Indy 500 Winning Engineer Joins Team 3G
Team 3G today announced that two-time Indy 500 winning Crew Chief and Engineer Owen Snyder will join the team for the 2009 season. In addition to supporting the winners of the famous Indy 500 in 1992 and 1998, Owen has engineered 19 IndyCar wins and has garnered the Outstanding 500 Mechanic’s award. Snyder will apply his organizational and engineering talents towards bringing Team 3G driver Stanton Barrett success on the track.
“Owen brings incredible talent and integrity to our team” said Team 3G co-owner Greg Beck. “We are absolutely thrilled to have Owen join us in the building of this team, 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.”
Like team co-owner Greg Beck, Owen’s roots are in sprint car racing, whose IndyCar break came in 1980 as a mechanic with the Patrick Racing organization. He has worked with such Indy legends as Johnny Rutherford, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti, Gordon Johncock, and won the Indy 500 with Al Unser Jr. and Eddie Cheever.
“While made up of industry veterans, Team 3G and Stanton Barrett are new to the IndyCar Series, this is exactly the kind of challenge that makes racing fun” said Owen. “I have always enjoyed working with up and coming organizations, helping to mould them into race winning teams. I like their approach to the sport in these tough times, and they have a nice long term plan to grow bigger and better, but in a controlled way.”
“As we continue to lay the foundation and improve as a team, we believe Owen’s abilities are a great match for Team 3G,” said co-owner Steve Sudler. “Not only is he a great asset to Stanton and the IndyCar program, he will be a great mentor for drivers, engineers, and mechanics that are working their way up from our Star Mazda and Indy Lights programs.”
Owen and Stanton will get their first chance to work together on the track during a private rookie test prior to the IndyCar Series open test on February 24-25 on the Homestead-Miami Speedway oval. Team 3G and driver Stanton Barrett will kick off the IndyCar season at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on April 5.