CHAMPCAR/CART: Miami: Rocketsports Friday report

Alex Tagliani seventh quickest in day one of qualifying for the Grand Prix Americas Presented by Sportsbook.com in Miami Round 16, Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford MIAMI, FLA. Friday, September 26, 2003 - ...

Alex Tagliani seventh quickest in day one of qualifying for the Grand Prix Americas Presented by Sportsbook.com in Miami
Round 16, Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford

MIAMI, FLA. Friday, September 26, 2003 - Rocketsports' driver Alex Tagliani was seventh quickest in the first qualifying session for the Grand Prix Americas Presented by Sportsbook.com. Tagliani hustled the No. 33 Johnson Controls Lola around the 1.15 mile city street course in 46.328 seconds, reaching a top speed of 89.363 mph, 143.815 km/h. Tagliani was second to run in the single car qualifying session, based on his times from the rain-soaked morning practice.

Words from Tagliani

"There was very poor grip and the track was quite bumpy. We worked to make the car softer based on the rain we had this morning, but the weather changed since practice. I was second to go out on the dry track this afternoon and felt the change in the car's performance. There was too much push and under steer, but we can sort that out and hope for a better run tomorrow. I'm sure the car's got more in it and it can be faster. The track is short and tight, and doesn't allow for lots of passing, so it's very important to start close to the front."

Friday Qualifying Results
Position: Seventh Time: 0:46.328 Speed: 89.363 mph, 143.815 km/h

Tagliani in Miami Fast Facts

The 2nd annual Grand Prix Americas will mark Tagliani's 75th career start in 4 years of Champ Car racing.

Tagliani has earned 10 top-ten finishes this year, including 3 third place podiums.

Among 11 top-ten starts this season, Tagliani has claimed 2 poles (Milwaukee, Montreal).

In Miami 2002, Tagliani qualified 5th with a time of 1:02.304 and finished 4th.

Tagliani finished a career-best 8th, with 111 points, in the 2002 Champ Car World Series championship.

Miami race details: 135 laps on the 1.15 mile street course 155.25 miles (50 lap pit interval)

Catch the Grand Prix Americas Presented by Sportsbook.com in Miami Saturday, September 27 - Champ Car Qualifying on SPEED at 8:00 PM (ET)
Sunday, September 28 - Race LIVE on CBS and Fox Sports at 1:00 PM (ET)

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