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Siegel Completes Jr III Lineup for Watkins Glen

18-year-old open-wheel rising star to make second LMP3 start of season, first with Jr III Racing…

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Rising open-wheel star Nolan Siegel will complete Jr III Racing’s lineup for next weekend’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, joining full-season drivers Garett Grist and Ari Balogh in the team’s Ligier JS P320 Nissan LMP3 entry for the third round of the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup.

The Road to Indy driver made his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut earlier this year in the Rolex 24 At Daytona with Muehlner Motorsports where claimed a sixth place class finish in LMP3.

Siegel contested four Michelin Pilot Challenge races in the GS category last year, which saw the young racer take a best finish of sixth at Lime Rock Park as well as getting his first run at Watkins Glen.

The 18-year-old currently competes in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship where he has claimed two wins, two poles and two additional podium finishes so far this season.

“I’m really excited to start with Jr III at Watkins Glen,” said Siegel. “It will be my first race with the team and we had a successful test there.

“I’m really thankful Ari and Billy (Glavin, Jr III team owner) have given me the opportunity to drive with the team, and it will be a pleasure working with them this weekend.”

Jr III Racing has continued to grow its program to maintain campaigns in both the IMSA Prototype Challenge series as well as the championship-leading WeatherTech Championship program.

“I’m really excited to bring Nolan on,” said Glavin. “He did great at Daytona in the Mühlner car, and he knows Garett from his open wheel days.

“Obviously with him winning at St. Pete and at Barber this year, it showed that he’s definitely got the pace we need.

“He has IMSA experience in the LMP3 as well as Watkins Glen experience in GT4, so we thought it’d be a good fit.

“We tested with him last week, and he fit right in with the team, had a great attitude and was comfortable in the car. Good pace, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do.”

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