Inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Race Report Birmingham, Alabama (April 11, 2010) - The Boy Scouts of America ...
Inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Race Report
Birmingham, Alabama (April 11, 2010) - The Boy Scouts of America #19 IndyCar made its first trip to the beautiful Barber Motorsports Park Road Course circuit 20 miles east of downtown Birmingham.
Alex Lloyd driving the #19 BSA car ran as high as 6th place in today's race. After qualifying 16th on Saturday of this three day weekend event, Alex and the Dale Coyne Racing team would try to go for a two stop race and was rewarded with moving up on the split strategy to run in the top-10.
The team would need some good luck with yellows to make it all happen right, but the plans got changed on lap 68 when Danica Patrick made contact with Alex under braking going into turn 5.
"I had some under steer in the car and I think Danica got a good run off of turn 3," Reported Lloyd. "She was not past me, but enough on me that we got together in turn 5 and I spun off track."
The mishap would hurt Alex's track position. This coupled with a need for a splash of fuel with just three laps to go, would relegate the talented Brit to 23rd.
"We were happy to run all day and work to get into the top-10," explained the personable Lloyd. "The end result did not show how competitive we could have been."
The Dale Coyne Racing Boy Scouts of America effort was supported locally by the Greater Alabama Council of the Boy Scouts of America. A special invitation dinner on Friday night featured several of the local supporters and officials of the Boy Scouts of America.
"It's great to see the local support and enthusiasm for this program as evidenced here in Alabama," reported team owner Dale Coyne. "Everyone in this area is excited about Indy Cars racing here and we look forward to a long and welcomed return for years to come."
This race represents the Inaugural event of a three year contract with local developer George Barber. "This track has a great park like setting for showcasing our racing," said Coyne. "It feels like the Road America of the South in a modern theme."
The team will stay at the track in Birmingham to prepare the cars for a cross country trek to Long Beach, California, where they will race next Friday thru Sunday.
-source: dale coyne racing