Lexington, Ohio (August 6, 2010) — FAZZT Race Team driver Alex Tagliani finished 22nd overall in Friday’s practice leading to Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. Tagliani’s quickest lap was posted on the 19th of 22 laps he completed today, when he went around the 3.634-kilometer Mid-Ohio road course in 1 minute 09.2814 seconds for an average speed of 188.824 km/h. Tagliani was the last driver to post a lap within a second of Newman-Haas driver Graham Rahal who topped the chart in the only practice session of the day. The Ohio-born driver traveled the track in 1:08.3061 second for at an average speed of 191.520 km/h. second quickest of the day was Penske Racing driver Will Power with a lap time of 1:08.3301, only two hundredths of a second off Rahal’s time. Power’s teammate Helio Castroneves was third fastest with a track time of 1:08.3779. Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) and Ryan Briscoe, the third member of the Penske team, round up the top five. Twenty-seven drivers took part in Friday’s session.
Drivers will return on track Saturday morning for the second 60-minute practice session in preparation for the only qualifying session scheduled to start a 12:35 p.m. The fastest six drivers following the first segment of qualifying will move on to the Firestone Fast 6 shootout session for pole position.
“Even with the result and the lap time, I feel that we accomplished a lot today and we finally got something really positive in our car and I’m really happy, Tagliani said. A lot of the guys put tires on and we didn’t, I think we’re much better than what the lap times show, I’m very happy with all the changes we’ve made and I really think tomorrow’s going to be a very different day. I’m very happy with the progress we’ve made and I feel confident that we are ending the session on a very positive note.”
Round 12 of 17 of the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule, an 85-lap — 308.890 km race — will be broadcast live on TSN2 starting with the pre-race show at 2:30 p.m. ET. Live Timing and Scoring as well as video coverage of all practice sessions, qualifying, and the race are available at www.indycar.com.
Rob Edwards, FAZZT Team COO on Friday’s practice
“Obviously not having tested, this afternoon was really our test day. The good news is Alex has been to Mid-Ohio before and he likes the track so we were able to use this as a chance for him to get reacquainted and to try a few things with the car that we wanted to evaluate. We treated this afternoon very much as a test day we learned some good things. We’ve been struggling with a couple of things in the last few road course races and I think we’ve really made some progress and we’re in a really good position for tomorrow.”