CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Rocketsports Racing race report

October 12, 2003, Mexico City, Mexico 0x2022 Alex Tagliani, driver of the No. 33 Johnson Controls Lola, faced an upsetting finish in the second annual Grand Premio Telmex/Gigante Presented by Banamex/Visa in Mexico City. Tagliani qualified with a...

October 12, 2003, Mexico City, Mexico 0x2022 Alex Tagliani, driver of the No. 33 Johnson Controls Lola, faced an upsetting finish in the second annual Grand Premio Telmex/Gigante Presented by Banamex/Visa in Mexico City. Tagliani qualified with a time of 1:29.882 (111.586 mph, 179.580 km/h) and started 13th on the grid. Tagliani was running ninth when contact with the No. 12 car driven by Jimmy Vasser in lap 40 of the 70 lap race put an end to his effort at the historic Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Tagliani's premature finish put him in 16th position in the race and ninth overall in the Champ Car World Series championship standings with 91 points.

"The car was feeling the best it's been all weekend and I was running steady until I met Jimmy in lap 40. The enthusiasm of over 300 guests from Johnson Controls Mexico was great encouragement. It's a shame the results were not better, but I appreciate their support and the hard work from the team that got us through a tough weekend," explained Tagliani. "I'm looking forward to the great Australian race next and the opportunity to better our position in the standings."

Tagliani has earned two poles and three podiums among his ten top-ten finishes for the first year Rocketsports team. With 76 career starts in four years of Champ Car racing, Tagliani has earned 15 top-five finishes and 38 top-ten finishes, including three career-best second place podiums.

Look for Tagliani and the Rocketsports team next in the Lexmark Indy 300 at Gold Coast, Australia on October 26, 2003.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Alex Tagliani