CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Team Australia race report

TAG COMPLETES TOP FIVE FINISH IN MONTREAL Aussie Vineyards's Alex Tagliani completed his fourth top five and seventh top ten result of the 2005 Champ Car World Series by finishing fifth in his home town in today's Molson Indy Montreal ...

TAG COMPLETES TOP FIVE FINISH IN MONTREAL

Aussie Vineyards's Alex Tagliani completed his fourth top five and seventh top ten result of the 2005 Champ Car World Series by finishing fifth in his home town in today's Molson Indy Montreal today.

Tagliani started seventh and completed a consistent run throughout the race, holding off Cristiano da Matta at the finish fifth despite the fact his rival had more of the Cosworth "push-to-pass" time which allows drivers extra horsepower for short periods during the race.

The local star had impressed in the damp morning warm-up but suffered from a lack of straight line speed during the race - a problem Ford Cosworth engineers were investigating after the race.

Aussie rookie team-mate Marcus Marshall finished 16th today in his first visit to the home of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix. Marshall actually shone bright during the morning warm-up when he was seventh fastest, but the damp weather disappeared by the time the race began.

Marshall's race was also hindered by a malfunctioning pit lane speed limiter - forcing the Aussie to monitor his speed manually using the rev counter on his steering wheel to ensure he did not get penalised for speeding in pit lane.

Team Australia will now set its sights on the final US round of the championship in Las Vegas on September 21-24 - the championship's second oval race of the season.

ALEX TAGLIANI -- AUSSIE VINEYARDS LOLA #15

"Overall I am pretty happy with the day, but we seemed to suffer a bit with a lack of straight line speed.

"Our engine is at the end of its lifespan and is due to come out of the car after this race. The Ford Cosworth guys do a great job and I am sure they will take a good look at see if we did have a problem.

"We had really trimmed the car out to maximise our speed on the long straights here, so we know it wasn't from having too much downforce on the car.

"Finishing 5th is a not a bad result and has helped us in the points.

"Our aim is to finish in the top five at the end of the year, that would be a fantastic result for a new team like us running the Lola for the first time.

"The Aussie Vineyards guys did great stops and I was able to save some of my push-to-pass time at the end to stay ahead of Cristiano (da Matta). Those guys had a little more than me at the end of the race, so it was pleasing to be able to stay ahead of them."

MARCUS MARSHALL -- AUSSIE VINEYARDS LOLA #5

"The car was pretty good and I really enjoyed my race with Ronnie Bremer today. I lost a lot of time in the pits because my pit lane speed limiter wasn't working and I had to drive manually under the limit looking at the rev counter.

"I was trying to make certain I didn't break the pit lane speed limit and get penalised.

"Coming out of the pits from one of my stops was just incredible -- I was pinched in on the outside lane and cars kept leaving their pit box right into my path. It got pretty hairy there at one stage.

"It was great to be seventh fastest in the rain during the warm-up, the Aussie Vineyards car was very good in the wet and I really enjoyed it out there. I actually could have gone quicker, but I kept getting held up in traffic.

"I was actually a little disappointed that it dried up for the race.

"We also tried a new brake combination with the car today which improved the car under braking."

DERRICK WALKER - CO-OWNER, TEAM AUSTRALIA

"Throughout the entire weekend we learned a significant amount about the car and were consistently in the top six which is tough on your first run here with the Lola.

"The race we executed as best we could. The fuel mileage could have been a little better, however, I don't think it would have made a significant difference at the end of the day.

"Our pitstops were good with both cars and Tag and Marcus drove well to the plan and did a strong job.

"Tag was a bit unlucky with a lack of straightline speed and Marcus did quite well. It is awful hard to come through from the back and there were so few incidents today were he could pick up positions from other people's misfortune.

"Marcus did pretty good job in saving fuel in the second half of the race as well."

CRAIG GORE - CO-OWNER, TEAM AUSTRALIA

"It was another great run from Tag today and with a bit of luck, we could have ended up on the podium.

"His consistent performances have been really impressive for the Aussie Vineyards team this year and with all the work that Derrick and the boys have done so far, there is no reason why we will not head down to the Gold Coast in a couple of races time with our sights firmly set on getting another podium.

"Tag is keen on grabbing a top five result in the championship and more results like this is certainly a step in the right direction.

"We have only a couple more races before the Lexmark Indy 300 and the strong form of Team Australia will really give everybody on the Gold Coast something to cheer for.

"The level of support for our team in Australia will be amazing and will really provide our sponsors and partners with an incredible amount of exposure."

-team aus-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Ronnie Bremer , Marcus Marshall , Cristiano da Matta