CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Rocketsports Racing Saturday report

Tagliani Third on the Starting Grid for the Molson Indy Toronto As dark clouds hovered over Toronto, Alex Tagliani in the ...

Tagliani Third on the Starting Grid for the Molson Indy Toronto

As dark clouds hovered over Toronto, Alex Tagliani in the # 33 Johnson Controls Lola screamed out of the Rocketsports pit early in today's qualifying session, hoping to avoid the rain. Tagliani was third quickest in the session with a fast lap of 59.261 (106.613 mph, 171.577 km/h) and fourth in the combined qualifying results. Tagliani will sit in fourth position on the starting grid for the 18th annual Molson Indy Toronto.

"We are satisfied with our results in qualifying today," said Tagliani about his best starting position in four Toronto attempts. "The car feels very good; the guys have done a great job with it. We expected to get some rain and took a gamble by going out early in the session. The rain didn't come as expected, so the track had more grip and may have been better later on, but we were still fast and hope to finish on the podium tomorrow."

"I was in Montreal this week visiting my family, but also spent a lot of time on the phone with the engineers working on the setup for this weekend," reported Tagliani. "I have to say, hats off to the engineers, who just started working with the data on the Toronto track and the setup needed here. They have prepared a fast car and if we keep this up we'll have some great results. I am excited for next year when we will have collected more data on the Lola and the Toronto set-up, and things will be even better," said Tagliani, pleased with the continual growth and progress of the Rocketsports team.

Saturday Qualifying Results
THIRD in session
Fast Lap: 59.261
Lap Speed: 106.613 mph, 171.577 km/h

Tagliani in Toronto/Background Information

-2000 - qualified 19th and finished fifth

-2001 - started fifth and finished second

-2002 - started 11th and finished seventh

-Tagliani currently sits in ninth position in the series standings with 51 points

-In his nine starts this season Tagliani has secured two podium finishes, a pole and six top ten finishes for the Rocketsports team

-Rocketsports primary sponsor Johnson Controls employs 1200 people at six plants in the greater Toronto area

-Molson Indy Toronto race length 196.560 miles (112 laps)

-Track Length: 1.755 mile (2.824 km) temporary street course

Molson Indy Toronto Champ Car Race LIVE on CBS 12:30 pm (ET)

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