Strong qualifying effort puts Andrew Ranger and Alex Tagliani on first two rows of the grid for NASCAR Canada event



    MONTREAL, Aug. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian drivers Andrew Ranger and Alex
Tagliani, united for the first time as teammates with Jacombs Racing, will
line up on rows 1 and 2 respectively for Saturday's NASCAR Canadian Tire
Series on Montreal's Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.
    Ranger, the Roxton Pond, Quebec driver who is currently leading the
series, registered a qualifying time of 1:47:452 on the 4.3-km circuit, the
second-fastest lap among the 29 drivers. Tagliani, the Lachenaie, Quebec
native and Champ Car World Series veteran, posted the fourth-quickest time,
1:48:447, in the No. 8 GAIN car, after the laundry detergent brand's
sponsorship enabled him to fulfill a desire to race a stock car in front of a
home crowd for the first time in his racing career.
    Tagliani, who grew up only a few kilometres from Circuit
Gilles-Villeneuve, is donating his race winnings to the Children's Miracle
Network. The contribution will be added to the funds currently being raised
across Canada in the Victory Lap program, which has surpassed the $225,000
fund-raising mark on the way to attaining its $350,000 donation objective for
2007.
    "It was really a special feeling out on the track today, with so many
passionate racing fans in the stands," said Tagliani. "The big difference I
found driving the stock car was its heaviness on the track, and the fact there
wasn't that much grip. But it was a fun experience, and I'm looking forward to
the race. It would be nice to win it, especially since it would mean a nice
contribution to the Children's Miracle Network."
    Ranger, who was denied a victory on the last lap of the Canadian Tire
Series race in Edmonton two weeks ago, is looking to make amends on Circuit
Gilles-Villeneuve.
    "I really wanted to win the pole today, but I'm encouraged by the
second-place performance," said Ranger, who has one race victory and four
top-5 finishes in five starts this season. "Racing in front of a home crowd is
going to be extra motivation, and I hope to be able to reward the fans, and my
sponsors at P&G for their support."
    GAIN, a Procter & Gamble brand, is making strong inroads in the Quebec
market, and the sponsorship deal with Tagliani ties into a GAIN roll-back at
Wal-Mart stores over the next two months.




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