CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Team Australia Saturday report

TAGLIANI ON A ROLL FOR TEAM AUSTRALIA Team Australia driver Alex Tagliani continued his recent momentum by qualifying fifth for the Champ Car Grand Prix of Denver in Colorado today. The Aussie Vineyards star backed up the speed he showed ...

TAGLIANI ON A ROLL FOR TEAM AUSTRALIA

Team Australia driver Alex Tagliani continued his recent momentum by qualifying fifth for the Champ Car Grand Prix of Denver in Colorado today.

The Aussie Vineyards star backed up the speed he showed in opening qualifying, where he was third fastest, to be fifth fastest today at the Denver street circuit. The Canadian was pleased with the result, but thought that he could have qualified even higher up the field, so good was his Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Lola.

Will Power continued his form as the man to beat in the Roshfrans Rookie of the Year title, qualifying as the top rookie in 11th place. Power was bumped out of the top 10 in the final seconds of qualifying, but the Queenslander is confident in the speed of his Aussie Vineyards Lola for the race.

Defending Champ Car World Series Champion Sebastien Bourdais will start from pole position in tomorrow's race, ahead of AJ Allmendinger and Justin Wilson.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --

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

"This result is pretty good, top five is not bad," said Tagliani.

"We were close to third. It's a shame because we had a really good car on the first set of red (option) tyres. Our run was much better on the second stint. We were up a tenth and on the last two corners from the end we lost it. It was unfortunate, but we are on the up and we have a better direction for tomorrow

"Our car was really good today and the team is doing a great job. Now we are just trying to aim as high as we can and recover points lost from not finishing at San Jose."

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

"Today was alright, not the best," said Power.

"The first run was hard to get a good lap in because I got stuck in traffic. On the second run I lost four tenths in braking in one spot.

"Overall the car felt good, we didn't have much of a change from the red to black tires. Hopefully we will have a better result tomorrow."

Derrick Walker -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"There had been a lot of work being put in over the weekend to get the right balance for both cars," said Walker.

"The #15 crew put in super effort there to get a good fifth place qualifying, which is probably better than we deserve. It does show that we have some more work to do on car for tomorrow. We know where we need to go so we will fix it for tomorrow.

"Will is learning another race track. It's a steep learning curve for him this year. It's a pity he ended up where he did, because he really has a better package than that. He just got caught in traffic today and didn't get the lap in that he needed. It's a steep learning curve, but we will get it right for tomorrow."

Craig Gore -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"Although both cars dropped a couple of spots from yesterday, things look very positive for the race," said Gore.

"Tomorrow could be the start of a charge towards the Lexmark Indy 300 on the Gold Coast for Team Australia. Denver is one of those places where anything can happen.

"Both drivers have enough at stake to ensure they drive a cool and calculated race tomorrow and put the Aussie Vineyards cars at the front for the end of the race."

-credit: team australia

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Alex Tagliani , Sébastien Bourdais , Will Power