ALEX LLOYD TAKES POLE IN NASHVILLE Nashville, Tenn. -- Alex Lloyd and his crew had high expectations coming into this weekend's event at the Nashville Superspeedway due to the team's success here in the last few years, and Lloyd did his part...
ALEX LLOYD TAKES POLE IN NASHVILLE
Nashville, Tenn. -- Alex Lloyd and his crew had high expectations coming into this weekend's event at the Nashville Superspeedway due to the team's success here in the last few years, and Lloyd did his part on Friday to keep those expectations high.
By qualifying on the pole, his third of the year, he's one step closer to accomplishing his goal of winning the race on Saturday.
Teammates Logan Gomez and Ryan Justice didn't quite have the runs they had hoped for, but both feel confident about their chances for good runs in the race.
Saturday's race beings at 4:30 p.m. edt and can be viewed live via streaming video on indycar.com. Those with patience can view the tape-delayed broadcast on ESPN2 on July 18th at 5 p.m. edt.
#7 LUCAS OIL/Isilon Systems Driver Alex Lloyd
"It's definitely a good thing. We put a lot of emphasis on qualifying. It's been a difficult day. The track has been very weird today, very slippery, although very quick -- quicker than the pole time last year. Setup-wise it's been a little bit of a challenge to make sure we got it right, but all credit to the Sam Schmidt Motorsports team. They did a great job, and we got a very good setup in the end. We just etched it, it's pretty close. I expect a close race tomorrow. For sure, we're in the right side of the grid. We'll see how it all plays out."
#23 Isilon System/FlaCondos.net Driver Logan Gomez
"The car felt good. The track changed quite a bit since the last practice we had before qualifying. Everybody seemed to pick up speed. We ran a pretty quick out-lap out of the pits, and I think we could have slowed down a bit there and had a quicker second lap during our run, but it's all a guessing game. I'm pretty happy with it. We've got a decent starting spot. It's going to be a hard race getting around people. If someone makes a mistake, there's definitely room around the track to move around them so I'm looking forward to it."
#38 LifeLock/LUCAS OIL Driver Ryan Justice
"Well, we definitely got the car better. All three of the Sam Schmidt cars have been pretty quick here. I just found the track with a lot less grip than when we tested here. It just took me this long to get comfortable here. I can't say we peaked in qualifying, but the car is definitely a lot better than this morning. I'm definitely looking forward to the race tomorrow. After that last practice, I was thinking that 77 laps is going to be a long time if I continued driving like this, but it's definitely better now."
Team Owner, Sam Schmidt
"Great job by Tim (Neff) and Alex. Again, just like the Glen, we didn't have the car right this morning, but they put their heads down and got it done. It's an important pole here since it's difficult to pass. Hopefully, this is a signal of greater things to happen for the race."
* Currently, after 10 races, Lloyd has 477 points in the season-long point standings with a 138-point lead on second-place Hideki Mutoh. For comparison, last year's Indy Pro Series champion, Jay Howard, scored a total of 390 points in 11 races. The series record of 513 points in a season was set in 2004 by Thiago Medeiros in 12 races driving for Sam Schmidt Motorsports.
* None of the three Sam Schmidt Motorsports drivers have ever raced at the Nashville Superspeedway.
* This weekend, Logan Gomez is the youngest driver and only native Hoosier entered in the Sunbelt Rentals 100. Though Alex Lloyd and his wife, Sam, claim to be transplanted Hoosiers, their lack of a Hoosier accent does not yet make them eligible to be a "native" Hoosier.