CHAMPCAR/CART: San Jose: Team Australia Friday notes

WILL POWER THIRD IN PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING Team Australia's Will Power was third fastest in opening qualifying for this weekend's San Jose Grand Prix in California today -- round nine of the Champ Car World Series. After a disappointing...

WILL POWER THIRD IN PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING

Team Australia's Will Power was third fastest in opening qualifying for this weekend's San Jose Grand Prix in California today -- round nine of the Champ Car World Series.

After a disappointing weekend in Edmonton last weekend where he failed to finish because of a chassis fault, Power rebounded to lead the opening practice session this morning at Redback Raceway.

In the later half of the session, the Australian turned a lap of 50.097 (103.695 mph) in his Aussie Vineyards racing machine to top the timesheet. Behind him was his Team Australia team mate Simon Pagenaud who turned a top time of 50.286 (103.305 mph).

Although both drivers went quicker in the afternoon qualifying, the pair could not maintain the gap on the rest of the field with Power dropping back to third and Pagenaud battling brake problems on his way to eighth.

Defending series champion and championship leader Sebastien Bourdais took the provision pole with a time of 49.509 seconds around the tight and demanding San Jose layout.

English driver Justin Wilson was second with a time of 49.747, followed by Power (49.22), Bruno Junquiera (49.852) and Alex Tagliani who had an identical time.

In fact, the first 14 cars were separated by less than one second.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --

Will Power -- #5 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia DP01

"There is no doubt it is going to be quicker tomorrow and it never rains in San Jose," said Power.

"Unfortunately we had the car for provisional pole today, but we could not get a clear lap and (Sebastien) Bourdais grabbed the pole and an extra point.

"We still have two sets of red tyres for tomorrow so we just need to ensure we get good track position and make use of them.

"The Team Australia crew has given me the equipment to do the job."

Simon Pagenaud -- #15 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia DP01

"I don't know what happened, the Aussie Vineyards car just doesn't react the same way that it did this morning," said Pagenaud.

"We are struggling with braking issues. It's tough to explain. We need to look over the data to understand better and hopefully tomorrow we will go quicker."

Derrick Walker -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"When you look at all Will's best corners and put them together in one lap he should have been P1," said Walker.

"He got close to that lap, but in the end just ran out of clean track to get in a decent run.

"We still have the red tyres for tomorrow, so it will be interesting.

"Simon was not that happy with his car and is looking for a bit more stability under braking and they are both looking for less under steer.

"Traffic is a bit of a problem here and it will be the luck of the draw in final qualifying tomorrow, but we will be out there having a go."

Craig Gore -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"It was a strong start from Will in the morning practice, but things got away on us a little," said Gore.

"Team Australia loves nothing more than a good old fashioned street fight and I think we have certainly got one of those on our hands over the next couple of days."

AUSTRALIAN TIMES Australian Eastern Standard Times

Practice 2
Sunday 29 July 2007
3:15am -- 4:30am

Qualifying 2
Sunday 29 July 2007
7:00am -- 8:00am

Warm-Up
Monday 30 July 2007
4:00am -- 4 :30am

Race
Monday 30 July 2007
8:00am -- 10:00am

AUSTRALIAN TV SCHEDULE
Tuesday 31 July 2007
Seven
1:00am -- 3:00am

ABOUT SAN JOSE STREET CIRCUIT
Location: San Jose, California, USA
Circuit Type: Temporary Street Circuit
First Champ Car Event: 2005 Track
Length: 1.448 miles (2.33 kilometres)

-credit: team au

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Bruno Junqueira , Alex Tagliani , Sébastien Bourdais , Will Power , Simon Pagenaud