CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Rocketsports preview

Rockin' Around the Mile Rocketsports' Alex Tagliani and Nelson Philippe in Milwaukee WEST ALLIS, Wis. (June 3, 2004) -- The Rocketsports Racing two-car charge, with drivers Alex Tagliani and Nelson Philippe, ventures to the Time Warner Cable...

Rockin' Around the Mile

Rocketsports' Alex Tagliani and Nelson Philippe in Milwaukee

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (June 3, 2004) -- The Rocketsports Racing two-car charge, with drivers Alex Tagliani and Nelson Philippe, ventures to the Time Warner Cable Roadrunner 250, just outside of Milwaukee. The 250 lap oval race is an evening event, set to begin at 8:00 PM Saturday June 5, 2004.

Making his third Champ Car career start, 17 year-old Nelson Philippe is approaching the only oval race of the 2004 Champ Car World Series schedule with optimism and confidence in his teams past results at the historic Mile.

"Rocketsports has been fast, and even took the Pole in Milwaukee last year. During our recent test here, I was comfortable and impressed at the speed and feel of the Champ Car on the oval," said Philippe, whose only previous experience at the Mile was in the Barber Dodge Pro Series.

Philippe is currently 12th in the Champ Car World Series standings with 19 points. The ambitious teenager continues to prove himself with consistent finishes, and faces each challenge focused and determined. "After two days of testing, I gained more confidence in the car. The test was a benefit to the whole team and we're going to the Mile well-prepared," added Philippe. "I'm hoping for a decent start position and will do my best for a solid finish."

In 2003, Alex Tagliani scored his fourth career pole at the Milwaukee Mile with tremendous support from the Johnson Controls home crowd. "Rocketsports got their first pole at the Mile, which was a great event for Johnson Controls, who have their headquarters just outside of Milwaukee," said Tagliani. "I'm proud to return with the Johnson Controls/Rocketsports team, stronger and wiser this season, and we hope to keep building on our successes.

"We've had good results in Milwaukee and have collected important data from last season and our tests here earlier this year. In 2003, we went from a strong car in qualifying to a really loose car in the race. We've worked at correcting that and feel we have the right setup for the oval. We're mindful of the temperature changes, which can be significant from one day to the next and even from one hour to the next, at night time for the Milwaukee race," explained Tagliani, who is currently seventh in the Championship standings with 38 points.

The Time Warner Cable Roadrunner 250 marks Tagliani's 80th Champ Car start. Reflecting on his career, a very introspective Tagliani reported, "I've had five fast years and many adventures, thanks to Champ Car. I've grown as a driver, and as a person, through each race experience.

"I've learned how unpredictable racing is, and how chance or luck can change everything you've planned without warning. I've learned to accept and roll with whatever circumstances come my way, but there's no substitute for experience; it's great preparation for the 'next time' and it teaches you to see racing - and life - with an open mind.

"That being said, I'm still looking for my WIN!" admitted Tagliani. "I work with some excellent, knowledgeable people and we're pushing hard to get that first win. I'd like it to come in Milwaukee in my 80th start!"

Catch Tagliani, in the hunt for his first win, and Philippe, looking for another top-ten finish, in Round Three of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered By Ford. The Time Warner Cable Roadrunner 250 will be broadcast on SPIKE TV -- Sunday June 6, 2004 at 4:00 p.m. (EST).

-rsr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Nelson Philippe