CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Rocketsports Racing Friday report

Tagliani Loses First Qualifying Results Round 18, Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Queensland, Australia -- Rocketsports driver, Alex Tagliani, posted the second quickest time in the first qualifying session for...

Tagliani Loses First Qualifying Results

Round 18, Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford

Queensland, Australia -- Rocketsports driver, Alex Tagliani, posted the second quickest time in the first qualifying session for the Lexmark Indy 300 in Surfers Paradise, Australia. A routine post-session technical inspection revealed that the No.33 Johnson Controls Lola was just underweight, therefore disqualifying Tagliani's provisional results. (time 1:33.265, speed 107.88 mph).

"Well, I thought losing a potential pole in the last few minutes of the session was a letdown, but this is more disappointing. The pre and post session tech inspections show a difference in the weight of the car, but we are not sure where the problem (discrepancy) is," said Tagliani.

"The car is still very fast. The Rocketsports guys did a great job setting it up. It handles well on this track, that has a lot of grip, similar to Long Beach and Monterrey, where we did well. We'll just come back tomorrow, try again and get it right," concluded Tagliani.

Tagliani/Australia Fast Facts

-With 76 career starts in four years of Champ Car racing, Tagliani has earned eight podiums, 15 top-five finishes, and 38 top-ten finishes

- In 2002, in Australia, Tagliani qualified 14th with a time of 1:32.300 (109.014mph), but was 13th in the restart following the washout of competitors in lap one due to torrential rains, and went on to finish 6th

- Tagliani finished a career-best eighth in the 2002 Champ Car World Series with 111 points

- Sports model, Bronte Tagliani is originally from Melbourne, Australia

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