Alex Lloyd Unable to Participate at Nashville
Alex Lloyd was unable to participate in the race at the Nashville Superspeedway, Tennessee, in the Indy Pro Series on the weekend 14th-15th July.
Alex managed only to do the practice session on the Friday morning, when he found he had to check himself into the medical centre as he started suffering from dizzy spells and nausea. Alex has been suffering from the unknown illness on and off for a month, with no apparent trigger, coming and going in waves. Upon entering the medical centre the IRL doctors did a blood and urine test on him, and they immediately booked him into the hospital for an MRI scan, scheduled on the Saturday morning at 6.30am.
Therefore meaning with the seriousness of the illness and with the doctors not knowing exactly what it was, Alex was told he was unable to race the weekend, and it would remain that way until he was cleared.
"It was very disappointing" said Alex. "After our win a couple of weeks ago I really wanted to carry on our momentum here. The dizziness has been happening on and off for a while now. I have been down all avenues such as hydration, heat, sodium or potassium levels and everything else I could think of that could be causing this. After ruling out all these things I knew I needed to get this sorted. The doctors didn't want me to race this weekend and that was that. Right now we are concentrating fully on curing this straight away."
Alex is due in Indianapolis next week to enable the IRL doctors to do further tests on him, to determine what the illness is and how it can be treated. The doctors are hoping it may be some sort of inner ear infection, as the symptoms Alex is suffering from are not too dissimilar from those of people suffering with an ear infection. The IRL doctors are extremely thorough, and we will not know anything definite until the further tests are carried out. We are hoping Alex will be cleared to race at the next round at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
"Providing the heart tests are ok I should be cleared for Milwaukee," said Alex. "I believe the problem is an inner ear infection as it something I suffered from when I was very young. Hopefully if this is the case it can be solved very quickly but we should find out for certain next week. This is one of the great things about being part of the Indy Racing League family. The support of everyone is brilliant and we have access to the best doctors around. Hopefully with their help I should back in the car, challenging for another win next weekend."
-Alex Lloyd Racing Ltd