After announcing his return to the FR Americas Championship last week, Bajan driver Kyffin Simpson today confirmed he will double up on race programs for 2021, making his debut in the 2021 Indy Pro 2000 Series Presented by Cooper Tires with Juncos Racing. Simpson will compete in nine events this season with the reigning Indy Pro 2000 Champions.
Excited to join the famous green team, 16-year-old Simpson joins the ‘Road To Indy’ following an impressive car racing debut in FR Americas where he earned eight Top 10’s in 2020. Kyffin has also competed in the FIA F4 United States Championship, taking three Top 10’s, and multiple karting divisions including the X30 Junior, ROK Junior and KA100 Junior.
On his decision to compete in Indy Pro 2000, Kyffin said,
“I am very excited to be working with Juncos Racing. The team has so much experience and success in the Road to Indy program, not to mention winning the Indy Pro 2000 title multiple times. Indy Pro 2000 is a great championship and I can’t wait to drive the car in our upcoming tests!”
Juncos Racing Team Owner Ricardo Juncos said,
“We are thrilled to add Kyffin to Juncos Racing and are ready to begin our work with him this season in the Indy Pro 2000 series. He is young and has great experience, and we look forward to beginning a great relationship and building on his career through our team Driver Development Program. We want to thank Kyffin and his family for the opportunity to have him a part of our family here at Juncos Racing.”
Kokoro Performance’s Kieren Clark added,
“With the challenges presented by the current climate, it makes sense to maximise track time and give Kyffin the best opportunity to showcase his talent. We have set some ambitious targets for the coming years. Doubling up on programs with FR Americas and Indy Pro 2000 will expedite Kyffin’s development and help us go a long way towards achieving those. Juncos are undoubtedly the top team to go with in Indy Pro 2000, so I’m looking forward to seeing Kyffin running in green later this month!”
Kyffin will follow in the footsteps of Juncos’ star driver Sting Ray Robb who won the Indy Pro championship in 2020, scoring almost 100 more points than his nearest competitor. Established in 1997, Juncos field cars in Indy Pro, Indy Lights and the NTT IndyCar Series, and scored an impressive 15th place finish in their first ever Indianapolis 500 in 2017. With an aim to develop drivers and prepare them for the next level of professional racing, Juncos are the ideal team for Kyffin to pursue his IndyCar ambitions.
The Indy Pro 2000 series, which is sanctioned by INDYCAR, is the second step in the Road To Indy development ladder – one which Kyffin aims to climb in the upcoming years. The series offers its champion a scholarship package valued at over $718,000 and a full season in Indy Lights the following year. For many of those who have reached the pinnacle of motorsport in the USA, competing in the Road To Indy has proven a vital step in reaching their goal.
In order to prepare for a busy and competitive year, Kyffin has been working hard with his coaches from UK-based Kokoro Performance, undergoing intense fitness regimes and a strict simulator program. In late 2020, Simpson also spent time testing at a number of Florida’s circuits, perfecting his skills in range of machinery.
Simpson will make his official debut in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship this April in the season opener at Barber Motorsports Park. Kyffin will also compete on the oval at Lucas Oil Raceway, Road America, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and the streets of Toronto. Coverage of the series will be available at RoadToIndy.TV and the Road To Indy app.