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Tagliani to Start Tenth on Grid for Grand Prix Americas in Miami Miami, Fla. Saturday, September 27, 2003 - Alex Tagliani, driver of the No. 33 Johnson Controls Lola will sit in tenth position on the starting grid for the Grand Prix Americas ...

Tagliani to Start Tenth on Grid for Grand Prix Americas in Miami

Miami, Fla. Saturday, September 27, 2003 - Alex Tagliani, driver of the No. 33 Johnson Controls Lola will sit in tenth position on the starting grid for the Grand Prix Americas Presented by Sportsbook.com. Tagliani, who is currently eighth in the Champ Car World Series standings with 91 points, qualified tenth with a time of 45.372 seconds and top speed of 91.246 mph, 146.845 km/h.

"The car is fast and capable of better than tenth on the grid. We're trying to improve the grip on the track by focusing on shocks, dampers and springs," said Tagliani. "The car's performance on street courses is often unpredictable. We were fine in Long Beach, Toronto and Vancouver, but are struggling a little this weekend. We know what we have to work on and what improvements to make for tomorrow's race."

The No. 33 Johnson Controls Lola was slightly damaged following contact with the wall during the morning practice session. However, the team worked feverishly in blistering hot temperatures, and got the car ready for the qualifying session that followed. Tagliani added, "The guys did a great job repairing the car after morning practice. It was really hot and humid and the guys worked quickly to be ready for qualifying."

Tagliani ran a consistent race last year, starting fifth and finishing fourth. Just as last years race was, tomorrow's weather is calling for scattered thunderstorms.

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

Saturday Qualifying Results
Position: Tenth Time: 0:45.372 Speed: 91.246 mph, 146.845 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).

- 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 Sunday, September 28 - LIVE on CBS and Fox Sports Espanol at 1:00 PM (ET)

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Series IndyCar
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