CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Team Australia Saturday notes

PAGENAUD TO START FOURTH AND POWER SEVENTH IN TORONTO Team Australia drivers Simon Pagenaud and Will Power will start fourth and seventh respectively in tomorrow's Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto after a strong performance in final qualifying...

PAGENAUD TO START FOURTH AND POWER SEVENTH IN TORONTO

Team Australia drivers Simon Pagenaud and Will Power will start fourth and seventh respectively in tomorrow's Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto after a strong performance in final qualifying in Toronto, Canada today.

Pagenaud was the fastest rookie in qualifying in the #15 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia DP01, four spots ahead of the next best rookie, Neel Jani, who will start eighth.

Power drove well to finish in seventh after he was handed a penalty overnight that meant he had to sit out the crucial final eight minutes of today's qualifying session.

The Australian was judged to have inadvertently blocked Bruno Junqueira in Friday's qualifying session and as a result was handed a penalty for final qualifying at the Exhibition Place street circuit today.

Power was able to set a competitive time before returning to pit lane to serve his penalty, but was forced to watch on as others went faster in the usual rush for pole position in the dying stages of qualifying.

Sebastien Bourdais will start tomorrow's Steelback Grand Prix of Toronto from pole, ahead of Justin Wilson and Oriol Servia.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --

Will Power -- #5 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia DP01

"In the end we just needed a tenth and a bit to be up there," said Power.

"I think sitting out the last eight minutes cost us a little bit, because everyone went a little bit quicker in the end there and with the red tyres we had a little bit more understeer.

"For tomorrow we will just see how we are in the morning, work on our strategy and just go for it."

Simon Pagenaud -- #15 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia DP01

"The crew did great work by setting my car up for this session and the Aussie Vineyards car was really nice to drive," said Pagenaud.

"I made a couple of mistakes and was trying a little bit too hard, braking too hard and after that I calmed down a little bit and was able to carry more speed through the corner and finish with a good lap time in the end.

"I think P4 is quite good for a rookie, because honestly, this is not an easy place at all."

Derrick Walker -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"Overnight the guys did a lot of work on Simon's car and he got better and better and I think did a really fantastic job in qualifying fourth," said Walker.

"Simon continues to make progress there and continues to get stronger and stronger, so great qualifying position to start tomorrow.

"Due to the penalty that was from the misunderstanding yesterday, Will was penalised from Friday's qualifying session. The loss of the last eight minutes of qualifying took away his chances of a pole today.

"Champ Car felt Will could have taken more care and avoided obstructing car #19's qualifying attempt on Friday."

Craig Gore -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"Simon did a great job today in the #15 Aussie Vineyards car," said Gore.

"Street circuits like Toronto are tough for the rookies, but Simon showed his class by qualifying up there with some series veterans on the first two rows.

"Will was dealt a tough card with the penalty overnight. It's a huge loss to be prevented from setting a quick time at the end of qualifying when the track is at it's best, but we will move on and try our best to get Will up the front in the race tomorrow."

-credit: team australia

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Sébastien Bourdais , Neel Jani , Will Power , Simon Pagenaud