2000 Cleveland Thoughts
RACE: Started out with a bang, settled down in the middle, then ended with suspense
TRACK: Well, that cone idea in the first turn for the start of the race didn't exactly
CROWD: By far, Cleveland has one of the most knowledgeable fan bases in CART. No wonder
they were so effective in convincing the powers that be not to abandon CART.
MORENO: The most optimistic guy in racing finally gets his well
deserved first victory.
BRACK: Kinda ironic that a race which nearly became an IRL venue almost was won by the
most visible former IRL driver.
DA MATTA: What do you think, the next driver in line to score his first victory this
FORD: Their superior power band was most evident on the long runways.
GUGELMIN: Must be nice to have a special qualifying engine.
HERTA: A great fill-in weekend spoiled by one turn.
TRACY: You actually have to start feeling sorry for Paul.
FRANCHITTI: Apparently needs to get mad before becoming aggressive.
GRACIA: Everybody may have been noticing Tracy jump 11 positions after the first turn,
but so did Luiz.
FERNANDEZ: The performance scales on Team Patrick are tipping away from Adrian.
PAPIS: His car never looked dialed in all weekend. But, he sure knows how to suck up
to the series' sponsor.
DE FERRAN: If your car is having brake problems, then for gosh sakes, stay away from
PITS: The pit stalls at Cleveland may be some of the largest on the circuit, but that
didn't stop Vasser and Papis from nearly running into each other.
FUEL: Agree with the drivers -- take the fuel dial out of the hands of the drivers.
It will make for much more exciting racing.
ZANARDI: Are we about to see the donut man in Toronto? He may have gotten jealous with
Moreno's victory celebration.
GREAT STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Eight different winners in nine races, three of them first
time victors. What a year!
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: We don't really know the words, not to mention we couldn't spell
Portuguese anyway, so we'll tell you about the quote -- Roberto Moreno singing the first two
refrains from his country's national anthem because the tape didn't show up for the podium
ceremonies. He's a much better driver than singer...
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Mauricio Gugelmin ribbing Moreno, "You know his feet are
the same size as Cinderella's. And, come to think of it, he weighs about the same."
SCHEDULE: Can you believe the season is about to be half over? Where has the time
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