MONTREAL, Que. (August 28, 2004) -- Rocketsports drivers, Alex Tagliani and Guy Smith today completed the final qualifying session for the Molson Indy Montreal. In a somewhat frustrating, traffic-filled session Tagliani and Smith qualified seventh...
MONTREAL, Que. (August 28, 2004) -- Rocketsports drivers, Alex Tagliani and Guy Smith today completed the final qualifying session for the Molson Indy Montreal. In a somewhat frustrating, traffic-filled session Tagliani and Smith qualified seventh and sixteenth respectively.
Tagliani will start Sunday's race from seventh spot in the fourth row after posting a time of 1:20.889 (120.565 mph, 194.030 km/h). "The No.8 Johnson Controls car was running well and had the potential to qualify in the top-five," started Tagliani, "but I'm disappointed because I didn't have an opportunity to get a clean lap. Between traffic and getting stuck behind slow cars, it was difficult to clock a strong lap. There are opportunities for tight passing here on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, so I'll have to work my way up the grid and we'll have to depend on good strategy to get ahead in the race tomorrow. We've done it in the past, so I'm confident the Rocketsports team will work together for a good finish," concluded Tagliani, referring to his win at Road America after starting 13th on the grid earlier this season.
Smith qualified 16th and posted a time of 1:22.093 (118.797 mph, 191.185 km/h). "The No.17 car was fast and handled well out there today," confirmed Smith. "We're a little down in track time this weekend, since we lost the qualifying session yesterday, but we improved the brakes and balance this morning got the car set for the race. There was quite a bit of traffic and a red flag put a stop to my fastest lap this afternoon. I'd have hoped for a better starting position, but I the team has given me a strong race car and I'm confident for the race tomorrow. I plan to stay out of trouble and shoot for a good race."