Alex Tagliani’s Qualifying Results
Position: 5th, Middle of Row 2 Starting Position
Average Qualifying Speed (4 laps): 226.398 mph (Lap 1: 226.365, Lap 2: 226.628, Lap 3: 226.341, Lap 4: 226.226)
Pole Winner: Helio Castroneves/227.52 mph average
Media Notes on Qualifying:
• Alex initial qualifying attempt in segment 1 was the top speed until Helio Castroneves bumped him from the pole at approximately 2:30 p.m.
• Alex’s qualifying average in segment 1 was 226.392 mph.
• Rob Edwards, Team Manager, chose 4th for Alex’s position in the 2nd segment of qualifying.
• On Alex’s first attempt of the 2nd segment he ran a 226.258 mph. The team then waited approximately 30 minutes before rolling out for a 2nd attempt. In Alex’s 2nd attempt he ran a 226.398 mph average speed which would ultimately be his fastest of the 2nd segment.
• Alex did make a 3rd attempt but did not better his qualifying average so the 2nd attempt was recorded and Alex is now going to start in the 5th position, middle of the 2nd row, for the 94th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Alex Tagliani on Qualifying:
“I’m so proud of this team. The group of engineers and the crew has just done a tremendous job on this Bowers and Wilkins car. We spent some time today on the front row and ended up fifth here and to have this result at Indianapolis is just amazing.
To be able to fight with the Penske’s and Ganassi’s of the IZOD IndyCar Series and have the opportunity to battle against them is just a huge honor. I’m so proud to be the driver and the Bowers and Wilkins car is going to start fifth in the Indianapolis 500. That is just an amazing accomplishment for this team.”
Rob Edwards, General Manager, on Qualifying:
“There is such a mix of emotions after sitting on the front row for three hours during the day but the big picture, for a new team to come here the first year and Qualifying in the middle of the second row and basically only be beat by Penske and Dario Franchitti from Ganassi is incredible. Really, the whole week has just gone fantastic. I’m just very proud today of the group of guys that we have built this team with and that are here at FAZZT. The achievements today are the achievements of every single person on this team.”
Media Note regarding Bruno Junqueira:
The FAZZT Race team is going to attempt to qualify driver Bruno Junqueira in the #33 Bowers and Wilkins/CanTorque entry tomorrow at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. These sponsors are both on the #77 car of Alex Tagliani and today stepped in to help field the #33 entry for Junqueira for the Indianapolis 500.
Junqueira, a native of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, has competed in five previous Indianapolis 500 events capturing the pole in his second effort at the Indy 500 in 2002. Junqueira has led 52 laps at the famed 2.5 mile oval and has finished 5th on two occasions, 2001 and 2004. Junqueira most recently qualified the Conquest Racing entry on Bump Day in 2009 in the 30th position but did not compete in the race due to a driver change. Junqueira graciously stepped out of the entry for the teams’ full-time driver Alex Tagliani who had failed to make the field due to a technical fault.
Rob Edwards on the #33 entry:
“Now that we have Alex safely in the show, we have a car that we have been building up all week for Bruno. It’s as identical as we can make it to Alex’s car and we’ll be on track tomorrow morning with Bruno in that #33 car and try to get Bruno in the show tomorrow.”
Media contact: Jana Watt
FAZZT Race Team
(317) 709-3855 or firstname.lastname@example.org