“From where we are starting for Saturday’s race we can definitely make it to the front.” – Alex Tagliani
No 77 Bowers & Wilkins/TorcUp FAZZT Race Team Dallara/Honda/Firestone
Kentucky Indy 300 – 200 laps/ 483 kilometers
11th IndyCar race at Kentucky Speedway
Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Kentucky – 2.414 km tri-oval
Race on Saturday, September 4 at 7:45 p.m. ET;
Tape delay broadcast on TSN2 at 11:00 p.m.
Live Timing & Scoring and Video is available at www.indycar.com
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Sparta, Kentucky (September 3, 2010) - On his first-ever visit to the 2.414-km Kentucky Speedway tri-oval, Canadian Alex Tagliani placed his No 77 Bowers & Wilkins Dallara in 13th position in Friday’s lone qualifying session. Tagliani will start Saturday night’s Kentucky Indy 300 from the inside of row seven next to rookie Takuma Sato. The FAZZT Race Team driver averaged 348.247 km/h during his two-lap qualifying run (49.2443 s), only 348 thousandths of a second from pole winner Ed Carpenter (48.8958 s). Carpenter, who averaged 350.728 km/h, edged points leader Will Power by only 23 thousandths of a second to score his first-ever IndyCar pole. For the first time in his IZOD IndyCar Series career, Carpenter will lead the field of 27 cars on the opening circuit of the 200-lap round 13 of the 2010 season schedule. Dan Wheldon and Scott Dixon will share Row two, while the cars of Hideki Mutoh and rookie Bertrand Baguette will fill the next row.
“It was a good effort from everyone. The car was a little bit loose in qualifying but we were faced with gusts of wind, which was very different from the conditions we experienced in the morning,” Alex Tagliani said. “Our first qualifying lap was a P9 lap but we dropped off on lap two as I got loose and lost momentum. Overall, it was still very good. The car was a little closer to what we are looking for than it was when we first got to Chicago last weekend, and eventually we had a really fast car for that race. From where we are starting for Saturday’s race we can definitely make it to the front.”
Rob Edwards, FAZZT Race Team COO/General Manager:
“I’m reasonably happy with qualifying I think we should have been in the top ten, but we just lost a little speed in turn three and four on the last lap. I think we’ve got a good racecar for tomorrow. We had a good race in Chicago although we didn’t get the result that we wanted, but I think the momentum from Chicago has carried with us though into Kentucky. We’re excited about tomorrow night and putting the Bowers and Wilkins/La Capsule Sportive/TorcUP car up front.”
The green flag for round 15 of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar schedule will be waved Saturday September 4 at 7:45 p.m., Eastern Time. The 200 laps, 483 kilometers race will be broadcast on a tape delay Saturday night on TSN2 at 11:00 p.m., ET. Live Timing and Scoring as well as video coverage the race are available at www.indycar.com.
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