CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Rocketsports Racing Friday report

Tagliani Fifth in First Qualifying Session for the Molson Indy Toronto Round Ten of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Rocketsports' driver Alex Tagliani returned to Toronto, the site of one of his career-best ...

Tagliani Fifth in First Qualifying Session for the Molson Indy Toronto Round Ten of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford

Rocketsports' driver Alex Tagliani returned to Toronto, the site of one of his career-best second-place finishes in 2001, to qualify for the Molson Indy. Tagliani was fifth quickest in the first qualifying session with a fast lap of 1:00.221 (104.914 mph, 168.842 km/h). The # 33 Johnson Controls Lola was quickest on the track during the early morning practice session inspiring confidence in the Rocketsports team and their young Canadian driver.

"We have a good car this weekend and we're sure it could be faster. The team did a good job and we have all the right parts," said a pleased Tagliani. "We were concerned with the temperature changes because of the rain and were a little too conservative. The car was good when it (the track) was slippery and a little too soft in dry conditions. We got ourselves up there today with a fast car and we know it will be dry tomorrow, so we're confident that we'll be in the front row tomorrow," concluded Tagliani.

Friday Qualifying Results
Fifth in session
Fast Lap 1:00.221
Lap Speed 104.914 mph, 168.842 km/h

Tagliani in Toronto/Background Information

-2000 - qualified 19th and finished fifth

-2001 - started fifth and finished second

-2002 - started 11th and finished seventh

-Tagliani currently sits in ninth position in the series standings with 51 points

-In his nine starts this season Tagliani has secured two podium finishes, a pole and six top ten finishes for the Rocketsports team

-Rocketsports primary sponsor Johnson Controls employs 1200 people at six plants in the greater Toronto area

-Molson Indy Toronto race length 196.560 miles (112 laps)

-Track Length: 1.755 mile (2.824 km) temporary street course

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Series IndyCar
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