IPS: Nashville: Alex Lloyd race report

Disappointment at Nashville Clerical Medical and Manx Sports Aid Foundation backed 22-year-old Alex Lloyd came away from the Nashville Speedway last weekend frustrated after being caught up in an accident involving 2 back markers. The...

Disappointment at Nashville

Clerical Medical and Manx Sports Aid Foundation backed 22-year-old Alex Lloyd came away from the Nashville Speedway last weekend frustrated after being caught up in an accident involving 2 back markers.

The weekend was looking excellent from the first practice on the Friday, with Alex being quick out of the box, and topping the testing times. Qualifying later that day saw Alex and the Sam Schmidt Motorsports team take their 3rd pole of the season completing a dominant first day.

"I was very happy with my car out of the box. The track was very slippery today and I think we made the best of the conditions. We really wanted the pole here as passing on this 1.33 mile, concrete oval is tough. I know we have a great race car so I am looking forward to the race."

As the green flag fell at Nashville Superspeedway, Alex rocketed into the lead. Lloyd lost the lead mid race after a backmarker held him up, but Lloyd was soon back in his customary position at the head of the field after he made the pass going into turn 1. Alex then began pushing to build a lead and started edging away. With 11 laps to go, Lloyd turned into turn 3 as 2 backmarkers made contact that resulted in a huge crash. Alex was close behind and found the track littered with debris including a large sidepod cover blocking the track leaving the Sam Schmidt Motorsport driver no where to go. The debris damaged his front wing causing the Indy Racing League to call him into the pits to replace the damage with 2 laps to go. The pit stop from the lead pushed Lloyd back to 11th spot. The win would have all but sealed the 2007 Indy Pro Series but in the end it only cost Alex 6 points. Lloyd and the team will have to wait to get their hands on the Firestone Firehawk Cup.

"Today was so disappointing. We did all we could to win the race. The team did a great job giving me a great car and I was able to keep the car in the lead until 2 laps from the end until we were forced to pit. We deserved the win today and didn't get it. In racing, sometimes these things happen. I guess we swept the track for everyone else and gave them a clear run. Luckily we have a cushion in the championship for it not to be a big hit, but when you have such a dominant weekend and lose the race like that, it is gutting."

The Indy Pro Series returns to action this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. You can watch all the practice sessions and race live on www.Indycar.com/pro

-credit: Alex-Lloyd.com

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Sam Schmidt , Alex Lloyd