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Lloyd to enter Indy 500 this year

Alex Lloyd will enter this year's Indianapolis 500 thanks to a joint venture between Chip Ganassi Racing and Rahal Letterman Racing

The 23-year-old Briton dominated IndyCar's feeder category, the Indy Pro Series, last season and won the title by a record 171 points.

He has been signed by Chip Ganassi as a development driver and is expected to make selected IndyCar appearances later this year, possibly with the Dreyer and Reinbold team.

Lloyd's car will be run by Rahal Letterman at the Indy 500, with help from several Chip Ganassi engineers.

"There's just something about Indy that is so very special," said Lloyd. "You want to go there to watch a race, you want to go there to race, you want to go there to win.

"I'm looking forward to be able to race in the Indy 500. I've even moved to Indianapolis to be near the team and to be near the speedway."

Team boss Chip Ganassi is pleased to be able to get Lloyd out for IndyCar's flagship event and tipped the young Briton as a potential star.

"I really think everyone is going to be hearing a lot about Alex Lloyd in the coming years," he said. "He is one of the sport's future stars.

"This is something we've been wanting to do for a while now, and the opportunity with Bobby (Rahal) and his team is perfect for us."

Lloyd will take to the track with RLR and Chip Ganassi on May 4 for the opening day of rookie orientation.

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