Denver: Team Australia preview

TEAM AUSTRALIA PAIR AIM AT MAKING DENVER THEIR BEST ROUND YET Team Australia Atlantic drivers Simon Pagenaud and James Davison are excited about this weekend's Grand Prix of Denver and are hoping to make it the best weekend yet for the Aussie ...

TEAM AUSTRALIA PAIR AIM AT MAKING DENVER THEIR BEST ROUND YET

Team Australia Atlantic drivers Simon Pagenaud and James Davison are excited about this weekend's Grand Prix of Denver and are hoping to make it the best weekend yet for the Aussie Vineyards squad.

Australian James Davison is coming off his best Atlantic result in San Jose, giving the young gun a massive boost in confidence for the final three rounds of the season. Add to that the fact that Davison has already raced on the Denver street circuit, running very strongly their last year in the Formula BMW USA Championship, and the Victorian is excited about his chances of another top 10 finish.

Pagenaud, of course, has been the revelation of the Atlantics season and the Frenchman is taking a 26 point championship lead into this weekend. Pagenaud will be no doubt be keen to get another podium result in the #15 Aussie Vineyards/Location U Swift after a first corner skirmish forced him to pit for repairs at the last round in San Jose.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --

Simon Pagenaud -- #15 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards/Location U Swift

"Denver will be good for us because we have improved the car a lot from San Jose," said Pagenaud.

"We struggled a bit, but everyone reacted well and brainstormed to get me a good car, which is good because we will have a good setup for Denver.

"I'm also getting more used to street courses. The most challenging part about the street course is the all of the walls on the side of the track. It gives you another point of view in your car, the walls are big and you are afraid to hit them, but you have to be quick and disconnect your brain. It's really fun to drive, it's a great feeling and I'm really excited about Denver."

James Davison -- #5 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Swift

"Denver is the first street course I've ever raced on, which was last year in Formula BMW USA," said Davison.

"Last year was fun because I dominated the track and was able to get good control and be on top of my car. The Denver course is a lot like San Jose and I'm getting close to getting on top of my car in the Atlantic series, so I'm looking to put my result on paper again and get in the top eight or 10."

Derrick Walker -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"Denver is one of the classic, long line of street races," said Walker.

"The track is a little easier than San Jose and there is more room to drive. The biggest thing about Denver is that it is another classic Champ Car event. It has a great promoter and it's in a city that loves sports. The atmosphere of Denver is classic Champ Car and when you look at it for us, we've got a fairly good street course set-up."

Craig Gore -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"Simon is a very professional young driver and if anyone can do the job at Denver, it's him and the Team Australia crew," said Gore.

"There are only three rounds of the Atlantic Championship remaining, so each race is vital, but Simon is a very smart young man and I am sure he is up to the challenge.

"James has really benefited from his good result in San Jose and it was a great boost to his confidence.

"Denver will be a big weekend for him and I know he will be giving it absolutely everything he has got to get another top 10 result. He already knows the circuit, so I think that James may surprise some people this weekend."

-credit: team australia

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Series Atlantic
Drivers James Davison , Simon Pagenaud