CHAMPCAR/CART: Houston: Team Australia race report

TAGLIANI SORE AND SORRY - POWER SEVENTH IN HOUSTON Team Australia's Alex Tagliani was taken to hospital for overnight observation after hitting a wall at turn three during tonight's Houston Grand Prix -- the second round of the Champ Car World...

TAGLIANI SORE AND SORRY - POWER SEVENTH IN HOUSTON

Team Australia's Alex Tagliani was taken to hospital for overnight observation after hitting a wall at turn three during tonight's Houston Grand Prix -- the second round of the Champ Car World Series.

Five laps earlier Tagliani had contact with Oriol Servia at turn 1, which resulted in the Spaniard ending up in the tyres and a safety car period.

Five laps later the race was about to go green again when Tagliani hit the wall at turn three after apparent brake failure in his Aussie Vineyards Lola -- a result of his earlier incident with Servia.

Tagilani suffered back pains due to the accident and the Champ Car medical staff recommended an overnight stay in a local Houston hospital and an MRI to check for inflammation.

Tagliani's teammate Will Power flew the Team Australia flag in his Aussie Vineyards Lola and finished seventh.

Power was the leading rookie in the race and is the leading rookie in the championship, sitting ninth.

It could have been a much better result for the young Australian if not for a drive through penalty after a coming together with Charles Zwolsman on lap 71.

The race was won by defending series champion Sebastian Bourdais from Paul Tracy and pole sitter Mario Dominguez.

The next round of the championship will be in Monterrey Mexico next weekend.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY--.

WILL POWER - #5 AUSSIE VINEYARDS TEAM AUSTRALIA LOLA
"I feel good about the race, I just kept on, kept my line straight down, kept out of trouble," said Power.

"It was an interesting race and the guys did a great job with the car.

"I had a really good pace and think we could have finished in the top four, but I will settle for seventh and the points that go with that.

"I think the track was one of the most physical tracks I have ever driven on.

"The car was not that great in the warm-up, but the guys got in and made some changes and it was pretty good for the race.

"Racing under lights was certainly a different experience and something that takes a little getting used to.

"I am happy that we head straight into another race in Monterrey next weekend and that we have the chance to really carry the momentum forward."

DERRICK WALKER -- CO-OWNER TEAM AUSTRALIA
"We are not exactly sure what happened with Alex, but the incident may have been a result of some drama from a previous incident with Oriol Servia a few laps earlier," said Walker.

"It looks as though Alex will be OK, but I am sure he will be a little sore in the morning.

"The whole show is heading straight to Monterrey in Mexico, so we will have to evaluate our situation in the next day or two to see how Alex pulls up.

"The good thing is that this race is on Saturday night and that Alex will technically have an extra day of recovery.

"Will did a good job today, but the drive through penalty let him down.

"Overall I think we had two cars which should have produced better results today."

CRAIG GORE -- CO-OWNER TEAM AUSTRALIA
"We achieved some positive things on and off the track this weekend, but at this point we are just concerned that Alex (Tagliani) is OK," said Gore.

"Everything seems to be OK, but you can never be too careful in these situations.

"Will did another solid job and I am sure will be in for some solid results as his concentration levels continue to rise and he become more and more comfortable with the car."

-team australia-

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Series Atlantic , IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez , Charles Zwolsman , Will Power