Double Duty For Lloyd and Jakes in Texas
Despite the official results in the Firestone Twin 275s, both Dale Coyne Racing drivers Alex Lloyd and James Jakes felt good about their performances Saturday evening in the first running of the twin IndyCar races almost 30 years after Rick Mears won both races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Lloyd drove his #19 Boy Scouts of America car to a 15th place finish in the first race. The 26-year-old veteran gained 11 positions in the race, which was the third most of the night. Lloyd was also third quickest in the yesterday’s practice session before qualifying.
“The Boy Scouts of America team did an excellent job giving me a great race car tonight,” said Lloyd. “They have worked hard all weekend trying to find the right setup. I think gaining 11 positions in the first race is a credit to their hard work.”
For his first race on a high-banked oval, rookie Jakes gave an all-star performance under the lights at the Texas Motor Speedway with a 25th place finish in the first race and a 27th place in the second race.
“I thought we had a good first race,” said Jakes. “Pit lane traffic caused a slow first pit stop in the second race and we never really were able to regain the momentum. But I thought the #18 Acorn Stairlifts team did a great job and we were able to bring home the car in one piece in both races.”
Lloyd started 19th and Jakes 23rd in the second race as all 30 drivers selected their position with a blind draw by turning a Firestone Firehawk tire with a position number on the back side.
The second race was the first caution-free IZOD IndyCar Series race since the 2009 season finale at Homestead-Miami. It also was the second-fastest race in series history (206.64 mph average).
“I am very proud of the performances of both James and Alex tonight,” team owner Dale Coyne said. “Alex moved up 11 spots in the first race and for his first official oval race I thought James drove two fantastic races.”
-source: dale coyne racing