CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Rocketsports Racing Saturday report

Queensland, Australia -- Alex Tagliani, driver of the No. 33 Johnson Controls Lola, will sit in fourth position in the second row of the starting grid for the Lexmark Indy 300 tomorrow. Tagliani qualified fourth overall with a time of 1:32.135 ...

Queensland, Australia -- Alex Tagliani, driver of the No. 33 Johnson Controls Lola, will sit in fourth position in the second row of the starting grid for the Lexmark Indy 300 tomorrow. Tagliani qualified fourth overall with a time of 1:32.135 (109.209 mph, 176.144 km/h). This will be Tagliani's best of four starts in the great Australian race. In 2001, Tagliani started seventh and finished fourth. Tagliani looks to add to the three podium finishes he has earned this season and give Rocketsports a much deserved boost in the Champ Car World Series point standings.

"The No. 33 Johnson Controls Lola was great on today.It had at least another four tenths in it, but I caught some traffic and couldn't push it," said Tagliani. "I'll work at it tomorrow to push ahead from fourth on the grid. I know the guys have given me a good car to do it."

Johnson Controls Australia has come out in full force to support the Rocketsports team, that has posted impressive results in their debut Champ Car season. The Australian Controls division is approximately 300 strong with 13 plants across Australia and the Eastern Seaboard.

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

In addition to a podium finish in 2001, Tagliani met his wife, Sports model Bronte Tagliani, who is originally from Melbourne, Australia

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