Premio Pasion (Passion Award) goes to Ricardo Juncos and Juncos Racing

*photo credit PatagoniaVS

Indianapolis .- May  28, 2017.  the Hispanic Motor Press recognizes Ricardo Juncos with the coveted Premio Pasion (Passion Award) during the team historic participation on the 101st running of the Indy 500. The award is presented to individuals that excel in the automotive industry. Racing has been an important part of the car business and the Indy 500 race started in 1911 as a test of speed and reliability for auto manufacturer’s.

Ricardo Juncos , through his racing team, Juncos Racing, has demonstrated that perseverance, work ethics, organization, and above all passion, can deliver outstanding performance. The racing team started competing in the Mazda Road to Indy program in 2009. The Promazda series is the first professional step in American open wheel racing (comparable to European F3). In that series Juncos Racing won 4 team and 2 driver championships helping young drivers Connor Daly and Spencer Pigot with their driving careers. In 2015 Juncos Racing increased his operation to run an Indy Lights racing program. These 400 hp racing cars are the final step towards the maximum open wheel professional series in North America, the Verizon IndyCar series. Again Ricardo’s drivers coaching and commitment to excellence rewarded the team with a championship in the Indy Lights Series with Spencer Pigot as the driver. Now the team enters the toughest and fastest race in the world, the  historic Indy 500 miles race at the Indianapolis Motor Speeway in Indiana, also know has the capital of the racing world.

The Hispanic Motor Press panel for this 2017 award is comprised of automotive journalist from around the country and include: Camilo Alfaro (Autoproyecto), Miguel Carrillo III (Interbrands), Luis Fernandez (Garage TV), Davina Ferreira (Alegria magazine), Jaime Florez (ESPN Sobre Ruedas), Jose Pepe Forte (Automania), Juan Garcia (Digital Trends), Simon Gomez (Univision Autos), Jeffrey Gomez (The Snob Magazine), Silvia Ichar (Para Todos magazine), David Leon (La Prensa Colombiana), Emilio Lezcano (Cars & Travel), Alejandro Maciel (Hoy Los Angeles), Javier Mota (0 to 60 on Sirius), Maria Rabina (Sobre Rodas magazine), Roger Rivero (NWAPA), Ricardo Rodriguez-Long (Garage Latino), Aaron Sanchez (ABCRadio News KMET), Miguel Cortina Tamayo (Motor Trend en Espanol), Al Vazquez (Fama Magazine).

Arriving from Argentina with empty pockets but a heart full of passion Ricardo Juncos is a great example in entrepreneurship and  leadership. His determination and management skills have made his team appearance at this famous event. A well deserved award that inspires racing fans and Hispanic leaders and business men as well.

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Ricardo Rodríguez-Long
Ricardo’s Bio In Southern California, center of the car culture, it’s tough to straddle the line of professional passion for all things motive. Yet, Ricardo Rodriguez-Long has done so since arriving from Argentina, combining his education (BS in Automotive Science and Industrial Design) with his ardor for all forms of mobilized art. Ricardo’s career has taken him from broken fingernails to broken records. Ricardo’s photojournalism excellence has allowed him to supply copy and images for newspapers and magazines around the globe in both English and Spanish. He is the first Hispanic photographer to be granted a solo show at LAPC in Los Angeles. He created the first Spanish automotive radio program in the US which is still on air; the first Spanish language trucking magazine; the first automotive TV show in Spanish in the US (broadcasted on over 30 countries through CANAL SPEED and Azteca America TV Network); and Ricardo is the first Hispanic to receive the Golden Award for journalism by the Truck Writers of North America. This prestigious awards is coveted by more than 250 journalist in the commercial truck market in Canada, United States and Mexico.