CHAMPCAR/CART: Road America: Rocketsports Racing race report

Tagliani scoops yet another podium for Rocketsports Racing in the Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road America Round 12, Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford In his 71st career start, Alex Tagliani, driver of the No. 33X...

Tagliani scoops yet another podium for Rocketsports Racing in the Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road America Round 12, Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford

In his 71st career start, Alex Tagliani, driver of the No. 33X Johnson Controls Lola, earned yet another podium finish, continuing the record of outstanding performance from the first year Rocketsports team. Tagliani's third place finish is his third of the season and he is delighted it happened in the Mario Andretti Grand Prix at Road America. "Today I love this track!" exclaimed Tagliani, who has three top-three starts and two podium-finishes at the 4.048 mile Wisconsin track.

Following a rain delay, which allowed for greater visibility, Tagliani was happy to run in the wet conditions, rather than postpone the race to a dry day. "The track was humid at first and very slippery. When the light rain started the 'rubber-line' was slick and oily," reported Tagliani, "but it was important for us to run the No. 33X Johnson Controls Lola on a damp track because those were the conditions we had and set the car up for. I started pretty far from the front and had to pass a lot to get ahead. It was toughest to pass Carpentier because he was fast in the straight-away, but I did it. I also picked up two spots thanks to a fantastic pit stop from the Rocketsports crew," explained Tagliani.

The decision to shorten the race from 60 to 34 laps worked in Tagliani's favor, as he encountered tire damaged with just two laps remaining. "I flat-spotted the tires and was just hanging on for those last two laps, so when that checkered flag came out; Man, I was happy," said a very relieved Tagliani, who is tenth in the series standings with 65 points.

The entire Rocketsports team had reason to be relieved at such a strong comeback following Friday's incident during open practice, which left the Rocketsports' primary car in pieces. "The Rocketsports crew had to prepare the back-up car for today. This podium is a like gift to thank the guys for all their long hours and hard work," concluded Tagliani.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Mario Andretti