Alex Tagliani on today's Race: "Well, again, I was very happy with the performance of the team. We definitely came here and showed what we can do but it's always a shame to finish like this especially when it's out of your control and it's a...
Alex Tagliani on today's Race: "Well, again, I was very happy with the performance of the team. We definitely came here and showed what we can do but it's always a shame to finish like this especially when it's out of your control and it's a race incident that could have been avoided. I'm a little bit bummed out but I'm also relieved that we came here to our first race and we were on the front row. That is a huge accomplishment for everyone and a good tribute to all the work everybody has done. We are anxious to go back and race again because we know we can do it and I think we will be pretty strong on the road and street courses like St. Petersburg, Barber, and Long Beach. It's very exciting and we can't wait to get back racing in two weeks time. I'm still just a little disappointed because the Bowers and Wilkins was a car to finish in the top-three without doing anything special so it's going to be a long two weeks to wait for St. Petersburg and to get back to racing."
Rob Edwards, General Manager, on today's Race: "I am just at a loss for words. It's a terribly disappointing way to end what had been an otherwise fantastic day. I really don't understand what happened. We got hit from behind, mistakes happen, it's just unfortunate that we were in the wrong place at the wrong time. But as a team we have to look at the positives of the weekend and for our first event everyone worked very well as a group. We had a good strategy for qualifying, a good strategy for the race. For the first event for Jim, Andre and Alex and our sponsors Bowers and Wilkins, hopefully they feel very proud of what we accomplished and we will look forward to St. Petersburg."
Race and Event Notes:
* Taglianis' day ended with contact that disabled the car on lap 28
* Tagliani started in 2nd and ran in the top-3 for the majority of his 28 laps.
* The race was a timed event with 61 laps completed.
* Will Power won, Ryan Hunter-Reay 2nd and Vitor Meira 3rd
* The course is a 2.6-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit comprised mainly of asphalt with a section of concrete in the Sambodromo area.
* This is first time the IZOD Indy Car Series has raced in South America
* The course runs through the Sambodromo, which normally serves as part of the parade route for the carnival celebration.
-source: fazzt race team