IPS: Lloyd doubles-up at St. Petersburg

Alex Lloyd has won all three Indy Pro Series races this year after sweeping both rounds at St. Petersburg this weekend. Sunday's victory was a bit more difficult than Saturday's when Lloyd led flag to flag. During the closing laps of the second ...

Alex Lloyd has won all three Indy Pro Series races this year after sweeping both rounds at St. Petersburg this weekend. Sunday's victory was a bit more difficult than Saturday's when Lloyd led flag to flag. During the closing laps of the second round Lloyd's car was pushing in the corners

Sam Schmidt, Lloyd's team owner, summed it up by saying, "Alex won yesterday with a perfect car. Today his car was not perfect but he still won."

Lloyd was able to assume the lead when Jonathan Klein was black flagged for blocking on the main straight in what was widely regarded on pit lane as a bad call. "There was a lot of beating and banging out there yesterday," said Schmidt. "Perhaps that was an over reaction to yesterday."

Penalized with a drive through, Lloyd was balked by Klein's turn into the pits. That allowed Bobby Wilson to slip into the lead. Wilson led down the front straight, before Lloyd out-braked him at Turn one. Wilson was credited with leading Lap 21.

The race was stopped five times for cautions periods, including the last lap.

Wade Cunningham started ninth and finished second after moving around Bobby Wilson on the final restart. "It was a struggle to come from ninth today but we made the most of the car and the opportunities with the yellows."

Cunningham's deal with Gary Peterson's AFS team came together just before the season opener at Homestead. "It's been a tough weekend in general," said Cunningham. "We came into the season with no testing, and then we struggled with getting clean laps in practice and qualifying."

Bobby Wilson started on the pole and finished third, followed by two rookies, Hideki Mutoh and Robbie Pecorari.

After the race a jubilant Lloyd said, "I can't put it into words. What a start to the year."

The Indy Pro Series moves to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for round four on May 25. Lloyd, who is the first driver to win the first three races of the season, will be looking to tie Thiago Medeiros' record of four consecutive victories in 2004. Medeiros also drove for Sam Schmidt Motorsports.

Indy Pro Series points: Lloyd 155, Mutoh 107, Wilson 91, Festa 83, Pecorari 80

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Sam Schmidt , Gary Peterson , Alex Lloyd , Robbie Pecorari , Wade Cunningham , Bobby Wilson , Jonathan Klein , Hideki Mutoh , Thiago Medeiros