Indianapolis, Indiana (August 19, 2010) — Canadian driver Alex Tagliani and the FAZZT Race Team will once again find themselves in uncharted territory this weekend as they tackle the 3.707 km Infineon Raceway road course located near Sonoma in northern California for round 13 of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series. The team will have to come up with the correct setting right out of the box in order to perform well this weekend. Action begins on Friday at 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time, with the opening practice session. 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 hear that Infineon Raceway is a very nice track,” Alex Tagliani said. “Since this will be our first time there, I’m curious to see it, but I’ve heard great things about it. We’re coming off a good result in Mid-Ohio and if we can continue to build on that to finish the season strong that would be great. The team has been working really hard on improving our car for road courses and I think we made giant steps in Mid-Ohio. I’m looking forward to getting on track in Sonoma and see if we can continue on the improvements to the car that have been made.”
Round 13 of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar schedule is a 75 laps, 277.973 kilometers race that will be broadcast live this Sunday August 22 on TSN2 and VERSUS starting at 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Live Timing and Scoring as well as video coverage of all practice sessions, qualifying, and the race are available at www.indycar.com. Winners in Sonoma
No one has ever repeated as a winner of an IndyCar race at Sonoma since the series first began to compete at the road course located north of the Golden Gate Bridge in 2005. Five winners in five races. Ryan Briscoe won the first-ever pole, but it was Brazilian Tony Kanaan who won the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. In 2006, Marco Andretti was victorious ahead of Dario Franchitti, and the following year Scott Dixon was the winner after qualifying fifth. Helio Castroneves finished second that year, but won from the pole in 2008. Franchitti followed suit last season, also with a win from pole position. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who had won the pole in 2007, is the only repeat pole winner at Infineon Raceway, but no one as yet repeated as a race winner.
Weekend Schedule August 20-22, 2010
• Friday Practice: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET
• Saturday Practice: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET
• Saturday Qualifying & Firestone Fast Six: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. ET
• Sunday Warm-Up: 1:15 — 1:45 p.m. ET
• Sunday Race: 75 laps for 277.973-km with the green flag at 5:45 p.m. ET