Alex Lloyd won the Road Runner 100 Indy Pro Series race at the Milwaukee Mile after starting from the pole and leading all 100 laps. "What a day," said a jubilant Lloyd after notching a series record fifth consecutive victory. "Not just today but...
Alex Lloyd won the Road Runner 100 Indy Pro Series race at the Milwaukee Mile after starting from the pole and leading all 100 laps. "What a day," said a jubilant Lloyd after notching a series record fifth consecutive victory. "Not just today but a great start to the year. The car was just fantastic and has been all year."
Lloyd's fifth straight win breaks the record of four consecutive victories set by Thiago Medieros in 2004. Lloyd drives for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, the same team that entered Medieros in 2004. Both drivers enjoyed cars prepared by the team's engineer Tim Neff.
The green flag waved three times today before the drivers actually got down to the business of racing. Stephen Simpson didn't wait for the flag's first appearance before spinning on the backstretch during a pace lap. Smith stated that "it was either my very stupid mistake or something broke on the right rear corner of the car. As soon as I put my foot down coming out of the pits the car jolted right straight into the wall."
On the first wave of the green, seven cars got together in Turn 2, causing a mess that took eleven laps to clean up. Chris Festa, Andrew Prendeville and Hideki Mutoh walked away from Turn 2 while Logan Gomez limped back to the pits minus a large portion of the rear of his car. Jaime Camara limped around for three laps before calling it a day. Al Unser III and Robbie Pecorari were able to continue. They finished 7th and 14th, respectively.
The second attempt to start the race was a repeat of the initial start with fewer cars involved. Jon Brownson spun but was able to continue, finishing 11th, seven laps down to the leader.
Lloyd managed to lap the field up to fifth place with Mike Potekhen second followed by Jonathan Klein and Sean Guthrie in fourth. Bobby Wilson was one lap down in fifth.
After the two early caution periods, the race went green for 67 laps with Lloyd enjoying a lead of up to 5 seconds. Despite a lap 83 caution period that set up an 11 lap dash to the finish, Lloyd's margin of victory of 2.2826 seconds.
Second place finisher Mike Potekhen thought his second place finish was pretty good for new team in the Indy Pro Series. "Alex had a really fast car," he said. "Honestly, I don't think we had anything for him. He just kind of left us in the dust."
After the dust settles, the Indy Pro Series moves to the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Rounds 6 and 7 in the championship series. Lloyd, who has won on the road course at IMS, is currently tied with Mark Taylor, Thiago Medieros and Jeff Simmons with seven victories atop the all time win list.