CHAMPCAR/CART: Road America: Team Australia Friday report

TEAM AUSTRALIA MAKES GREAT START AT WET ROAD AMERICA Team Australia Champ Car drivers Alex Tagliani and Will Power have made an impressive start to Round 12 of the Champ Car World Series to in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin today. In wet conditions...

TEAM AUSTRALIA MAKES GREAT START AT WET ROAD AMERICA

Team Australia Champ Car drivers Alex Tagliani and Will Power have made an impressive start to Round 12 of the Champ Car World Series to in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin today.

In wet conditions the Aussie Vineyards Lolas were in the fastest seven cars for both practice sessions and provisional qualifying, making it a great start to the weekend for Team Australia, especially considering the team did not attend the open test at Road America in early August.

Tagliani, who is the defending race winner at Road America by virtue of his 2004 race win at the classic circuit, was third fastest in today's opening qualifying.

The Canadian's great effort was backed up by his rookie team-mate Power, who timed seventh fastest today on his first ever visit to the fast and challenging circuit.

Both Team Australia drivers have high hopes for this weekend's race at Road America, a demanding circuit that should suit the driving styles and car set-ups of the Aussie Vineyards squad.

Dan Clarke was fastest in today's opening qualifying session ahead of Charles Zwolsman and Tagliani.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY

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

"We had a great day today," said Tagliani.

"The way our set-up works the tyres did good for us, it was amazing how they kept pounding. Once we got to the end of the session it was marginal for us with the slicks.

"On wet conditions we were fast and when we were out there running around we really controlled the pace. Tomorrow we will be good wet or dry."

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

"The track got better and better, more dry," said Power.

"I hadn't been here before so I didn't know too much about the dry. Seventh is a good position, it could have been better if we had gone to slicks, but everyone stayed on wets, we just went with the percentage of people.

"It was a good session overall, but I should of gone quicker, but unfortunately got on the last lap I got stuck in traffic. The track has been easy to learn so tomorrow should be a better day."

Derrick Walker -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"We just keep on rolling and we keep getting stronger," said Walker.

"Alex was third quickest and no doubt if it had stayed wet there at the end we would have had both of our cars on the front row. With the dry conditions it was a roll of the dice and we didn't play that game at the end, we stayed on the wet.

"Overall we have a great wet car set-up and I think we'll be up there tomorrow being that conditions will be wet all weekend."

Craig Gore -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"Alex is obviously very fond of the Elkhart Lake layout, which really does sort the men out from the boys," said Gore.

"He is pretty keen to bag as many points as possible three remains rounds and he is showing plenty of speed this weekend.

"The weather obviously a role in the breakdown of results today and it will be interesting to see if the Alex and Will can improve on their positions if it turns out to be dry tomorrow.

"Maybe they should sit down to a nice glass of Aussie Vineyards red with some of the local Wisconsin cheese overnight while they plan their strategy for tomorrow."

-credit: team australia

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Charles Zwolsman , Will Power , Dan Clarke