Callum Ilott will be driving in his third IndyCar race this weekend at Long Beach, but it will not be his last. The Alfa Romeo Formula 1 reserve driver and Ferrari F1 test driver will lead the newly branded Juncos Hollinger Racing team as their full-time driver next season. The team, owned by Ricardo Juncos and Brad Hollinger, is finishing their three-race stint to close the season as they turn their attention to the full 17-race schedule next year.
Ilott was the runner-up in the 2020 F2 championship where he won three races that season. He finished just behind Mick Schumacher and ahead of Yuki Tsunoda in the standings. While those two had Formula One opportunities waiting for them, Ilott’s only real option was a move to the NTT IndyCar series. The team is open to fielding a second entry next season with a veteran driver to assist Ilott and the No. 77 car as a mentor. The full press release from today is below.
[Juncos Hollinger Racing Press Release]
Juncos Hollinger Racing announced today Callum Ilott will remain in the No. 77 entry for a full 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season campaign. Ilott, who has completed his first two NTT INDYCAR SERIES events this month will finish off his three-race line-up in the season finale at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach this weekend.
Ilott first joined Juncos Hollinger Racing’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES program at the beginning of September. The young Briton is thrilled to make a full-time run with the team and will compete in all 17 NTT INDYCAR SERIES events during the 2022 season, featuring 12 road and street courses, along with five oval circuits.
“Coming into the final weekend of our three-race run on the west coast, it’s great to announce that I will be continuing next year with Juncos Hollinger Racing for the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season,” said Ilott, a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy. “Obviously we have had a steep learning curve here the last few races to try to put everything together. We have had some real positives and know the things we need to work on. Knowing what Ricardo Juncos and Brad Hollinger have in place for next season and especially over the winter of what we can do in testing, I definitely feel we can put ourselves in a great position to start off the 2022 season strong. I look forward to continuing the work that we are doing and heading into the winter to start a new journey over here and I would like to thank the Ferrari Driver Academy for allowing me to take this opportunity.”
Juncos Hollinger Racing Team Owner Ricardo Juncos said, “We are very pleased to announce Callum to the team full time for the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. His maturity, speed on track, and feedback is surprisingly good for being 22 years old. We were very impressed with his feedback and the physical condition of Callum after Laguna. After a long tough race at Laguna, he got out of the car not even showing any signs of fatigue. Considering Laguna was a full green flag race, Callum proved to be in incredible shape. We know we are not the fastest car on track and have a lot of developing to do, but Callum pushes himself to get everything out of the car and has shown great speed. Over the past few weeks, Callum has shown us he is the right driver for our full-time run next year, so we are thrilled to have him join our program full time. We will be building our program in all areas and will have the time to test and continue our development as a team. I want to thank Callum for committing to our new NTT INDYCAR SERIES program and look forward to our full-time effort as a team next year.”
Juncos Hollinger Racing Team Owner Brad Hollinger said,’ We are very excited to have Callum commit to us for the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. Our goal was to secure a talented driver for the final three races of the 2021 season so that we would have a strong baseline going into a full run in the 2022 season. Therefore, we were quite happy to have a driver like Callum to work with these final three races. He proved he can perform during the past two races in a variety of areas. Callum has maturity beyond his age and has a very enthusiastic personality. We knew we had the driver we wanted for the 2022 campaign after his strong performance during the Laguna event, particularly during the later stages as his lap times were consistently equal to the ninth and 10th car paces. I am elated that Callum has chosen Juncos Hollinger Racing to continue his racing career. The continuity this gives us throughout the winter and into next season is invaluable in creating a cohesive winning team. I could not be more excited for the 2022 season and expect we will surprise people during the year with Callum.”