CHAMPCAR/CART: San Jose: Team Australia Saturday report

ANOTHER TEAM AUSTRALIA COMEBACK PUTS POWER SIXTH IN SAN JOSE Team Australia continued to build on its reputation as the toughest team in the Champ Car World Series today in San Jose, California, with yet another overnight effort to repair a car...

ANOTHER TEAM AUSTRALIA COMEBACK PUTS POWER SIXTH IN SAN JOSE

Team Australia continued to build on its reputation as the toughest team in the Champ Car World Series today in San Jose, California, with yet another overnight effort to repair a car turning into a fantastic result for the Aussie Vineyards squad.

Australian Will Power steered his Aussie Vineyards car to sixth fastest in today's qualifying session, putting the Queenslander on the third row for tomorrow's Canary Foundation San Jose Grand Prix, Round 9 of the Champ Car World Series.

A brake failure pitched Power into a tyre wall in Friday's practice, forcing the Roshfrans Rookie of the Year leader to miss opening qualifying. Power's #5 Aussie Vineyards Lola was repaired overnight, allowing him to post a sensational sixth in today's session.

Team Australia driver and Champ Car veteran Alex Tagliani suffered a similar fate to his Aussie Vineyards team-mate today in San Jose, with the Canadian missing today's qualifying session after a crash in practice damaged his #15 Aussie Vineyards Lola.

Tagliani clipped a tyre wall at Turn 6 in Practice 4, the tyres pulling his car in and damaging it enough to rule him out for the day. Tagliani's time from yesterday's opening qualifying session was still good enough to put his Aussie Vineyards Lola in 13th position for tomorrow's race.

Defending series champion Sebastien Bourdais took pole position for the Canary Foundatoin San Jose Grand Prix, ahead of the Forsythe duo of Paul Tracy and AJ Allmendinger.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --

Will Power -- #5 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Lola

"By far today was a much better day," said Power.

"We sort of struggled this morning and I probably lacked a little bit of confidence after losing my brakes yesterday, but to come back and be in the top six is really good.

"I give full credit to Brandon (Fry) my engineer and the whole team for getting the car right and fixing it last night. Everyone is doing a really good job."

Alex Tagliani -- #15 Team Australia/Aussie Vineyards Lola

"In pre-qualifying our car was going really good, with the (optioin) tyres we were going to be able to run up the front," said Tagliani.

"We were on a 48.9 lap and just ran wide in turn six, tapped the tyre and got sucked into the tyres. Unfortunately it kept us out of qualifying. We have to start from the back and hopefully get to the front."

Derrick Walker -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"It's pretty amazing. I think someone is testing our resolve, our people with all of these crashes, but I can assure you they have picked the wrong team," said Walker.

"Alex's car sustained some pretty heavy damage, and we will have it all fixed up for tomorrow. We've got a pretty good direction on the Champ Car program as well.

"Will did a fantastic qualifying and I feel really happy for him and the team, because they have all worked so hard to get some results and we are getting some good direction there as well."

Craig Gore -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"It was another terrific effort from Will to qualify the Aussie Vineyards car in the top six again, especially considering the time he lost yesterday," said Gore.

"The Team Australia crew did a great job to get the Aussie Vineyards Lola back in shape and Will obviously gained confidence from their performance to drive the thing as hard as he did today.

"It was a tough deal for Alex to clip the tyres in the pre-qualifying run and obviously he will have to be patient in the easy stages of tomorrow's race with it being such a tight layout.

"Despite the dramas with both guys over the first two days I think the colours of Team Australia and our sponsors can finish towards the front of the pack tomorrow."

-team australia

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Sébastien Bourdais , Will Power