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Lloyd Outlasts Rain To Tie With Season Best Finish

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Lloyd Outlasts Rain To Tie With Season Best Finish

Posted on 14 August 2011 by Press Release

Alex Lloyd outlasted tough track conditions and much on-track contact today as he drove the #19 Boy Scouts of America car to a 13th place finish at Sunday’s MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225. Even with rain dropping constantly throughout the race to make the track slick, and six caution periods, Lloyd was able to finish in a position that ties with his season best finish from Iowa.

During Saturday’s practice session, both Dale Coyne Racing drivers held constant top-ten positions. Lloyd ran as high as 4th, while rookie James Jakes, driver of the #18 Acorn Stairlifts car, was running as high as 3rd position during the session. However, qualifying results left Lloyd starting the race in 14th and Jakes starting 20th.

Due to weather conditions, Sunday’s race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway started early in hopes of avoiding the forecasted rain. After two early caution periods as a result of contact between cars, officials brought out the yellow caution flag for moisture on the 75th lap. The field ran under yellow for 32 laps before the green flag was waved again. Following two more cautions due to contact, the track went yellow once more for moisture on lap 206, before a bizarre ending with a red flag on lap 219 and scoring reverting back to lap 215 before the last incident which relegated Lloyd from 10th back to his final 13th placing. Neither Lloyd nor rookie James Jakes got caught up in any of the contact.

“It was great to be back on the track,” said Lloyd. “The race definitely gave the fans a good show, and I have to thank my spotter for all the help on the restarts because we almost got caught up in all that action! We had a very good car this weekend, and it’s a shame that we couldn’t race the full 225 laps and finish under green, but again, glad I was able to represent the Boy Scouts of America in the #19 car and finish out the race.”

Jakes had one of his most promising weekends of his rookie season with the IZOD IndyCar Series. After a great weekend of practice, his race ended early on lap 176 as the #18 car suffered its first gearbox failure in three years. Jakes was running 14th when he had to come in, and ultimately would be classified 18th out of the 27 car field.

“Even though the #18 Acorn Stairlifts car didn’t finish today, it was a very positive weekend for us,” Jakes said. “We had a great pace during the race. I’m very confident we would have finished in the top-ten if we could have run the whole time. Thanks to all the guys on the team for all of their hard work… You’re going to see it pay off at Infineon!”

Join us in two weeks as the IZOD IndyCar Series heads next to Infineon Raceway for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. The race will air live on VERSUS on Sunday, August 28 at 4PM ET.

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Thirteen Proves Lucky For Lloyd In Iowa

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Thirteen Proves Lucky For Lloyd In Iowa

Posted on 25 June 2011 by Press Release

Alex Lloyd, driver of the #19 Boy Scouts of America car, showed off his driving skills as the 26-year-old improved nine positions to finish thirteenth in the fifth running of the Iowa Corn 250 on the 1-mile Iowa Speedway oval Saturday night.

Lloyd, who started the race 22nd, gained the third most positions and completed all 250 laps. He was consistently running in the top 10 during the practice session on Friday afternoon.

“The #19 Boy Scouts of America car had a great run tonight,” Lloyd said. “The team did another fantastic job giving me the best car possible.”

Lloyd will be back behind the wheel of the #19 Boy Scouts of America car in Loudon, NH on August 7th. Four-time Champ Car Series Champion Sebastien Bourdais will once again take over the duties of driving the BSA car for the next three road/street course races at Toronto, Edmonton and Mid-Ohio.

Making his third oval track start of the season, Dale Coyne Racing rookie driver James Jakes (#18 Acorn Stairlifts) finished 25th. After a promising last practice session last night, Jakes came out ready to conquer the Iowa Speedway. However, on lap 24, Jakes crashed hard into the wall in turn two after Charlie Kimball cut down in front of Jakes, causing him to lose traction on the cold track surface.

“We had difficult conditions out there tonight,” Jakes said. “It was so cold and difficult to pass. Everyone was trying to get low because that is where the grip seemed to be. It is unfortunate because the #18 Acorn Stairlifts car was quick here.”

Jakes’ streak of five consecutive races running at the end of race came to an end in Iowa. “These things are bound to happen,” Jakes commented. “Hopefully we can build another streak starting in Toronto.”

The IZOD IndyCar Series takes a week off before heading north of border for the running of the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday, July 10. The race can be seen live on VERSUS starting at 2 p.m. (EDT).

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Lloyd Saves the Best for Last

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Lloyd Saves the Best for Last

Posted on 23 May 2011 by Press Release

Last time Alex Lloyd left the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, his emotions were running high after a fourth-place finish in the 2010 Indianapolis 500. A year later, Lloyd left the track on the same emotional high after two long and trying days of qualifying, that resulted in a last minute qualifying attempt that put his #19 Boy Scouts of America car into the 33-car field for the 95th running of the Indianapolis 500 next Sunday afternoon.

“When I saw the crew guys faces pulling up in pit lane it was such a great feeling to see not only how important this was to me, but the entire #19 Boy Scouts of America team and their families,” Lloyd said. “It was a better feeling than finishing in fourth place last year.”

Less than fifteen minutes into qualifying on Sunday, a huge thunderstorm put the entire process on hold. When Lloyd finally got on the track, nearly two hours later, he qualified his #19 Boy Scouts of America car into the field, but his time didn’t hold up and he was soon sitting on the bubble when the second rain delay on the day hit. The first car out after the second delay was Danica Patrick, who immediately bumped Lloyd from the field.

Lloyd soon went out for his second attempt on the day, but it was not quite fast enough to get him back into the field, and was waved off by team owner Dale Coyne.

With minutes remaining and one attempt left, Lloyd shocked everyone by posting an average lap speed of 223.957 MPH, which temporarily bumped Marco Andretti out of the 33-car field and put Lloyd on the outside of row 10. Andretti was the last car to qualify and his last attempt knocked Lloyd starting position to the inside of row 11.

“We came back out after the rain with a completely different setup and only did 222.700 mph., so we waved off the run because I almost hit the wall,” said Lloyd. “We didn’t have much time to do much to the car other than a couple tire pressure adjustments. On my final warm-up lap I didn’t have any grip on the tires and had to lift going into turn three. I thought there was no way we could do it and then I saw my time and said maybe we might have a shot at this. At that point I was holding it flat or putting it into the wall. I told myself there is not going to be a lift. It was all or nothing, but that is what Indy is all about. “

James Jakes, driver of the #18 Acorn Stairlifts car, may have not qualified for this year’s Indianapolis 500, but the rookie driver did show everyone that he will be a force to be reckoned with in the future. Jakes, who has only raced in four IZOD IndyCar Series races in his young career, was making his inaugural oval track debut on what might be the toughest oval to drive in the world.

“We knew how tough the field was going to be here this year,” said team owner Coyne. “I can’t say enough good things about James. He did a fantastic job considering he has never driven on any oval in any kind of car in his entire life, he can walk away from here holding his head up with great pride.”

The 95th running of the Indianapolis 500 will be on Sunday, May 29 and can be seen live on ABC-TV starting at 11 a.m. (EDT).

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