TEAM AUSTRALIA STRUGGLES IN QUALIFYING Team Australia struggled on the challenging streets of San Jose during qualifying for the eighth round of the Champ Car World Series today. Alex Tagliani was 16th in his Aussie Vineyards/Team ...
TEAM AUSTRALIA STRUGGLES IN QUALIFYING
Team Australia struggled on the challenging streets of San Jose during qualifying for the eighth round of the Champ Car World Series today.
Alex Tagliani was 16th in his Aussie Vineyards/Team Australia Lola after having both his practice and qualifying sessions cut short because of rear suspension failures.
Marcus Marshall was 18th after battling under steer in his Aussie Vineyards/Team Australia Lola.
Today's session was run on a modified track to yesterday with a new chicane down the main straightaway, the widening of turns one and two and an adjustment of the fence at turn four in an effort to reduce speeds and increase safety.
Defending series champion Sebastian Bourdais took the pole from Newman-Haas teammate Oriol Servia and Canadian Paul Tracy.
Tomorrow's race will be a timed event over one hour and 45 minutes.
ALEX TAGLIANI - #15 AUSSIE VINEYARDS TEAM AUSTRALIA LOLA
"The result today is disappointing," said Tagliani.
"We are going to start at the back and it's going to be a long day, but anything is possible.
"We will just need to be patient during the race and hopefully push our way forward.
"The new chicane that has been put in today is better for safety, but not necessarily for reliability.
"They are talking about making more changes overnight, so we will see what they will do. Street tracks like this are always a work in progress, especially at an inaugural race.
"There was another great crowd today and that can only be good for the series, especially coming off the success of Edmonton two weeks ago."
MARCUS MARSHALL - #5 AUSSIE VINEYARDS TEAM AUSTRALIA LOLA
"It has been a tough day for the entire Team Australia operation," said Marshall.
"I guess when you are running a new chassis like the Lola for the first time there is going to be a race track where we really struggle and this seems to be it.
"Everyone is working as hard as they can.
"At the end of the day you want to be as fast as you can in qualifying, but I don't think starting from where we are will be a massively bad thing.
"This circuit is going to be tough on cars and drivers and we just need to pick our way through any drama that may occur."
DERRICK WALKER -- CO-OWNER TEAM AUSTRALIA
"Obviously that was not quite the result we were after," said Walker.
"Alex has a problem with the rear suspension of his car which cut him short in both sessions today.
"It would seem that we are the only ones with the problem and we have a pretty good idea what is causing the drama.
"I guess this is part of the steep learning curve we are on with the Lola chassis this season."
CRAIG GORE -- CO-OWNER TEAM AUSTRALIA
"I don't think starting where we are will be such a bad thing tomorrow," said Gore.
"I am sure there will be a bit of action early in the race and it might be good to let it all unfold a few cars in front of us and then drive our way through.
"We have a few things to fix overnight and then the warm-up session to ensure they work.
"It is going to be hot tomorrow and the fitness levels of our drivers will be an asset."