Limoges and Tagliani take eleventh in Trois Rivieres Trois Rivieres, Quebec (6 August 2006)--Valerie Limoges and Alex Tagliani finished eleventh in the No. 4 Blackforest Motorsports Group USG Sheetrock/Ramset Tools Mustang FR500C in Sunday's...
Limoges and Tagliani take eleventh in Trois Rivieres
Trois Rivieres, Quebec (6 August 2006)--Valerie Limoges and Alex Tagliani finished eleventh in the No. 4 Blackforest Motorsports Group USG Sheetrock/Ramset Tools Mustang FR500C in Sunday's Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres.
Starting from the front row, Tagliani thrilled the crowd by taking the lead before the end of the first lap, but his advantage was erased after the Ameublement Tanguay/Rythem FM Radio-supported entry was called into the pits for a stop and go penalty for contact before the green flag fell.
"I thought the penalty was severe, because we only made light contact, and it happened because he crowded me on the last corner before the start and I had nowhere to go," said Tagliani.
Unbowed, Tagliani returned to the track deep in the pack, but put his previous Trois Rivieres race-winning experience to work, climbing up the order to retake the lead just over an hour into the two-hour race.
A timely full course caution soon after gave Tagliani the perfect window to turn the Mustang over to Limoges, who returned to the track in eleventh. Limoges was working on returning to the top ten when she lost her brakes heading into turn six after the long backstretch, forcing her to take to the access road and lose several positions.
"It was a scary moment, because it's the fastest part of the track and I had no stopping power at all," said Limoges.
With Tagliani on the radio offering encouragement, Limoges put her head down and moved back up to eleventh at the finish, crossing the line behind fellow Blackforest Motorsports driver Tom Nastasi.
Despite not scoring the result that he was after, Tagliani enjoyed running in front of the large and adoring crowd, and is looking forward to making another run in the Grand-Am Cup Series.
"The car was really good, and I have to thank Blackforest for being so welcoming to me this weekend," said Tagliani. "I had a lot of fun and kept my Ford racing streak going, and I would really like to race with these guys again maybe at Daytona next year."
Limoges, who has suffered from uneven luck throughout her rookie campaign, shared Tagliani's disappointment but was no less enthusiastic about the weekend.
"It was great to be racing with Alex, and having so many people here cheering us on was really special," said Limoges. "Of course with Alex running up front, we were hoping to have a better result, but we just didn't get any luck with our brakes today."