CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Rocketsports race report

Tagliani takes fifth for Rocketsports at the Milwaukee Mile 250. Alex Tagliani in the ...

Tagliani takes fifth for Rocketsports at the Milwaukee Mile 250.

Alex Tagliani in the #33 Johnson Controls Lola made his 65th career start tonight in the Milwaukee Mile 250. This was the sixth start for the first-year Rocketsports Racing team. Tagliani was in first position on the starting grid after posting a lap time of 20.882 yesterday, and finished fifth tonight, scooping ten championship points. Tagliani sits in tenth position in the series standings with a total of 32 points.

Words from Tagliani

"I was very happy with the car we set up and our quick results during yesterday's practice (20.882) and today's warm up (21.496). The car performed well on its own, but it wasn't so great in traffic. The cooler night air caused the tires to form gritty sand-like marbles, which can make the surface slippery and I just had to keep my distance from them. The car was too loose and I felt it slip away from underneath me on the marbles, when I got too close to the car ahead of me. We made adjustments to correct this and I did my best to keep it under control. I decided to keep it (the car) steady and keep my distance, rather than lose it. I was pushing as hard as I could, especially in the end, and it was a real struggle to keep the car in control. Great pit stops from the Rocketsports crew put us back in fifth after a setback from some evil turbulence. We finished in the top five and I'm satisfied to have kept things steady and cool. I knew this was going to be a long, challenging race."

Fast Facts

-Tagliani posted the second quickest lap in tonight's race 21.824 seconds (170.235 mph/273.965 km/h)

-Tagliani earned his fourth career pole and the first for the Rocketsports Champ Car team with a 20.882 second lap (177.914 mph or 286.324 km/h)

-Tagliani took his first pole in the second race of his rookie season (Brazil, 2000) and two more in 2001 (Fontana and Vancouver)

-Prior to Milwaukee, Rocketsports' season-best start was third in both Long Beach and Monterrey, Mexico where Tagliani claimed a remarkable third place finish

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