Team Australia had a tough day at the office in the fourth round of the Champ Car World Series at the Portland International Raceway as Alex Tagliani was unable to build on a promising qualifying performance in the race itself.

Tagliani had been forced to wear a special brace for the race to try and help cope with back spasms the Canadian driver had been suffering from but he was unable to fully test the brace on race day as he was forced out the event after just nine laps with an engine problem.

"I think it is pretty sad for the team," he said. "To qualify fourth was very pleasing and we started pretty good. However I could feel the loss of power and was trying to nurse the car back to the pits when the engine let go.

"The frustrating thing is the amount of points we certainly could have scored today - and deserved to score. Now we have to fight our way back and while that is not always a great position to be in we have the guys in the team who are prepared to put in the work."

Team-mate Marcus Marshall started the race 18th and eventually finished 14th in his fourth Champ Car start, although the Australian admitted that the warm conditions had made it tough.

"That is one of the toughest days I have had," he said. "There is just so much to learn and we are doing it on the run. We made a good change overnight and the car was good in the warm-up, but I seemed to fight with the car for most of the race.

"I need to have a look at what I did and what we did as a team if I am to punch my way forward. I am happy to finish another race and score some points, but 14th is not where I want to be."



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