CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: Rocketsports Racing preview

Tagliani proud to be part of the Monterrey Champ Car World Series frenzy. Lansing, Mich. March 14, 2003 - Rocketsports driver Alex Tagliani and the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford return to the city in the Sierras...

Tagliani proud to be part of the Monterrey Champ Car World Series frenzy.

Lansing, Mich. March 14, 2003 - Rocketsports driver Alex Tagliani and the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford return to the city in the Sierras for the Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey. Tagliani credits the support of Mexican fans and media for making it a special race for all drivers.

"Mexican fans really appreciate the sport," says Tagliani. "City races are great for people who want to be part of the event and for sponsors who want to stay close to the action.

All kinds of people come out for a good time. Races like the Monterrey Grand Prix excite a whole city. It makes me proud to be part of the Champ Car World Series."

Tagliani looks forward to taking the #33 Johnson Controls Lola to the Parque Fundidora road course. Last year in Monterrey he started third and moved into the lead on lap 15. He led 13 of the required 85 laps on the 2.104 mile track and earned ten championship points with a fifth place finish.

Tagliani recognizes that much of the cheering at the April 23rd race will be in support of the five Mexican drivers. However, he is encouraged by the festive support Mexican fans give to the event and Champ Car racing in general.

"I can relate to the excitement the Mexican drivers will feel driving for such an enthusiastic home-crowd. Last summer, the Molson Indy of Montreal was a thrill for me. The fans here in Monterrey are just as positive and happy to participate," states Tagliani. Adopting the Latin attitude, Tagliani smiled, "I'm Canadian, but even I want to make them proud."

Tagliani is also impressed with the consistent media coverage throughout the series.

"American, Mexican, Canadian and even European media cover all of our events and bring the races to fans everywhere. That keeps them up to date and excited about what is going on in the series."

Tagliani started 13th in the first race of the 2003 season in St. Petersburg, Florida and finished 19th when contact with the tire barrier ended his run prematurely.

-rsr-

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