CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Rocketsports preview

Rocketman, Tagliani, geared up for Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver Round 15, Bridgestone presents the Champ Car Worlds Series powered by Ford Denver, Colo. August 27, 2003 - The 'Rocketman', Alex Tagliani, comes off a thrilling weekend in...

Rocketman, Tagliani, geared up for Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver Round 15, Bridgestone presents the Champ Car Worlds Series powered by Ford

Denver, Colo. August 27, 2003 - The 'Rocketman', Alex Tagliani, comes off a thrilling weekend in Montreal, where he was just 23 laps short of his first Champ Car win, and charges into Denver for the Centrix Financial Grand Prix. Tagliani looks forward to facing the challenging Rocky Mountain city streets in the No. 33 Johnson Controls Lola with confidence and positive energy.

"It's great to be back in Denver. This is a cool city. We came in early to acclimatize to the altitude, and also to enjoy the city before we get busy racing on the streets downtown," said Tagliani, who arrived Tuesday with wife, Bronte.

"Last season was the first time any of us had experience on the streets of Denver, and it was challenging. I learned a lot about the course last year and will use that information to help us find a good set-up for this weekend," explained Tagliani. "The decision from the Champ Car officials to move to single car qualifying this year is great. This will be a big boost for us, because it is very important to qualify well here."

"The team is still pretty pumped about last weekend (in Montreal) and how well we did, even though we didn't get the results we wanted", said Tagliani, praising his crew for their impressive performance both in the pits and in the paddock. "The engineers, the crew and I are really getting into synch' and everything is coming together for us. All of our hard work is paying off and as a team, with such a positive attitude; it is great to be welcomed into an exciting city like Denver".

Tagliani, who is currently seventh in the Champ Car World Series standing with 87 points, has claimed nine top-ten finishes, including a trio of third-place podiums for the first year Rocketsports team. He continues to work closely with his team and engineers, Will Phillips and Adam Schaechter, to produce consistently fast cars each weekend. Tagliani has earned two poles, in Montreal and Milwaukee, among seven top-five starts.

Denver Fast Facts In the 2002 inaugural Denver race, Tagliani made a consistent 12th place start and finish qualifying with a time of 1:02.471 (94.911 mph)
Track length: 1.65 mile temporary street course
Race distance: 106 miles, 174.582 miles, with maximum 32 lap pit intervals

NOTE: Single car qualifying will be in effect for the Denver street race

Catch the Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver Broadcast Champ Car Qualifying- Saturday, August 30 LIVE SPEED Channel 3:30 p.m. (ET)

Champ Car Pre-race and Race - Sunday, August 31 SPEED Channel 9:30 p.m. (ET) LIVE on FOX Sports Espanol 3:00 p.m. (ET)

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani