CHAMPCAR: Long Beach: Walker Racing race report

Solid Finish for Walker Racing and Alex Tagliani in Long Beach Long Beach, CA (April 20, 2008)- Walker Racing and Alex Tagliani (No.15 CEC Wheels) proved this weekend 'they were the team that could'. As the Champ Car World Series drew to an...

Solid Finish for Walker Racing and Alex Tagliani in Long Beach

Long Beach, CA (April 20, 2008)- Walker Racing and Alex Tagliani (No.15 CEC Wheels) proved this weekend 'they were the team that could'. As the Champ Car World Series drew to an end today, the team showed they were up for the fight and could be competitive.

Tagliani had a slow start from the front row, as Will Power passed him at the beginning, putting him in third place. However that did not set the Canadian back. Tagliani passed Justin Wilson putting him in second place to fight with Power.

After two solid pit stops, Walker Racing took a gamble on the second stop and opted to go on the Bridgestone alternate tires and then was forced to use 'power to pass' to get past back markers, which was costly. Alex went from second to seventh in the last 15 minutes of the race, making it the first time all weekend that the Canadian was out of the top three.

Walker Racing and Alex Tagliani say farewell to Champ Car and they thank all of their loyal supporters for the good times. For more updates on the team please visit www.walker <http://www.walker/> racing.com .

What they had to say...

Derrick Walker, Walker Racing Owner: "Looking back on the weekend, I think the team accomplished a lot. It's a pity that in the final analysis in the race we didn't maximize our potential in the race, but it certainly wasn't for the lack of trying. That's why we were here, we came to give it our all and whatever we got , we got. It's a credit to the team and I'm happy with what we did. I don't have anything other than positive feelings about the weekend, it was fun."

Alex Tagliani (No. 15 CEC Wheels): "We had a great weekend with the Walker Racing organization. It was fantastic for me to drive such a quick car. I had fun, everyone was really supportive and hard workers and everything was great. We had a good race, we were competitive and unfortunately at the end, when we realized on the middle stint when we were catching Will (Power) a little bit, we said maybe what we need is the reds and unfortunately we decided to go with the reds and it was the wrong way to go, because of the degradation on the reds were really bad. We just lost the tires and all the grip in the car and we couldn't compete. Unfortunately that is what happened on the last segment and it was our last chance to finish on the podium or even contend for the win. Overall, a one off like this, we were not there to score points or be happy with second. We threw the dice and went with the reds and it didn't work, sometimes that happens. We showed that with the last minute decision to come here that we could be up front and we were."

-credit: wr

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