Alex Lloyd Grand Prix of Long Beach Race Report Long Beach, California (April 19, 2010) - Alex Lloyd finally got his trip to the Beach for one of Indy Car's signature races, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Alex Lloyd driving the ...
Alex Lloyd Grand Prix of Long Beach Race Report
Long Beach, California (April 19, 2010) - Alex Lloyd finally got his trip to the Beach for one of Indy Car's signature races, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Alex Lloyd driving the #19 BSA car has won numerous times on the Indy Lights series in 2007 but has never run on the streets of Long Beach before.
"It certainly is challenging coming to a new street circuit like this when most of the other drivers have had years of experience here," commented Alex. "We were pleased with the progress we made over the weekend and feel we learned a lot which will help us when we get back on the street circuits this summer."
Alex would start the race from row 11 along side Graham Rahal. Alex won the battle to the first turn and would end up improving as the race went on. Late in the race the leaders had finally caught Alex, but the talented Brit was running very strong lap times and they would find it difficult to put the #19 car a lap down. Ryan finally was able to squeeze by and eventual second place finisher Justin Wilson would also try an aggressive move to get by.
Justin was almost up to Alex's rear wheel at turn in. Justin's front wing got into Alex's right rear tire causing an immediate flat tire. Alex was forced to limp back to the pits costing him valuable positions to get new tires and fuel.
Relegated back Alex would soldier on with good lap times, closing on Formula 1 veteran Takumo Sato, before the checkered would come out and reward the Boy Scout car with 19th place.
The Boy Scouts of America Indy Car contingent had a great weekend of events at Long Beach. The local Long Beach Council had Bay Street closed off for Scout Alley. Show cars, displays, Pinewood Derbies, and Soap Box derbies were the highlight.
Of interesting note Alex beat team owner Dale Coyne by .2 seconds in the Soap Box derby on Friday evening. Of more interest is that Alex's wife Samantha beat Alex by a similar margin.
The team now prepares for the beginning of the seasons oval swing of races. First up will be the 1.5 mile high bank oval of Kansas in two weeks time, followed by the famed month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
-source: dale coyne racing