IPS: St. Pete: Race two notes

LLOYD COMPLETES SWEEP ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Alex Lloyd completed a sweep of the Indy Pro Series doubleheader on the streets of St. Petersburg, matching the effort last year by Guthrie Racing's Raphael Matos. Lloyd, who inherited the lead when...

LLOYD COMPLETES SWEEP

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Alex Lloyd completed a sweep of the Indy Pro Series doubleheader on the streets of St. Petersburg, matching the effort last year by Guthrie Racing's Raphael Matos. Lloyd, who inherited the lead when race leader Jonathan Klein was penalized for blocking on Lap 20, has won all three races this season and will look to tie the record of Thiago Medeiros for consecutive Indy Pro Series victories at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval in May.

INDY PRO SERIES GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG #2 POST-RACE NOTES:

* This is Alex Lloyd's second win of the weekend and his third straight win to open the 2007 Indy Pro Series season. He is the second driver to pull off a doubleheader sweep in the series, joining Raphael Matos who swept both races here last year.

* Lloyd is the first Indy Pro Series driver to win the season's first three races and is one win shy of Thiago Medeiros' series record for consecutive wins.

* Wade Cunningham, second, and Bobby Wilson, third, recorded their season-best finish.

INDY PRO SERIES GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG #2 POST-RACE QUOTES:

ALEX LLOYD (No. 7 Lucas Oil/Isilon/Sam Schmidt Motorsports, winner Indy Pro Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg #2 ): "I can't put it into words. What a start to the year. I hoped we could get two; I thought two would be a fantastic start. This last race, I wasn't sure if we could get it together. Coming from sixth, the competition in front of me was going to be very hard. Sam Schmidt Motorsports and Lucas Oil have up together a great team. Everybody pulled together and they have all weekend, all last weekend, all winter. I think the results of the effort that everyone put into it are paying off."

WADE CUNNINGHAM (No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc., finished second): "It's been a tough weekend in general. We came into the season with no testing, and then we struggled with getting clean laps in practice and qualifying. We were just trying to go with a setup that would be good for the race. Yesterday, it looked like we were going to be sixth and get the pole for today, but then we got collected on the last lap. It was a struggle to come from ninth today but we made the most of the car and the opportunities with the yellows."

BOBBY WILSON (No. 1 Ocala Gran Prix, finished third): "We talked about not blocking during the drivers' meeting and that was definitely not the case out there today on the track. Some people get away with it and some people don't. I tried to keep it clean, but you're only as clean as the next guy. Whoever makes the first move, it just goes from there and get worse."

HIDEKI MUTOH (No. 55 Panther Racing, finished fourth): "I am little disappointed in my result since I planned to move up more positions but I learned alot from this weekend. It is still the second race event so I want to keep concentrating on learning the track and keep trying to move up the position in the race. I would like to thank my team for giving me a great car and support. Looking forward to the next race and do better."

ROBBIE PECORARI (No. 13 Cabo Wabo Tequila, finished fifth): "The race was good until couple incidents and little blocking. Besides that it was a good race. I ended getting hit on the start in Turn 1 but was able to rebound for a top-five."

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Sam Schmidt , Alex Lloyd , Wade Cunningham , Bobby Wilson , Jonathan Klein , Thiago Medeiros
Teams Panther Racing