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ReneCareer, History, Objectives, Family, Passion

His grandfather was an Austrian rally champion, his uncle was the first Tyrolean to compete in Formula 1 and his father no less a figure than champion in the German Formula 3 Trophy. So you could say that a passion for racing runs in Rene’s blood.

Born in the Olympic City of Innsbruck, Austria, Rene Binder is the last race winner of the former Renault World Series, one of the most successful F1 feeder series’. The 26-year-old trained engineer is now aiming for glory in the Verizon IndyCar Series.






“Thanks” to his family’s focus on his education Binder Junior was not a shooting star in his teenage years, but a slowly rising star claiming 2nd overall in the German Junior Karting Championship. After only one year in the German ADAC Formula Masters Rene moved on to earn several podiums and 3 race wins in German F3 including a thrilling victory in the wet race of Spa Francorchamps.

A strong debut season 2013 in the GP2 Series saw him claiming a respectable 6th and 7th place in Monte Carlo. Given his very smart approach and tyre management Rene impressed enormously for the underfinanced Lazarus Team.

Two difficult years in GP2 followed but Rene fought back and signed for Lotus 3.5 claiming 5 podiums in his first World Series season 2016. After several podiums, 4 race wins and 2 pole positions Rene finished 4th in the 2017 Championship he was a serious title contender until his hopes were destroyed by a period of technical issues.

2017 World Series Formula V8: 4 wins, 5 podiums, 2 pole positions – 4th overall
2016 World Series Formula V8: 5 podiums – 7th overall
2015 GP2 Series: P8 in Monza
2014 GP2 Series: 8th/9th in Bahrain
2013 GP2 Series: 6th/7th in Monte Carlo, P8 in Sepang
2012 German Formula 3: 3 wins, 7 podiums – 6th overall
2011 German Formula 3: 1 podium
2010 German Formula 3: 1 podium
2009 ADAC Formula Masters: 3 podiums
2008 German Junior Kart Championship: multiple podiums – 2nd overall

Name: Rene Binder
Born: 1st January 1992
Home town: Uderns (Tyrol)
Education: Engineer and graduate of Wood Technology College Kuchl
Languages: German, English, Italian
Hobbies: Karting, skiing (especially in the beautiful Zillertal), hiking
Favourite tracks: Monaco, Spa, Singapore
Favourite driver: Michael Schumacher
Favourite race car: Dallara-Chevrolet Indycar
Favourite food: Pasta Vongole or a juicy steak
Dream holiday destination: Sardinia

The smell of fresh timber and of highly combustible racing fuel: the passions and purposes of the family who run their own Zillertal-based business could not be more contrasting. Having grown up in relative poverty, Franz Binder Snr purchased a sawmill in 1957. Shortly thereafter, he discovered his love for fast cars and motorcycles.

While the family firm in Fügen slowly but steadily developed into a major enterprise, Franz Binder’s son Hans was making a career for himself in Formula 1, contesting 13 Grand Prix races between 1975 and 1977.

This passion was also shared by Binder’s middle son Reinhard and youngest son Franz Jnr, who enjoyed some success in Formula 3 and the Porsche Supercup, and it has now been passed on to the third generation with Rene as the standard bearer.

Rene’s grandfather, who died in 2013 at the age of 90, came out with a memorable quote 50 years ago, which is just as true today as it was then:

“If you go racing on the weekend, make sure you turn up for work on Monday hale and hearty.” And so it is a matter of course for Rene that, even after landing at Munich airport after a long flight, he will make his way directly to the company offices.

This Tyrolean family-run company is a European market leader in terms of advanced technology and production methods.

More about Binderholz: www.binderholz.com


TeamTeam Spirit, Objectives, Community

Indy Lights Championship winning team, Juncos Racing, continues to build a presence in the Verizon IndyCar Series, announcing it has signed former World Series Formula V8 driver Rene Binder to compete in at least five races in the 2018 season. The team was originally established in 1997 in Argentina by Ricardo Juncos and is now based in the 41.000 square feet “Juncos Technical Centre” right at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana.

In 2017, Juncos Racing announced they would enter the Verizon IndyCar series and compete in the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. The rookie team would go on to finish a respected 15th with Sebastian Saavedra and 18th with Spencer Pigot. Juncos Racing also captured the Pro Mazda Championship and Indy Lights Championship, as the only team to win both series in the same year in the Mazda Road to Indy history.

More information: www.juncosracing.com


Verizon IndyCar SeriesSeries, Dates

Featuring racing at a combination of superspeedways, short ovals, road courses and temporary street circuits, the Verizon IndyCar Series offers its international lineup of drivers the most diverse challenges in motorsports. The top point scorer is crowned the series champion and receives a $1 million bonus.

Founded in 1994, INDYCAR serves as the sanctioning body for the Verizon IndyCar Series.

These stars drive single-seat, open-cockpit cars that feature a 2.2-liter, twin turbocharged, direct-injected V-6 engine optimized to run at 12,000 RPM with a maximum of 750 horsepower depending on the turbocharger boost setting. The consumer-relevant engines, which are supplied by Chevrolet and Honda, utilize Sunoco E85R fuel.

ABC and NBCSN provide comprehensive live, high-definition television coverage of the Verizon IndyCar Series in the United States, while ESPN International oversees race coverage to 212 countries. The TV telecasts are complemented by the Advanced Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network for each event, which includes Sirius XM Satellite Radio and the American Forces Radio Network.


The speed

The Verizon IndyCar Series races faster and closer than any other form of motorsports. 96 races with a margin of victory less than one second. The fastest race in Verizon IndyCar Series history was in 2003 at California Speedway with an average speed of 207.151 mph. There have been eight races with a margin of less than one-tenth of a second between its 1-2-3 finishers. Thirty-one tracks and 46 drivers have been involved in the 96 races with a margin of victory less than one second. Verizon IndyCar Series cars reach speeds up to 235 mph at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Dates 2018

Firestone Grand Prix, St. Petersburg Florida
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Chevrolet Grand Prix of Detroit by Lear
Honda Indy Toronto
Honda Indy 200 Mid-Ohio


Car specsBolder. Safer. Even more thrilling

INDYCAR is primed for a new look, inspired by old favorites but clearly pointing towards what’s “NEXT” for the Verizon IndyCar Series. The new Indy car: Bolder. Safer. Even more thrilling

Chassis: Dallara carbon fibre, kevlar and other composites
Gearbox: XTRAC #1011 gearbox, six forward gears
Engine: Chevrolet 2.2-liter V-6, twin-turbocharged
Power: max. 750 hp
Tyres: Firestone Firehawk


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