ROOKIE LLOYD TOPS INDY PRO PRACTICE WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., Friday, June 2, 2006 -- Englishman Alex Lloyd topped the opening day of practice for the Indy Pro Series Corning 100. Lloyd, driving the No. 25 AFS car, turned a lap of 1:38.2044, 123.538...
ROOKIE LLOYD TOPS INDY PRO PRACTICE
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., Friday, June 2, 2006 -- Englishman Alex Lloyd topped the opening day of practice for the Indy Pro Series Corning 100.
Lloyd, driving the No. 25 AFS car, turned a lap of 1:38.2044, 123.538 mph, slightly quicker than defending series champion Wade Cunningham, who recorded a lap of 1:38.7434, 122.864 in the No. 1 Brian Stewart Racing entry.
"We ran well, but today means nothing," Lloyd said. "We were quick today but we need to be quick tomorrow and obviously in Sunday's race. But I couldn't ask for a better start to the weekend."
Phil Giebler, making his debut with Kenn Hardley Racing, recorded the third-fastest lap of the day, 1: 39.3865, 122.069 mph. All three drivers were faster than Cunningham's 2005 qualifying record of 121.801 mph.
INDY PRO SERIES POST-PRACTICE QUOTES:
ALEX LLOYD (No. 25 Automatic Fire Sprinklers, fastest of the day): "It's my first time here and it's unbelievable. Obviously, there's so much history in this place. The circuit is fantastic. Everybody likes circuits that go up and down with quick corners. We put the car down this morning and were very quick straight away. We have a completely different setup today than we've ever run before. It worked very well. The second session was a bit difficult because of the red flags. We ran well, but today means nothing. We were quick today, but we need to be quick tomorrow and obviously in Sunday's race. But I couldn't ask for a better start to the weekend."
WADE CUNNINGHAM (No. 1 Brian Stewart Racing, second fastest): "I had a reasonable day - second quickest in the first session and then quickest in the second and now second-quickest again. It's pretty hard to get a clear lap. There's quite a few really slow cars out. If you've got a good lap, there's a chance you're going to catch someone that's that far off the pace pretty quickly, so it's tough. But, it's the same for everyone. I'm reasonably happy with the car. We've got more work to do obviously, but the base package is there, so we just have to get it working better."
PHIL GIEBLER (No. 42 Kenn Hardley Racing, third fastest): "It's definitely getting there. The more laps I'm doing and the more I'm working with the Kenn Hardley Racing guys, the better we're getting. A few more sessions, and I think we'll catch up to these guys. These two guys out front are really quick. But, we're getting there, just chipping away. There's still room to find some speed. I'm just really happy with the work that the Kenn Hardley guys are doing. We'll get the most out of it tomorrow and see how the race goes."
The 2006 IRL IndyCar Series continues with the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix presented by Tissot at 3:30 p.m. on June 4 at Watkins Glen International. The race will be carried live by ABC Sports and the IMS Radio Network. A Spanish-language telecast of the race will be carried by ESPN Deportes. The IMS Radio Network broadcast also is carried on XM Satellite Radio channel 145 "IndyCar Racing" and www.indycar.com. The fifth season of Indy Pro Series competition continues with the Corning 100 at 12:30 p.m. on June 4 at Watkins Glen International. The race will be telecast at 2 p.m. on June 8.