Lloyd Sore But Ready

Alex Lloyd will be back in the cockpit this weekend after undergoing an appendectomy on June 11. And, even though he's sore from surgery, Lloyd is ready to get back on track and try to add a third consecutive top-10 finish in this weekend's Iowa Corn Indy 250.

Lloyd scored a fourth-place finish at Indianapolis in May and an eighth at Texas two weeks ago.

"Doing that, two races in a row, is exciting and I can't wait to get to Iowa because our oval package seems really good right now," Lloyd said. "Things seem be going in the right direction now with the team and hopefully we can keep this momentum going."

After three oval races, Lloyd is tied for 10th in the oval points championship and currently sits atop the rookie standings in the IZOD IndyCar Series. He is encouraged that his Dale Coyne Racing Series team can continue to be successful as the season unfolds.

"We just need to keep doing what we're doing and there are a lot of potential goals and good things that could happen this year. We just need to take it race by race and improve on our results and improving the package," he said. "I want to be like we have been the last two races for the rest of the year and be contenders for every race and qualifying up front and racing up front and being there and being in a position where we can get top-five finishes. If you're in that position week in, week out, then you're in position to win the race, and obviously, that's the ultimate goal."

Lloyd knows how to win at Iowa Speedway. He won there in his last Firestone Indy Lights visit to the track. But he knows it will be harder to get around the track as he makes his 11th series start in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

"Obviously, when you've been in Victory Lane at a race track, you look forward to going back," LLoyd said. "It's going to be very different in an (IZOD) IndyCar Series car. There's just that extra speed around the tiny track that Iowa is. It's going to be very exciting. I've been told to expect it to be like flying a jet fighter through a gymnasium. It's that kind of experience. It was a little like that in the Indy Lights car. I can imagine it being three or four times that in the Indy car."

The recovering driver will see exactly what it's like to get around Iowa Speedway in an IZOD IndyCar when he takes to the track for the first practice on Saturday at 11 a.m. (ET). A second practice follows that day at 2:10 p.m. with qualifying that evening at 5:30 p.m.

The Iowa Corn Indy 250 takes the green flag at 2:30 p.m. (ET) on Sunday.

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