Young New Zealander Wade Cunningham fights his way through a “scrappy” weekend in Florida.
April 2, 2007, 10am. British driver Alex Lloyd continued his clean sweep of the 2007 Indy Pro Series in the USA when he won the double-header second and third round meeting on the St Petersburg street circuit in Florida.
Lloyd had won the series opener on the Homestead oval the previous weekend.
New Zealander Wade Cunningham picked up ninth and second placings and now lies seventh on series points.
He had been set for a sixth-place finish – and guaranteed pole start for Round 3 under the series’ reversed grid system – when he was taken out in a last corner/last lap incident in Race 1 on Saturday.
"I was sixth going into the last corner on the last lap and I just got drilled," he said. "It was ridiculous." Cunningham finished ninth.
In Race 2 on Sunday, he started ninth and took advantage of four caution periods to work his way to second.
"It was a struggle," he said, "but we were really strong on brakes and on the re-starts today."
Cunningham was set to challenge Lloyd for the lead when the yellow flags came out for a fourth, then a fifth time.
"The race - in fact the whole weekend - was like that," said Cunningham. "Really scrappy. From the second practice session and including both qualifying sessions I only got three clear green flag laps in. People were making mistakes all over the place."
Race One, 40 laps. 1. Alex Lloyd; 2. Hideki Mutoh; 3. Jonathan Klein; 4. Stephen Simpson; 5. Jay Howard; 6. Bobby Wilson; 9. Wade Cunningham.
Race Two, 40 laps: 1. Alex Lloyd; 2. Wade Cunningham; 3. Bobby Wilson; 4. Hideki Mutoh; 5. Robbie Pecorari; 6. CR Crews.
Points standings: Alex Lloyd 155; Hideki Mutoh 107; Bobby Wilson 91; Chris Festa 83; Robbie Pecorari 80; CR Crews 70; Wade Cunningham 68.