Alex Lloyd is expecting a big weekend at Infineon Raceway. After starting the season with five straight Indy Pro Series victories, Lloyd finds himself with a 98 point margin over Hideki Mutoh, his only challenger for the championship. If Lloyd...
Alex Lloyd is expecting a big weekend at Infineon Raceway. After starting the season with five straight Indy Pro Series victories, Lloyd finds himself with a 98 point margin over Hideki Mutoh, his only challenger for the championship.
If Lloyd can add another seven points to his lead in the first of two races at Infineon he'll clinch the Pro Series championship. Even if Mutoh scores maximum points (50 for victory, two for most laps led and one for the pole) in the remaining races, Lloyd will take the crown with a pair of top ten finishes at Infineon.
Despite his points advantage, Lloyd expects to push for another victory. "We'll go there, do our job, put ourselves in a position to win races, and hopefully we will pick up a win this weekend; if we do that, the championship will be ours. We're still taking it race by race and trying to get as many wins as we can.
Lloyd has scored seven victories in 13 starts, started from the pole 4 times and finished in the top five eleven times. After leading 54 laps at Nashville, two drivers tangled ahead of Lloyd leaving debris strewn in his path. Contact with a body panel forced Lloyd to the pits for a wing change, dashing any hopes of scoring an eighth victory.
Lloyd's success in the Pro Series has not gone unnoticed. Last week Ganassi Racing invited Lloyd to test alongside veteran driver Scott Dixon at Sebring.
"Everything went really well," said Lloyd. "I got to run for a couple hours after lunch, two sets of tires. It was a pretty great thing to be able to run with the Target Chip Ganassi Racing team and especially alongside Scott (Dixon), who is arguably the best road course driver out there. I put down some good times, the pace was pretty strong.
"Having done this test, I confirmed to myself that I'm capable of running up front in these cars. Now, I'm that much more prepared for my next opportunity to test one of these cars."
As for next year and a ride in the IndyCar Series, "There is a lot of interest at the moment," said Lloyd. "I'm not rushing into anything too much at the moment. I'm just waiting to see what's around the corner. But like I say, the great thing is I've had a lot of people call me up, asking me what my plans are, and I'm just going to wait and see how things unfold and try and pick the best ride that's available for me."
Before focusing on next year, Lloyd has a mission to complete for 2007. That mission includes two races at Infineon Raceway this weekend. "We're going in with the aim and ambition of winning both races and certainly coming away with at least one win.