'PINK' LLOYD AND CGR/SSM SPEND DAY TWO OF QUALIFYING MAKING 'HER' CAR READY FOR RACE DAY INDIANAPOLIS - On Sunday, all but 11 drivers and teams spent the day working feverishly to try and get their car qualified and into the field for ...
'PINK' LLOYD AND CGR/SSM SPEND DAY TWO OF QUALIFYING MAKING 'HER' CAR READY FOR RACE DAY
INDIANAPOLIS - On Sunday, all but 11 drivers and teams spent the day working feverishly to try and get their car qualified and into the field for the Indianapolis 500.
Luckily, Alex Lloyd and the #99 HER Energy CGR/SSM Racing team was one of the 11 that did not have to concern themselves with that stress, thanks to Saturday's last-minute qualifying run that placed them 11th in the starting field.
The team spent today working on race preparation. Over the course of 33 laps, Lloyd turned in a best lap speed of 218.957 mph while running on a full tank of fuel. Then, the team packed away its car and equipment and watched other teams sweat their way through the last couple of hours of qualifying.
Track activity at Indianapolis will be silent until Thursday, when practice resumes. Meanwhile, Sam Schmidt Motorsports is headed to Milwaukee to test its four Firestone Indy Lights drivers on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the team will celebrate the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation's 10th Anniversary "Racing to Recovery" Gala.
#99 HER Energy CGR/SSM RACING Honda Dallara Driver Alex Lloyd
Qualified in the 11th spot on Pole Day with an average speed of 222.622 mph. QIndianapolis 500 makes first IndyCar race of 2009, second overall in career. QFirestone Indy Lights Champion (2007). QFirst driver to win on both the road course and oval at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"Today, I felt much more relaxed, especially this morning. I was sitting in my bed in the motor home watching the morning practice on TV, and I saw some guys having some accidents and some trouble out there. It was definitely a nice feeling to have gotten everything done and out of the way yesterday. It's good to be in the field and watch everyone else go through the stress that we went through. It's a long and stressful day as it is, and to have to do it two days in a row, it's not the best. So yeah, it was a nice day as well to do some race running that a lot of these guys won't get to have because they're still worrying about qualifying. That in itself is invaluable. For us, it was a nice, quiet, relaxed day, and we've got some information to take with us as we enjoy the next few days off. We'll come back on Thursday even more prepared."
Team Owner, Sam Schmidt
"It was nice to spend today working on race setups and not worrying about still trying to get into this race. We've experienced both ends of that spectrum, and the end we're currently on is much nicer to be in. Our guys have continued to work hard, and they still have a busy few days ahead of them with having to leave for Milwaukee tomorrow for Tuesday's test. It's a blessing that things have gone our way so far, and hopefully, they continue to do so."
Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation
On May 13th, the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation will hold its 10th Annual Racing to Recovery Gala. The event at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, Indiana, will celebrate the achievements of the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation as well as serve as the organization's biggest yearly fundraiser. Tickets (only $125 each), sponsorship packages, and media credentials are available by contacting the foundation's president, Ida Cahill, at (317) 236-0999.