CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Rocketsports Racing Friday report

MONTREAL, Que. (August 27, 2004) -- Alex Tagliani, was second quickest in the first qualifying session for the Molson Indy Montreal, while transmission misfortune robbed Guy Smith of his qualifying effort today. Defending Montreal pole-sitter,...

MONTREAL, Que. (August 27, 2004) -- Alex Tagliani, was second quickest in the first qualifying session for the Molson Indy Montreal, while transmission misfortune robbed Guy Smith of his qualifying effort today. Defending Montreal pole-sitter, Alex Tagliani posted a time of 1:21.791 (119. 236 mph, 191.891 km/h), and is confident the No.8 Johnson Controls Lola is fast enough to maintain a front row starting position for Sunday's race.

"It's been a good day and I'm very happy to be back in the top-three qualifiers here in Montreal again," said Tagliani. "The No.8 Johnson Controls car was really strong and I'm satisfied with our time. Bourdais had a better strategy and got the provisional pole, but I think we have a good shot at it tomorrow. I got my quickest lap after four laps, which shows how strong car was right from the start, where other teams needed more laps to get up to speed. I came in to make a change, but in hindsight I wish I'd stayed out because I think the car was good for a low 21. Tomorrow I think I'll be able to meet the time I qualified with last year, and I hope to get another strong starting position for Sunday's Montreal Indy."

Guy Smith was one of three Champ Car drivers who encountered problems and could not post qualifying times today. Slightly disappointed, but optimistic, Smith explained his set back in today's qualifying session. "In my out lap during the warm-up segment I had a slight shifting problem, which got more serious in my second lap. I came in to have the guys look at it and they took the time to make it better, which is not an easy job in a short time. The guys worked hard and got it sorted. Otherwise the No.17 Rocketsports car was good, and quicker with each lap," Smith added. "I'm a little disappointed, but on the positive side, I saved my tires and I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Guy Smith , Alex Tagliani