CHAMPCAR/CART: Miami: Rocketsports Racing preview

Rocket Man, Alex Tagliani, to meet the Rocket Man of the Stage, Elton John, at the Miami Grand Prix Americas Presented by Sportsbook.com Round 16, Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford MIAMI, FLA. - After a four week ...

Rocket Man, Alex Tagliani, to meet the Rocket Man of the Stage, Elton John, at the Miami Grand Prix Americas Presented by Sportsbook.com Round 16, Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford

MIAMI, FLA. - After a four week break in the Champ Car World Series schedule, Rocketsports' driver Alex Tagliani is rested and ready to jump back into the cockpit of the No. 33 Johnson Controls Lola. Tagliani, who is currently eighth in the championship standings with 91 points, has spent his time between races gearing up for the Grand Prix Americas in Miami, where he started fifth and finished fourth in the inaugural 2002 race.

"I am very excited to start racing again. It's been a long break after an intense sequence of races. I've used the 'down-time' to train and focus on the final four races," reported Tagliani. "I'm eager to see the track for the Grand Prix Americas. Last year was my first experience on the tough street course and I know many changes have been made to it, so I am anxious to see what it is like this year. The Rocketsports engineers and I have planned the set up for the Lola based on last year's track and hope it (the car) meets the demands of the track this year. Like every other team, we'll just have to wait and see."

The 'breather' between races also allowed Tagliani some time to evaluate the progress of the first year team. "Rocketsports has come on strong all season and we've accomplished great things in our first year," reflected Tagliani. "We've been on the pole twice and on the podium three times."

"We've had highs and lows, and have learned a lot as a team. We're still working and have more to achieve this season, as well as prepare for next year," explained Tagliani.

As Rocketsports progresses, so does the Champ Car World Series, as it unveils its new 'Cars, Stars and Guitars' profile. "It'll be cool to see the first Champ Car - Motorock event come together in Miami. I'm the 'Rocket Man' on the track, but I'm stoked to see the Rocket Man, Elton John, on stage," confessed Tagliani. "Race fans know the thrill of being at a race and how it is something you see, hear and even feel as the cars race by and shake the ground under your feet. The party atmosphere and the concerts will continue to rock fans well after the on-track activities are done," concluded Tagliani.

Tagliani in Miami Fast Facts

- The second annual Grand Prix Americas will mark Tagliani's 75th career start in four years of Champ Car racing.

- Tagliani has earned ten top-ten finishes this year, including a trio of third place podiums.

- Among 11 top-ten starts this season, Tagliani has claimed two poles (Milwaukee, Montreal).

- In Miami 2002, Tagliani qualified fifth with a time of 1:02.304 and finished fourth.

- Tagliani finished a career-best eighth, with 111 points, in the 2002 Champ Car World Series championship.

- Miami race details: 135 laps on the 1.15 mile street course 155.25 miles

- 50 lap pit interval

- Single car qualifying is in effect for this street race

Grand Prix Americas Presented by Sportsbook.com in Miami Broadcast
- Saturday, September 27 - Champ Car Qualifying on SPEED at 8:00 PM (ET)
- Sunday, September 28 - Champ Car Race LIVE on CBS at 1:00 PM (ET)

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