CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Rocketsports Racing preview

Tagliani, Montreal's favorite racing son, comes home for the Molson Indy Montreal, Quebec August 19, 2003 - Alex Tagliani, driver of the No. 33 Johnson Controls Lola, is eager to return home to the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve for the second annual...

Tagliani, Montreal's favorite racing son, comes home for the Molson Indy

Montreal, Quebec August 19, 2003 - Alex Tagliani, driver of the No. 33 Johnson Controls Lola, is eager to return home to the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve for the second annual Molson Indy Montreal. Tagliani, who is currently in eighth position in the Champ Car World Series standings with 73 points, is looking forward to showcasing his new Rocketsports Racing team in his home town and has great things in store for the week. "I'm impressed that Canadian races are some of the best events of the season and that Canadian fans support the Series so much," said Tagliani, in anticipation of a busy week.

Tagliani will start the pre-race events at home by participating in a cross-country cycling event on Tuesday in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Tagliani made contact with a young fan with Muscular Dystrophy years ago and has made a personal effort to assist the courageous youngster by staying in touch and raising his spirits, as well as funds, through such events.

On Wednesday, Tagliani will host a team, sponsor and media karting event at SRA Karting International. Tagliani spent much of his youth karting on the 1.2 km track in St-Roch-de-L'Achigan, and still rides there in his custom-built 250 CC CRG kart. The one-of-a-kind 88 horsepower kart has twin TM engines and 6" Bridgestone tires.

Tagliani, who started eighth and finished 11th in the first Molson Indy Montreal last year, will be available to media on Thursday, August 21 at the Molson stage located at St.Denis and Ontario streets in downtown Montreal. The Champ Car press conference begins at 11:30 am, followed by one-to-one interview sessions. Tagliani will then join team owner Paul Gentilozzi, along with Saputo and Johnson Controls guests, at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve casino to kick off the Molson Indy Montreal in style.

Despite all the excitement and desire to perform well for the home crowd, Tagliani is approaching this weekend with the same diligence he does every race. "Sure, I want to do well and make the people of Montreal proud, but I want to be on the podium every weekend," said Tagliani. "It's an honor to represent Montreal, Canada in the Series and I'm trying not to be effected by home crowd pressure. I treat all races equally important for the team and to my position in the standings, especially because we need more points to back-up our hard-work and the speed that Rocketsports has every weekend. I plan to stay focused on the race and do my best, but I can admit that I really want to please the people of Montreal and give them something to celebrate," added Tagliani with a grin.

Catch the Molson Indy Montreal on Speed Channel Saturday Qualifying 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. (ET) Sunday Pre-race show and Race Broadcast 9:00 p.m. - 12:00a.m. (ET)

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