Autosport guests for Tuesday December 20th…

These guests were scheduled for last Tuesday December 13th. Fortunately they are available this Tuesday December 20th.
It will be the last program for 2016. We will return with Autosportradio.com 2017 on Tuesday January 10th. We look forward to seeing you again in 2017!                  
                                      
                                               Ricardo Juncos

Ricardo is a second generation driver, grew up with a deep passion for racing. Ricardo made his first steps in the racing community driving karts throughout Argentina. After funding became difficult, Juncos worked for teams in order to support his own racing career. During this time Juncos took courses in mechanical and electrical engineering to fully understand racing on and off the track. Ricardo Juncos established Juncos Racing in 1997 as a formula team operating in Argentina. Six years later, Juncos Racing moved to Miami, Florida where they became a respected karting team recording multiple local, regional, and national titles. After a successful run in karts, Juncos Racing moved north to Indianapolis, Indiana the “racing capitol of the world,” in 2008 to join INDYCAR’s Mazda Road to Indy series. After only two years in the Star Mazda Championship, the team finished second in the 2010 championship while Conor Daly won the driver championship. Juncos Racing continued their run in the Pro Mazda Championship (the former Star Mazda) taking second in the 2012 and 2013 championships. Most recently 2014 proved to be one of the most successful years for Juncos Racing, winning the driver championship with Spencer Pigot and team championship in both the Cooper Tires Winterfest and Pro Mazda Championship. Juncos Racing expanded operations in 2015 to include two Indy Lights entries along with four Pro Mazda cars. Recently the team captured the driver Indy Lights Championship with Spencer Pigot, and took home their second consecutive team Pro Mazda Championship.

                                                 

Betsy Smith

 Executive Director Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation.
 

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s museum, which looks much as it did when it opened in its current location 40 years ago, may be on the verge of transformation.

“The lighting, the technology, it’s vintage 1976,” said Betsy Smith, who is in her second year heading the nonprofit foundation that operates the museum. “We’re a racing museum, but nothing in here moves. Except the trophy.”

She nodded toward the Borg-Warner Trophy, the 5-foot tall Indy 500 winner’s trophy, which was rotating slowly on a sort of mechanical lazy Susan. “I’d like to get some interactive technology in here and some video so that visitors could really experience racing,” she said.

Smith,  who was chief fundraiser for the Indianapolis chapter of the Nature Conservancy before joining the museum as its executive director, said board members recently gave the OK to explore a plan that would double the size of the building, a move she figures might cost $100 million.

She envisions meeting rooms, classrooms and additional event space that would draw more people and generate revenue. The additional space also would allow the museum to show off more of its storied collection.

Now, about 60 cars are displayed in the museum’s 30,000 square feet. The foundation owns 300 additional cars that for lack of space gather dust in the museum’s basement. “You never want to display your entire collection all at once,” Smith said, “but (with the expansion) we could display maybe 150 and rotate them more often.”

Instead of visitors simply inspecting parked cars, she wants to do a better job of telling the stories of the cars, possibly with video tablets placed around the vehicles that show the race cars actually racing or by other high-tech  methods. “Like a hologram of Donald Davidson that you could ask questions to,” Smith said. Davidson is the Speedway’s encyclopedic historian who is known  for having the most minute detail at his fingertips.

Jason Vansickle | Assistant Curator