Alex Lloyd won the crash marred Miami 100 Indy Pro Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway when the race was ended ten laps early under caution. It was the Englishman's third series victory and first on an oval. There were three caution periods...
Alex Lloyd won the crash marred Miami 100 Indy Pro Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway when the race was ended ten laps early under caution. It was the Englishman's third series victory and first on an oval.
There were three caution periods during the race, which was originally scheduled for 67 laps.
On the sixth lap Tom Wood and A. J. Russell spun and continued before reporting to the pits for repairs.
Wade Cunningham was involved in the second incident on lap 22 when his car suddenly veered towards the wall in Turn 2. He was making a bid for the lead, racing alongside eventual second place finisher Chris Festa when his car did a full spin and made contact with the wall. Cunningham was checked at the infield care center and released.
In a separate incident, Ryan Justice made hard contact with the Turn 2 wall before sliding halfway down the backstretch. Safety crews worked diligently to extricate Justice from the car before airlifting him to Jackson Memorial Hospital for precautionary reasons. Reports indicate Justice was awake and alert prior to being transported from the speedway.
After more than 20 laps to clear the debris, racing resumed for two laps when a multi-car accident stopped the action for the third and final time.
Pablo Perez and Sean Guthrie made wheel to wheel contact in the second turn, sending Guthrie into the wall. Perez's car was launched into the catch fence in a fiery crash that collected Micky Gilbert. Two more drivers, Joey Scarallo and Shane Lewis stopped on the track to avoid debris.
Guthrie, Gilbert, Scarallo and Lewis were taken to the infield care center where they were checked and released. All were cleared to drive.
Perez was awake and alert and in stable condition when he was taken by air to Jackson Memorial Hospital with orthopedic injuries to both legs.
Lloyd and Festa battled at the front during the limited number of green flag laps. At one point the pair nearly checked out on the field.
"We're a little disappointed that the race got cut short by the yellows," said Festa, who equaled his career best finish. "The car was so good that I could put it anywhere on the track. We were just hoping for more laps so Alex (Lloyd) and I could shoot it out at the end."
Lloyd said he had mixed feelings after winning his first oval race. "I feel great that we won the race," said Lloyd, who now resides in Indianapolis. "At the same time, I'm thinking about everybody else that got hurt and hoping they are all right. My teammate (Ryan Justice) was in one of the wrecks."
Lloyd becomes the fifth driver to win a race competing for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, notching the teams 14th Indy Pro Series victory.
Hideki Mutoh finished third in his series debut, followed by Jaime Camara and Andrew Prendeville. Camara started 24th, picking up 20 spots in the race.
"We had a really great race car out there," said Camara. "I think it was the best car out there, to be honest. If we had a chance to finish it, I think we had a good chance of winning it."
Prendeville was pleased to finish in the top five in his oval debut. After starting 21st, "I pretty much stayed behind Jamie Camara" and tried to avoid the trouble.