SBRS: Todd Snyder to Drive Indy Lights in 2000

Two Time Barber Dodge Pro Series Runner Up Todd Snyder Signs to Drive in 2000 Dayton Indy Lights Series Feb. 9, 2000 -Two-time Barber Dodge Pro Series runner up Todd Snyder has signed to drive in the 2000 Dayton Indy Lights series with Brian ...

Two Time Barber Dodge Pro Series Runner Up Todd Snyder Signs to Drive in 2000 Dayton Indy Lights Series

Feb. 9, 2000 -Two-time Barber Dodge Pro Series runner up Todd Snyder has signed to drive in the 2000 Dayton Indy Lights series with Brian Stewart Racing. Snyder, 30, finished second in both the 1998 and '99 Barber Dodge Pro Series, taking the title fight to the final round in both years. With Snyder's addition to the series, it brings the total number of Barber Dodge Pro Series drivers in Indy Lights to seven, equating to nearly one-third of the grid. Snyder joins, Townsend Bell, Andy and Geoff Boss, Chris Menninga, Tony Renna, and Jeff Simmons.

"I am incredibly excited to be driving with Brian Stewart Racing, and working with David Empringham, Nick Longhi, who's been with me since the beginning, and the rest of the team," Snyder said. "They really want to win as do I. I think that together with the changes they've made to their equipment and car preparation, we've got a winning combination."

In 29 Barber Dodge Pro Series starts, Snyder scored seven victories (third all-time), four poles (fifth) and 363 points (third), which was good for $176,500 in total prize money (10th). The highlight of Snyder's '99 campaign started off in Detroit at the Raceway on Belle Isle where what had been to that point a lackluster season turned around with an impressive victory. It was only the beginning of a tear through the points table as he reeled off two-more wins at Mid-Ohio and Grand Rapids to complete a hat-trick and vault to second in the championship. A fourth win in his last five starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway forced the championship to the final round where he fell a scant four points shy.

"Todd tested extremely well with us late last year," said driver coach David Empringham. "When you've been in this business as long as I have, you recognize talent as soon as you see it. He has the necessary experience and is hungry to win."

"I think we're going to win a bunch of races and challenge for the championship," Empringham added.

"Having driven a couple of years in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, I've found it very easy to adapt to the Lights cars," Snyder said.

Empringham seconded that thought.

"Barber Dodge has really helped prepare Todd," he said. "It's a super competitive series, he knows most of the tracks where we race, and the Barber Dodge Reynard is not far off in performance from the Lights car. Todd jumped in and was fast straight away."

Snyder will take his Outpost.com backing, a relationship he cultivated while in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, to the Dayton Indy Lights series.

"I have to thank Outpost.com for their continued support, and I hope I can continue winning races for them," Snyder added.

The 2000 Dayton Indy Lights series begins April 16.

-George Tamayo

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Series INDYLIGHTS , OPENWHEEL