CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Team Australia Saturday report

HIGHS AND LOWS FOR TEAM AUSTRALIA Team Australia experienced plenty of highs of lows in practice and qualifying for tomorrow's fourth round of the Champ Car World Series at the Milwaukee Mile in Wisconsin. Morning practice brought the lows,...

HIGHS AND LOWS FOR TEAM AUSTRALIA

Team Australia experienced plenty of highs of lows in practice and qualifying for tomorrow's fourth round of the Champ Car World Series at the Milwaukee Mile in Wisconsin.

Morning practice brought the lows, as Canadian Alex Tagliani, crashed his Aussie Vineyards Lola in turn four. The car so badly damaged that the team decided to withdraw it from the weekend.

After running in first position and getting fourteen laps in this morning's practice, Tagliani spun at turn four, causing him to hit the wall.

Tagliani received a minor cut to a hand in the incident and flew out to his home back in Las Vegas this afternoon.

It was Tagliani's second major accident in three races after a mechanical drama caused his to crash in round two in Houston.

While Tagliani is out, his young Australian team mate Will Power is in great shape after recording his best ever qualifying result of fifth.

Power, the leading rookie in the series, is having his first ever start on an oval this weekend.

Sebastian Bourdais was fastest in qualifying from Bruno Junquiera and AJ Allmendinger.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY--.

WILL POWER - #5 TEAM AUSTRALIA/AUSSIE VINEYARDS LOLA

"It's good to be up the front and on the inside for a start, so we are on the good rubber," said Power.

"The goal for tomorrow is to drive within my limits and try to finish a race so I can be able to keep track position.

"It's going to be a tough race, especially as the car changes, but we just need to run with it. I've never raced an oval before, so I'm not really sure what to expect for the race with the traffic and all.

"With a road course I would feel more confident with my position, but overall I'm very happy."

ALEX TAGLIANI - #15 TEAM AUSTRALIA/AUSSIE VINEYARDS LOLA

"First of all I'm really disappointed that we aren't going to run tomorrow, it was a big crash and there were a lot of repairs," said Tagliani.

"It's really sad coming into this weekend having a great car, because now things are going to slip between our fingers.

"We are going to lose tremendous points into the championship, and overall I'm really disappointed over everything that happened."

DERRICK WALKER -- CO-OWNER TEAM AUSTRALIA

"This weekend was obviously very disappointing for Alex," said Walker.

"It's really quite a shame what happened to him in morning practice, because we had a good car for him, but now we just have to go back and get ready for Portland.

"Will on the other hand, did very well. He has really taken to the ovals, and you can tell that each time he gets behind the wheel his confidence level goes up. Tomorrow he starts in the fifth qualifying spot, so we are hopeful that it ends in a podium finish for it."

CRAIG GORE -- CO-OWNER TEAM AUSTRALIA

"It is amazing how this sport can dish out the highs and lows that it does. Sometimes you get them on the same day," said Gore.

"Thankfully Alex is OK, but his drama has done nothing to help his championship chances.

"Will has adapted to the ovals fantastically and I am confident he can go on with the job tomorrow."

-www.teamaustraliamotorsport.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani