Following his sweep of the weekend last time out at Virginia International Raceway, Richard Antinucci is carrying momentum into this weekend’s Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America round at Watkins Glen International.
The 40-year-old former Super Trofeo champion has made his return to the popular single-make series this year, driving the No. 27 Dream Racing Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo.
Antinucci has made quick work of the season so far, having won the season-opening round at Circuit of The Americas last month prior to two additional wins at VIR that has propelled him into the Pro class championship lead.
It has come after a one-year layoff from racing for the Lamborghini development driver, who is driving solo this season.
“I have a lot of experience so I can get to my level quickly,” Antinucci told IMSA Newswire. “The key was to know how to suffer in the car again.
“It was hot out there, everybody’s sweating, some people are really knackered (at the end of the races).
“To do it by yourself, you also have a three-second penalty (for solo drivers when they make the mandatory pit stop), so a little bit of extra stress – but heavier lies the crown when you’re on your own in the car.”
Antinucci said he’s appreciative of the opportunity to return to the cockpit after spending the bulk of 2020 doing “a lot of parenting and stuff.”
“I didn’t do any racing,” he said. “I wanted to; I think COVID put a big dent in a lot of people’s careers and momentum – not just racing. I’m just glad to get back to my craft, my passion and my best job.
“I couldn’t be this way, in this position, without an extremely good team. These are the best guys I’ve worked with so far in Super Trofeo.”
Antinucci heads into the pair of 50-minute races with a 15-point lead over the No. 16 Change Racing Lamborghini entry of Stevan McAleer, who drove solo last time out at VIR.
McAleer and reigning Pro class champion Madison Snow picked up top overall honors in Race 2 at COTA.
25 Entries for Watkins Glen
A total of 25 cars are on the entry list for the third event of the season, down three from the last outing at VIR.
Wayne Taylor Racing is poised to field only three Lamborghinis this weekend, with the No. 53 car of Jordan Missig not currently listed, while TR3 Racing is down to a single-car operation after its one-off entry of Martin Fuentes and Cesar Bacarella at VIR.
Additionally, Bill Peluchiwski is not currently entered after contesting the opening two weekends with Kelly Moss Road & Race.
On-track activity for Super Trofeo teams kicks off on Thursday with the pair of sprint races scheduled for Friday and Saturday with live coverage on Trackpass on NBC Sports Gold, Lamborghini.com and IMSA.tv.
Mark Robinson contributed to this report