POWER IMPRESSIVE UNTIL MECHANICAL FAILURE Team Australia's Will Power was on target for his best ever Champ Car result at his first ever oval race before mechanical failure ended his race in Milwaukee, Wisconsin today. Power, who qualified an...
POWER IMPRESSIVE UNTIL MECHANICAL FAILURE
Team Australia's Will Power was on target for his best ever Champ Car result at his first ever oval race before mechanical failure ended his race in Milwaukee, Wisconsin today.
Power, who qualified an impressive fifth, avoided some early race carnage and was exiting the pits after his second stop on lap 155 when a broken drive shaft ended his race.
He was the leading rookie at the time and was poised to extend his lead in the battle for "Rookie of the Year" honors.
Despite today's result, Power has maintained his position in the championship top 10 and still leads the rookie race by one point from female English driver Katherine Legge, who finished sixth today.
The result was a disappointing one for Team Australia, which lost its second car driven by Alex Tagliani after a crash in practice yesterday morning.
Tagliani received a minor cut to his hand in the accident and now sits seventh in the championship standings -- just 16 points from third.
Today's race was won by defending champion Sebastian Bourdais from Justin Wilson and Nelson Philippe.
The next round of the championship will be at the Portland International Raceway on June 16-18.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY--.
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"The car was doing really well today, and I was getting more confident with it as the day progressed," said Power.
"I was making adjustments as the race went by in the cockpit and got used to traffic, but unfortunately once I left the pits our drive shaft broke.
"Luckily it happened there, because if it broke on the track we would have crashed into a wall, so at least that's one positive way to look at it.
"It's very disappointing. We needed a top six finish and those points, it's definitely a kick in the stomach, but it's a long season so I look forward to Portland.
"It was a different sort of racing out there today; you have to take a few risks if you want to get through the back markers as quickly.
"It's all about experience, if we run out here next year, I will be in much better shape just based on the amount of racing I did today."
DERRICK WALKER -- CO-OWNER TEAM AUSTRALIA
"It was the first oval event for Will today; he drove very well and dealt with traffic," said Walker.
"Watching him from up on top of the grandstand, he looked good.
"It took him a while to get used to the car but once he was comfortable, the car was quick enough.
"He was doing a good job out there, it's a shame that he had a mechanical problem otherwise he could have finished quite strong in his first oval event.
"Overall it was a bitter-sweet weekend, we had fantastic cars and were very competitive, but we didn't come away with a result for either car. It's a shame, but that's racing."
CRAIG GORE -- CO-OWNER TEAM AUSTRALIA
"Again, I think Will has justified our decision to hire him this season," said Gore.
"He showed good progress in his first oval event and was let down by a mechanical failure.
"There is no doubt that Will is turning heads in pit lane and I am sure he has a great future in this category.
"It was unfortunate to loose Alex's car yesterday, but I am sure there are plenty of people in Milwaukee Wisconsin who now know about Team Australia and Aussie Vineyards. I hear they don't mind a nice wine in those parts."