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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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Boy Scouts of America Dreams Come True at Indy 500

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Boy Scouts of America Dreams Come True at Indy 500

Posted on 30 May 2010 by admin

Every young boy–and every young Scout–dreams of great things in life. Driver Alex Lloyd accomplished one of his dreams today at the Indianapolis 500. Starting at a distant 26th position, Lloyd and the Dale Coyne Racing team did everything right to steadily rise through the field to finish fourth at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing—The Indianapolis 500. This marks the highest finish for Dale Coyne Racing.

“It was amazing to me, as they just told to me who to go after and when, and it all worked,” Lloyd said. “I knew we were tight on fuel, and we just picked the right times to push and the right times to conserve. The car was great, and I cannot thank Dale and Gail Coyne and the entire Boy Scout family enough for this great opportunity.”

Representing the nearly 3 million current members of the Scouting family and more than 50 million living alumni, Lloyd did not disappoint fans on this hot Memorial Day weekend afternoon. The No. 19 Boy Scouts of America car had a great last pit stop, and the team knew that a combination of strategy, fuel management, and a talented driver could get the job done.

“If you love racing and you love Scouting, this day just couldn’t get much better,” commented Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca, who attended today’s race. “The Coyne Racing team continues to be a part of making this 100th Anniversary so special. The BSA cannot thank Dale and Gail Coyne enough for their commitment to Scouting.”

“I am so very proud of Alex and everyone on this team for continuing our journey and this great finish of fourth at the Indy 500,” said team owner Dale Coyne. “It was a long day, but a patient day, and that paid off beyond our expectations. Thank you to all that have supported us.”

The immediate results after the race showed Alex in third. Alex had passed Marco Andretti’s #26 on the front straight for third as the car was obviously running out of fuel. The officials reviewed the data and determined that Marco had maintained an average speed strong enough to merit keeping his previous third spot, thus relegating Alex back to fourth in the official standings.

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America is the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Scouting organization is composed of 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 20, 1.1 million volunteers, and nearly 300 local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit http://www.scouting.org/.

More information about 100 Years of Scouting can be found at www.scouting.org/100years.

About Dale Coyne Racing
For more than 27 years Dale Coyne Racing has competed in Indy car racing. The team enjoyed a successful 2009 IndyCar Series season with a win at Watkins Glen, and finished 9th in the IndyCar Series championship. Please visit http://www.dalecoyneracing.com/www.dalecoyneracing.com for more information about the Boy Scouts of America #19 IndyCar.

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