TEAM AUSTRALIA DRIVERS BOTH IN TOP 10 IN CLEVELAND Team Australia drivers Alex Tagliani and Will Power have both put their Aussie Vineyards Lolas in the top 10 in opening qualifying for this weekend's Champ Car Grand Prix...
TEAM AUSTRALIA DRIVERS BOTH IN TOP 10 IN CLEVELAND
Team Australia drivers Alex Tagliani and Will Power have both put their Aussie Vineyards Lolas in the top 10 in opening qualifying for this weekend's Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland.
Tagliani was eighth and Power ninth in Friday's qualifying session, Power's best time also making him the fastest rookie in the field as he tries to recapture the lead in the Roshfrans Rookie of the Year series points score.
Series leader and defending champion Sebastien Bourdais of Newman-Haas Racing was fastest around the challenging Cleveland circuit ahead of revitalised Forsythe driver AJ Allmendinger and fellow Forsythe driver Paul Tracy.
The Team Australia drivers and crew are now working hard at fine-tuning the set-up of their Aussie Vineyards Lolas after a day of changing weather conditions on the fast and bumpy circuit.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --
ALEX TAGLIANI -- #15 TEAM AUSTRALIA LOLA
"Today was a pretty good day. We had some issues with the car, but we know what they are and they're not unfixable, so that's a positive thing and hopefully by tomorrow morning we will have them fixed and will be a lot quicker."
"Here in Cleveland the car is definitely a lot easier to drive that at previous tracks. We are definitely headed in the right direction."
WILL POWER -- #5 TEAM AUSTRALIA LOLA
"At the moment it's probably more me rather than the car where we will find the most improvement, because I've only done a handful of laps here. This is my first time at Cleveland so I'm getting more familiar with the circuit with every lap."
"Overall, the car felt pretty good and it's definitely something we can work with. We won't have to make many big changes. We will think about it overnight and tonight I will concentrate on learning more about the track to set some quicker times tomorrow."
DERRICK WALKER -- CO-OWNER TEAM AUSTRALIA
"Today was a mixed day. The weather going from wet to dry made it interesting for both of our cars. I think overall we really did quite well."
"The field is fairly tight, so we barely got enough of a session to get the car better to run quicker, but I think we now have a good direction on car set-up, so overall we know what we have to do.
"It's certainly not the worst car set-up in the world that we've got, we just need to get a little more understeer out of it. Overall, today was a pretty good session."
On the 25th Anniversary of the Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland:
"The Cleveland race is definitely a fan friendly event. After 25 years of hosting the event, the promoters are still making great changes to give the fans a better feel and taste of racing."
"This year they have 'flip-flopped' the pits to get the fans closer to the track. Just when you think it can't get better, the promoters go that extra mile and find some way to improve the race. It's great that they are celebrating 25 years and I hope they are around for another 25."
CRAIG GORE -- CO-OWNER TEAM AUSTRALIA
"It's nice to get the weekend off to a solid start."
"For Will to be in the top 10 for his first time here and to be the fastest rookie is quite impressive. I get the feeling that this track will suit his style of driving and that we might see some big things from Will this weekend."
"Alex knows his way around this place and I'm confident that we will see him at least a couple of spots higher on the timesheets if everything goes to plan."