Lloyd to contest Indy 500 again

Alex Lloyd will contest the Indianapolis 500 again in a car run jointly by Sam Schmidt Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing

Lloyd to contest Indy 500 again

The 24-year-old Briton was signed by Ganassi on a long-term development deal after winning the 2007 Indy Lights title, but his only IndyCar Series start last season was when he was placed at Rahal Letterman Racing for Indy.

The Schmidt team, who were formerly IndyCar frontrunners but have only contested the Indy 500 in recent seasons, ran Lloyd in his Lights championship-winning season.

"There's just something about Indy that is so very special, and I got my first taste of that last season," Lloyd said.

"You want to go there to watch a race, you want to go there to race, you want to go there to win. I am looking forward to being able to build on what I learned last year. I think this will be a great opportunity and I plan on making the most of it."

Team owner Sam Schmidt was delighted about Lloyd's return.

"Alex is a great highlight in our team's history and remains the benchmark for drivers we evaluate today," said Schmidt. "To have the opportunity to team up with him again, on such a big stage, is fantastic, and we're all very excited."

Despite being unable to secure a full-time drive for him so far, Chip Ganassi is convinced that Lloyd has a good long-term future in the IndyCar Series.

"I've said many times before that Alex will be one of the future stars of the IndyCar Series, and for the second straight year we are able to provide him what I believe is an excellent opportunity for the month of May," he said.

Lloyd qualified 19th at Indianapolis last year and crashed out of the race.

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