Team 3G has made a significant signing for its debut IndyCar Series campaign, having landed the services of respected crew chief Owen Snyder to guide rookie Stanton Barrett in 2009.
Snyder is a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner as crew chief, and has engineering ability coveted by many operations looking to move up the field.
His experience includes spells at various levels with the likes of Patrick Racing, and he has worked with legends including Johnny Rutherford, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti and Gordon Johncock, although his Indianapolis success came with Al Unser Jr and Eddie Cheever Jr in 1992 and 1998 respectively. Despite his reputation, however, Snyder admits that he is looking forward to helping shape 3G's debut season.
"While made up of industry veterans, Team 3G and Stanton Barrett are new to the IndyCar Series, and this is exactly the kind of challenge that makes racing fun" he told indycar.com
, "I have always enjoyed working with up-and-coming organisations, helping to mould them into race-winning teams. I like [Team 3G's] approach to the sport in these tough times - they have a nice long-term plan to grow bigger and better, but in a controlled way."
Barrett and 3G expect to get their first real taste of life in the IndyCar Series when they join the rest of the field for the first open test of the season, at Homestead, over 24-25 February, and Snyder will be in place to kick the programme off.
"Owen brings incredible talent and integrity to our team" team co-owner Greg Beck admitted, "He will be an instrumental part of establishing our competitive foundation. I know he and Stanton will work great together, and it should ease the transition for Stanton as an IndyCar driver."
Having recently revealed that it is to take Star Mazda outfit Kester Racing under its wing, 3G also believes that Snyder can play a bigger role in the operation.
"As we continue to lay the foundation and improve as a team, we believe Owen's abilities are a great match for Team 3G," co-owner Steve Sudler added, "Not only is he a great asset to Stanton and the IndyCar programme, but he will be a great mentor for drivers, engineers and mechanics that are working their way up from our Star Mazda and Indy Lights programmes."