CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Rocketsports Racing preview

The Champ Car Boys Are Back in Town! Rocketsports in Montreal For The Molson Indy No. 8 Alex Tagliani No. 17 Guy Smith MONTREAL, Que. (August 26, 2004) -- Alex Tagliani, Guy Smith and the Rocketsports crew are back in town for Round Ten of the...

The Champ Car Boys Are Back in Town! Rocketsports in Montreal For The Molson Indy
No. 8 Alex Tagliani No. 17 Guy Smith

MONTREAL, Que. (August 26, 2004) -- Alex Tagliani, Guy Smith and the Rocketsports crew are back in town for Round Ten of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered By Ford, the third annual Molson Indy Montreal. While the 2.709 mile internationally acclaimed circuit is new to Smith, Tagliani offers great insight into the race he dominated in 2003, and both drivers are equally charged for the world-class event.

Currently fourth in the Champ Car World Series point standings, Tagliani returns to his hometown race as the defending Montreal pole sitter in the No.8 Johnson Controls Lola. "I'm very excited to return to Montreal for the Molson Indy. This is home for me and I love the support of the many friends and fans here. The positive atmosphere makes the Montreal Indy special, and worth any extra stress of it being my "hometown" race," admitted Taglaini, who came in a week early for the event. "The Montreal race represents the best of Champ Car racing and is a highlight of the season for Microchip, Futaba and Johnson Controls, as well as Saputo, who are from Montreal and have been strong supporters throughout my career," he added.

"Montreal welcomed the Rocketsports/Johnson Controls team last year in our first season, when we came to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and took the Pole. I'm hoping for great results again this year, but don't want to be too confident," warned Tagliani. "We'll be adapting to a different tire composition on this track, which presents a challenge for us, but we're aiming for more consistency with the car and will shoot for another podium finish. The win at Road America is a monkey off my back and a great reward for years of work. The first win for Rocketsports was reward for the original crew that helped build the Rocketsports Champ Car team and for the new crew, which has made us stronger this year. I'm happy for the Rocketsports team and our accomplishments so far. To sit fourth in the Champ Car points standings makes us very proud of our hard work," said Tagliani, commending the sophomore team.

Englishman, Guy Smith in the No.17 Rocketsports Lola will make his third Champ Car start in Montreal and approaches his first Canadian Indy with optimism. "I've heard great things about the Molson Indy Montreal from my teammate, Alex Tagliani. He describes it as a great event with the support and spirit of the people behind it. From the atmosphere Tag describes and from what I know of the circuit, this should be an excellent weekend."

The 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours victor with team Bentley, Smith has made a smooth and quick transition into Champ Car racing with Rocketsports, and consistently draws on his diverse experiences to be competitive. "I've raced in Trois Rivieres, but so far, my only exposure to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has been on PlayStation," confessed Smith. "I'm looking forward to it since it's a Formula 1 circuit and more like the European courses which I'm familiar with.

"The week off since Denver has given me some time to reflect on the past two races and for everything to sink in. I've been thinking about what I want from the car and what I need to do, to gain more time. My challenge is to improve my braking efficiency, and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is all about braking, so this is an area I plan to improve in, to be more competitive," explained Smith. "The Rocketsports team and my engineers have been very supportive, making adjustments and helping me find what's right for me, in order to get the best drive possible. We have more time and experience heading into Montreal, and expect a good weekend."

Catch Tagliani and Smith in the Molson Indy Montreal on Sunday, August 29th at 1:30 PM (ET) for pre-race ceremonies, followed by the 69 lap main event.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Guy Smith , Alex Tagliani , Gilles Villeneuve