CHAMPCAR/CART: Las Vegas: Team Australia Friday report

PAGENAUD STARS WITH FRONT ROW PERFORMANCE ON DEBUT IN OPENING QUALIFYING Team Australia rookie Simon Pagenaud has had a sensational debut day in the Champ Car World Series by driving to second fastest in opening qualifying for the Vegas Grand...

PAGENAUD STARS WITH FRONT ROW PERFORMANCE ON DEBUT IN OPENING QUALIFYING

Team Australia rookie Simon Pagenaud has had a sensational debut day in the Champ Car World Series by driving to second fastest in opening qualifying for the Vegas Grand Prix in Las Vegas, Nevada today.

Pagenaud was only two tenths of a second behind former series champion Paul Tracy, making it a dream start to the season for the reigning Champ Car Atlantic Champion in the #5 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia DP01.

Pagenaud's team-mate Will Power was seventh fastest in the #5 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia DP01 in opening qualifying, looking for improvement in tomorrow's second qualifying session.

Power encountered brake issues early in the day and then a brush with the wall resulted in damage to the Australian's car, preventing him from rejoining qualifying to improve his best lap time.

Earlier in the day Power and Paganeud were eighth and fourth respectively in opening practice.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --

Will Power -- #5 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia DP01

"Unfortunately we had a bad day," said Power.

"In the morning we had brake issues and got set back a little bit. In pre-qualifying we had a bit of a toe issue, and then I went out brushed the wall and bent the rear toe link.

We didn't have time to go back out. It was just one of those days that nothing went smoothly, but you will have that.

"It's unfortunate for the guys. They have worked so hard, hopefully we can have a better result tomorrow."

Simon Pagenaud -- #15 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia DP01

"It feels great for my first Champ Car qualifying to be the second fastest," said Pagenaud.

"The Team Australia guys have worked so hard to get me to this point and I can't thank them enough.

"The Aussie Vineyards car is just so much fun drive and I hope we can do the same for tomorrow and I really like the Las Vegas race track, it's great to drive."

Derrick Walker -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"The results don't reflect what the potential was there for us today," said Walker.

"We had two front row cars we just didn't get everything out of them that we should have. Simon did a great job to get P2, which for his first time out, bloody full marks to him and the boys.

"For Will, we just had a series of issues all day. We didn't give him a full day. We've got to do better for him tomorrow, but I know he will be right there, both cars will good."

Craig Gore -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"Really, really good result today for Simon," said Gore.

"The boys have done a great job. There is a lot of anticipation with this race to be where we are and I feel a little bit sorry for Will that we weren't able to get him the parts."

-credit: team australia

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Will Power , Simon Pagenaud