CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Rocketsports Saturday report

Tagliani takes the pole at the Molson Indy Montreal. Alex Tagliani, driver of the No. 33 Johnson Controls Lola, scooped his fifth career pole and the second of the season for the first year Rocketsports Racing team. With a time of 1:19.665 ...

Tagliani takes the pole at the Molson Indy Montreal.

Alex Tagliani, driver of the No. 33 Johnson Controls Lola, scooped his fifth career pole and the second of the season for the first year Rocketsports Racing team. With a time of 1:19.665 (122.418 mph, 197.012 km/h) Tagliani was thrilled to claim the pole position in Montreal, his home town, and for the Rocketsports team, that has worked so hard with Tagliani for such impressive results. Tagliani has earned 11 top-ten starts in 2003, including the Pole in Milwaukee and claims a trio of third place podiums among his eight top-ten finishes.

"I am the same guy who drove yesterday," said Tagliani humbly, "but I must have a faster car today to get such good results. Thanks to my engineers, Will Phillips and Adam Schaechter, the car is great. The guys did such a great job on it all weekend. They have worked very hard all season and to have this pole for the race tomorrow is rewarding. It must be a big relief for them," said Tagliani, who continues to be intimately involved in the set up of the Lola and work closely with the team he calls "his brothers."

Tagliani and the Rocketsports proudly hosted visitors from the official CART Champ Car World Series Charitable organization, Hole in the Wall Camps. Founded by Newman-Haas team co-owner Paul Newman, the campers spent the day with the Rocketsports crew to watch the inner workings of the team and Tagliani's daily race routine. Clearly the young campers well wishes of "double good luck" worked for Tagliani today.

With tremendous support from Johnson Controls and Montreal-based Saputo, Tagliani will lead the field in tomorrow's Molson Indy Montreal. The Rocketsports team will also welcome Justin Trudeau as their guest for the day.

Montreal Fast Facts
-In 2002, Tagliani qualified 8th with a time of 1:19.841 (122.148 mph) and finished 11th
-Tagliani is currently eighth in the Champ Car World Series standings with 73 points
-Tagliani has claimed 8 top-ten finishes, including a trio of third-place podiums and one pole for the first year Rocketsports racing team in the No. 33 Johnson Controls Lola

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

-rsr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Paul Newman