Toronto: Team Australia Friday notes

TEAM AUSTRALIA ATLANTIC PAIR CONFIDENT OF IMPROVEMENT FOR TOMORROW Team Australia Champ Car Atlantic drivers Simon Pagenaud and James Davison are anticipating a better day tomorrow at the Molson Grand Prix of Toronto after tough day today ...

TEAM AUSTRALIA ATLANTIC PAIR CONFIDENT OF IMPROVEMENT FOR TOMORROW

Team Australia Champ Car Atlantic drivers Simon Pagenaud and James Davison are anticipating a better day tomorrow at the Molson Grand Prix of Toronto after tough day today in Toronto, Canada.

Pagenaud, who has starred in qualifying so far this season, could only manage sixth in today's opening qualifying session, but is confident that overnight set-up work will improve the car speed of his Team Australia Atlantic.

Australian Davison also struggled for grip today around the Toronto street course, but is also comfortable that he and the Aussie Vineyards team can make improvements before final qualifying tomorrow.

Graham Rahal topped today's opening Champ Car Atlantic qualifying session from Raphael Matos and Andreas Wirth.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --

SIMON PAGENAUD -- TEAM AUSTRALIA/AUSSIE VINEYARDS #15 SWIFT

"We are struggling a little bit this weekend," said Pagenaud.

"We are having some difficulties in finding a good balance. There is lack of grip on this track. The car feels likes it's sliding like it's raining so that makes it a little more difficult. I know we will improve, but we just need to work on getting more grip.

"I'm sure we can do it tomorrow. The competition is extremely high right now, they are better than us out there, so it's a bad feeling at the moment, but I'm sure we will improve. Our team is very good about reacting quickly, which makes me more confident for tomorrow."

JAMES DAVISON -- TEAM AUSTRALIA/AUSSIE VINEYARDS #5 SWIFT

"The balance of the car was better than this morning," said Davison.

"It still needs improvement. I was just starting to get the hang of it out there and the red flag came out and it was the end of the session. Realistically it was only four tenths I had to find to be in the top ten. I definitely think that top ten is possible and I'm going to work hard with the team. They are doing a good job. They are doing there best and I couldn't ask for more.

"Tomorrow I'm determined to get a good time and start well. I have come to the point where I don't want to get a good result because of attrition or something like that, I want to be genuinely quick. If we work hard tonight, we can do it for tomorrow."

DERRICK WALKER -- TEAM AUSTRALIA CO-OWNER

"Today was a little surprising that the cars, Champ Car and Atlantic, didn't go better than they have before," said Walker.

"Toronto has been a circuit where we have had fairly good results. The track is a little bit bumpier this year but still, we've got some work to do and some ideas for tomorrow and hopefully it will be better for both Champ Car and Atlantic."

-www.teamaustraliamotorsport.com

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Graham Rahal , Andreas Wirth , James Davison , Simon Pagenaud