CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Team Australia race report

FOURTH FOR POWER LIFTS TEAM AUSTRALIA TO SEVENTH IN CHAMPIONSHIP Team Australia's Will Power has continued to establish himself as one of the rising stars of Champ Car by finishing fourth in today's Champ Car Grand Prix of Denver sponsored by ...

FOURTH FOR POWER LIFTS TEAM AUSTRALIA TO SEVENTH IN CHAMPIONSHIP

Team Australia's Will Power has continued to establish himself as one of the rising stars of Champ Car by finishing fourth in today's Champ Car Grand Prix of Denver sponsored by Bridgestone in Colorado today.

The result lifts the young Queensland driver to seventh in the Champ Car World Series standings, only three points behind fourth placed Paul Tracy, giving the Aussie Vineyards driver a massive boost heading into the final four rounds of the championship, one of which is Power's home race, the Lexmark Indy 300 on the Gold Coast.

Power started from outside of the top 10 in 11th position, but Power drove a smart and consistent race to climb to fourth, shadowing Roshfrans Rookie of the Year rival Dan Clarke in the late stages of the 97-lap race.

This fourth place finish is Power's best in Champ Car World Series competition, following on from two fifth place finishes at the last two rounds. Power still leads the Roshfrans Rookie of the Year by 22 points over Clarke with four rounds now remaining.

Power's Aussie Vineyards team-mate Alex Tagliani was unable to capitalise on the car speed shown by his Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Lola in practice and qualifying in today's race.

Tagliani made contact with Paul Tracy at the first corner at the start of the race, breaking the #5 Team Australia Lola's front left suspension and ending the Canadian's race. Tagliani now drops to 12th in the championship, but is only 18 points from fourth position heading into one of Tagliani's home races in Montreal in two weeks time.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --

Will Power -- #5 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Lola

"We hung in there today" said Power.

"Everyone's car changed during the race quite badly as their tyres wore and we leveled off. After that we had a good pace.

"In the earlier stint I just hung in there and kept plugging away. We had two really good stops and then I had a good battle with Dan Clarke in the end, but couldn't catch to him because he had really good pace. Then I managed to get a good run in the back straight. I could see that Justin Wilson was really struggling with his tyres and I got him on the brakes in turn nine and drove from there.

"I'm really happy, this was a great result and I want to thank the whole team for all of their work, this finish goes to them."

Alex Tagliani -- #15 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Lola

"I feel really disappointed right now," said Tagliani.

"In turn one I came in a little too aggressively and ran out of room which caused me to hit Paul Tracy's right rear tyre and broke my front suspension.

"I feel sorry for the team, they have worked so hard and gave me a really good car for the weekend. It's unfortunate, but that's racing and now we just have to turn the page and focus on the next race."

Derrick Walker -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"We had a lot of good and a lot of not so good today, but we are going to stick on the good and certainly with Will's fourth place finish with good fantastic stops and good hard driving helped to get us up there today," said Walker.

"On part of Will we were there when it counted and got a great result. Our best finish yet for him. Too bad for Alex, it was a pretty ambitious call trying to get through that corner there, but too bad it bit him. A lot of hard work went into that car and it's a shame for everybody that we didn't get a chance to show it."

Craig Gore -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"For Will to get his best Champ Car finish and jump into seventh in the points is a great result for him and everyone at Team Australia," said Gore.

"Will is really starting to get into a rhythm and with four races to go he is really carrying some momentum leading into the Lexmark Indy 300. He really has two goals to look forward to now -- the Roshfrans Rookie of the Year crown and fourth place in the championship.

"Alex had the Aussie Vineyards car going very well this weekend but he didn't get the chance to go for a podium in the race. It's bad luck, but he and the Team Australia crew are a tough bunch so I am sure they will already be thinking about Montreal."

-credit: team australia

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Will Power , Daniel Clarke