CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: Rocketsports Racing Friday report

VANCOUVER, BC (July 23, 2004) -- Rocketsports drivers, Alex Tagliani and Memo Gidley qualified fifth and ninth respectively today in the first qualifying session for the Molson Indy Vancouver. Tagliani, in the No. 8 Johnson Controls Lola, was ...

VANCOUVER, BC (July 23, 2004) -- Rocketsports drivers, Alex Tagliani and Memo Gidley qualified fifth and ninth respectively today in the first qualifying session for the Molson Indy Vancouver.

Tagliani, in the No. 8 Johnson Controls Lola, was fifth quickest and posted a time of 1:01.539 (104.188 mph, 167.673 km/h). "The car felt good and the changes we made throughout the session made the improvements we needed," said Tagliani. "We were conservative with our changes and could have gone for more, but we were looking for a balance between the temperatures of tires and brakes and the changes pressures of the tires on the track. We could've capitalized on the second set of tires and improved grip on the track. We'll keep working and pushing for better results tomorrow.

"The effects of the changing temperatures of the tires, brakes, engine and the track are hard to predict, and we're looking for that balance," added Tagliani. "It's hot in the car out there, but it's great for the fans and it's always beautiful in Vancouver. They'll have a great time at the race on Sunday," concluded Tagliani.

Memo Gidley posted a time of 1:02.071 (103.295 mph, 166.236 km/h) landing the No.17 Air Force Reserve Lola, ninth in the provisional qualifying order. Thrilled to be back in the Rocketsports seat, Gidley praised the machine, put together by the Rocketsports crew.

"The car was good from the get-go and just got better and better with each lap. It was great and did exactly what I wanted it to do," said Gidley. "Any changes we made were in the right direction. I'm pleased with it and will see what it has for me tomorrow.

"The ride with Rocketsports has been a dream come true. I was without a ride for two years and now I have two on one weekend. I'm having a great time driving the No. 48 Air Force Reserve Ford Focus touring car in the Speed World Challenge. Techsports, based in Phoenix, has given me a great car each weekend and I'm having a blast driving for the Air Force Reserve.

"The Champ Car World Series is a high profile series and the Air Force Reserve realizes what an important opportunity this is. I value my word and my reputation and I wouldn't bail on a commitment, so I'm thrilled to be able to do both races. Many people have worked hard to pull this double-header together, and I'm up for the challenge," confirmed Gidley. "Everyone involved has been so accommodating to make this happen and its win-win for everyone."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Memo Gidley , Alex Tagliani