Richard Antinucci, who was not only the runner-up to the 2008 Firestone Indy Lights title but is also at least within six degrees of separation from being my extremely distant cousin, will officially be making his IndyCar series debut this season.
Team 3G today announced that winning Indy Lights driver Richard Antinucci will join Team 3G for the Camping World Grand Prix at Watkins Glen on July 5. Richard is considered one of the best up-and-coming American IndyCar drivers, having finished runner-up in the 2008 Indy Lights Championship.As you might recall, Richard is the nephew of 1998 Indy 500 winner Eddie Cheever, and if Eddie and Watkins Glen are going to be mentioned in the same post then contractual obligations require linking to video of the 2006 IndyCar race at The Glen.
The team and driver will start preparing for the IndyCar event by testing in Watkins Glen on June 9th and 10th. This will give Richard an opportunity to learn the IndyCar, and also begin to work with Greg Beck, Owen Snyder, and the rest of the Team 3G crew.
"We are thrilled to have an opportunity to work with such a young and talented driver such as Richard" said Team 3G co-owner Greg Beck. "He has proven that he can be a consistent winner in open wheel racing, and he has won at Watkins Glen in an Indy Lights car".
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