Tagliani and the FAZZT Team looking to move up the field during the race
Joliet, Illinois (August 27, 2010) - As he did in 2008 on his first visit to the 2.086-kilometer D-shaped tri-oval Chicagoland Speedway located in Joliet, Illinois, Canadian driver Alex Tagliani has once again qualified 19th out of 29 in Friday’s qualifying session. The FAZZT Race Team driver will start Saturday’s PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300 from the inside of row 10 next to Belgian rookie Bertrand Baguette. There is however a ray of hope for Tagliani in the fact that Brazilian Helio Castroneves won the 2008 race at Chicagoland after starting 28th on the grid.
“I’m very frustrated! It’s disappointing not to have qualified better but the race is obviously what counts,” Alex Tagliani said. “The mile and a half ovals are all a little different and as a first year team, we are learning a bit each time on them. I think we’ve gained a lot in set up and what we’ve found will be good for the race tomorrow (Sunday), as well as Kentucky and the rest of the season. I know I can rely on the team to give me a good race car and I know that we can move forward from our starting position.”
Ryan Briscoe, who collected his third consecutive Chicagoland pole and his second of the year, will be looking for a back-to-back win on the Illinois track. The Australian driver’s pole was pole number 11 on the year for Team Penske. Team Chip Ganassi driver Dario Franchitti will start on the outside of the front row next to Briscoe. Eight of the other Team Penske poles were won by Will Power, who was third quickest in qualifying Friday. He will start next to teammate Helio Castroneves. Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal will share row three.
Round 14 of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar schedule is a 200-lap, 483 kilometers race that will run under the lights on Saturday and broadcasted live August 28 on TSN2 starting at 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Live coverage starts at 7:00. Live Timing and Scoring, as well as video coverage of the race are available at www.indycar.com.
Point Standings after 13 Rounds
With his fifth win of the season at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma last week, Will Power has increased to 59 points his lead over Dario Franchitti in the overall standings. Power has 514 points to Franchitti’s 455. Scott Dixon remains in third place with 419 points. Ryan Briscoe (385) and Helio Castroneves are fourth and fifth respectively. As for Tagliani, he moved up one position to 12th overall with 244 points.
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