A very quick lap by Tagliani on his final run propels him to third Sonoma, California (August 20, 2010) -- Canadian driver Alex Tagliani drove a exceptional lap on his final run in the opening practice session of Round 13 of the 2010 IZOD...
A very quick lap by Tagliani on his final run propels him to third
Sonoma, California (August 20, 2010) -- Canadian driver Alex Tagliani drove a exceptional lap on his final run in the opening practice session of Round 13 of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series held Friday at the 2.303 mile Infineon Raceway road course located in northern California's Sonoma County. On his final run, Tagliani bettered his previous best lap time by more than a second and three tenths to jump from 20th on the chart to third overall, only 26 hundredths of a second from Dario Franchitti, the quickest of the 25 drivers registered for this race. Tagliani's best lap time was clocked at 1 minute 18.5661 seconds for an average speed of 105.525 mph, while Franchitti stopped the clock at 1:18,2969 (105.888 mph) Will Power was second quickest with a time of 1:18.3011, only four thousandths of a second from Franchitti.
Scott Dixon finished fourth ahead of Justin Wilson and Marco Andretti. On Saturday, following the afternoon practice session, the knockout qualifying round will begin at 5:30 p.m. The elimination rounds will eventually set up the Firestone fastest six drivers of the day who will battle for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma pole.
"I'm very happy with the session; the team did a fantastic job getting the car ready for this track," Tagliani said. "We found some things in Mid-Ohio that have helped us move in the right direction. I think we've turned a corner in the last race and even though we didn't get to test here last week, what we have found has stayed with us. This is my first time on this track so I think we're going to need to learn the track better and improve our performance at every outing. Overall, I think we finally found what we were looking for, and we now have a car that can run up front."
"Coming off a great race at Mid-Ohio this is a good way to start the weekend," said Rob Edwards, FAZZT Race Team COO. "Alex did a great job, especially since he hasn't been here before and he hasn't had a chance to learn the race track. He always learns new tracks quickly so we were able to start working with the car set ups and making gains early in the session. It's a good start for the weekend but Sunday is what counts. So, we'll just keep our heads down and keep working"