CHAMPCAR/CART: Rocketsports Milwaukee day one test notes

Rocketsports Drivers Making Moves At Milwaukee Test Milwaukee, Wis. (May 5, 2004) -- Rocketsports drivers Alex Tagliani and Nelson Philippe took to the 1.032 mile oval in the heart of Milwaukee for the first of a two-day test session involving...

Rocketsports Drivers Making Moves At Milwaukee Test

Milwaukee, Wis. (May 5, 2004) -- Rocketsports drivers Alex Tagliani and Nelson Philippe took to the 1.032 mile oval in the heart of Milwaukee for the first of a two-day test session involving the majority of Champ Car World Series drivers.

Pole sitter of the 2003 Milwaukee Mile, Alex Tagliani was second quickest of the day posting a lap time of 20.9 seconds without the use of the "push-to-pass" boost. Tagliani, who finished fifth here last season, was pleased with the test results and performance of the No. 8 Johnson Controls Lola.

"This was the first test on an oval for the 2004 Rocketsports team and we were among the quickest. Things look great with the team and the set-up of the car was effective," said Tagliani. "I had to fight some over-steer, but now is the time to work on that and any other foreseeable problems with time to prepare the car, rather than in the race weekend.

"The cool conditions were perfect for testing since the Milwaukee race is a night race. We had some good speed and I'm confident the car will qualify well here when the time comes," said Tagliani with a look ahead to the June 5th race.

Adding to the string of 'firsts' in his career, Rookie sensation Nelson Philippe in the No. 17 LeasePlan Lola, today ran a Champ Car on an oval for the first time. While Philippe is familiar with the Milwaukee Mile from his Barber Dodge days, his experience in a 750 horsepower Champ Car was positive, and left the French teenager eager to compete with the full field on the historic ring.

"We had an excellent session today and I was very impressed with the Lola on the oval. I built up my speed with each lap and expect this will improve tomorrow," said Philippe, who posted a lap time of 22.0 seconds. "Rocketsports has done well here in the past with Alex on the pole last year, and this is a benefit to us all.

"The No.17 Lola was fast and I was patient to develop the handling and even passing before pushing it, but that will come! I'm looking forward to the challenge of all 18 cars on the track and feel well prepared for it," concluded Philippe.

Catch Tagliani and Philippe in the Time Warner Cable Road Runner 250 at the Milwaukee Mile in Round Three of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered By Ford, which is set for the evening of Saturday June 5, 2004.

-rsr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Nelson Philippe