Darren started racing go-karts at 10 years old. He would go on to be the first driver to achieve the “perfect victory” at the Macau Grand Prix since Ayrton Senna by winning from pole position, leading every lap, and setting a lap record. He also tested with the Williams F1 team
in ‘99, and in 2000 he began working for the BAR Honda F1 team as a test driver. He later joined Chip Ganassi’s IndyCar team where he achieved 8 top-ten finishes. Darren then joined A.J. Foyt for the 2007 and ‘08 IndyCar seasons. Also, 2007 Darren would lead his team to a 2nd place finish in the 24 Hours of Daytona after a long stint in the rain.
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Dalton is embracing a change of scenery with Juncos Racing in 2019.
The team announced Tuesday the addition of the 25-year-old Canadian driver for the 2019 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires season.
Kellett, who will pilot the No. 67 K-Line Insulators USA/Ten80 Education entry, brings a wealth of experience after three previous Indy Lights seasons at Andretti Autosport. That veteran presence should serve the team well with incoming rookie and 2018 Indy Pro 2000 champion, Rinus VeeKay.
“With this move to Juncos, being a veteran guy, I’ve obviously driven a fair amount of cars at Andretti as we developed that up throughout the years, tested with some other teams,” Kellett said.
“So just having the experience of many years in the same cars is definitely going to help my transition into Juncos. I think it’ll be a great tool for the team as a whole for me to be able to work with Rinus. We can both push each other. He’ll be able to lean on some experience. I think it’ll be a good partnership both ways.”
During his time in the top rung of the Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires development ladder sanctioned by INDYCAR, Kellett has built a strong reputation on ovals. He has three consecutive podium finishes – along with winning the pole last year – in the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He also finished third on a road course last season, in the opening race of the doubleheader weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Juncos Racing, however, has 12 wins as a team in Indy Lights, but only one has come on an oval – at ISM Raceway in 2017 with eventual series champion Kyle Kaiser.
“My goals for this season are definitely to improve on road and street courses, and I think their strengths are going to really play into that,” Kellett said. “There’s a lot of experience, a lot of developmental help that I can bring with getting a fast car on the (Indianapolis Motor) Speedway. We aren’t going back to Iowa, which is one of my favorite tracks, which is sad. But I think we’ll be very competitive both at (IMS) and that Gateway.
“It’s a win-win for both of us because both of what we each need, we complement each other, which is going to make everyone more successful.”
Juncos has fielded the Indy Lights champion in 2015 (Spencer Pigot) and 2017 (Kaiser). Heading into another odd-numbered year, team owner Ricardo Juncos believes the addition of Kellett could lead to another championship push.
Some interesting facts about Dalton…
HOBBIES: Rock climbing, backcountry skiing, camping, guitar and reading
LOCAL RACE TRACK TIES: I currently live in Indy and my hometown is Toronto
CHARITY SUPPORT/WORK: Brand spokesperson for Ten80 Education’s National STEM League
RACING GOAL: Establish a career in the NTT IndyCar series, race and compete for the win at the Indy 500, branch out into endurance racing
RACING HERO: Jacques Villeneuve
ONE PERSON I WOULD MOST LIKE TO MEET: Keith Richards
FITNESS: I train with Pitfit Training where we do a mix of cardio, strength and circuit training; I also enjoy climbing for grip and overall strength and cycling for cardio
FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH: If the (Toronto Maple) Leafs or the (Toronto Blue) Jays are doing well I’ll hop on the bandwagon, otherwise I don’t really watch sports on TV
FAVORITE SPORTS TO PLAY: Rock climbing, backcountry skiing and golf
TALENT I WISH I HAD: To be able to speak more languages
FAVORITE PLACES TO VISIT: I love the National Parks in America; I have been to many to climb and camp but Joshua Tree and Yosemite stick out as favorites. The Pacific Northwest is great as well. Outside of North America, France is great.
BUCKET LIST ITEMS: Get my pilot’s license, climb the Nose on El Cap in Yosemite, ski in Hokkaido, ski the Haute Route in the Alps
FEARS OR PET PEEVES: I am not a fan of spiders
INTERESTING NOTE: I have a degree in engineering physics from Queen’s University.
See you Tuesday evening at McGilvery’s Speedway…