CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Team Australia preview

TAGLIANI ON HOME TURF ON CRUCIAL WEEKEND FOR TEAM AUSTRALIA Team Australia is confident of a strong showing on a crucial weekend for all involved in the Aussie Vineyards squad at Round 11 of the Champ Car World Series in Montreal, Canada this ...

TAGLIANI ON HOME TURF ON CRUCIAL WEEKEND FOR TEAM AUSTRALIA

Team Australia is confident of a strong showing on a crucial weekend for all involved in the Aussie Vineyards squad at Round 11 of the Champ Car World Series in Montreal, Canada this weekend.

Alex Tagliani is striving for his second podium of the year in his home city and Will Power is looking to continue his recent climb up the championship standings. Both drivers are suited to the fast and open Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which winds it way around the Ile Notre Dame.

Tagliani is confident of getting his season back on track after incidents ended his race at the last two rounds in San Jose and Denver. The Canadian will be out to impress in front of his home crowd this weekend in the #15 Aussie Vineyards Lola as he tries to break back into the top 10 in the championship points.

Australian star Power has had a string of consistent finishes of late, with two sixth placed finishes at Edmonton and San Jose before a career-best fourth place at the last round in Denver. A run of five-straight top 10 finishes now sees the Queenslander in equal sixth place in the Champ Car World Series points with four rounds remaining.

Power also remains on track in the Roshfrans Rookie of the Year award, currently leading the standings by 22 points over Dan Clarke as Team Australia and Power's home event, the Lexmark Indy 300 on the Gold Coast, draws ever closer.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --

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

"I can't wait for Montreal, it's my hometown," said Tagliani.

"I'm really excited because this has always a good event and the fans are great. I love the track. Montreal has always been a circuit where I'm really competitive.

"I've been good here the past couple of years, pole in 2003 and top six in 2004. We had a good finish last year, finished seventh, but didn't quite have the speed. This year we have a good car and hopefully we can bring home a podium finish."

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

"It's good to be back on a road course again," said Power.

"Montreal is another circuit I haven't been to yet, but look very forward to learning, because it's just my style. I have been preparing extremely hard watching tape and practicing the circuit on my racing game that I have, which has been very helpful.

"This is a course that you have to qualify well, because there is a lot less chance there will be yellows during the race. I've really enjoyed the events in Canada and I know they will put on another good show."

Derrick Walker -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"I think the Montreal track itself is a challenging track," said Walker.

"It's a good driver's track so it offers a lot of variation, which is technically good for drivers. All of our team's drivers will find the Montreal circuit an encouraging and challenging track.

"Will is on his roll, needs to keep it going and have a good weekend. He needs to keep his rookie championship and drive alive and I know he will. It's always good to comeback to Montreal, it's home advantage for Alex and will be a good time for the fans."

Craig Gore -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"This weekend is such an important one of Team Australia in so many respects," said Gore.

"Montreal is Alex's home race and he will be wanting a big showing in front of local crowd after a run of difficulties.

"Will is sixth in the championship in a tight points race and will be wanting to go forward from his fourth in the last round. He will also be in a position to really cement his place at the front of the rookie of the year race.

"The population of Montreal is known for enjoying a good wine and a big result for us this weekend will certainly put the Aussie Vineyards brand well and truly in front of them."

-credit: team australia

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Gilles Villeneuve , Will Power , Dan Clarke