POWER ENDS SEASON WITH SECOND PLACE IN MEXICO Will Power has capped a strong season in the Champ Car World Series with his fifth podium finish for the year with second place in the Gran Premio Tecate in Mexico City, Mexico today. Power...
POWER ENDS SEASON WITH SECOND PLACE IN MEXICO
Will Power has capped a strong season in the Champ Car World Series with his fifth podium finish for the year with second place in the Gran Premio Tecate in Mexico City, Mexico today.
Power started from pole position for the 14th and final event of the season, his fifth pole this year in the #5 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia DP01.
On lap 24 Sebastien Bourdais passed Power entering Turn One at the end of the front straight, Power saving much of his Power-To-Pass allocation for the final parts of the race.
A late-race restart after a caution period gave Power one last opportunity to retake the lead, but in the end Bourdais was too strong and Power brought the green and gold Aussie Vineyards car home in second.
The result confirmed Power's fourth place in the 2007 Champ Car World Series standings after finishing in sixth in his rookie season last year.
Simon Pagenaud was sixth in the season finale today, jumping one place in the Rookie of the Year standings with the result to end the year third in the rookie points.
Pagenaud clipped the pit wall at the start of the race while avoiding a stalled car at the start but continued on, fighting for his seventh top five finish for the season only to narrowly miss out in the final stages to grab sixth place.
Bourdais won today's final race of the season ahead of Power and Spaniard Oriol Servia.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --
Will Power -- #5 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia DP01
"It would have been nice to win the last race of the season, considering we had pretty good pace in qualifying," said Power.
"The car was a little bit too loose coming down the straight. But as the season goes, we've had the pace all year, we've just had really bad luck in the races with mechanical failure and a couple other things.
"I think that we'll be strong next year. I think we learned a lot in how to win a championship this year and what not to do. I look forward to it, good result the last race. It's about time we finished on the podium. I'm really looking forward to next year."
Simon Pagenaud -- #15 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia DP01
"This was the best race I have had all year, honestly," said Pagenaud.
"We finally got the Aussie Vineyards car right in the race. On the second stint we went out on blacks and the car was really nice and I came back and passed Tracy.
"It was a great race. I think the Cosworth Power-to-Pass did really well. It made it hard to save fuel, but then it made for interesting racing. It's a shame that there was a shootout in the end because we were P4 and ended up P6.
"It's all about learning and it was a good rookie season. We will see for next year now. I have learned from all my mistakes that I have made this year and hopefully next year I will be up there fighting for the championship."
Derrick Walker -- Team Australia Co-Owner
"It was a very interesting race all the way around, I'm sure it kept everyone on the edges of their seats until the end," said Walker.
"I think we had a fantastic Aussie Vineyards car, the team did a fantastic job, both crews did really well. The Cosworth Power-to-Pass changed the final outcome there and made it quite exciting.
"It was just a matter of who had enough Power-to-Pass by the end of the day and when you get those kind of results, it isn't necessarily the best car, but we had the best team out there all day and we did a great job all the way around. It was a good end to the season."
Craig Gore -- Team Australia Co-Owner
"It's definitely a positive result to finish the season on the podium," said Gore.
"Will has been fast all season but with his run of poor luck he has not been on the podium for a while now, so we are all pleased that we have that behind us now.
"He drove very well this weekend, even with his injury, and did us all proud. It's good to head into the off-season with a podium finish fresh in our minds.
"Simon could not get that illusive first podium but drove a good race. He has been very impressive all season and today was no exception.
"We have some more hard work ahead of us now, because the championship is what we have our sights set on in 2008, so it's going to be a big season next year for Team Australia."
-credit: team australia