CHAMPCAR/CART: Road America: Team Australia Saturday notes

POWER CEMENTS SECOND STARTING SPOT AT ELKHART LAKE Will Power will start tomorrow's Generac Grand Prix of Road America from the front row of the grid after securing the second starting spot in final qualifying at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin ...

POWER CEMENTS SECOND STARTING SPOT AT ELKHART LAKE

Will Power will start tomorrow's Generac Grand Prix of Road America from the front row of the grid after securing the second starting spot in final qualifying at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin today.

Power will start alongside championship leader Sebastien Bourdais for the start of Round 10 of the Champ Car World Series around the spectacular 4.048-mile (6.515 kilometre) circuit.

Power could not better his time of 1m43.116secs from yesterday's qualifying session in the #5 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia DP01, but his time was enough for him to remain second fastest behind Bourdais.

Simon Pagenaud will start the #15 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia DP01 from 12th on the grid after a tough day for the Frenchman.

The Champ Car rookie is confident that he will be back in more familiar surroundings challenging for a top five position in tomorrow's race.

It was the top three drivers that are fighting for the championship that secured the first three spots on the grid in Elkhart Lake today, with Bourdais on pole from Power and Dutchman Robert Doornbos third.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --

Will Power -- #5 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia DP01

"It's great to be starting on the front row, of course," said Power.

"But, you know, with Sebastien's time, I think we're all a little bit concerned. But, you know, you've seen what happens in races: anything can happen.

"You know, we're going to give it our best shot. I have to stay in qualifying, we really struggled on the reds. I made a late call to go on blacks, but it was too late, so I had to run the red tyres.

"Yeah, we didn't improve. It was really tough to get a lap."

Simon Pagenaud -- #15 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia DP01

"Well we did improve the Aussie Vineyards car a lot, but we found this morning the set of tyres that we used yesterday just weren't working properly," said Pagenaud.

"We came back on the pace and were pretty fast today. The car is not bad and we will see in the race, we can take the draft and pass people, so we will see. We can come back."

Derrick Walker -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"Strange day, we have two really good Aussie Vineyards cars, but it didn't make much more of an improvement on yesterday's times and it's strange to say the least," said Walker.

"Overall we've got a good race car and the boys will get around the computers tonight and dream up a better car or tomorrow. Great team effort all the way around."

Craig Gore -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"Will is where he needs to be to challenge Sebastien in tomorrow's race," said Gore.

"Will has got the Aussie Vineyards car off to some great starts this season and we all hope that he has another one up his sleeve for tomorrow.

"Simon is a little further down the grid that we would all like but he is a very mature, consistent racer and I'm confident he will be up there when in counts tomorrow afternoon."

-credit: team australia

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robert Doornbos , Will Power , Simon Pagenaud
Teams HART