July 8, 2019 – Bowmanville, Ontario – Will Owen’s race with teammate Victor Franzoni and Juncos Racing ended abruptly during the seventh round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Presented By Acura.
Owen took qualifying duties for the weekend and placed the No. 50 Cadillac DPi-V.R Juncos Racing entry in the 11th spot on the grid for the start of the race. Owen was almost immediately pushed wide by the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac DPi car on the start, which resulted in him going off. The American pushed to catch back up to the pack but had another unfortunate spin while going through Turn 2 after making slight contact while going for the pass around a GT car. This resulted in a trip to the pits to change a tire that was flat spotted from the spin and put the team a lap down.
Without lacking any fight – Owen again made his way back to up to the pack and made up lost ground with great pace. After the two dramatic stints, Owen handed the car over to Franzoni who continued executing the Juncos Racing strategy to regain positions.
A yellow flag came out later in the race and Franzoni had his sights set on catching the No. 85 car on the restart. The race came to an unexpected halt for the team when Franzoni had a frightful crash in Turn 2, which caused severe damage to the No. 50 Cadillac DPi-V.R. Thankfully, Franzoni was assisted out of the wreckage by the American Medical Response Safety Crew and transported to the hospital for further evaluation where he ultimately suffered no severe injuries.
Owen’s next race will take him back to the European Le Mans Series where he will compete with United Autosports in Barcelona, Spain on July 20th.
WILL OWEN- Driver of the No. 50 Juncos Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R
“There were a lot of things about the weekend, but first off, I’m just glad Victor is ok after his big crash during the race. There was definitely a lot of damage, but he’s ok, and I’m pleased about that. We had a lot of problems – I got bumped off in the beginning along with the contact I had later on with the GT car. After that, the pace was pretty good. Unfortunately, we lost some ground, and we weren’t able to fully make back up to the leaders. I do think this is the best the car has felt at any event and the closest we have been to the top Cadillacs so to me that means we have something to be happy about. If we keep making these gains, we will end up even closer.”