Tagliani to Start 11th on Grid for Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver Round 15, Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car Worlds Series Powered by Ford
Denver, Colo. August 30, 2003 - Rocketsports' driver Alex Tagliani will start from 11th position on the grid for the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver. Tagliani improved on yesterday's results and qualified with a time of 1:02.287 (95.192 mph, 153.196 km/h). In recognition of the relationship developing between Rocketsports Racing and MotoRock the No. 33 Johnson Controls Lola carried the MotoRock logo for the single car qualifying sessions.
"We're happier with the car today. It's running better with the improvements made since yesterday," reported Tagliani. "It's tough to find the right set up, and have to work so quickly, but the guys have done a great job. We've even made some changes since the morning practice session, which have led us in the right direction. I would have preferred to qualify better than 11th, but I'm positive about the race and I'll have to work hard to get ahead in the grid. It'll be a challenge, but it should be a good race for Denver fans."
"Single car qualifying is working well on this track because it's quite tight and drivers are able to get their laps in without any problems or blocking," explained Tagliani. "The downside is being at the mercy of the weather when it's your turn to go out. It was sprinkling and a little slippery when I went out, which hurt us a bit, but we had to deal with whatever we got,"
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