IPS: Lloyd dominates Freedom 100 at Indy

Alex Lloyd dominated the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, winning his fourth consecutive Indy Pro Series race this season. Lloyd won the Liberty 100 last year, making him the first driver to win on the oval and road course at the ...

Alex Lloyd dominated the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, winning his fourth consecutive Indy Pro Series race this season. Lloyd won the Liberty 100 last year, making him the first driver to win on the oval and road course at the historic speedway. His fourth consecutive series victory ties the mark set by Thiago Medieros during his 2004 championship season. Both drivers competed with Sam Schmidt Motorsports.

"Best feeling I've ever had," said Lloyd. "I've won races before and I've won some important awards. I've won here before at the F1 race, but I've never experienced anything like that. It's something I've dreamed about since I came here for the first time."

The race ended under caution when rain was reported at the south end of the Speedway. The yellow was shown with 4 laps remaining and Lloyd, who had enjoyed a three second lead, cruised around the 2.5-mile speedway, crossing the finish line less than half a second ahead of second place finisher Chris Festa.

Festa inherited second place on a lap 10 restart when pole sitter Ken Losch suffered transmission problems. Losch reported to the pits and was credited with finishing 24th, marking the first time the pole sitter did not win the Freedom 100.

Festa swapped second place with Andrew Prendeville just past the midpoint of the race with Prendeville holding the position for two laps.

Jaime Camara, whose strength has come during the latter stages of the races this season, came on strong once again, passing Prendeville for third place just before the final caution period. Camara picked up 15 positions during the race, the most of any driver, after starting 18th.

"I was hoping for two more laps," Camara said. "I think we had a chance but we can't control the weather.

Prendeville finished fourth, followed by Hideki Mutoh.

Mutoh started fourth but was forced to pit on the third lap to change a tire. He returned to the track in last place (24th) and proceeded to carve his way through the field to finish fifth. "There were a lot of yellows, but for me, every yellow was an opportunity to pass," said Mutoh.

There were four caution periods for a total of 16 laps.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Sam Schmidt , Andrew Prendeville , Thiago Medieros , Alex Lloyd , Chris Festa , Jaime Camara , Hideki Mutoh