Alex Tagliani’s Race Results
Start Position: 5th
Finish Position: 10th
Laps Completed: 200 of 200
• Today was Alex’s 2nd Indy 500 and his best finish. He finished 11th last year.
• Alex was running in 3rd or 4th in the first segment of today’s race.
• After the first stop, Alex was caught out high and dropped back to 8th.
• He was continually running in the top-ten throughout the majority of the race.
• The team employed an alternate strategy by not taking tires for the final pit stop hoping to gain positions.
• Alex maintained excellent fuel mileage throughout the race which enabled him to stay in the top of the field throughout the 200 miles.
Alex Tagliani on today’s race:
“The team did a fantastic job and the Bowers and Wilkins car was too quick. On one restart I guess I turned it wrong and Saavedra didn’t give me a lot of room out there and he was a lap down, and I got into the marbles and lost 10 positions.
Once you’re back there and with the downforce level we were running it was very difficult to get back to the front. The team has just done a fantastic job all month long and I’m so proud of the boys. They gave me a good car. We were hoping to win it and we were pretty aggressive with our downforce levels and we were going to stay up front. It just got too hard when we dropped back in the pack with our downforce to get back to the front. The team did a fantastic job all month long and I think we can leave this place with our heads held high and go to Texas and score more points and get up in the Championship.”
Rob Edwards, General Manager, on today’s race:
“It’s been a disappointing day from what we hoped and where we started. I don’t know yet what happened with Bruno’s car as I haven’t had a chance to chat with him since I was calling Alex’s race. Tag was strong early on and lost some ground early on in the restarts but the guys on the stand did a great job on the fuel mileage and figured out what we needed to do to get the #77 car home. We managed to salvage a top-ten out of it. It was disappointing on the day but when you look at the two weeks as a whole it’s been an excellent effort from the whole team and we’re happy with that and hopefully we’ll stay up there in points and move on to Texas.”
Driver: BRUNO JUNQUEIRA
Entry: No. 33 Bowers and Wilkins/TorcUP of Canada/Service Central Entry
Bruno Junqueira’s Race Results
Start Position: 25th
Finish Position: 32nd
Laps Completed: 7 of 200
• Bruno was the fastest qualifier on Bump Day and was starting his 6th Indy 500 today.
• His contact was a single car incident and occurred on lap 7 in Turn 2.
• Junqueira’s best finish at Indianapolis has been 5th on two occasions (2001 and 2004).
Bruno Junqueira on today’s race:
“I really don’t know what happened as I was being very conservative. I maybe came a little bit too high in Turn 2, I just don’t know I lost the car. I really don’t know because everything was feeling so good and it’s just so disappointing. It’s very difficult because me, Tony (Kanaan) and Vitor (Meira) were running very fast and there was a little bit slower traffic and it was a bit crazy there so I was trying to stay behind and wait for an open gap. It’s unfortunate. But I have to really thank B & W, TorcUP of Canada and Service Central for their support because at least I got the chance to run. I hope I can be back next year.”
Derrick Walker, race strategist for Bruno Junqueira on today’s race:
“It looked like the car just got loose on Bruno going into the corner there and he almost caught it but it just got away from him. Which is a little surprising because he didn’t have that sensation prior to that, the race had just started and the tires were fresh and everything was going to plan when the just jumped out on him. Just looking at what has happened in the other incidents today the track conditions were pretty slick out there so that appears to be what might have happened.”
Media contact: Jana Watt
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