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2000 Australia Thoughts

RACE: You go ahead and win the championship. No, you take it. I insist, you have it. No, no, it's yours.

TRACK: A typical down under demolition derby.

FERNANDEZ: Another win outside the U.S., and at least one on every continent CART races on. Put your money on Adrian next year in the European races...

BRACK: Yet another podium finish.

VASSER: Jimmy cannot win the championship. If he gets maximum points and de Ferran scores none (and assuming no one else in contention scores enough to top them), they would end up tied in points (153) and wins (2). It would then go to the next tie-breaker which de Ferran wins by virtue of two second place finishes to Vasser's one.

MORENO: However, if Roberto scores maximum points and de Ferran scores none (with the same assumption as above), Moreno would take the title by virtue of--get this--having one fourth place finish to none for de Ferran. They would be tied in points (153), victories (2), 2nd places (2), and 3rd places (2).

JOURDAIN: If only he and the team can string a few of these performances together.

DE FERRAN: Gil should have known better to be aggressive after the first lap.

MONTOYA: He grabs poles reminiscent of the way the great Senna did.

ANDRETTI: Before the season started, everyone raved about the new Ford engine, convinced it would power the champion. Ultimately, it may end up being the Achilles' heel of their drivers.

TRACY: Overaggressive as usual.

SERVIA: Note to all drivers -- Oriol isn't ever going to back down.

CASTRONEVES: Almost forgotten in the last quarter of the season running in de Ferran's shadow.

BRIGHT: The more different talented drivers sit in the Della Penna car, the better Memo Gidley looks.

BARRON: The definition of heartbreak.

BLUNDELL: Pretty animated throughout the race for a guy who wasn't doing squat and backed into a points paying position.

FRANCHITTI: Talk about bad luck -- Dario has now finished dead last 4 times this year. He has also finished 24th, 23rd, and 22nd (out of 25 in all of them).

INTERESTING STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Fernandez has now scored championship points in 16 of his past 17 starts.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: In the thank goodness they are not psychologists category, about their coming together, Oriol Servia said, "What was he thinking?" and Paul Tracy said, "I don't know what he was thinking."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Jimmy Vasser stating the obvious about his fellow drivers after the Honda Indy Melee, "They drive like they don't want to finish, so they don't."

SCHEDULE: Consider this -- ovals have been Team Penske's weakest link this year, and Fernandez typically does well in 500 mile races.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Fernandez 59
2. Brack 59
3. Vasser 59
4. da Matta 59
5. Carpentier 59
6. Castroneves 59
7. Jourdain 59
8. Kanaan 59
9. Servia 59
10. Gugelmin 59
11. Blundell 59
12. Garcia 58
13. Marques 57
14. Barron 54
15. Fittipaldi 51
16. Papis 48
17. Tracy 47
18. Bright 44
19. Moreno 43
20. Andretti 38
21. Nakano 38
22. Tagliani 36
23. de Ferran 1
24. Montoya 0
25. Franchitti 0

Time of Race
2:01:14.605

Winner's Speed
81.607 mph

Margin of Victory
0.324 sec.

Caution Flags
5 for 19 laps

Lead Changes
7 among 6 drivers

Most Laps Led
Adrian Fernandez

Pole Position
Juan Montoya

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. de Ferran 153
2. Fernandez 148
3. Tracy 134
  Brack (R) 134
5. Moreno 131
  Vasser 131
7. Andretti 127
8. Castroneves 125
9. Montoya 123
10. da Matta 112
11. Carpentier 101
12. Franchitti 92
13. Papis 87
14. Fittipaldi 76
15. Servia (R) 60
16. Tagliani (R) 45
17. Gugelmin 39
18. Herta 26
19. Kanaan 24
20. Gidley 20
21. Blundell 18
22. Jourdain 16
23. Nakano (R) 12
24. Garcia 6
25. Marques 5
26. Fontana (R) 2
27. Kurosawa (R) 1
  Barron 1
 
 
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Las Vegas Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2003 Thoughts
Preseason St. Petersburg Monterrey Long Beach
Brands Hatch Germany Milwaukee Laguna Seca
Portland Cleveland Toronto Vancouver
Road America Mid-Ohio Montreal Denver
Miami Mexico City Surfer's Paradise Postseason

2002 Thoughts
Preseason Monterrey Long Beach Japan
Milwaukee Laguna Seca Portland Chicago
Toronto Cleveland Vancouver Mid-Ohio
Road America Montreal Denver
England Miami Surfer's Paradise
Fontana Mexico City Postseason

2001 Thoughts
Preseason Mexico Long Beach Nazareth
Japan Milwaukee Detroit Portland
Cleveland Toronto Michigan Chicago
Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver German
England Houston Laguna Seca
Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

2000 Thoughts
Preseason Miami Long Beach Brazil
Japan Nazareth Milwaukee Detroit
Portland Cleveland Toronto Michigan
Chicago Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver
Laguna Seca Gateway USGP Houston
Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

1999 Thoughts
Preseason Miami Japan Long Beach
Nazareth Brazil Gateway Milwaukee
Portland Cleveland Road America Toronto
U.S. 500 Detroit Mid-Ohio Chicago
Vancouver Laguna Seca Houston
Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

1998 Thoughts
Preseason Miami Japan Long Beach
Nazareth Brazil Gateway Milwaukee
Detroit Portland Cleveland Toronto
U.S. 500 Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver
Laguna Seca Houston Surfer's Paradise Fontana

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