St. Pete: FAZZT Race Team qualifying report

* Tagliani is currently 23rd in the points standing with 12 points * 2010 will be Tagliani's first full IndyCar Series season and his 10th season of open wheel racing * Tagliani previously raced at St. Petersburg and started in 7th position...

* Tagliani is currently 23rd in the points standing with 12 points

* 2010 will be Tagliani's first full IndyCar Series season and his 10th season of open wheel racing

* Tagliani previously raced at St. Petersburg and started in 7th position and finished 10th

* Tagliani started the season opening race in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2nd position, just 3/100ths off the pole time

Alex Tagliani on today's qualifying for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:

"I think the team did a fantastic job. We are trying to get ourselves in the window so we can roll the car out of the truck and be where we want to be and that is tough without a bunch of data. So despite our start yesterday, we were able to make up that ground between yesterday and today so that was good. In Round 1 of qualifying, we were P2 and looking good and then made some changes for Round 2 and it seems like we hurt the car a little bit and we were about a 1/10th off of where we thought we should be and that hurt us a bit and kept us out of the Firestone Fast Six. A little bit disappointing but a great job for the team. But again, we are in the top ten for the second week in a row. Now we are thinking about the race and it's going to be tough tomorrow and require us to make the right choice on the tire compound for the start of the race and making sure we don't get caught in a full course yellow. We need to have a good strategy for tomorrow and hope to be right in there at the end."

Rob Edwards, General Manager, on today's qualifying for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:

"I hope today's effort shows the experience of the team because as we said yesterday at the end of the day, with a new team, every day we are learning. Learning about working together and every track is a new track for us in terms of putting all the pieces together. We have to give full credit to our engineers Allen McDonald, Brendon Cleave and Robert Gue they worked pretty hard to sort out some of the issues we were having and Alex put his game face on when it came time to qualify and if it weren't for a tenth of a second we would have been in the Firestone Fast Six again which was our target. We will hope for a better race tomorrow than we had in Sao Paulo. "

Allen McDonald, Chief Engineer, on today's qualifying for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:

"I think today was a great recovery. Tag did a fantastic job in qualifying. Unfortunately we struggled a little bit yesterday and we certainly struggled this morning. We really kept the whole crew working very hard and they responded really well and it is thanks to them and Tag for our starting position. I think we have a good direction to head for tomorrow and I think we'll have a good race."

-source: fazzt

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani
Teams FAZZT Race Team