Cheever Racing's Richard Antinucci convincingly stole the show at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday (July 22nd), winning the Indy Pro Series' first contest at the track ahead of twenty-two competitors. Antinucci passed points-leader Alex...
Cheever Racing's Richard Antinucci convincingly stole the show at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday (July 22nd), winning the Indy Pro Series' first contest at the track ahead of twenty-two competitors.
Antinucci passed points-leader Alex Lloyd on lap fifteen of forty over the 2.25 mile road course in northeastern Ohio, resetting fastest lap in the race three times on the way to a dominating first-place finish.
"We had the advantage of testing here before," he said in explaining the strong practice sessions and race performance the team demonstrated over the past seventy-two hours.
"It just shows what we are capable of when we get a chance to prepare well," he continued.
Antinucci has been running a limited schedule in 2007 for his uncle Eddie Cheever's Indy Pro Series effort, concetrating on the road course portion of the IPS calendar. He hinted, however, that might be about to change.
"We definately need to race some ovals," he said. "Indy Pro Series is America's GP2, leading to its most prestigious open-wheel series. My goal is to drive in IndyCar in that series, and that means driving some ovals eventually."
Second in the race was AFS Racing's Wade Cunningham, collecting his third second-place finish (and a win) in his last five outings.
Cunningham was followed by Kenn Hardley Racing's Stephen Simpson who started alongside polesitter Alex Lloyd but fell to third to take the final podium spot.
Lloyd, who continues to lead the Indy Pro Series championship points standings with 508 points was victim of a failed gearbox on lap 24 that brought his day to a close.
Hideki Mutoh remains second to Lloyd for the Firestone Firehawk Cup, 111 points down at 397 points; with Cunningham, Bobby Wilson and Jaime Camara completing the top five after round twelve of sixteen is in the books.