But there is a second passion the Binder family shares: It’s the passion for timber wood. What began fifty years ago, intially in the timber trade, has meanwhile grown to a leading European company for solid wood products and innovative building solutions.
As one of the most successful teams in American junior Formula sports, Juncos Racing continues to build a presence in the Verizon IndyCar Series, announcing it has signed former World Series Formula 8 Driver Rene Binder to compete six races. The Austrian finished in the midfield twice.
In autumn 2018, Juncos Racing team principal Ricardo Juncos announced they would enter the the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a factory supported Cadillac DPi-V.R and a strong drivers’ pairing with Rene Binder playing an important role.
More information: www.juncosracing.com
Rene signed a contract with Panis Barthez Competition in order to combine his racing programme 2019 in the USA with five of the most important Endurance races worldwide on European ground. Former winner of the Monaco Grand Prix, Olivier Panis, is the team princiapl of Panis Barthez racing and has already been familiar with the Austrian since his days in Formula V8: “Sarah, Simon and I would like to welcome Rene to Panis-Barthez Compètition. We’re very pleased to have signed him. I’ve already seen him in action in the FR 3.5 where he raced against my son and got a good impression of his determination to fight for the win and his speed. Rene has already gained some experience in a number of race series and we’re ready to start a new chapter with him. We’re now well placed to be top contenders thanks to our team’s hard work and this year’s drivers. Welcome to the squad, Rene!”
Team spirit together with long distance performance, as embodied by the 24 Heures du Mans , is the credo of the European Le Mans Series. The duty of the ELMS is to offer its competitors a full season to race their cars on some of the best tracks in Europe, while keeping tight control of the costs associated with running in a top European wide series. Also the champions will be offered a place on the grid of the 24 Heures du Mans, which gives an extra, important dimension to the title race across the three categories.
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) guarantees a series that has strict rules and a paddock that embodies the professionalism that surrounds top level endurance racing. However the ELMS paddock is a friendly environment for the teams, drivers, the media and, of course, the fans. The European Le Mans Series gives everybody the opportunity to take advantage of motor racing in a different way. The choice between Prototype and GT cars give the competitors the opportunity to compete in a first-class series according to their budgets and the level of competitiveness means there is plenty of track action throughout the large grid of 40+ cars.
The European Le Mans Series is a natural training ground for drivers wanting to tackle the FIA World Endurance Championship. Drivers competing in LMP2 and LMGTE are racing the same machinery that competes on the world stage and perhaps the next world champion will be found on the grid of the ELMS.
The IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup is a unique four-race competition encompassing the marquee endurance races on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule. The winners in each of the four classes (Daytona Prototype International, Le Mans Prototype 2, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona) are awarded points at specific intervals for drivers, teams and manufacturers.
8/4/19 – 9/4/19
Official Test in Le Castellet
12/4/19 – 14/4/19
4H Le Castellet
10/5/19 – 12/5/19
15/6/19 – 16/6/19
24H Le Mans
19/7/19 – 21/7/19
30/8/19 – 31/8/19
20/9/19 – 22/9/19
25/10/19 – 27/10/19
IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup
600 hp (447 kW) @ 7,050 rpm
5.500 ccm V8
Gearbox: X-Track, Six-speed, sequential
European Le Mans Series
Ligier JS P217
Engine: Gibson GK428, 600 hp
4200 ccm V8
Gearbox: Hewland, Six-speed, sequential