Argentine race driver Agustín Canapino will continue his IndyCar career in 2024. Juncos Hollinger Racing announced it will be extending his contract for next year’s season after a strong debut campaign.
“I’m very happy to announce I’ll be staying for the 2024 IndyCar season with Juncos Hollinger Racing,” said Canapino in a statement released by the team confirming the Argentine’s seat for next year. “After an incredible 2023 season where we got some good results, I’m very happy and motivated to continue growing as a race driver.”
Canapino, 30, finished 21st in this year’s championship, second-best among the season’s rookies. He also managed three top-12 finishes, in the races at St. Petersburg, Texas and Toronto, and at one point ran third in the Indianapolis 500.
“He’s been the biggest surprise of the season for us,” said team co-owner Brad Hollinger. “We’re absolutely thrilled to have him back for 2024. His determination and performance have surpassed all our expectations.”
“My 2024 mentality will be different,” added Canapino. “The initial doubts are now a search to improve every day and every race.”
Canapino had an impressive career racing in Argentina before joining the IndyCar series. Born in Arrecifes, Buenos Aires Province, he’s the son of Alberto Canapino, who was one of the most renowned race car tuners in the country.
After taking a step into the junior leagues from the world of sim racing, Canapino then joined Turismo Carretera, the most important racing series in Argentina, in 2009 aged just 19. A year later, he’d go on to win his first title in the series — clinching the crown again in 2017, 2018 and 2019. He’s also won seven Top Race V6 series titles and an STC2000 title, all in Argentina.
IndyCar is the oldest racing series in the world, having run first in 1911, and often regarded as the second most important single-seater series behind Formula 1. Carlos Parietti was the first Argentine to race in the series, in 1971, when IndyCar hosted a race in Argentina in Rafaela, Santa Fe.
The last time an Argentine raced in the series was Gastón Mazzacane, during the 2004 season when the championship was still called CART.