TAGLIANI GRAFTS HIS WAY TO TOP 10 FOR TEAM AUSTRALIA Despite a weekend of drama and misfortune Team Australia's Alex Tagliani has finished with another top 10 finish in the san Jose Grand Prix - the eighth round of the Champ Car World ...
TAGLIANI GRAFTS HIS WAY TO TOP 10 FOR TEAM AUSTRALIA
Despite a weekend of drama and misfortune Team Australia's Alex Tagliani has finished with another top 10 finish in the san Jose Grand Prix - the eighth round of the Champ Car World Series.
Tagliani started from 17th on the grid after mechanical problems in qualifying and then lost three laps in the race because of a broken push rod on his Aussie Vineyards Lola, but still managed to score enough points to put him right in contention for a top five finish in the championship.
Tagliani is eighth in the title chase, but is just three points off fifth with six rounds remaining.
Tagliani's team mate Marcus Marshall also started from the last row and ran as high as 11th before a broken push rod and rocker put him out on lap 52 in 12th place.
Marshall is 16th in the championship and three points off 14th.
The two broken push rods today gave the team a total of four for the weekend after Tagliani suffered a similar fate in both practice and qualifying yesterday on the tough and demanding San Jose street course.
Series leader Sebastian Bourdais won the inaugural San Jose race from Canadian Paul Tracy and Spain's Oriol Servia.
The next round of the championship will be in Denver on August 14.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY..
ALEX TAGLIANI - AUSSIE VINEYARDS TEAM AUSTRALIA LOLA "We scored some points today and that was the main objective," said Tagliani "To finish where we did after starting almost last, the having another bent push rod, it was amazing to finish where we did." "I think the car was even tougher on the car than I was expecting. I am happy for everyone in the Team Australia organisation which is working hard to realise our goal of finishing in the top five of the points for the season. "With six races to go I think we have a strong finish ahead of us. We should be good in both Denver and Montreal which will be great for everyone."
MARCUS MARSHALL - AUSSIE VINEYARDS TEAM AUSTRALIA LOLA "It was a very tough weekend for the entire team," said Marshall. "It is hard to take considering how hard everyone is working right now. We got some points, but it was disappointing not to finish the race for our new sponsors VISA. I am sure we learnt a lot again this weekend and I am sure we can give them and all our other partners something to cheer about over the last six races. "I never really got the set up right this weekend. Bring on Denver."
DERRICK WALKER - CO-OWNER TEAM AUSTRALIA "To come away with the points from a ninth place finish was probably a reasonable result for us today," said Walker. "We obviously have a reliability problem with the rear of the car on this type of track and we are already working on making sure that is solved. "I think we will have some pace for the next two races in Denver and Montreal and that is now our focus.
CRAIG GORE - CO-OWNER TEAM AUSTRALIA "To come out of here with points and two straight cars is probably a bonus for us," said Gore. "Can we do better, or course we can, but I have no doubt that everyone is working as hard as they can on this young and ambitious program. "I think the big result this weekend came for Champ Car. This event was tremendous and despite a few teething problems with the track, was a great success and a perfect example of where Champ Car is heading. Kevin Kalkhoven, Gerry Forsythe and everyone involved at Champ Car is doing a great job to bring this series back to where it once was and its working!"