CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Rocketsports Racing preview

Scoring in Surfer's: Tagliani to the Lexmark Indy 300, Gold Coast, Australia Round 18, Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Queensland, Australia -- Rocketsports Racing heads to the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia...

Scoring in Surfer's: Tagliani to the Lexmark Indy 300, Gold Coast, Australia
Round 18, Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford

Queensland, Australia -- Rocketsports Racing heads to the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia for the famed Lexmark Indy 300 in Surfer's Paradise. Alex Tagliani, driver of the No. 33 Johnson Controls Lola, will celebrate his 31st birthday withhis team on the lush Australian coast and shootfor great results in thev5-lap race. Tagliani has battled for a position among the top-ten in the championship all season and currently ranks ninth with 91 points. Tagliani has claimed two poles, three podiums and ten top-ten finishes for the first year Rocketsports team. J

Tagliani lives to compete and with him in his lifework is his wife and partner Bronte, who he met in Australia in 2001. Forever grateful to Australia for his find, Tagliani happily returns to Surfer's Paradise hoping to score on the 2.795 mile temporary street course on Sunday, October 26. Last year in Surfer's, Tagliani qualified with a time of 1:32.300 (109.014 mph), started 13th and finished sixth.

"Australia is a special place because of the great racing and exciting atmosphere. It is also where I met my wife, Bronte, so it will always be home and a special part of our lives," said Tagliani. "I enjoy driving this track and look forward to a good weekend."

"It is very important for me and the Rocketsports team to do well there. We've had some unfortunate incidents in the last few races and really need a boost in the series standings to reflect all the hard work we have put into this season. I have had some good finishes in Australia in the past, with a podium finish two years ago and sixth last year. I am looking to qualify well and hang in there for a good finish this year," 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 wash-out 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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