POSITIVE TEST GIVES TEAM AUSTRALIA CONFIDENCE FOR TORONTO A successful test day last week has given Team Australia a boost in both speed and confidence heading into this weekend's seventh round of the Champ Car Atlantic Championship in Toronto,...
POSITIVE TEST GIVES TEAM AUSTRALIA CONFIDENCE FOR TORONTO
A successful test day last week has given Team Australia a boost in both speed and confidence heading into this weekend's seventh round of the Champ Car Atlantic Championship in Toronto, Canada.
Simon Pagenaud, who is currently second in the championship standings, tested at Gingerman Raceway in Michigan last week and he and the team are now confident that improvements made in car set-up at the test will put them in contention for their first win of 2006.
Pagenaud lies just nine points behind series leader Andreas Wirth. The Frenchman scored his first pole position at the last round in Cleveland and is now hoping to achieve his next goal of a race victory in the competitive championship after finishing in second place three times this season.
James Davison had arguably his best round to date two weeks ago in Cleveland, where the young Australian mixed it with many much more experienced drivers to score points in both races. Davison is quickly coming to grips with his Aussie Vineyards car and is impressing the Team Australia squad with his commitment and determination to improve his skills as the year progresses.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --
SIMON PAGENAUD -- TEAM AUSTRALIA/AUSSIE VINEYARDS #15 SWIFT
"The test in Gingerman has really prepared me for Toronto," said Pegenaud.
"Our test was very interesting and the team found a new spirit. The car is easier to drive now and a lot quicker, because we found more grip, which wasn't the case before
"It was short turnaround from Cleveland to this test and I want to thank my team because they worked really hard and did a fantastic job. I'm looking really excited for Toronto. I feel fresh and confident for the race."
JAMES DAVISON -- TEAM AUSTRALIA/AUSSIE VINEYARDS #5 SWIFT
"I'm definitely training harder after Cleveland," said Davison.
"I want to give it my best shot in Toronto. I already learned the track layout from looking at lots of videos of past races. It's a matter of me piecing my performance together for Toronto.
"The team has done a great job and they've done their bit, so now it comes down to the driver. I'm definitely improving, I'm sure I will be top ten if I can just piece my performance together."
DERRICK WALKER -- TEAM AUSTRALIA CO-OWNER
"Given the races that we have run on street courses, I would say we should go well at Toronto, perhaps better than we were at Monterrey," said Walker.
"I think we've got a pretty good street car set-up for Atlantic, but the competition is not waiting around on us, they are all trying to beat us. I'm sure everyone is working really hard. It's going to be a challenge like any other
CRAIG GORE -- TEAM AUSTRALIA CO-OWNER
"There have been so many positives to come out of the Team Australia Atlantic program this year and I have every confidence that will continue in Toronto," said Gore.
"Derrick tells me that the test last week produced a lot of positives.
"I think Simon and James have both punched above their weight this season and have done so without a lot of luck on their side. I think that is testimony to the team they have around them."