CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Rocketsports Racing race report

Tagliani, flirting with success The 18th annual Molson Indy Toronto proved to be a roller coaster of a ride for Rocketsports driver Alex Tagliani. The young Canadian was excited about qualifying fourth, making it his best of four starts on the...

Tagliani, flirting with success

The 18th annual Molson Indy Toronto proved to be a roller coaster of a ride for Rocketsports driver Alex Tagliani. The young Canadian was excited about qualifying fourth, making it his best of four starts on the Toronto street course. Tagliani added to the thrills with some clever maneuvers in the # 33 Johnson Controls Lola at the race start, which were among the most dramatic of the day. This momentum came to a halt when seemingly slight contact with the # 1 Newman/Haas car forced Tagliani to retire for the day and accept a 17th place finish.

Minutes after the start of the 112 lap race Tagliani shot into second position behind the leader, Paul Tracy. Tagliani stayed in pursuit of the lead for 28 laps until contact with Bruno Junqueira resulted in a bent upright. This brought a frustrating premature end to the first of three Canadian races on the Champ Car schedule for Tagliani.

"I moved quickly into second place after a great start," said Tagliani. "I had a lot of push in the front of the car and a lot of understeer. I expected to add more front wing in my next pit, but had to push it until then."

"I felt Bruno hit me from behind on the right and the car was crooked right away. I knew the suspension was off and I couldn't drive the car. It is frustrating, but we are getting closer and success will come," said Tagliani, who remains in ninth position in the Champ Car World Series championship standings with 51 points.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy