SCC: Utah: Valerie Limoges preview

Limoges ready for Miller Debut Alex Tagliani rejoins Blackforest for Utah round of Grand-Am Cup Series competition Salt Lake City, UT (31 August 2006)-It's been nearly a month since Valerie Limoges strapped into the No. 4 Blackforest...

Limoges ready for Miller Debut

Alex Tagliani rejoins Blackforest for Utah round of Grand-Am Cup Series competition

Salt Lake City, UT (31 August 2006)-It's been nearly a month since Valerie Limoges strapped into the No. 4 Blackforest Motorsports Group USG Sheetrock/Ramset Tools Mustang FR500C to race, so the Canadian charger is raring to go in Friday's Discount Tire Sunchaser Grand-Am Cup Series at Miller Motorsports Park.

The visit to the 4.5-mile circuit is the first for Grand American, giving Limoges the rare chance to learn a new track at the same time as her competitors, as the rookie has nearly a full season of learning new tracks under her belt this year. Limoges will team this weekend with Fernando Scattolin, who led a race-high forty-six laps in the Trois Rivieres round co-driving with Tom Nastasi.

Limoges will start the race from eighteenth on the grid after taking a 3:12.558-second lap in the fifteen-minute qualifying session, a result that left her less than pleased.

"I'm mad because the car was really good, but I just got held up behind one Porsche and we only had three laps to run, so it just messed our session up completely," said Limoges. "But obviously the team has a good car this weekend and I know it's going to be a long race, so we'll just be trying to move up as quickly as possible."

The qualifying session provided some reason for optimism for the Blackforest Racing squad, as Darren Law scored the pole position, with Ian James taking fourth on the grid and Alex Tagliani taking fifth.

Tagliani, who made a big impression in his Grand-Am Cup debut at Trois Rivieres, has rejoined the Blackforest Motorsports squad once again as the Champ Car star continues his long streak of only racing Fords.

"I am proud of the team and the effort everyone is putting in, and I'm happy to be working with Brian (Nott, team manager) again," said Tagliani. "Like Valerie said, we only had a few laps to get a good time in, and I just don't know enough about my competitors here so there were a few that cost me some time out there."

While they both carry the famed Blue Oval, the transition from the Champ Car to the Mustang is indeed a large one, a challenge that Tagliani is relishing.

"I just have to be less intense in this car, and just drive what the car can do because pushing it hard usually costs you time," said Tagliani. "In my Champ Car, it will take everything you give it, but here, I just have to keep reminding myself to do everything very early, and then the lap times improve."

The race weekend is the first for Tagliani on the Utah circuit, and the long straights and high-speed corners has the Canadian daydreaming a bit.

"I just keep thinking about how much fun it would be to run this track in my Champ Car!"

-credit: sgm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Ian James , Darren Law , Tom Nastasi , Valérie Limoges , Fernando Scattolin