IPS: Watkins Glen II: Series race report

LLOYD EARNS INDY PRO SERIES RECORD-TYING SEVENTH WIN WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., Sunday, July 8, 2007 - Alex Lloyd tied the Indy Pro Series record for victories in a season, winning the second Corning Twin 100. Lloyd, who won for the seventh time this...


WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., Sunday, July 8, 2007 - Alex Lloyd tied the Indy Pro Series record for victories in a season, winning the second Corning Twin 100.

Lloyd, who won for the seventh time this season, beat Race 1 winner Wade Cunningham by 4.7194 seconds. Rookie Daniel Herrington finished a career-best third followed by Phil Giebler and rookie Richard Antinucci.



*This is Alex Lloyd's seventh win of the season, which ties the series record for most wins in a season and the ninth win of his career, extending his series record. His last win came at Iowa on June 23.

*Wade Cunningham finished second, his third-straight top-two finish in the Indy Pro Series. He finished second to Lloyd at Iowa and won Saturday's first Corning Twin 100. Cunningham is the only driver to finish in the top-three in each race at Watkins Glen.

*Daniel Herrington finished third, his career best finish in the Indy Pro Series. His previous best finish was sixth in Saturday's race #1.

*Phil Giebler matched his season-best finish of fourth in today's race. He also finished fourth in Saturday's race.

*Richard Antinucci finished a career-best fifth. His previous best was eighth in Saturday's race.


ALEX LLOYD (No. 7 Lucas Oil/Isilon/Sam Schmidt Motorsports, winner Corning Twin 100 #2): "It wasn't (easy). We started off Friday morning and we weren't quite there. We didn't test here last week like some of the other guys. This is why this team is so good. We came from struggling yesterday to having a dominant car today. It was hard work. I had to push really hard because Wade (Cunningham) has been quick all weekend. I had to give it everything I had. I was so determined after yesterday being very disappointed to put on a good show and have the car we had yesterday. If we had the car we had today yesterday, then we could have done a double, but today's been a good day. I'm just thrilled."

WADE CUNNINGHAM (No. 27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers, Inc, finished second): "We were so much quicker than the majority of the field, with the exception of Alex (Lloyd). On the restart, Alex had a gap and it took me a lap to get around Daniel (Herrington). He just had that second buffer like I did yesterday and he controlled the race. I think I got within half a second. During the middle part of the race, my tires started degrading and I couldn't hold that pace anymore. Alex started to pull away. That's about all I had for him so I had to maintain the gap the best I could and he drove to an easy win.

DANIEL HERRINGTON: (No. 44 SpeedWorks/SSM, finished third): "We've been fast all weekend, which is great, but I don't have a lot of racing experience. I only did half a season in Star Mazda and some Formula BMW. Having a champion and a future champion behind me was a lot of pressure. Coming here, I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well. To finish on the podium at one of my favorite tracks is really a pleasure for me."

PHIL GIEBLER (No. 12 Playa Del Racing, finished fourth): "I thought we were setting ourselves up good there for the race, we were starting in third, and I got into second right away. I thought I really had a shot at giving a run for a win here, especially a podium. I thought we really had that in the bag. You know we did our homework. We actually, maybe, outthought ourselves a little bit on the aerodynamics. We kink of lost a lot of ground on the straight-aways. We had a head wind today. Maybe we could have anticipated a little bit the difference in the conditions. All in all, the team is working really well. We didn't get much practice. We're definitely making strides towards the front. We've got to catch those front two: Lloyd and Wade and give them a run for their money when I get back in the car at Mid-Ohio. All in all, it was really good racing with some pretty close battles. The guys I'm racing with, we're giving each other enough room and racing hard. I'll just go out to the next race and hopefully get ourselves in a better position for a podium or a win."

RICHARD ANTINUCCI (No. 51 Cheever Racing, finished 5th): "It was a very difficult weekend. This is our third racing weekend, and it's the most difficult so far. We didn't just go out and learn the track and set a scorching pace right way like we did with the last two. It took more time adapting to an unorthodox track because it's got uphills and stuff. So we struggled a lot with gearing and getting that right. We were six seconds off, then four seconds off, then two and basically the fastest in the sectors in the corners and stuff. If we were to start Watkins Glen now, basically having enough knowledge to go forward, I think we could contend for the win. I'm really happy with how the weekend ended because we were just in crescendo and managed to get a guy at the end which proves that the car is healthy to the last lap and is consistent and allowed me to stay close to Mike Potekhen who was fifth at the time. We had a top car. That's three top 6's out of the last four races. We are all working here to win. None of us have worked in IPS before. I'll repeat that. None of us has had any experience in this Championship, so you can imagine how much catch up we are playing all the time. We have no data and no teammate to push us along to try other things. But considering all that, great, come on, why not."

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Sam Schmidt , Richard Antinucci , Alex Lloyd , Phil Giebler , Wade Cunningham , Daniel Herrington , Mike Potekhen