Gutierrez Commits to Juncos Racing For 2014 Pro Mazda Championship
As one of the series’ youngest drivers, 17-year-old Jose Gutierrez will compete in the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship with Juncos Racing.
During the beginning years of his racing career, four-year-old Gutierrez started to compete in kart races. Among his many accomplishments during the years to follow, a few include winning both the Rotax Mini Max Championship and Mexican Grand National Championship; then, he earned the champion spot in the 2010 Martiga Driver Development School Shootout in Rotax karts. Following the previous titles, Gutierrez made his first appearance in the Pro Mazda Championship series at the Circuit of Americas. Here, he finished in the Top-10 in both races. He would later earn four consecutive podium finishes in the LATAM Challenge Series.
Jose Gutierrez made his debut with Juncos Racing last season in the 2013 Pro Mazda Championship at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course official series test. Later that fall, he ran with the team in the Pro Mazda Mid-Ohio Race. While spending 2013 preparing himself physically and mentally, Jose mentioned, “I can’t wait to get in the car [this 2014 season].” He will open the anticipated season in St. Petersburg, Florida this March.
“Jose , our youngest driver, raced with us last year at Mid-Ohio,” team owner Ricardo Juncos stated. “He also tested at the Open Test at Barber, impressing myself and the team as he finished second in the third practice.” Confident in Gutierrez’s ability, Juncos adds, “I’m very sure that with our development program in place, he will improve race by race; and in a short time, he will be showing his full potential.”
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