FORT WORTH, Texas (Sunday, June 7, 2009) - After a strong performance in qualifying Friday night for the Bombardier Learjet 550k at Texas Motor Speedway, Conquest Racing and driver Alex Tagliani kept their form and stayed out of trouble Saturday...
FORT WORTH, Texas (Sunday, June 7, 2009) - After a strong performance in qualifying Friday night for the Bombardier Learjet 550k at Texas Motor Speedway, Conquest Racing and driver Alex Tagliani kept their form and stayed out of trouble Saturday night while bringing the #34 Rexall Edmonton Indy/King Tut car home in 14th place.
Tagliani, who was taking part in only his second oval race of the season and first on a 1.5-mile superspeedway, started in 13th place. He was able to gain a few positions several times during the race, but a gamble towards the end of the race to stay out and get a lap back didn't pay off as the race stayed green. Tag had to pit for a splash of fuel with 22 laps to go and ended up in 14th position.
Although he had posted good speeds in practice and in qualifying and had a good, stable Rexall Edmonton Indy/King Tut machine on track during the race, Tagliani's car didn't have the straightaway speed needed to stay with the lead pack. Although he gained some positions through his pit stops and battled on track, the Canadian driver saw himself end his first race at Texas Motor Speedway in a fairly satisfying 14th place.
Tagliani and the Conquest team have now completed all four races they have started this season and despite missing two events, Tagliani is making a strong showing in the point standings.
14th - Alex Tagliani, #34 Rexall Edmonton Indy Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"We had a good weekend overall. Unfortunately during the race we just lost speed somehow. We were 3-4 miles off sometimes what we were doing in practice and qualifying. We're looking into it but the guys still did a great job and the Rexall Edmonton Indy/King Tut car was consistent and had a lot of grip. I was flat out for like 95% of the race. It's just too bad that we couldn't come out of here with a better result on paper but we're still satisfied with the progress that the team has done and we're leaving with a smile on our face."
Eric Bachelart, Team Owner
"I think we can say we had a satisfying weekend. We've progressed a lot since last year here and that's always a good sign. We're not too sure what happened tonight to lose speed like that but we'll head back to our shop in Indianapolis and look into it. Everyone once again, did a great job and no matter the result tonight I think there's a lot of positives that came out of the weekend that we can build on."