Driver: Alex Tagliani
Entry: No. 77 Bowers and Wilkins FAZZT Race Team Dallara/Honda/Firestone
Event/Track: Road Runner Turbo Indy 300, Kansas City, Kansas, 1.5 Mile Oval
Event Date: Saturday, May 1, 2010 1:30 p.m. ET on ABC, IMS Radio Network, XM Radio 145 and SIRIUS Radio 211 and live at 1:30 p.m. ET on TSN
Race 5 of 17
*Note—Heavy rain delayed practice today and cars did not get underway until 2:30 p.m. CT. Practice was held from 2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. with Qualifications held from 5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Practice Session Results
Speed: 211.187 mph
Speed: 210.887 mph (4 lap average)
*Alex originally qualified 6th but Dan Wheldon, who qualified 3rd , was moved to the back of the grid for driving below the white line during his qualifying effort.
Pole Winner: Ryan Briscoe
Speed: 212.145 mph (4 lap average)
No. 77 Bowers and Wilkins FAZZT Race Team News and Notes
• Tagliani is currently in 14th place in the points standings with 72 points
• 2010 is Tagliani’s first full IndyCar Series season and his 10th season of open wheel racing
• This will be Tagliani’s first event at Kansas Speedway.
• Tagliani has made 31 oval starts in his career with a best finish of 2nd at Twin Ring Motegi in 2002.
• Tagliani has scored 3 pole positions on oval tracks during his career; Brazil in 2000; Fontana in 2001 and Milwaukee in 2003.
• In the past five seasons (since 2005) Tagliani has only raced in six oval events.
Event Start Finish Laps Completed Status Points Standings
Sao Paulo, Brazil 2nd 19th 28 of 61 Contact 12 19th
St. Petersburg, FL 8th 6th 100 of 100 Running 28 13th
Barber Motorsports Park 21st 10th 90 of 90 Running 20 13th
Long Beach Grand Prix 7th 21st 65 of 85 Contact 12 14th
Alex Tagliani on Qualifying for the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300:
“Today is no credit to the driver; it is all credit to the boys of the FAZZT Race Team here and at the shop. They did a fantastic job and it is one of the most well prepared cars
that I have seen and is one of the best cars I have ever driven on an oval. That is a tribute to the boys and how closely they pay attention to the details. We have a very well rounded team and I’m very pleased by that fact. I think we’re pleasantly surprised at how well we did today and it was like Brazil where we showed up and didn’t know where we would stack up. After Brazil we thought “ok, we’re alright” but coming here, the oval was a big unknown. Even with the rain delay today we had enough time to practice and the car was good right off of the truck. One of the key things today was to learn the track as quick as possible because I haven’t run here before but everything is easier when you have a good car. And I think our shakedown test at Homestead played a role in today as well. But really, with the run we did today, I’m pleased. On an oval the preparation of the car is key and our crew showed today why I think they are the best out there and all of the long hours they have put in at the shop are showing up in our effort. Yes, we can always improve but really, this was a great effort and the team just did a great job on the car. “
Allen McDonald, Chief Engineer, on Qualifying for the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300:
“I think today shows what a great effort the boys have done getting ready for the oval track. They built a really, really good car and put a huge amount of effort into it and this result comes down to them. We came here very new to this game as a team and so we wanted to try and make sure that we had a decent race car and hopefully we’ve done that despite there not being a lot of time. I guess we’ll see tomorrow how we fare in the race.”
Don Oldenburg, Crew Chief, on Qualifying for the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300:
“Today was a great result for the crew because they have worked so hard over the last five months on the oval car despite having their road course cars to build as well. So this was a gift to them for their hard effort and work they have put into building this car. The engineering staff did a great job on the set-up coming to the oval and all of our work was laid out and we built the car and Alex completed the job for the team.”
• The course is a 1.5 mile, D-shaped, intermediate oval.
• This is the 10th IZOD IndyCar Race at Kansas Speedway.
• This is the first oval race of the 2010 season. This oval race marks the first in the series Oval Championship which was announced this week by the IZOD IndyCar Series.
• The Series Championship is now divided into an Oval Championship, Road/Street Course Championship and Series Overall Championship. Using the current championship points system, the highest-scoring oval and road/street drivers will be crowned champion of their respective racing discipline. The road title will culminate on Aug. 22 at Infineon Raceway, while the oval contest will conclude Sept. 19 at Twin Ring Motegi. The Oct. 2 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be reserved to honor the overall IZOD IndyCar Series champion.
• Saturday race: 200 laps for 483 km (miles) with the green flag at 2:00 pm ET
• Scott Dixon won last year’s Kansas race
• Dan Wheldon is the only two-time IndyCar winner at Kansas (2007 & 2008)
About FAZZT Race Team: The FAZZT Race Team was formed in July 2009 as a partnership between Andre Azzi of the Azzi Race Division, ATG, and Jim Freudenberg and Jason Priestley of the Rubicon Sports Agency. The team fields a full-time IndyCar Series team that made its debut at the season opening event in Sao Paulo. The team has four Dallara chassis and has signed Canadian driver Alex Tagliani to drive the #77 entry. Andre Azzi, a Montreal based entrepreneur, is the teams’ Chief Executive Officer and motorsports veteran Jim Freudenberg is the teams’ Chief Operating Officer. The team is housed in a 25,000 ft. race shop on the north side of Indianapolis with a second facility that will house their Research and Design division in Montreal. For more information, go to www.FAZZTRaceTeam.com.
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