CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: Team Australia Saturday report

TEAM OZ ON THE IMPROVE IN MEXICO Both Team Australia drivers improved in the final qualifying session for tomorrow's Tecate Grand Prix of Monterrey in Mexico. Alex Tagliani will start tomorrow's race from sixth position while young Australian...

TEAM OZ ON THE IMPROVE IN MEXICO

Both Team Australia drivers improved in the final qualifying session for tomorrow's Tecate Grand Prix of Monterrey in Mexico.

Alex Tagliani will start tomorrow's race from sixth position while young Australian Will Power jumped five positions from yesterday's effort and will start from ninth on the grid.

The day was a hectic one for the Team Australia crew after Tagliani had a spin in the morning warm-up and collected the tyres at turn five. He was unhurt and able to take part in qualifying in his Aussie Vineyards Lola.

The talented Canadian is still recovering from a decent hit in the Grand Prix of Houston last weekend in which he injured his back.

Power showed his ever-increasing confidence with the Team Australia Lola and was rewarded with another top 10 effort.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY--..

Alex Tagliani #15 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Lola

"I'm a little bit disappointed today because we seem to be stuck in sixth place," said Tagliani.

"We are okay because we are in the top 10, but we would like to be quicker and are struggling right now with the grip.

"Our car has been running pretty good overall. The guys did a great job fixing the car after the little problem that we had this morning which helped the car run well in today's qualifying session.

"We have been running well in the races. For tomorrow's race, I'm hoping we will improve more and then work from there to get a podium."

Will Power #5 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Lola

"Today the car was much better for me," said Power.

"I worked with the engineer and he got the car going really well. It's disappointing that we don't have the car ready earlier in the weekend, it would have been better to have it sooner, but that's life.

"I'm happy compared to where I have been and to be qualified in the top 10. Overall the car is good; we can make it better and more consistent for tomorrow's race."

Derrick Walker - Co-owner Team Australia

"We don't have the car ready for Alex to do what we know he can do here, this track is really good for him, it's a really good track for his style and his experience," said Walker.

"The car isn't as strong as he needs it to be in order for him to do it. Sixth starting grid is better than tenth, but its got a long way to go for it to be better for him, but maybe we will come up with some things overnight for it to be better tomorrow.

"For Will, it's all about learning the car. We made some changes just right there for qualifying which really helped him a lot, I think some of those directions are what we need more for him, it's a steep learning curve.

Craig Gore -- Co-owner Team Australia

"It is always a good day when you make progress," said Gore.

"To have both cars in the top 10 is a good effort and one which should place us in good stead for a couple of strong results tomorrow."

-team australia-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Will Power