CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Rocketsports race report

Rocketsports back on the podium in Portland. Another outstanding job by Alex Tagliani and the Rocketsports crew led to the second podium finish for the first year team in G. I. Joe's 200 at the Portland International Speedway. Tagliani started...

Rocketsports back on the podium in Portland.

Another outstanding job by Alex Tagliani and the Rocketsports crew led to the second podium finish for the first year team in G. I. Joe's 200 at the Portland International Speedway. Tagliani started fifth and finished third today in the #33 Johnson Controls Lola, scooping his seventh career podium. Tagliani drove the 100 lap race on the 1.969 mile/3.169 km Portland track as aggressively as possible and secured 14 race points. This puts Tagliani in ninth position in the Champ Car World Series standings with 46 points overall.

Words from Tagliani

"Our success today was a real team effort. The Rocketsports crew did a great job and gave me great pit stops. I raced like I normally do with support from Paul (Gentilozzi) and Phil (Howard). My engineers gave me a great car. It took a while for the car to come to temperature, but it worked really well once it did, for such a fast-paced race. I wish I were even more aggressive from the get-go to move higher up the grid, but I am happy with our results today."

"I am glad we (the Rocketsports team) have had the start to the season we have had, and realized how competitive we can be. If we didn't have the troubles we had in Laguna, we wouldn't have looked so hard for ways to correct it and new ways to be quicker in the Lola. We found them for the race today and I believe we will become even more competitive. If we keep on knocking at the door like this, pretty soon we'll have our chance (at a first place finish)."

Fast Facts
-Start/Finish: 5/3
-Race Points: 14
-Position in Series Standings: 9th
-Championship Points: 46
-Saturday Qualifying Session: 59.061 (120.018 mph, 193.150 km/h)
-Friday Qualifying Session: 59.935 (118.268 miles/190.334 km/h)
-Tagliani sensed he had a quick car this morning during the warm-up session when he posted the fastest time of 59.309 with the #33 Johnson Controls Lola
-Tagliani has earned five top-ten finishes in eight races of the 2003 Champ Car World Series, including a third place podium in race two of the Rocketsports inaugural season.
-The 20th Anniversary Portland race was Tagliani's 67th career start in four years
-Today's third place finish was Tagliani's second podium of the season, and seventh of his Champ Car career
-Last season in Portland Tagliani qualified fourth and finished 12th
-In Portland, 2001 Tagliani qualified 20th and finished 12th
-Tagliani finished eighth in the 2002 Champ Car World Series Championship standings

-rsr-

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