Checking in with Alex Lloyd: Indy veteran shifts to Beepi

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Life is new – or certainly different – for Alex Lloyd.

Now 31, and five years out of a cockpit on a regular basis (he last raced in the Verizon IndyCar Series part-time in 2011 and also made sporadic Pirelli World Challenge starts in 2014), Lloyd has taken the more unconventional step of shifting into writing about fast production and race cars, rather than racing them.

However in recent months, Yahoo Autos announced it would be closing up shop and it left Lloyd and his team of talented colleagues needing to figure out their next step.

For Lloyd, that next step is a fairly big leap. He’s in the process of packing up his personal traveling road show, with wife Samantha, their four children and three pets, from Indianapolis and moving to Silicon Valley, where he’s taken on a new role as Head of Content for Beepi.

Beepi, a fairly new entity, is only a couple years into its lifespan but is going after the used car industry in a new way to try to buy and sell cars online and via an app – and do all the work for the buyers and sellers. More info on the company here.

Lloyd, who’s developed some excellent writing chops of his own over the last few years, joins the company as it looks to increase its digital profile and make the car buying and selling process more interactive.

He described the transition for himself as he heads into this new role:

“Honestly, this is one of the final steps in terms of transitioning from race car driver, which is a flaky career at best, to something that’s more sustainable and solid,” Lloyd told NBC Sports. “The goal here is to build something from nothing out of a new situation.

“At the end of 2011, with no ride, lots had happened. When you’ve got a family and kids to feed, you’re to the point of asking, ‘What the hell am I gonna do?’

“So I figured, why not be writing about cars and build that into something? This is like the writing equivalent of asking, ‘How can I get further up the grid?’ So this is a big move, but it was something I thought about.

“We knew a few months ago Yahoo would close Yahoo Autos and most of its media sites. Here, we’re seeing the tech world is interesting and learning about that side of the business. With videos, brand awareness and with someone doing all the work for you, this is finally using technology to enhance the car buying experience. And we’ll be providing a robust network of content.

“It’s a big transition from racing race cars, to fast production cars, to now just working out in Silicon Valley, in an office job, and really taking the career side of things serious.

“When you’re entering into a two-year-old startup company, you have to have results quickly. They’ve raised a lot in funding. It’s an exciting challenge.”

Lloyd said finding the jump-off point from full-time driver to full-time journalist and content director was a hard place, and certainly came earlier than he’d hoped. It’s a shame considering he is arguably one of the greatest racing talents who’s come to the U.S. from Europe in the last decade.

That being said, he said it was a move he had to make into entering this sphere of the industry, rather than continuing to stick it out as a driver.

“It feels to me like the final move from race car driver into a sustainable career after that,” he explained.

“When you’re a driver, you have to ask, ‘What do you do when racing finishes?’ And I wish it hadn’t at 25… I wish it had been 40. So then you say, ‘What do you do next?’

“Drivers don’t think about anything other than racing. But I’m happy to have evolved, and in moving to California. I get to go there, do it right, and it’s what my wife and I said we’d hoped to do at some stage. Here was an opportunity, with a great position to do it and put into action. It’s exciting times.”

One of the biggest learning experiences for Lloyd in this transition will be the move itself. It’s his biggest move in the U.S. since coming here prior to 2006.

Lloyd had won the BRDC McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year award in 2003, having come second to Lewis Hamilton in the Formula Renault UK series but having beat notables such as James Rossiter and Mike Conway.

He stormed to the Indy Lights title in 2007 but had a sporadic IndyCar career from 2008 through 2011. His timing was less than ideal, because even though he’d been recruited as a development driver by Chip Ganassi, what would have been the ideal opportunity for him in Ganassi’s No. 10 Target car for 2009 fell through once Ganassi recruited Dario Franchitti back from NASCAR after the Scotsman’s one-year sojourn. Dan Wheldon left Ganassi and went to Panther Racing; all Lloyd had for 2009 was an Indy 500 one-off in a Ganassi-supported entry for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, where he rocked the No. 99 and was dubbed “Pink Lloyd” owing to then-sponsor Her Energy Drink.

In that four-year period, 2010 marked his only full season. Yet in less than the best equipment with Dale Coyne Racing, Lloyd still won series rookie-of-the-year honors and finished fourth at the Indianapolis 500. His qualifying to even make the 500 a year later stands out as an even more memorable moment, driving a car with the rear wing angled waaay back and hanging on to stick the car in the field.

All the while he’s made a home in Indianapolis, raising a family and now packs them up to follow Horace Greeley’s advice of going west.

“The two oldest are girls (8 and 6), the two youngest are boys (5 and soon to be 3), plus three cats and two dogs. I got the animals before the kids. I did it backwards!” Lloyd joked.

As for the office and driving situation?

“They’re based in Los Altos and it’s a big office with 180 or so people,” Lloyd explained. “Getting used to the traffic and expense of Silicon Valley will be a big challenge. I’m in South San Jose now before I move the family out.

“You’re moving from working from home to an hour, hour and a half drive every day in an office scenario. It’ll be a big change, but a good change.”

Lloyd displayed some candor in explaining how difficult the life of a part-time driver can be, as he was with Coyne in 2011, when he last raced in IndyCar. He raced ovals only while a then-returning Sebastien Bourdais raced on road and street courses.

“I miss racing a lot… but, it’s nice when you do race to do it for fun, rather than having your next meal depend on it,” Lloyd said.

“To be honest, sometimes, I was miserable as hell trying to make ends meet, race-by-race. If you aren’t bringing money, you are paid next to nothing. All the while you hope someone signs you on.

“It’s a tough way of life. Everyone waits for the Penske drive. But unless you can do it properly, it’s a tough time.

“Of course, if I could jump in a car for the 100th (Indianapolis 500), I would tomorrow. I’m definitely not closing that door.”

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Seattle: Cooper Webb, Eli Tomac overtake Chase Sexton


Another crash while leading at Seattle dropped Chase Sexton from the top of the NBC SuperMotocross Power Rankings while solid performances by Cooper Webb and Eli Tomac allow them to climb the chart and threaten to make this a two-rider battle with six rounds remaining in the 2023 Monster Energy Supercross season.

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Cooper Webb wags his finger at Chase Sexton after winning his heat in Seattle. – Feld Motor Sports

During the race, Webb knew he had ground to make up. Riding behind both Tomac and Sexton early in the Main, he was as far back as fifth on Lap 7 at Seattle. That position would cost him the red plate and give away the advantage he began to build with his first win of the season in Tampa. Sexton is often at his best as he battles from the back and he methodically worked his way through the field. At the end of the feature, he was nearly five seconds off Tomac’s pace, but during the past 45 days, he holds the advantage. A resurgent Tomac that could erase that advantage quickly though.

Tomac struggled in Indianapolis with a neck strain. That contributed to his worst performance of 2023 and his second result outside the top five. He finished third in Detroit two weeks ago, but it was a distant third after finishing off the podium in his heat during that round. In Seattle, it appeared the same thing might happen when Tomac finished third in the prelim behind his two principal competitors Webb and Sexton. The Main was a different story.

Tomac dropped to fourth in the opening laps behind both of his rivals early in the race, but he got around Webb on Lap 2 and kept charging. When Sexton fell to the ground on Lap 11 and dropped to fourth, Tomac was in position to strike. He scored his sixth win of the season to tie James Stewart for second on the all-time wins list. He now shares the red plate with Webb as the rounds wind down.

MORE: Eli Tomac gets rebound win in Seattle

Sexton has the speed, but he lacks the seasoning of Webb and Tomac. He’s pressing hard on every lap and that has bitten him several times this year. Sexton’s mistakes are costing him with a 10th-place finish at Indy, the loss of seven points at Detroit and a fifth in Seattle as the riders he’s battling stood on the podium. No one seriously questions Sexton’s talent or speed, but ultimately the results are what counts.

Justin Barcia is hitting his stride. He advances two positions this week after scoring his fourth consecutive top-five and second podium in that span of races. Barcia finished between sixth and eighth in five consecutive rounds from Anaheim 2 through Arlington, but he’s mostly avoided controversy and that puts him fourth in this week’s SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Seattle.

Jason Anderson had a solid performance in Seattle, but with a fifth-place finish in his heat and fourth in the Main he just keeps losing a little ground to the leaders. The biggest impact to his standing in the NBC Power Rankings is a 10th-place finish in Indianapolis that will take a while to age out of the 45-day formula. He’s tied for fourth in the championship points with Ken Roczen, who sits sixth in the rankings below. It’s important to be the rider “best in class” with Webb, Tomac and Sexton stealing the show.

450 Rankings

Rider Power
1. Cooper Webb 87.77 2 1
2. Eli Tomac 86.23 3 1
3. Chase Sexton 85.77 1 -2
4. Justin Barcia 80.71 6 2
5. Jason Anderson 80.69 4 -1
6. Ken Roczen 80.46 5 -1
7. Aaron Plessinger 75.86 7 0
8. Adam Cianciarulo 71.13 8 0
9. Christian Craig 69.86 9 0
10. Justin Cooper 62.88 10 0
11. Justin Hill 59.86 11 0
12. Dean Wilson 52.86 12 0
13. Josh Hill 49.00 15 2
14. Colt Nichols 48.67 13 -1
15. Shane McElrath 45.62 14 -1
16. Benny Bloss 43.00 16 0
17. Grant Harlan 38.08 20 3
18. Max Miller 37.67 24 6
19. Lane Shaw 36.67 21 2
20. Cade Clason 34.67 19 -1

Supercross 450 Points

The 250 West riders were back in action in Seattle and that gave Jett Lawrence the opportunity to break out of a tie with his brother Hunter Lawrence on the all-time wins list. It also provided Jett the opportunity to take back the top spot in the NBC SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Seattle.

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Jett Lawrence regained the top spot overall in the NBC SuperMotocross Power Rankings with a near-perfect race in Seattle. – Feld Motor Sports

Jett has stood on the podium in every race this year with the exception of the second Triple Crown race at Anaheim 2 and that level of perfection gives him bragging rights. Rest assured that while the two brothers have a bond that is unapparelled in motorsports, there is no one they would rather beat. Neither has been particularly successful in Triple Crown rounds this year, however, and Jett could lose his advantage in two weeks in Glendale, Arizona under that format.

Lawrence is now two wins away from capturing the fourth-most wins at this level.

A rivalry is developing between Lawrence and Cameron McAdoo. Tired of losing to the affable Australian, McAdoo pushed the envelope last week in Seattle. He crowded Lawrence in the whoops during their heat race and sent both to the ground. That frustration could bubble over with four rounds remaining. One thing is certain, when these two riders are in proximity on the track, the cameras will be aimed in their direction.

Supercross 250 Points

A little means a lot this season. Finishing second to Lawrence in four of five rounds, RJ Hampshire would be losing ground to the leader no matter what, but an 11th-place finish in the overall at Anaheim 2 places him eighth on the chart below behind two of the 250 West riders and five 250 East competitors.

In the mains, Levi Kitchen has been all over the board with a win, one more top-five, two results on the high side of the single digits and a crash-induced 21st at San Diego. He’s really shown his speed in the heats, however, with a perfect record of top-fives and a win.

Mitchell Oldenburg makes the top five list among West riders with a perfect record of top-10 finishes. He’s heading in the wrong direction, however, falling from ninth overall to 11th after finishing outside the top five in both his heat and the Main last week.

250 Rankings

Rider Power
1. Jett Lawrence – W 90.75 2 1
2. Hunter Lawrence – E 90.43 1 -1
3. Nate Thrasher – E 84.00 3 0
4. Cameron McAdoo – W 80.50 4 0
5. Haiden Deegan – E 78.21 5 0
6. Jeremy Martin – E 78.00 6 0
7. Jordon Smith – E 76.77 7 0
8. RJ Hampshire – W 76.75 10 2
9. Levi Kitchen – W 76.67 8 -1
10. Max Anstie – E 74.43 11 1
11. Mitchell Oldenburg – W 73.67 9 -2
12. Max Vohland – W 72.55 13 1
13. Tom Vialle – E 72.07 12 -1
14. Pierce Brown – W 68.64 19 5
15. Enzo Lopes – W 67.83 17 2
16. Chris Blose – E 67.43 15 -1
17. Chance Hymas – E 67.10 16 -1
18. Michael Mosiman – E 65.80 18 0
19. Stilez Robertson – W 64.45 14 -5
20. Phil Nicoletti – W 59.25 20 0

* The NBC Power Rankings assign 100 points to a Main event winner and 90 points for each Heat and Triple Crown win, (Triple Crown wins are included with heat wins below the rider’s name). The points decrement by a percentage equal to the number of riders in the field until the last place rider in each event receives five points. The Power Ranking is the average of these percentage points over the past 45 days for the 450 class and last 90 days for 250s (because of the split nature of their season).

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POWER RANKINGS AFTER WEEK 7 AT ARLINGTON: Jason Anderson narrowly trails Tomac
POWER RANKINGS AFTER WEEK 6 AT OAKLAND: Perfect night keeps Tomac first
POWER RANKINGS AFTER WEEK 4 AT HOUSTON: Tomac rebounds from A2 crash, retakes lead
POWER RANKINGS AFTER WEEK 3 AT ANAHEIM 2: Consistency makes Ken Roczen king
POWER RANKINGS AFTER WEEK 2 AT SAN DIEGO: Roczen moves up, Sexton falls
POWER RANKINGS AFTER WEEK 1 AT ANAHEIM 1: Tomac, Jett Lawrence gain an early advantage