet in 11th beating guys like Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves and Will Power in qualifying.

Then, a few hours later, Ilott topped the speed charts in the frantic 30 minute final session around the 2.3-mile scenic Alabama racetrack too.

He had a run in with Helio Castroneves during the race, but that didn’t deter his attention he was garnering. Now, Ilott and JHR head to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway hoping to carry the strong momentum they gained into the second road course of the season at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is where it all began for Ilott last year when he turned in his first laps in the No. 77 JUNCOS HOLLINGER RACING Chevrolet during a private test in early September.

“I’m excited to start my month of May here in Indy for the GMR Grand Prix,” said Ilott via a team release. “I have a bit of experience of the road course as I conducted my first NTT INDYCAR SERIES test here towards the end of last year. Also coming off of the improvements we made last time in Barber, I’m excited to show what we can do with the Chevy Juncos Hollinger car.”

JHR will carry the Racing for Children’s presented by Medical Properties Trust along the No. 77 livery, featuring the colorful handprints representing the children of RFC who battle cancer and blood disorders.

“We are thrilled to be back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Callum and representing Racing for Children’s on the No. 77 Chevrolet after a solid run at Barber,” said JHR Co-owner and Team Principal Ricardo Juncos. “We have come a long way in short amount of time and to see all of the hard work and effort by the team pay off was exactly what we needed heading into this month. We are also very proud to continue our partnership with Racing for Children’s and helping promote this wonderful organization in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.”

“After our test here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year, I am really looking forward to seeing what we can do after all of the improvements we have made these past seven months” said JHR Co-Owner Brad Hollinger. “Callum and the team showed what we are capable of at Barber, so I am confident we have what it takes to be competitive again this weekend.”

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