Lloyd races Grand-Am at Sonoma 22 year old, Clerical Medical and Manx Sports Aid Foundation backed Alex Lloyd got his first taste of sports car racing at Infineon Raceway this past weekend. Alex raced in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports...
Lloyd races Grand-Am at Sonoma
22 year old, Clerical Medical and Manx Sports Aid Foundation backed Alex Lloyd got his first taste of sports car racing at Infineon Raceway this past weekend. Alex raced in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates driving the Lexus Riley number 19 alongside Michael Valiante.
"This was my first time driving anything like this," said Alex. "The cars are so different from an open wheel machine that it takes a little while to get used to. I am so thankful for the opportunity to drive for such a great team in the Grand-Am."
After around 30 laps Alex was thrown in at the deep end and asked to qualify the car for Saturdays 2 ½ hr race. Lloyd followed through with an amazing qualifying run putting the Z-Line car in 5th position.
"I gave it all I had for qualifying and am very satisfied with the outcome given the limited experience I have in the car," said Lloyd. "We are up at the sharp end and I am confident of a good race."
The race began at 3.00pm local time, just 2 hrs after Lloyd wrapped up the Indy Pro Series title with a record 8th win. Alex was to drive the first stint and did his job brilliantly handing the car over to Valiante in a stellar 4th position. With 15 laps to go Valiante ran 5th but got taken out by a backmarker meaning the #19 didn't finish the race. A bitter disappointment after such a strong run.
"For sure we are disappointed not to finish after running so strong," claimed Lloyd. "We were looking good for a solid top 5 finish but unfortunately it was not to be. I really enjoyed my weekend racing for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and learnt a lot driving in my first sports car race. Obviously I am looking at racing in the IndyCar Series for 2008 but I would love to do more Grand-Am races again in the future."