CHAMPCAR/CART: Mid-Ohio: Rocketsports Racing Friday report

Tagliani second quickest in day one at the Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio Round 13, Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Lexington, Ohio August 8, 2003 - Alex Tagliani, driver of the No. 33 Johnson Controls Lola, was...

Tagliani second quickest in day one at the Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio
Round 13, Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford

Lexington, Ohio August 8, 2003 - Alex Tagliani, driver of the No. 33 Johnson Controls Lola, was second quickest in the first round of qualifying for the Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio, with a lap time of 1:07.477 (120.468 mph, 193.874 km/h). Tagliani, who has qualified and finished in the top-ten here for the past two years, attributes today's success to extra determination and attention from the entire Rocketsports team.

"We (Rocketsports team) paid extra attention to the car and set-up we needed for the Mid-Ohio track this weekend. We didn't have great results after we tested here earlier this season and were very determined to improve them," reported Tagliani. "My engineers, Will (Phillips) and Adam (Schaechter) went back over the data and made some changes to the car since the testing. They were obviously the right ones!"

Following an engine problem in the second practice session this morning, Tagliani praised his team for the great results. "The team worked especially hard to do an engine change between practice and qualifying, when an engine blew today while I was in pit lane," said Tagliani. "Cosworth replaced it with a great engine and I thank my team a lot for their quick, good work."

Catch The Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid Ohio Broadcast Saturday, August 9 Champ Car Qualifying 4:00 p.m. (ET) SPEED Channel (Tape Delayed)

Sunday, August 10 Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio 2:00 p.m. (ET) FOX SPORTS ESPANOL (LIVE)

Sunday, August 10 Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio Pre-Race Show 1:30 p.m. (ET) Race 2:00 p.m. (ET) SPEED Channel (LIVE)

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Series IndyCar
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