CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Team Australia Friday report

TAGLIANI THIRD AND POWER EIGHTH FOR TEAM AUSTRALIA IN DENVER Team Australia has made a successful start to this weekend's Champ Car Grand Prix of Denver with Alex Tagliani and Will Power putting the Aussie Vineyards cars third and ...

TAGLIANI THIRD AND POWER EIGHTH FOR TEAM AUSTRALIA IN DENVER

Team Australia has made a successful start to this weekend's Champ Car Grand Prix of Denver with Alex Tagliani and Will Power putting the Aussie Vineyards cars third and eighth respectively in opening qualifying in Colorado today.

Tagliani and Power gave the Team Australia crew a great start to the 10th round of the Champ Car World Series, Tagliani setting a time only 0.274 seconds behind provisional polesitter AJ Allmendinger.

Tagliani is confident in the pace of his #15 Aussie Vineyards Lola for this weekend's round after showing very strong pace at the previous round in San Jose. The Canadian was also strong at the Denver circuit last year but was unable to translate the pace into a strong finish as a result of a first corner incident.

Queensland's Power backed-up his experienced team-mate's form to be eighth fastest, under one second behind the pole time and again putting the #5 Aussie Vineyards car in the top 10.

Power was also the fastest Roshfrans Rookie of the Year contender today in Denver, putting the Team Australia driver on-track to extend his lead in the Roshfrans Rookie of the Year standings.

With a possibility of rain in Denver for tomorrow's final qualifying, Team Australia's fantastic results from today may stand for Sunday's grid for the Champ Car Grand Prix of Denver sponsored by Bridgestone.

American ace AJ Allmendinger qualified his Forsythe Championship Racing mount on provisional pole today in Denver, ahead of defending Champ Car World Series Champion Sebastien Bourdais and Team Australia's Tagliani.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --

Alex Tagliani -- #15 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Lola

"This result is a great boost of moral for Team Australia," said Tagliani.

"I love street courses and especially the Denver course, so to put together a good lap like today is very rewarding. The Aussie Vineyards car did great, it felt good out on the track so we just have to build on that more for tomorrow."

Will Power -- #5 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Lola

"The Aussie Vineyards car felt a lot better on new tyres," said Power.

"It was really hard to get a good lap because there were so many red flags. For the first day it's alright, I'll get good think about it overnight and have a look at Alex's data.

"I will obviously go faster tomorrow because I will know the track a lot better and the car will be better as well."

Derrick Walker -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"I think we are in pretty good shape," said Walker.

"We are learning some different set-ups which worked really well for Alex. The guys made some good last changes that really put him up there, so were are in the hunt.

"Will just didn't get enough clean track to get more out of his car, but basically we are okay."

Craig Gore -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"That is certainly one of the better starts to a weekend we've had this season," said Gore.

"The good results today are a fantastic reward for everybody at Team Australia, who have all been working tirelessly to keep this show on the road."

"Both Alex and Will have solid goals for the rest of the season and they are certainly focussed on the job at hand."

-credit: www.teamaustraliamotorsport.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Sébastien Bourdais , Will Power