LOCAL HERO TAGLIANI ON POLE AT PLAYER'S CHALLENGE RACE AT TROIS-RIVIERES TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. - Alex Tagliani of nearby Lachenaie, Que., will start from the pole position for Sunday's KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship race at the ...
LOCAL HERO TAGLIANI ON POLE AT PLAYER'S CHALLENGE RACE AT TROIS-RIVIERES
TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. - Alex Tagliani of nearby Lachenaie, Que., will start from the pole position for Sunday's KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship race at the Player's Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres.
Tagliani, who won the previous race in Toronto, posted a time of 1:02.056 around the 1.5207-mile temporary street circuit in the final qualifying session to take his first pole of the season. Kenny Wilden, of Burlington, Ont., will start alongside Tagliani on the front after recording a time of 1:02.176. Anthony Lazzaro, of Acworth, Ga., will start third with a time of 1:02.290.
Tagliani, driving the #66 Player's-Forsythe Swift 008.a, earned a point for the pole to break his tie for third place with Andrew Bordin for third place with 77. Memo Gidley, who will start fourth, and Lee Bentham, who will start sixth, are tied for the points lead at 86 heading into Sunday's round eight of 13 KOOL /Toyota Atlantic Championship races this year, scheduled for a 2:05 p.m. start.
"The Player's team made some changes in the suspension and the car was good as soon as we hit the track," said Tagliani. "We had to adjust the car to the track and not wait forthe track to change, in order to put in a good time. Patience is the key word on this track. It's a question of weight and and tire temperature. You have to lower the quantity of gas in your tank and bring the tires to the right temperature to be able to put in a good lap."
TROIS-RIVIERES, Que. -- Starters for Sunday's 45-lap, 68.43-mile KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship at the Grand Prix Players de Trois-Rivieres, with starting position, driver, hometown, car, time and speed in miles-per-hour. 1. Alexandre Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Swift 008.a, 1:02.056, 88.236. 2. Kenny Wilden, Burlington, Ont., Swift 008.a, 1:02.176, 88.066. 3. Anthony Lazzaro, Acworth, Ga., Swift 008.a, 1:02.290, 87.904. 4. Memo Gidley, Novato, Calif., Swift 008.a, 1:02.384, 87.772. 5. Andrew Bordin, Woodbridge, Ont., Ralt RT-41, 1:02.556, 87.531. 6. Lee Bentham, Richmond Hill, Ont., Swift 008.a, 1:02.572, 87.508. 7. Buddy Rice, Phoenix, Ariz., Swift 008.a, 1:02.589, 87.485. 8. Rino Mastronardi, Pistoia, Italy, Swift 008.a, 1:02.794, 87.199. 9. Jeff Shafer, Overton, Nev., Swift 008.a, 1:02.843, 87.131. 10. Rob MacDonald, Keswick, Ont., Swift 008.a, 1:03.111, 86.761. 11. Luc Lesage, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Ralt RT-41, 1:03.117, 86.753. 12. Matt Sielsky, Northbrook, Ill., Swift 008.a, 1:03.158, 86.696. 13. Derek Hill, Costa Mesa, Calif., Swift 008.a, 1:03.161, 86.692. 14. Case Montgomery, Salinas, Calif., Swift 008.a, 1:03.180, 86.666. 15. Michael David, Corona, Calif., Ralt RT-41, 1:03.472, 86.267. 16. Cam Binder, Calgary, Alta., Swift 008.a, 1:03.571, 86.133. 17. Jacques Villeneuve, St. Cuthbert, Que., Ralt RT-41, 1:03.733, 85.914. 18. Bob Thomas, Clarkston, Mich., Ralt RT-41, 1:03.783, 85.847. 19. David Pook, Long Beach, Calif., Swift 008.a, 1:03.819, 85.798. 20. Jean-Francois Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Ralt RT-41, 1:03.845, 85.763. 21. Eric Lang, New York, N.Y., Ralt RT-41, 1:03.864, 85.738. 22. John Brooks, Tucson, Ariz., Ralt RT-40, 1:04.044, 85.497. 23. David Rutledge, West Vancouver, B.C., Swift 008.a, 1:04.086, 85.441. 24. Robert Sollenskog, Antioch, Ill., Swift 008.a, 1:04.201, 85.288. 25. John Rutherford, Ft Worth, Texas, Swift 008.a, 1:04.405, 85.018. 26. Stephane Roy, Saint-Sauvier, Que., Ralt RT-40, 1:04.888, 84.385. 27. Bob Siska, San Francisco, Calif., Ralt RT-40, 1:06.218, 82.690. 28. Michael Conte, Seattle, Wash., Swift 008.a, 1:06.742, 82.041. 29. Eric Andrew Jensen, Toronto, Ont., Reynard 93H, 1:07.325, 81.330. 30. Jimmy Pugliese, Lynbrook, N.Y., Ralt -RT-41, 1:07.406, 81.233. 31. Kevin Cogan, Plattsburgh, N.Y., Raven RVN 93, 1:07.843, 80.709. 32. George Frazier, Prospect, Ky., Ralt RT-41, 1:09.876, 78.361.