WILL POWER FASTEST IN FINAL TEST BEFORE LEXMARK INDY 300 Will Power has completed preparations for the Lexmark Indy 300 in the best possible fashion by setting the fastest time in testing at the Sebring circuit in Florida today. Power topped...
WILL POWER FASTEST IN FINAL TEST BEFORE LEXMARK INDY 300
Will Power has completed preparations for the Lexmark Indy 300 in the best possible fashion by setting the fastest time in testing at the Sebring circuit in Florida today.
Power topped the timesheets in his #5 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia DP01 Champ Car around the 1.67-mile (2.69-kilometre) circuit in the final day of testing before the Australian round of the championship on October 18-21.
Power's time was the fastest of the two-day test, eclipsing yesterday's fastest time set by series leader Sebastien Bourdais by over half a second.
The pace of Team Australia was backed-up by Power's rookie team-mate Simon Pagenaud, who was fourth fastest at Sebring today, sending out a warning to the Champ Car field that the Aussie Vineyards squad means business ahead of it's home race on October 18-21.
Queensland native Power scored his first pole position at the Lexmark Indy 300 last season and was in control of the race before he was crashed out of contention by Bourdais.
Since then the Toowoomba-born driver has scored two Champ Car wins and a further three pole positions, rising to the status as one of the leading drivers in the Champ Car World Series.
Power enters this year's Lexmark Indy 300, the penultimate round of the 2007 Champ Car World Series, in fourth position in the points standings after mechanical woes saw him lose vital points over recent rounds.
The 26-year-old's aim is now to go all out for a race win at his home event next month and with the pace exhibited in this final Champ Car test before the Australian leg of the series, the stage is set for Power to complete what he started last year on the streets of Surfers Paradise.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --
Will Power -- #5 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia DP01
"We tried a lot of different things for the test and to be fastest is a great result," said Power.
"Our main objective was to try things out for Surfers, because that it is a very important race for us.
"We definitely found what we were looking for as well as some things that we can work on during the winter.
"Given that we have had a long break, it was great to get the miles in to help prepare us to give the Australian fans a great show for our home race in a couple of weeks.
"I feel very confident with the Aussie Vineyards car and I'm ready to bring the team a win in Surfers."
Simon Pagenaud -- #15 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia DP01
"I expect a big crowd in Australia rooting for both Will and myself," said Pagenaud.
"Our test this week was good and we learned lots of things and that is important.
"It was also good to show our strength heading into the next event because we both want to do well for Aussie Vineyards.
"I feel very confident going into Australia for my first time there and I hope to bring the team and all of our fans a good result."
Derrick Walker -- Team Australia Co-Owner
"Sebring was definitely one of the best tests that we have had so far this season," said Walker.
"We accomplished everything we set out for and found some good things. Today was not a matter of getting the quickest time, but to find improvements on the car and to improve our on track performance with our biggest race of the year coming up.
"If you look at the how the track conditions changed and a lot of the teams were using their power to pass, the times were all so different and our main focus was to check off the long list that our engineers prepared for us and we did just that."
Craig Gore -- Team Australia Co-Owner
"Great work by Will and the entire Team Australia crew in Sebring today," said Power.
"Our entire team is focused on finishing what we started at the Lexmark Indy 300 last year and today's pace shows that we are still on track to deliver at our home event.
"Derrick and the team have our cars working well and Will is on top of his game.
"Today's pace and results has put Team Australia on the front foot heading into Australia. I cannot wait for our green and gold Aussie Vineyards cars to hit the streets of the Gold Coast next month."