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Alex Stewart Lloyd
Nationality United Kingdom British
Date of birth 28 December 1984 (1984-12-28) (age 25)
Place of birth Manchester, England
2010 IndyCar Series
Debut season 2008
Current team Dale Coyne Racing
Car no. 19
Former teams Rahal Letterman Racing
Sam Schmidt Motorsports
Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing
Starts 3
Wins 0
Poles 0
Best finish 30th in 2009
Previous series
2006-2007
2004
2002-2003
Indy Pro Series
Euro Formula 3000
Formula Renault 2.0 UK
Championship titles
2007 Indy Pro Series champion
Awards
2003 McLaren Autosport Award

Alex Stewart Lloyd (born 28 December 1984 in Manchester, England) is a Manx motor racing driver. He currently takes part in the IndyCar Series.

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Early career

At the age of nine Lloyd began driving in karts in the British Super One Championship also driving in the European championship. He became British Open Champion in the category in 1999. In 2000, he began testing Formula Ford cars.

In 2001, he moved into Formula Ford racing achieving a 2nd place at a European Championship round at Spa-Francorchamps. He also finished in 13th place in the highly prestigious Formula Ford Festival. Over the winter he raced in the Formula Renault UK Winter Series reaching 3rd place in the championship. He graduated to the main Formula Renault series in 2002 finishing 9th in the championship.

During 2003 Lloyd received wider recognition for his ability earning the BRCD McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year award. This was after finishing 2nd in the Formula Renault UK championship to Lewis Hamilton, after recording 2 wins. Hamilton was not nominated for the award because he already had a development contract with McLaren, plus the fact that he had competed in the British F3 finale at Brands Hatch in the Championship Class, which made him ineligible to win the award.

Racing around the world

In 2004 Lloyd conducted his first Formula One test in a McLaren as part of his prize for winning the award the previous year. He also took part in the final seven rounds of the Euro Formula 3000 series recording one win and three pole positions.

During 2005 Lloyd had a limited racing program, taking in 2 races in Italian Formula 3000 for the GP Racing in order to help with car development and a one-off ride in a Formula Renault 3.5 Series event at Monaco. For the winter of 2005–06 he was signed up to drive in A1 Grand Prix for Team Great Britain, however he only ever undertook limited testing and was never to able race the car, with Darren Manning drafted in for the one event that driver Robbie Kerr was unavailable.

For the 2006 season, he signed with AFS Racing part way through the year to race the remainder of the whole season in the Indy Pro Series—his parents sold their house in Port Soderick in the Isle of Man to facilitate this, and the gamble paid off. He qualified second for his first race with the team at St. Petersburg and finished his second race that weekend in third place. In July, he won the road course race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway the day before the United States Grand Prix. Later in the season he won the Valley of the Moon 100 held at Infineon Raceway and went on to finish seventh in the final standings.

For the 2007 IPS season, he drove for Sam Schmidt Motorsports and promptly won the first five races in the season. He clinched the series championship with his eighth win of the season at Infineon Raceway with two races remaining in the season. During the season he shattered all league records for consecutive wins (5), wins in a season (8), career wins (10) and most points scored (652). He is the only person ever to have won on both the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and also the famous two and a half mile oval itself. He also set a record of qualifying on the front row for every race where qualifying took place.

Lloyd practising for the 2008 Indy 500

On 17 October 2007, Lloyd was signed as a driver in Chip Ganassi Racing's driver development program. In 2008 he participated in a limited schedule that includes IndyCar Series and Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype races and limited Indycar testing.

On 10 April 2008, it was announced that Chip Ganassi Racing and Rahal Letterman Racing would work together to field an entry for Alex, for the 2008 Indianapolis 500 on 25 May 2008. Lloyd was fastest in the rookie tests, but only qualified in 19th place, after having been briefly hospitalized following a heavy accident at 223 mph (359 km/h). Towards the end of the race he crashed heavily, sliding down the pit road and across several teams' pit bays, all of which were empty.

Lloyd driving in the 2009 Indy 500

Lloyd returned to the 2009 Indianapolis 500, racing for Sam Schmidt Motorsports in partnership with Ganassi. Alex was sponsored by HER Energy Drink and wore a hot pink firesuit for the entire month to match his car's distinctive color scheme. This led to Alex being given the nickname "Pink Lloyd", after the band Pink Floyd one of his favorite bands. This and the fact that his wife Samantha was due to give birth to their second daughter on raceday (24 May) brought the Englishman a bit more media attention. With five minutes remaining on Pole Day, Lloyd was able to qualify the car in the 11th position to qualify for his second 500. Lloyd finished 13th after going a lap down early in the race when the car's signal light was broken and needed to be replaced. On 2 June their daughter, Bethany Lloyd, was born. Coincidentally, both Lloyd and fellow Firestone Indy Lights graduate Ed Carpenter had children born within the same week as each other.

IndyCar

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2008 Ganassi w/Rahal United States
HMS
United States
STP
Japan
MOT1
United States
LBH1
United States
KAN
United States
INDY
25
United States
MIL
United States
TXS
United States
IOW
United States
RIR
United States
WGL
United States
NSH
United States
MDO
Canada
EDM
United States
KTY
United States
SNM
United States
DET
United States
CHI
Australia
SRF2
38th 10
2009 Ganassi w/Schmidt
N/H/L
United States
STP
United States
LBH
United States
KAN
United States
INDY
13
United States
MIL
United States
TXS
United States
IOW
United States
RIR
United States
WGL
Canada
TOR
Canada
EDM
United States
KTY
United States
MDO
United States
SNM
United States
CHI
Japan
MOT
United States
HMS
8
30th 41
2010 Coyne Brazil
BRA
Ret
United States
STP
United States
ALA
United States
LBH
United States
KAN
United States
INDY
United States
TXS
United States
IOW
United States
WGL
Canada
TOR
Canada
EDM
United States
MDO
United States
SNM
United States
CHI
United States
KTY
Japan
MOT
United States
HMS
18th 12
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
3 4 4 0 0 0 1 0 0
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Indianapolis 500 results

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team Note
2008 Dallara Honda 19 25 Rahal T4 & Pitlane accident
2009 Dallara Honda 11 13 Schmidt Completed every lap

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jay Howard
Indy Pro Series Champion
2007
Succeeded by
Raphael Matos
Awards
Preceded by
Jamie Green
McLaren Autosport BRDC Award
2003
Succeeded by
Paul di Resta

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