Sunday, August 24, 2003

Tagliani wins CART pole


Open-wheels round-up

The Associated Press

MONTREAL - A Canadian will start from the pole in today's Montreal Molson Indy, but it won't be series points leader Paul Tracy.

Montreal native Alex Tagliani leaped from fifth in provisional qualifying to the top spot in Saturday's time trials on the 13-turn, 2.709-mile Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, while the favored Tracy was a disappointing eighth.

Tagliani was clocked in 1 minute, 19.665 seconds, a speed of 122.418 mph.

Bruno Junqueira, trailing Tracy by 20 points in the standings, barely missed winning the point that goes with the pole, posting a lap .006 seconds slower than Tagliani.

IRL: Polesitter Scott Dixon is hoping speed will be the decisive factor at Nazareth Speedway.

He was very fast Saturday, backing up the quickest practice lap of the weekend by winning the pole for the Firestone Indy 225. It was his fifth pole of the season - one short of Billy Boat's 1997 mark.

Two-time defending series champion Sam Hornish Jr. qualified ninth.

FORMULA ONE: Renault's Fernando Alonso earned the pole for the Hungarian Grand Prix, while world champion Michael Schumacher qualified eighth. It is the third consecutive race in which Schumacher, the series leader, won't line up among the top three.

Today's races

Indy Racing League

Race: Firestone Indy 225, Nazareth, Pa.

Time/TV: 3 p.m./ESPN

CART

Race: Molson Indy Montreal

Time/TV: 2 p.m./Speed Channel (9:30 p.m., taped)

Formula One

Race: Hungarian Grand Prix

Time/TV: 7:30 a.m./Speed Channel




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