Limoges and Tagliani start quick in Trois Rivieres Trois Rivieres, Quebec (4 August 2006)--Valerie LImoges and Alex Tagliani got the Grand Prix du Trois Rivieres off to a quick start on Friday, as the No. 4 Blackforest Motorsports Group USG ...
Limoges and Tagliani start quick in Trois Rivieres
Trois Rivieres, Quebec (4 August 2006)--Valerie LImoges and Alex Tagliani got the Grand Prix du Trois Rivieres off to a quick start on Friday, as the No. 4 Blackforest Motorsports Group USG Sheetrock/Ramset Tools Mustang FR500C carded a 1:13.328-second lap of the 1.52-mile temporary street circuit during afternoon practice after the Ameublement Tanguay/Rythem FM Radio-supported entry shaved over a second off their time set in the morning practice session.
The two hometown hero's, dubbed by some as the King and Queen of Quebec for their passionate and vocal fan base on hand for the 37th running in Trois Rivieres, didn't disappoint with their performance on Friday as the Champ Car star worked toward his Grand-Am Cup Series debut on Sunday.
"I am really excited to be here and to get the weekend off to a quick start so far," said Tagliani. "This car is easy to drive physically, but mentally I really have to make sure that I slow down what I am doing with the car down because it's of course so different from what I do in the Champ Car. I appreciate the opportunity that Brian (Nott) and Tom (Nastasi) have created for me to race here in a Ford and I think we have a strong car, because we set a good time and didn't even run on new tires at all today."
Tagliani, who has many wins to his credit on the famed street circuit including two Champ Car Atlantic victories on his way up the ladder, has not only been able to provide some fast lap times, as he is also helping series rookie Limoges continue her Cup Series education with his technical feedback. The two have known each other for a long time, as Tagliani's father prepared motors for LImoges' succsful run in karting.
"No question I have learned a lot from him already," said Limoges. "Sure, this car is a lot different than Alex's Champ Car, but he still has such a high level of technical ability that it's quite helpful to me-not just for this weekend, but also I think for how I approach the races in the future. Besides, it's just been fun to have him here with us at BlackForest, and I think we can get a good result on Sunday."
Well known to be an intensely focused racer, Tagliani couldn't be blamed for having some of his thoughts drift on Friday as he hoped for a speedy recovery for his friend and fellow Champ Car World Series competitor Christiano da Matta, who was severely injured in a testing accident on Thursday.
"It is important to me that he gets well soon," said Tagliani. "He's a friend of mine, and I wish him the best. I am going to be calling everyone once I get out of the track to find out how he is recovering, and hopefully we all can hear some good new soon."
Qualifying is will take place on Saturday morning, and the two-hour race is set for a 3:15 PM green flag.