Richard Antinucci drove a stellar race in the second of two Indy Pro Series races on the 2.3-mile road course at Infineon Raceway, earning his second victory of the season. Antinucci started seventh and made his way through the field before ...
Richard Antinucci drove a stellar race in the second of two Indy Pro Series races on the 2.3-mile road course at Infineon Raceway, earning his second victory of the season. Antinucci started seventh and made his way through the field before finishing 1.74 seconds ahead of pole sitter Ryan Justice.
"Two out of the last three road course races, we've got to be proud of that," said Antinucci, who won at Mid-Ohio in July. "In such a short span, five race weekends, we've had the best road racing car out there."
Antinucci drives for his uncle, 1998 Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever, who called his nephew, "very talented. Every race he's gone to, he's gotten better and better."
Slotting into sixth at the start, Antinucci swapped positions with Jaime Camara twice on the second lap before taking command of fifth place one lap later. Closing the one second gap and executing a move on Stephen Simpson took another four laps.
Sizing up each competitor, Antinucci made well calculated moves until he passed Andrew Prendeville for second place. The pass took more room than anticipated and he ended up forcing Prendeville wide off the final corner.
Just past the two-thirds mark, Antinucci made the winning move on Ryan Justice and led the final 11 laps.
"He was definitely quicker where he needed to be, and that's how he got past," said Justice.
Ryan Justice held on to finish second, his best result of the season. Prendeville was third followed by Justice's Sam Schmidt Motorsports teammate Logan Gomez in fourth. Stephen Simpson started fifth and finished fifth.
Gomez scored his best finish on a road course. Although he was second on the Nashville oval, his previous best on a road course was sixth in the second round of the Liberty Challenge at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"I'm pretty happy with the race, especially since it was my first time at this track," said Gomez. "We started the weekend 15th in practice, qualified ninth and in the first race we finished sixth."
Alex Lloyd clinched the Indy Pro Series championship in the first race of the weekend on Saturday after scoring a flag to flag victory. After having trouble getting the car to fire it finally left the pits only to stall in the first corner. The car was towed to safe position and the race started without the reigning champion. He had been slated to start the second race eighth alongside race winner Antinucci.