MIXED DAY FOR TEAM OZ IN MEXICO Team Australia's Alex Tagliani and Will Power struggled to come to grips with track conditions in opening qualifying session for this weekend's Tecate Champ Car Grand Prix of Monterrey, Mexico. At the end of...
MIXED DAY FOR TEAM OZ IN MEXICO
Team Australia's Alex Tagliani and Will Power struggled to come to grips with track conditions in opening qualifying session for this weekend's Tecate Champ Car Grand Prix of Monterrey, Mexico.
At the end of the session Tagliani, who is still recovering from an accident in Houston last weekend, was seventh and Power was 14th.
There will be another qualifying session tomorrow and a race on Sunday.
Englishman Justin Wilson was quickest today from defending series champion Sebastian Bourdais and American AJ Allmendinger.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY--.
Alex Tagliani # 15 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Lola
"We improved greatly from this morning in practice. I think we are still fighting in general the same characteristics of the car, but we were faster, and are headed in a good direction, we just need to keep working," said Tagliani, who gave Team Australia its first podium finish ever in Monterrey last year.
"I think we know approximately what the issue is, we just have to try to find what we can do to fix it, and by tomorrow morning we will be in good shape.
"In general we are in good we just need to find a little more speed."
Will Power # 5 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Lola
"Qualifying was frustrating because I didn't get a real clear lap in," said Power.
"The handling was alright, we need to work on a couple of things to make it better.
"The track is different, there aren't any bumps, it's very smooth so there isn't any grip and if your car isn't right you'll really struggle. Tomorrow the track will be quicker and I think my car as well as myself will be quicker too."
Derrick Walker - Team Australia Co-owner
"I am little surprised quite frankly on Alex's car, because last year we had a pretty good car after the first day," said Walker.
"We are still searching for the car, so things are not as good as they need to be for us to be happy after the first day. It is the first day and the track is quite a bit different than last year, it's a lot slower to come in.
"We need to go think about it and re-group.
"Will has a double problem, he is learning what a Champ Car is all about and every race we get he has a different track to learn on, which is good news and bad news. He's not completely confident on what the track is all about yet to give us the feedback to help it go quicker, that's why we are here, it's our first year with Will and its part of the process."
Craig Gore -Team Australia Co-owner
"It was an interesting first day, but they always are here," said Gore. "It's a very slippery track, but I'm sure we will improve as the weekend goes."