CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Rocketsports Racing Friday report

Tagliani 15th in first qualifying session for The Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver Round 15, Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Denver, Colo. August 29, 2003 - Rocketsports' driver Alex Tagliani qualified 15th...

Tagliani 15th in first qualifying session for The Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver
Round 15, Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford

Denver, Colo. August 29, 2003 - Rocketsports' driver Alex Tagliani qualified 15th in the No. 33 Johnson Controls Lola, in the first single-car qualifying session for the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver. With a time of 1:03.463 (93.428 mph, 150.357 km/h)Tagliani was not pleased with his qualifying effort and will set to work with his crew to find the right configuration for the challenging 1.65 mile street course.

"The car is not running too well," Tagliani sighed. "There's very poor grip where I need it on this rough track. The engineers and I are working on getting the right shocks for the set up, but it's difficult to determine what we need. We don't want to make too many drastic changes and lose what is good about the set up. It'll be a challenge, but we're on it," concluded Tagliani, who will run fifth in Saturday's qualifying session.

Tagliani, who is currently seventh in the Champ Car World Series standing with 87 points, has claimed nine top-ten finishes, including a trio of third-place podiums for the first year Rocketsports team. Tagliani has earned two poles, in Montreal and Milwaukee, among seven top-five starts.

Denver Fast Facts In the 2002 inaugural Denver race, Tagliani made a consistent 12th place start and finish qualifying with a time of 1:02.471 (94.911 mph) Track length: 1.65 mile temporary street course Race distance: 106 miles, 174.582 miles, with maximum 32 lap pit intervals

NOTE: Single car qualifying will be in effect for the Denver street race

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