IRL: Pro Series' Lloyd looks to dominate

Indy Pro Series points leader Alex Lloyd isn't entirely happy with the way things are. That doesn't mean, however, that his discontent extends to the forty-eight point cushion he enjoys atop the standings in pursuit of the Firestone Firehawk Cup...

Indy Pro Series points leader Alex Lloyd isn't entirely happy with the way things are.

That doesn't mean, however, that his discontent extends to the forty-eight point cushion he enjoys atop the standings in pursuit of the Firestone Firehawk Cup that goes to the Pro Series champion.

As a matter of fact, the huge margin he's built up on the back of three consecutive victories to open the 2007 Pro Series season is only the beginning of what he wants to do to the competition.

In short, Alex wants to dominate the field.

A good, old-fashioned, Michael Schumacher-esque complete and total conquest would be just what the doctor ordered in the Manchester, England native's estimation.

"To start with, I have very high expectations of what I want to achieve," he said on Wednesday (May 23rd) in the weekly Indy Racing League teleconference. "I tend to take the approach of 'We aim for the stars, and if we fall a bit short we still reach the moon'."

So far, Lloyd's journey this year would be star-making material as he's won on the oval at Homestead/Miami Speedway and twice in the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. With 105 points in the bag he's almost far enough ahead of second-place Hideki Mutoh of Panther Racing to spot the contenders a whole race weekend and still remain in front.

"We started the season the way I wanted, maybe even exceeded what I thought was possible," Alex said. "I was hoping to win two and have a solid run in the third (race), but we actually ended up better than I thought we would."

If things continue as well for him in this week's Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Carb Day (May 25th), Alex will have a leg up on his ultimate goal: a seat in the IndyCar Series for 2008.

"I consider this year my year to shine," he said. "This year I want to try and separate from the rest of the field. With the level of competition we have in the series it is difficult, but we will keep trying for more wins."

His "driven" approach to his work for Sam Schmidt Motorsports is yielding more than just wins and recognition. If he can snare another victory in the Freedom 100, Lloyd will have the distinction of the only driver ever to win on both Indy's famous 2.5 mile oval and its 2.6 mile road course.

Not even Michael Schumacher can boast that feat!

A fourth win, at Indy, would also bring Alex even with Thiago Madeiros who currently owns the record for consecutive victories (four) over the six year old league's history.

"I don't want to just tie for the records, though," says Alex, "I want to beat those records and set new ones."

There's no finer place to put up big numbers, everyone agrees, than right here at the Brickyard. Lloyd knows the importance his team and the sponsors place on victory at the famous Speedway. He's ready to impress the crowd, estimated to exceed one hundred thousand on Friday, and walk away with arguably the season's biggest prize.

"The Indianapolis event means more than any other on the schedule," he said. "Carb Day makes it our biggest event with the great crowd and the atmosphere, the party, the excitement. Indy just stands out."

"It hasn't been easy," he said, speaking of the three races now in the rearview mirror. "Homestead was fairly easy because we had a couple of accidents during the race. At St. Petersburg, because of the inverted order of finish that determines the grid for the second race, we had to come from sixth to win."

"It's always a challenge," he continued, "but we came through the first three okay and now we have to work hard to carry on the momentum."

"It's going to be very tough," he concluded.

The Freedom 100 begins at Noon on Friday, Carb Day at Indianapolis, May 25th with thirty minutes of introductions and preliminaries; then settles down to racing at half past the hour.

If all goes according to the Lloyd plan, there will be another trophy in the hallways of SSM with Alex Lloyd's name affixed come Friday afternoon.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Sam Schmidt , Alex Lloyd , Hideki Mutoh
Teams Panther Racing