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July 8, 2007

Wade Cunningham

Daniel Herrington

Alex Lloyd


MODERATOR: And we are joined by our runner-up finisher, Wade Cunningham; third place finisher, Daniel Herrington. We'll start out with our third place finisher, Daniel Herrington, best finish in the Indy Pro Series, best previous finish having been sixth on Saturday.
If you consider that rate of improvement, you may feel the lap before the green next time around. Started on the pole and fought hard. Give us a quick synopsis of your race.
DANIEL HERRINGTON: Starting on the pole, I had a lot of pressure with the guys -- I tried to get a good jump on the first right there, tried to close the gap a bit. I knew Wade and Alex were behind me. They were pretty quick. I was hoping we could get away from the rest of the field. And sure enough that's what happened. I tried to hold wade and Alex on the straightaway. But I was real happy to come home with a third place behind former champion and probably future champion.
MODERATOR: Official biography says you're from Baltimore. Is that the city or the area?
DANIEL HERRINGTON: I was born there, actually, in North Carolina based now. Raleigh from Winston, Salem.
MODERATOR: What university?
DANIEL HERRINGTON: North Carolina State.
MODERATOR: Which means the hat color is highly appropriate. Runner-up Wade Cunningham. Not as good as yesterday. But I'm sure under the circumstances starting sixth you'll deal with it.
WADE CUNNINGHAM: It was a really tough race. All three of us got away from the field. Alex got up one lap earlier than I did. He got the cushion I was talking about yesterday. Out in the front, so easy to control the race. You could see when the guys make mistakes. Need to control the race. (Indiscernible) that was the difference I had. And then when he needed to, he pushed it a bit harder and hit that gap and extended it for the lap.
MODERATOR: If the race had gone without a restart period, do you think you would have lapped the cars, would that have made any difference?
WADE CUNNINGHAM: Trying for a restart, we probably would have been on the field. Made passing pretty easy, to be honest. But looking at Alex (indiscernible) and overall we might have been quicker a few laps. I was never close enough to capitalize on that (indiscernible). So I think we had overall a good (indiscernible) probably the right thing.
MODERATOR: Would I be correct that set-up was dictated by where you were starting?
WADE CUNNINGHAM: Where we ran yesterday. The wind shifted. We got the head wind space, a bit from out (indiscernible) and was sitting at the top. Probably staring down (indiscernible) so it made the passing easy but it was a handful.
MODERATOR: Daniel, how about your set-up today as compared to yesterday?
DANIEL HERRINGTON: We were actually a lot slower yesterday on the straightaway than today. We changed the gears around a bit. It wasn't quite enough to hold off these guys. I was hoping to, starting up front, like Wade said about Alex, control the pace a bit. Maybe you had that extra bit of wing, you go through the whole way, you might be able to gap the race. But they're pretty quick today on the restart on the straightaway (indiscernible).

Q. Daniel, I have to say I'm impressed with what you've done in your first Indy Pro Series race. What have you been doing? I've never heard of you.
DANIEL HERRINGTON: I did half the season of Formula Mazda last year, ran quite well. Leading the championship in the first half. Got a few podium wins, but weren't able to complete the whole series.
So just kind of hung back throughout the year and did nothing and tried to find sponsors. We finally found a bit for this year. Looking at the Indy Pro Series, got a lot of encouragement from other drivers who were doing it and gave it a go. Turned out pretty well.

Q. For both drivers, the track improvements, were they variable at all? Did you notice any differences in terms of where the track improvements have been made and looking forward to the race this afternoon?
WADE CUNNINGHAM: If you're referring to the new pavement and stuff, made the track a lot more difficult, a few concrete patches. (Off microphone) and quite a lot. Responsible if they do change (Off microphone).
DANIEL HERRINGTON: I haven't been here for about three years. I did notice some of the changes. And one thing I noticed is that as more rubber goes down, there's a bigger change between the concrete patches than the asphalt. A lot of the corners start off as asphalt and changed to concrete, particular (indiscernible). But certainly like Wade said, after the bus stop there, in those areas very nice and a lot easier to drive.
MODERATOR: Thank you. And good luck with the remainder of the Indy Pro Series.
It's our pleasure to welcome to the podium, Alex Lloyd, seventh win of the season. Ninth career win, which extends his series record.
And, Alex, this year sure beat last year at Watkins Glen, didn't it?
ALEX LLOYD: Yes, it really did. Last year I got maybe 10 laps into it, found myself in the wall and that was that. It was disappointing, actually, because we were very fortunate to drive. It all fell apart.
But this year we had to fight for it, for sure. We started off Friday morning not too great. We worked for the front row. Yesterday I felt we had our best car than what we were able to show, was just not having the straight line speed and losing out a chance for the race because of that.
But today we got it all together. We made up for that mistake. Got into it. And Wade was behind me-- it was a big test of how we are in our car performance because he's been the benchmark all weekend. And we managed to pull away. I was thrilled with all my guys. They've just done a really great job with everything, get the car to the race and getting us to the podium. And it's been a pleasure to work with these guys and a fantastic experience this weekend.
MODERATOR: Being that far back in the inverted start, do you concentrate on racing your way past the people in front of you or do you concentrate on the fact that Wade was coming up behind you?
ALEX LLOYD: I think if you concentrate on people behind you, I think you'll end up going further behind you. To me, personally, I just look at the guy in front of me and work out how I'm going to get past him in the quickest possible stage. And I knew it was important to get to the lead right at the beginning.
If I took too long they would get past me, then we had to battle for it.
Very close first corner, because I know Bobby Wilson got touched and spun around. And we were heading right for him, really had to check up. And for a flash of a second I thought this is all over now; it's going to be a real problem.
But we got through in the third and just got our head down and worked our way to the front before the other quick guys behind me. That was my main aim, get to the lead before they do and see what we can do.

Q. Alex, this has obviously helped because Hideki finished behind you, so you picked up more points on that. Where do you think you stand as far as winning a championship? You've dominated the series pretty much. How was your mind set on this? You're still going out for all wins. Is your mind set we've got the championship, or are you still working hard to get it?
ALEX LLOYD: I'll never say we've got the championship until somebody hands me that trophy and I have both hands on it. You never know what's going to happen in racing.
When Bobby Wilson spun out, had the flash of the championship being thrown away there and then. Luckily we got around it. Double-header weekend like this weekend, we could have a problem in race one and crashed, and we really suffered in two races. You just never know.
Today we have Hideki finishing wherever he has. I'm not sure. But with us winning, it's put us in a very strong position and really hard to lose now.
And I think if we have a good next couple of weekends, Nashville and Mid-Ohio, and we can keep the gap we've got, it will extend it more, I'll be confident that we've got it in the bag.
But until we get through these three back-to-back weekends, I'm not counting any chickens. I'm going to try to keep trying to win races and do my best. And when somebody says you've got the championship, then we'll celebrate.

Q. Alex, yesterday you talked about having taking wind out of the car. How do you make the choice as to how much to take off overnight?
ALEX LLOYD: We knew what other people were running in that race yesterday. And we believed if we take off more, a lot of wind for the warm-up, because we've got a chance, ten minutes to test it. And we'll go more than what we may end up racing with so we know we can come back and we can try the maximum instead of taking a little bit off. We'll take a gamble for the race, take more off and it might not work.
We tested a few things in the warm-up. We weren't quite as aggressive then, then went back a little bit to the race. It worked out perfect. We did today what people were doing to me yesterday.
So that was a great feeling to be able to pass people down the back straight because that was where everyone was getting past me yesterday.
This is what we needed yesterday. This is what we needed, and if we had to try this yesterday, maybe we could have been up here again in first place. Sure we could have been second. So today is great. We got it all together.

Q. Alex. You've been extremely successful this season. What is it that makes you and this team so successful? Did you see that coming from the beginning or did it take a while to develop?
ALEX LLOYD: I think I saw it coming. I was looking for a team to drive with at the end of last year. And for many years now Sam Schmidt has been a really great team. Won races. I knew it was the best place to go. I knew as a driver that I was capable of winning like the year before. And I realized very early on joining these guys we'd be very strong.
You could never predict winning this many races. It just was beyond my expectations. But I did have high expectations of winning a lot of races. But I think we've just got strong individuals that have got a lot of experience in these cars.
This is my second year. And not just my second year over here. I've really been racing a lot of different cars all around the world, from testing Formula One cars to starting grassroots back in England. I've really driven everything. So that's really helped me. I feel like I've got a lot of experience, and the team has helped me a lot with ovals this year, because that's what their forte is.
The series started off as an oval-only series. They're very strong on those. I needed some help, and they taught me a lot during the year and we've got it all down now. It's been a great relationship.

Q. Alex, there was talk about the concrete, some of the corners being kind of slippery. Next week the entire track is concrete. Have you guys tested there? If not, what do you expect out of a concrete track?
ALEX LLOYD: We took the gamble of testing there last week. So we should be pretty good. The team has always been good there in previous years. We were very quick there when we tested. We only did a limited amount of running. We only had one car between three drivers. And it rained a little bit. So we only got maybe an hour's running in, or I personally only got an hour's running in.
It was good to do because I haven't raced there before. That was the race I had to miss last year. So I've got high expectations. I hope to get pole and win the race. Who knows, you turn up on the test day, on Friday, and it could be your day. It might not be. You just have to work hard to get it together. Fortunately, so far this year we've not been strong in the first practice session, we've been able to get it together for qualifying in the race and come home with the win. That's what we'll be aiming to do next weekend.
MODERATOR: The concrete track you're referring to is Nashville?
MODERATOR: We'll wrap it up on that note. Again, congratulations and good luck the rest of the season.

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