CHAMPCAR/CART: Laguna Seca: Rocketsports race report

A consistent 14th place start and finish for Tagliani in the Grand Prix of Monterey at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Monterey, Calif. June 15, 2003 - After a weekend of struggling with the configuration of the ...

A consistent 14th place start and finish for Tagliani in the Grand Prix of Monterey at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Monterey, Calif. June 15, 2003 - After a weekend of struggling with the configuration of the #33 Johnson Controls Lola, the Rocketsports team made a consistent 14th place start and finish in the Grand Prix of Monterey. Despite their tireless efforts, the perfect set-up for the Rocketsports machine eluded Tagliani, engineers Will Phillips and Adam Schaechter, and the Rocketsports crew.

"We've had a great car at each race this season, but this weekend the car just wasn't doing what we needed it to do," said Tagliani, who had four top-five starts in the last six races, including the pole in The Milwaukee Mile.

"We have enough knowledge of the Lola and our past performances show that we are capable of making the car fast, but without the right shocks needed for this track, we were limited in what we could do to make the car faster," explained Tagliani.

Tagliani was forced to start the Grand Prix of Monterey in 14th position on the grid and finished in the same spot. This was stifling for the highly competitive French-Canadian, whose skills and determination carried him to the finish of the 87 lap race.

"It was hard to accept being so low on the starting grid and not getting the performance I expected from the car," said a disappointed Tagliani.

"We are limited to what we are supplied with and I can't be aggressive on the throttle if the car won't stick to the track. I focused on making the most of strategic pit stops and passing where possible to try to move up the grid," concluded Tagliani.

Tagliani currently sits in 11th position in the series standings with 32 points

-rsr-

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