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Tagliani's unfinished business in Vancouver Rocketsports driver Alex Tagliani looks forward to another "great Canadian race," but has some unfinished business to take care of when he returns to British Columbia for the Molson Indy Vancouver on...

Tagliani's unfinished business in Vancouver

Rocketsports driver Alex Tagliani looks forward to another "great Canadian race," but has some unfinished business to take care of when he returns to British Columbia for the Molson Indy Vancouver on Sunday, July 27th. "The Canadian events are always very well promoted and I expect another good show for Champ Car," said Tagliani, "but I am determined to have a good finish this year in Vancouver." While contact and mechanical problems have previously prevented Tagliani from scoring a strong finish on the 1.781 mile temporary street course, six top-ten finishes, including two podiums, this season, make Tagliani optimistic about mastering the Vancouver challenge.

"Rocketsports has come on strong since the beginning of the season," recalled Tagliani. "We always have fast cars and we're confident on street courses. In 2001, I started on the pole here in Vancouver and led the race until a mechanical failure put me out. We're always fighting for a podium and intend to add another top-three finish this year."   

Tagliani accepts the tremendous responsibility of initiating decisions on the set-up of the #33 Johnson Controls Lola. "We're a first year team collecting data on the Lola, which is new to us. It's hard work and a constant learning experience," said Tagliani, "but I am happy with our progress."

Tagliani is currently ninth in the Champ Car World Series standings with 51 points. Six top-five starts this season and consistently fast laps fuel Tagliani and crew to push on in the 2003 competition. "We have to work harder and score some points to finish in the top five in the Championship," said Tagliani, with a look ahead to the remaining nine races in the season.

Vancouver Fast Facts

-In 2002, Tagliani started eighth and had a dramatic seventh place when he made contact with only eight laps left

-In 2001, Tagliani earned his second career pole and led 68 laps until a gearbox failure resulted in a 23rd place finish

-In 2000, Tagliani started 19th and finished 18th when contact put him out of the running

-Track length 1.781 mile (2.866 km) temporary street course

-Race distance 183.44 miles, 100 laps (two hours, ten minutes)

-Tagliani was eighth in the 2002 championship standings with 111 points

Molson Indy Vancouver Broadcast Schedule

July 26 - Champ Car Qualifying 4:30 - 6:00 pm (ET) on SPEED

July 27 - Champ Car Pre-Race Show and Race 9:00 pm - 12:00 midnight (ET) on SPEED

July 27 Champ Car Race (LIVE) Local start time 1:00 pm (PT) FOX Sports Espanol

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