CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Rocketsports preview

EAST LANSING, MI (November 7, 2007) - Once again, the Champ Car World Series heads south of the border to wrap up another exciting season, but before the season gets the checkered flag, Alex Tagliani and Rocketsports Racing has one last shot to...

EAST LANSING, MI (November 7, 2007) - Once again, the Champ Car World Series heads south of the border to wrap up another exciting season, but before the season gets the checkered flag, Alex Tagliani and Rocketsports Racing has one last shot to make their mark in the 2007 championship.

This will be the seventh year that will see the Champ Cars race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit since their return to Mexico City in 2002. The track has been restored and lengthened prior to the 2002 event, adding more then three-tenths of a mile. Last year's race saw the track reconfigured to include the fabled Peraltada Curve. The 17-turn, 2.774-mile permanent road course in Mexico City is a challenging one to all Champ Car drivers, as a technical track and altitude puts toll on any driver who is pushing their limits behind the Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone Champ Cars.

Driver of the #8 Rocketsports Champ Car entry is eight-year Champ Car veteran Alex Tagliani. He returns to Mexico City coming off a top five finish in 2006. After starting eighth on the grid, the French-Canadian drove a solid race to finish fifth and finish eighth overall in the 2006 Champ Car championship standings. This will be the fifth year for Rocketsports to race in Mexico City. History shows that this track has not been a good one to the team, as the team's best result of fifth happened in 2005 with Timo Glock after starting 12th on the grid. With the new DP01 Champ Car and a driver that knows how to get a good job done on track, the team is looking to record their best finish at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez track. Tagliani currently sits tenth in the 2007 championship standings, and with a good result, he and the team should be able to secure a top-ten finish this season.

The Gran Premio Tecate Presented by Banamex fiesta officially kicks off for the Champ Cars on Friday, November 9 with a morning practice session. The first round of qualifying will take place that afternoon at 2:00 p.m. CT. Following another morning practice session on Saturday, November 10, will be the final round of qualifying at 2:00 p.m. local time. Round 14 of the 2007 Champ Car World Series will take the green flag on Sunday, November 11, at 1:00 p.m. The race can be seen live in the United States on ESPN2 with coverage from Mexico City beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Alex Tagliani #8 Rocketsports Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone

"Going to Mexico City is always a little bit sad because it is our last race of the Champ Car season. However, it is always a great event, which brings out the best in the Champ Car drivers and the people of Mexico. Mexico City's Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez is a drivers' track that is unlike any other on the Champ Car circuit. It combines fast straights with very technical curve sections that challenge team and driver to develop a combination that balances mechanical grip, straight line speed and overall stability to create a winning car. I look forward to the challenge, both personally and with my Rocketsports team, in hopes of finishing the 2007 Champ Car season off on a high note."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Timo Glock