TEAM AUSTRALIA HAPPY AFTER PAGENAUD IS FIFTH AND DAVISON 17TH IN SAN JOSE Team Australia's Champ Car Atlantic team is happy and excited for tomorrow after a good showing in final qualifying for the Canary Foundation Grand Prix of San Jose ...
TEAM AUSTRALIA HAPPY AFTER PAGENAUD IS FIFTH AND DAVISON 17TH IN SAN JOSE
Team Australia's Champ Car Atlantic team is happy and excited for tomorrow after a good showing in final qualifying for the Canary Foundation Grand Prix of San Jose in California today.
Championship leader Simon Pagenaud will start his Aussie Vineyards/Location U Swift from fifth on the grid for tomorrow's ninth round of the competitive series while his young Australian team-mate James Davison will start 17th.
Both drivers reported improvement in the set-up of their Team Australia Swifts after today's proceedings and the two rookies have also come to grips with the demanding San Jose layout.
Raphael Matos will start tomorrow's race from pole position, ahead of Graham Rahal and Jonathon Bomarito after a session where the top eight cars were covered by less than two tenths of a second.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --
Simon Pagenaud -- #15 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards/Location U Swift
"Right now I'm really happy," said Pagenaud.
"We improved the car a lot and the car is really good right now, which really shows the capacity of our team. The track was slippery in the beginning then it became better and better. Our car just improved all along the session.
"You have to improve your driving and at the same time the track improves. It was difficult, but overall it was a pretty funny session."
James Davison -- #5 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Swift
"I pushed and drove the absolute best that I had," said Davison.
"I was up there in P10 and started to pick up on big understeer and stayed that way for the rest of the session. Now I've ended up 17th.
"The team did a good job and they tried to get the car going. I'm running the same set-up as Simon tomorrow considering I was just a tenth off of him this morning and he is the championship leader."
Derrick Walker -- Team Australia Co-Owner
"The actual P17 doesn't reflect James' performance today," said Walker.
"He made some major steps forward and drove his heart out. We need to get more out of the car, but he was right there up until the end. It's just unfortunate P17 is what we came away with, but we got a good direction for tomorrow and see what it brings.
"We persevered all weekend to get more and more out of the car and Simon. He maximised it right at the end and came out with a good solid starting position for our championship run."
Craig Gore -- Team Australia Co-Owner
"Simon is very consistent and you can't be too disappointed with fifth when two tenths of a second covers the first eight cars," said Gore.
"Simon is aware of the big picture and he just needs to be patient tomorrow and keep his championship lead in mind.
"I don't think James is that far away from the pace and a top 10 finish for his him tomorrow is certainly on the cards as he flies the Australian flag in this incredibly tough field."