IPS: Mid-Ohio: Sam Schmidt Motorsports race report

LLOYD BREAKS DOWN, GOMEZ AND JUSTICE SOLDIER HOME QUIETLY LEXINGTON, OHIO -- Alex Lloyd was running second just after the halfway point of the Indy Pro Series Mid-100 on Sunday morning when he lost drive to his rear wheel on a lap 25 ...

LLOYD BREAKS DOWN, GOMEZ AND JUSTICE SOLDIER HOME QUIETLY

LEXINGTON, OHIO -- Alex Lloyd was running second just after the halfway point of the Indy Pro Series Mid-100 on Sunday morning when he lost drive to his rear wheel on a lap 25 restart.

The result was a 22nd-place finish and a loss of 21 points in the season point standings to second-place Hideki Mutoh.

Logan Gomez had the best drive he's ever had on a road course, but the 10th-place finish didn't justify that amount of effort he's put in to improving his race craft on the road courses this weekend.

Ryan Justice also fought all day long for a good effort, and his 11th-place finish also did not exemplify the maximum effort he put out on Sunday.

For now, the Sam Schmidt Motorsports team has the next two weekends off before returning to the track at the Kentucky Speedway.

Those that missed Sunday's race on indycar.com can view a tape-delayed broadcast on ESPN2 at 5:30 p.m. edt on July 26th.

QUOTES:

#7 LUCAS OIL/Isilon Systems Driver Alex Lloyd
Started 1st, Finished 22nd

On problem: "I don't know what happened. We just lost all gears. I don't know whether it was the gearbox, the driveshaft, or something like that. I just came out of the corner and no gears. Just all of a sudden, everything went. I don't know what happened."

On points: "It's not too bad a thing, but it's certainly not ideal. We'll see how many points we lose here. It still won't be close, but it's certainly disappointing. If we would have finished where we were running, we would have had it all but wrapped up. The same with Nashville last weekend. If we would have had a little bit of luck go our way, we would have been champion this weekend, but it's not to be so we'll keep working on the next one."

#23 Isilon System/FlaCondos.net Driver Logan Gomez
Qualified 11th, 75.5062 seconds, 107.657 mph

"Of the road courses we've had, I feel this is the most competitive that we've run. Not the best finish, but we made a lot of improvements throughout the weekend with my driving and the way the team works around me and the way I work around the team. I feel this weekend was very productive, and I think we're going to be good when we go to Infineon Raceway."

#38 LifeLock/LUCAS OIL Driver Ryan Justice
Started 7th, Finished 11th

"We got kind of out of sequence on the start, and that was pretty much my race. I really didn't feel that bad out there, it's just that, for whatever reason, our car wasn't fast enough. I felt like I was maximizing what I had, but I just didn't really have anything for the guys in front of me."

Fast Facts:

* Currently, after 12 races, Lloyd has 511 points in the season-long point standings with a 111-point lead on second-place Hideki Mutoh. For comparison, last year's Indy Pro Series champion, Jay Howard, scored a total of 390 points in 11 races. The series record of 513 points in a season was set in 2004 by Thiago Medeiros in 12 races driving for Sam Schmidt Motorsports.

* This is the first race Lloyd has not finished since his DNF in June of 2006 at the Watkins Glen International Raceway.

* This weekend, Logan Gomez was the youngest driver and one of only two native Hoosiers entered in the Indy Pro Series Mid-Ohio 100. Though Alex Lloyd and his wife, Sam, claim to be transplanted Hoosiers, their lack of a Hoosier accent does not yet make them eligible to be a "native" Hoosier.

-credit: ssm

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Sam Schmidt , Alex Lloyd , Ryan Justice , Jay Howard , Logan Gomez , Hideki Mutoh , Thiago Medeiros