POWER EYES ROOKIE TITLE LEAD IN CLEVELAND Team Australia Champ Car driver Will Power has his sights set on regaining status as the leading rookie in this year's Champ Car World Series at this weekend's Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland. Power...
POWER EYES ROOKIE TITLE LEAD IN CLEVELAND
Team Australia Champ Car driver Will Power has his sights set on regaining status as the leading rookie in this year's Champ Car World Series at this weekend's Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland.
Power and his Team Australia team-mate Alex Tagliani are both looking forward to the unique challenge ahead of them when the fifth round of the Champ Car World Series is held at the Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio this weekend.
Power is keen to tackle the fast airport circuit as he seeks to regain the lead in the Roshfrans Rookie of the Year title chase after mechanical problems in Portland disrupted the Queenslander's race.
The Cleveland track presents one of the greatest challenges of Power's rookie Champ Car season. However, the Australian driver is prepared for the challenge and will be doing his best to recapture the lead in the Roshfrans Rookie of the Year points standings from Englishman Dan Clarke, who now leads Power by four points.
Undeterred, Power believes that the fast Cleveland layout will suit his driving style and is confident of a strong showing in the #5 Aussie Vineyards Lola after setting the fastest lap at the last round in Portland to salvage an all-important point..
Tagliani has performed well in the past at Cleveland, finishing fourth there last year in his Aussie Vineyards Lola and he also grabbed a podium result with third place in 2004. The experienced Tagliani has finished in the top 10 in his last five races in Cleveland and hopes to continue the trend this weekend in his #15 Aussie Vineyards Lola.
A good result in Cleveland would mean a lot to Tagliani's championship position. He currently sits ninth in the points, but with the four drivers ahead of Tagliani all tied on points, just 10 points ahead, a strong finish could see him take a huge leap in the standings.
The Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland presented by U.S. Bank will be staged for the 25th time on the challenging temporary road course, which is constructed each year on the runways of the Burke Lakefront Airport.
WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --
WILL POWER - #5 TEAM AUSTRALIA/AUSSIE VINEYARDS LOLA
"I look forward to Cleveland; this will be my first time to race at this track," said Power.
"Cleveland is a lot faster, and a lot bumpier circuit, which is good for me because I normally do well on faster tracks. My Team Australia crew, headed up by my engineer Brandon (Fry), has put in a lot of effort to prepare my car for Cleveland. They all have a lot of race experience and know a lot about the track which has been very helpful in preparing for the weekend. The team was quick there last year, so I'm really confident that this weekend will be a successful one for us."
ALEX TAGLIANI - #15 TEAM AUSTRALIA/AUSSIE VINEYARDS LOLA
"I love the Cleveland track," said Tagliani.
"We finished fourth there last year which gives me confidence heading into this weekend.
"It's always good to have back-to-back race weekends as we can quickly put last weekend behind us by getting back to business and fighting for championship points this weekend.
"I believe a spot on the podium is there for the taking to reward the team for their hard work."
CRAIG GORE -- CO-OWNER TEAM AUSTRALIA
"We have faced a couple of tough weekends and it is time to get things back on track at Cleveland," said Gore.
"The team has been working overtime to get things turned around after Portland last week. I have a good feeling about this weekend for both Alex and Will."