TEAM AUSTRALIA PAIR TO START CLEVELAND RACE INSIDE TOP 10 Team Australia Champ Car drivers Alex Tagliani and Will Power will both start Sunday's Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland from inside the top 10 after another solid performance from the...
TEAM AUSTRALIA PAIR TO START CLEVELAND RACE INSIDE TOP 10
Team Australia Champ Car drivers Alex Tagliani and Will Power will both start Sunday's Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland from inside the top 10 after another solid performance from the Aussie Vineyards team in Ohio today.
Tagliani will start from eighth and Power ninth position in the 97-lap race on the temporary Burke Lakefront Airport road course, making it five times this season that both Team Australia cars have qualified in the top 10. Power's effort also saw him qualify as the fastest rookie, keeping him on track to regain the lead in the Roshfrans Rookie of the Year standings this weekend at the fast and challenging circuit.
AJ Allmendinger continued his remarkable streak of form since switching to the Forsythe team by claiming pole for the race, ahead of series leader and defending champion Sebastien Bourdais of Newman Haas Racing. Allmendinger's lap also broke Jimmy Vasser's Cleveland lap record, which has stood since 1998.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --
ALEX TAGLIANI -- #15 TEAM AUSTRALIA LOLA
"We are a little disappointed," said Tagliani.
"Obviously the whole team is working very hard to try to find us a good balance and better grip. We are struggling a little bit, but we are not that far off -- we're very close.
"Tomorrow we just have to keep working on the set-up and hopefully we will have a good race, good pit stops and good pit strategies because there are always opportunities to finish up the front in a big race like Cleveland, so hopefully we can do it tomorrow."
WILL POWER -- #5 TEAM AUSTRALIA LOLA
"The car wasn't perfect today for qualifying when we used our softer red 'option' tyres," said Power.
"It's a pity because if we had another session we could have definitely made the car better. Every time I go out, I learn a little bit more about the circuit.
"I definitely have adjusted more to the track and I feel more comfortable on it. Today, we were just a little bit out on the car set-up, but I'm confident that we will have a good race tomorrow."
DERRICK WALKER -- CO-OWNER TEAM AUSTRALIA
"We have got a lot to do because we don't have the cars close enough to the right set-up," said Walker.
"We got what we deserved today, but we have a few things in mind and we will give it a whirl tomorrow.
"Will has adjusted really well, but to run fast here you have to have the right car set-up, so we have to have the car a little better for him.
"We were quick here last year with Alex and we just have to work on the car to have him up the front."
CRAIG GORE -- CO-OWNER TEAM AUSTRALIA
"The boys have got a bit of work to do overnight but I am sure they can sort it out," said Gore.
"Cleveland is an interesting place. It is just a matter of getting through the first corner without damage before you think about anything else.
"I'm sure Will and Alex will be towards the front if they can stay out of trouble and have a bit of luck."