Lloyd, Prendeville test IndyCar Series machines Indy Pro Series drivers Alex Lloyd (pictured right) and Andrew Prendeville got their first taste of an IndyCar Series car on Aug. 16. Lloyd, the series points leader, tested with Target Chip Ganassi Racing at Sebring International Raceway while Prendeville tested with Rahal Letterman Racing at Infineon Raceway.
"Everything went really well," said Lloyd, who has won seven Indy Pro Series races this season and can clinch the championship at Infineon Raceway Aug. 25-26. "I got to run for a couple hours after lunch, two sets of tires. It was a pretty great thing to be able to run with the Target Chip Ganassi Racing team and especially alongside Scott (Dixon), who is arguably the best road course driver out there. I put down some good times, the pace was pretty strong.
"I got as much out of the test as I think I could have, learned as much as I could from Scott and the engineers. Having done this test, I confirmed to myself that I'm capable of running up front in these cars. Now, I'm that much more prepared for my next opportunity to test one of these cars."
Prendeville, a rookie in the Indy Pro Series, only ran a handful of laps in the IndyCar Series car because the team battled some mechanical issues.
"I didn't run many laps, but it was more than I had ever done before," said Prendeville, who has recorded five top-10 finishes this season. "I've been working toward today for the last 21 years, and it was great to get in the Rahal Letterman IndyCar Series car and turn some laps. I had a lot of fun. I look forward to getting another shot in an Indy car in the future."
Rahal Letterman Racing chief operating officer Scott Roembke said the bonus test for Prendeville was a well-deserved reward for the driver and his first-year team, Andersen Racing, which partnered with RLR before the season began.
"If you watch that entire team, Dan (Andersen) and his group have done a pretty good job of coming in blind and quickly learning the ropes," Roembke said. "These are difficult cars to run on. We've seen a steady progression from the team, and Andrew has been pretty consistently in the top five, in what I call a pretty tough top five. It's very expensive to go out and do this, so if we didn't feel there was a benefit for both parties, we wouldn't be doing it."
Indy Pro Series veteran Jaime Camara, who has participated in several bonus test days with Andretti Green Racing, also tested in an IndyCar Series car at Infineon Raceway.