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Franzoni returns to Indy Nxt with Juncos five years after rookie season

by Ida Wood

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Victor Franzoni has been signed by Juncos Hollinger Racing for the remaining road and street course races of the Indy Nxt season.

The 27-year-old Brazilian will drive in Nashville, and at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Portland and Laguna Seca. He will miss the round on the Gateway oval later this month.

Juncos started the year with Matteo Nannini in its #75 car, but split with the Italian after the six rounds as he had money issues. Matthew Brabham cameoed in his place last time out at Iowa Speedway, but has now joined Cape Motorsports.

Franzoni won the 2017 USF Pro 2000 title with Juncos, then stayed with the team as he stepped up to Indy Nxt. He took a win in his rookie season and came fifth in the points, then also drove for the team in IMSA in 2019.

In 2020 he stepped down to Formula Regional Americas and came third in the standings, and since then has raced scarcely in his home country.

“I’m extremely happy to be back with Juncos,” Franzoni said. “We had a lot of success in the past together; winning a championship and securing many wins.

“Having this opportunity to come back to Juncos Hollinger Racing again makes me super happy, and I’m excited to give my best in every lap. I’m focused on representing the team and our sponsors in the best way possible as an Indy Nxt driver.”

Juncos’s team principal Ricardo Juncos added: “We’re all very happy to have Victor back in the team. He’s part of the JHR family after racing with us to win the Indy Pro championship in 2017, competing with us in Indy Nxy in 2018 and then being part of our IMSA program with Cadillac in 2019.

“He’s always done a great job for our team, and it’s a privilege to have him back. He’s an extremely talented driver and even though he’s been out of Indy Nxt for quite a while, he’s been driving lots of different cars since and has the maturity to perform at a really high level.”