CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver Firestone qualifying

Vancouver: Front Row All Canadian Riding on Firestone Firehawk racing radials, Players/Forsythe driver Alex Tagliani today captured the pole for Sunday's Molson Indy Vancouver at the Concord Place temporary street course. His teammate, Patrick ...

Vancouver: Front Row All Canadian
Riding on Firestone Firehawk racing radials, Players/Forsythe driver Alex Tagliani today captured the pole for Sunday's Molson Indy Vancouver at the Concord Place temporary street course. His teammate, Patrick Carpentier, earned the second-place starting position on the grid, setting up the first front row sweep by the team. Tagliani's time was 1:08.872, with an average speed of 105.329 mph.

Al Speyer: "It's always a treat for the Firestone Racing program to visit Vancouver; it's especially nice when the weather is as cooperative as it was today. The warm track, combined with rubber laid down this morning, opened the door to some really good qualifying action today. We brought a Firehawk with a slightly softer compound than was used here last year, and that was obviously a good call by the Firestone engineers. The speeds and times we saw today indicate this tire is well-suited for this course, and several of the teams and drivers told us it is spot on for their needs. We congratulate Alex (Tagliani) on capturing the pole. He'll have his rearview mirrors full of Firestone-equipped drivers tomorrow, so the fans can expect to see some intense competition for the win."

Patrick Carpentier "The Firestones are working really well. The consistency is fantastic and the grip is very good - being one-two we're very happy.

Alex Tagliani "Pat (Carpentier) and I have been exchanging information, so that's been very helpful on a track like this. If we can continue working together, I think we can put both cars on the podium tomorrow. Every member of this team has worked very hard, all the team guys work so long and the only way I can repay them is out on the track."

Qualifying temperatures ranged from 101 to 105 degrees track while ambient temperatures ranged from 73 to 78 degrees (F).

-Firestone Racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani