CHAMPCAR/CART: Road America: Rocketsports Saturday report

Tagliani 13th on starting grid for the Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road America. Following a breathtaking incident during Friday practice, that sent Tagliani sailing over the No. 34 car, the Rocketsports crew prepared the No. 33 X Johnson ...

Tagliani 13th on starting grid for the Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road America.

Following a breathtaking incident during Friday practice, that sent Tagliani sailing over the No. 34 car, the Rocketsports crew prepared the No. 33 X Johnson Controls Lola for the final qualifying session for the Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road America. Tagliani qualified 13th with a time of 1:45.044 (138.730 mph 223.264 km/h) and will start Sunday's race in the same position.

"We had an alright session; better than yesterday, but we're not as high on the grid as we'd like to be. We're not as quick as we can be or have been so far this season," said Tagliani, who has qualified in the top-ten in nine of 12 starts this season. "My engineers and I will go back and make some improvements to the set-up. We'll do our best and work with what we have," concluded Tagliani

Road America Fast Facts

-As a rookie, in 2000, Tagliani qualified third with a time of 1:40.260 (145.350 mph) and led the first 16 laps, but a broken drive shaft put an early end to his race (finished 13th)

-In 2001, Tagliani qualified second with a time of 2:03.674 (117.832 mph) and finished eighth

-In 2002, Tagliani qualified third 1:42.684 (141.919 mph) and finished second earning his fifth career podium

-Road America permanent road course length: 4.048 miles

-Race length: 60 laps, 242.880 miles (13 lap pit interval)

-rsr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Andretti