Lloyd wins again in Indy Pro Series
Alex Lloyd ran wire-to-wire to win Saturday's Indy Pro Series race in St. Petersburg, Florida. There were no passes for the lead and Lloyd won by 1.6 seconds despite three caution flags.
Results Saturday with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, laps completed and reason out (if any) and money earned:
1. (1) Alex Lloyd, 40, Running $23,000
2. (4) Hideki Mutoh, 40, Running $17,000
3. (8) Jonathan Klein, 40, Running $13,500
4. (6) Stephen Simpson, 40, Running $11,000
5. (3) Jay Howard, 40, Running $10,500
6. (13) Bobby Wilson, 40, Running $10,000
7. (7) Robbie Pecorari, 40, Running $9,750
8. (14) Chris Festa, 40, Running $9,500
9. (9) Wade Cunningham, 40, Running $9,000
10. (10) CR Crews, 40, Running $8,750
11. (11) Mike Potekhen, 40, Running $8,500
12. (18) Brad Jaeger, 40, Running $8,000
13. (15) Andrew Prendeville, 40, Running $7,750
14. (12) Logan Gomez, 40, Running $7,500
15. (20) Joey Scarallo, 40, Running $7,000
16. (17) Sean Guthrie, 39, Contact $6,500
17. (22) Jon Brownson, 39, Running $6,000
18. (5) Matt Jaskol, 39, Running $5,000
19. (23) Richard Antinucci, 22, Contact $4,000
20. (24) Tom Wieringa, 18, Mechanical $3,000
21. (16) Micky Gilbert, 13, Contact $2,000
22. (21) Ken Losch, 9, Mechanical $1,250
23. (19) Jaime Camara, 1, Contact $0
24. (2) Phil Giebler, 0, Contact $0
Winner's average speed: 75.805 mph
Time of race: 56:59.2976
Margin of victory: 1.6038 seconds
Cautions: 3 caution flags for 14 laps
Lead changes: 0 among 0 drivers
Lap leaders: Lloyd 1-40.
Point standings: Lloyd 105, Mutoh 75, Festa 65, Wilson 56, Simpson 51, Howard 50, Pecorari 50, Prendeville 47, Potekhen 45, Crews 42.
ALEX LLOYD (No. 7 Lucas Oil/Isilon/Sam Schmidt Motorsports, winner Indy Pro Series Grand Prix of St. Petersburg #1): ""I didn't make a good (second) restart. All of them were good except that one. Jay (Howard) was right behind me. Unfortunately, instead of trying to overtake me he decided he was going to try and ram me off the track. Luckily for me, I managed to keep it on. It backfired for him as these things usually do when you try and not play with the rules. We got through. It was a bit of a scare, but since then the car was perfect. Everyone at Sam Schmidt Motorsports, Lucas Oil did a great job. I had a little bit of time in my pocket that I sort of used on the last 10 laps to build a comfort gap. I looked after my tires up until then. The speed we had was good enough to pull a gap. The last couple laps took it easy and made sure I brought it home." (About starting sixth tomorrow) "The concern is of course when you're put back in sixth position anything can happen. You can be involved in accidents through no fault of your own. So, I want to keep out of trouble. We want to come through. We're still going to try for the win for sure. It's not impossible by any means."
HIDEKI MUTOH (No. 55 Panther Racing, finished second): "After the last practice, we had to change an engine and go to the back of the starting lineup. It was a tough race, but I'm happy with the results."
JONATHAN KLEIN (No. 2 TMR-Xtreme Coil Drilling, finished third): "I'm just ecstatic to give Tom Wood and Mark Moore their first podium. It was a tough race. Other people were defending, dicing and racing hard, and I just wiggled my way around everyone with a few quality passes on the outside. We didn't even know if I was going to be racing this year. Mark at Tom Wood Racing called me and gave me an opportunity to run all of the road courses this year. Its the team's second race ever, so to be on the podium is great.
STEPHEN SIMPSON (No. 24 Kenn Hardley Racing, finished fourth): "It's not bad. I moved up a position. I wanted to finish the race, first of all, and score some points, which I did, so all in all, it was good. I think we had a faster car than we finished, but it's difficult to overtake on a street circuits and it's my first street circuit race in the Indy Pro Series. All things considering, I'm fairly happy with today, but I want to move a few positions tomorrow.
BOBBY WILSON (No. 1 Ocala Gran Prix, finished sixth): "(About earning the pole for Race #2): "It's a lot better than what I had to do today and have to go through he whole field. There are a few guys who are off the pace and I think lap traffic will play a role. I have a really fast car and I'm confident that I can win."