Alex Lloyd recently talked about his strong showing at Indy, expressing his feeling that it could be a start of a turnaround for the team, which has had a slow start to the year, striking a last minute deal for the season.
Lloyd turned a deep qualifying position into a run at the front end of the pack and was mixing it up with the powerhouse teams at the end of the race.
"We're excited to have this bit of momentum...We needed it, because we've had a tough start to the year. But we showed that the small teams can go out there and mix it with the big guns."
"We knew we could be in the top 10," Lloyd insisted. "I think we may have fooled a few people with our speeds during the month, because there were only a couple of days where we were towards the top end of the time sheets."
"We just methodically worked on race setup. We didn't concern ourselves with speed. That's why our qualifying wasn't quite where we needed, but I think we showed on Bump Day the speed we had in the car."
"The only thing that was making me nervous was getting ahead of Scott [Dixon], because then I'd be in clear air and using more fuel, so I was just trying to time my passing, get by one by one, and not waste fuel doing it. With a couple of laps to go I got a green flag [from the team] to go and race, and I thought, 'OK, now we can make up some positions.' When you have a great car like that in the last 50 laps, and we could keep picking people off one by one, and this is the biggest stage in the world, it's a lot of fun and a great feeling."
"We had more downforce on than a lot of people, and I think that was key because it was so hot, and what you need in the heat is downforce. A lot of people trimmed out, and that was a mistake. We kept to our guns, we put high downforce on and had a good solid car. That was just a great call by all my guys."
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