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2000 Fontana Thoughts

TRACK: I thought it never rains in Southern California.

RACE: Looked like a Michigan 500 of old. This is why the championship should not be concluded with a 500-mile race.

HANDFORD DEVICE: Never worked better at Fontana. It was more like Michigan with all the passing, slicing, and dicing. However, the drag may have contributed to all the engine failures.

DE FERRAN: Talk about winning a close championship. Not the points. The mere inches, or less, Gil missed Andretti's spinning car. Good to see a nice guy finally prove his worth.

PENSKE: Yeah, Team Penske is back. Ganassi and Green won't have it so easy anymore.

FERNANDEZ: His attempt to back into a championship was foiled.

BRACK: He certainly gave it his best shot.

TRACY: A first [plenum explosion] prevents a first [championship].

MORENO: Despite his faltering in the latter part of the season, a fine year for Roberto with his first full time ride.

FITTIPALDI: Christian?! The same guy who made every mistake in the book at Michigan? Well, he learned his lessons.

MONTOYA: So close to the "triple crown." Have fun in F1, Juan.

MEARS: Attrition not withstanding, that was one fine debut for Casey. Other than out of sequence pit stops, Casey was never lapped on the track.

BARRON: The biggest disappointment out of all the day's disappointments.

VASSER: Now Jimmy, exactly how did the gearbox sound going into Turn 3?

DA MATTA: That's why they always throw the yellow flag for debris on a superspeedway.

BLUNDELL: This race was a metaphor for Mark's CART career. Started out with great promise, proceeded slowly, became competitive, and then went up in smoke.

ANDRETTI: Glad to see the red flag. Not so glad to see blue smoke.

GANASSI: Who are we to criticize Chip's driver choices considering the huge success he has had in that area. However, his two new drivers are not exactly going to help pack the grandstands.

MERCEDES: What a way to leave the series -- everytime their engine led the race, it promptly blew up.

UGLY STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Six cars finish the race. Thought those days of attrition were long gone.

INTERESTING STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Juan Montoya topped the year in laps led by more than double the margin of second place Castroneves. The points don't always tell who the top drivers are.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: What seemed to be the sigh for all the competitors, Max Papis said, "Unfortunately, the million dollars is going to someone else."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: In the honesty category, Christian Fittipaldi said, "I have to admit I lucked out a little bit today." Then again, that goes for most 500-mile winners.

SCHEDULE: Twenty-two races for next year. Let's get it on!

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Fittipaldi 250
2. Moreno 250
3. de Ferran 250
4. Mears 250
5. Fernandez 250
6. Tagliani 248
7. Marques 247
8. Barron 239
9. Castroneves 226
10. Montoya 219
11. Jourdain 203
12. Papis 182
13. Brack 167
14. Carpentier 154
15. Blundell 129
16. Nakano 113
17. Gugelmin 103
18. Kanaan 88
19. Andretti 88
20. Servia 88
21. Gidley 78
22. Vasser 71
23. Franchitti 45
24. Tracy 23
25. da Matta 22
  Garcia DNS

Time of Race
3:38:04.376

Winner's Speed
139.563 mph

Margin of Victory
0.194 sec.
(Under Yellow)

Caution Flags
11 for 85 laps

Lead Changes
57 among 12 drivers

Most Laps Led
Kenny Brack

Pole Position
Gil de Ferran

FINAL STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. de Ferran 168
2. Fernandez 158
3. Moreno 147
4. Brack (R) 135
5. Tracy 134
6. Vasser 131
7. Castroneves 129
8. Andretti 127
9. Montoya 126
10. da Matta 112
11. Carpentier 101
12. Fittipaldi 96
13. Franchitti 92
14. Papis 88
15. Servia (R) 60
16. Tagliani (R) 53
17. Gugelmin 39
18. Herta 26
19. Kanaan 24
20. Gidley 20
21. Blundell 18
  Jourdain 18
23. Mears (R) 12
  Nakano (R) 12
25. Marques 11
26. Barron 6
  Garcia 6
28. Fontana (R) 2
29. Kurosawa (R) 1
 
 
2008 Thoughts
Long Beach

2007 Thoughts
Preseason Las Vegas Long Beach Houston
Portland Cleveland Mont Tremblant Toronto
Edmonton San Jose Road America Belgium
Holland Surfers Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2006 Thoughts
Preseason Long Beach Houston Monterrey
Milwaukee Portland Cleveland Toronto
Edmonton San Jose Denver Montreal
Road America Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2005 Thoughts
Preseason Long Beach Monterrey Milwaukee
Portland Cleveland Toronto Edmonton
San Jose Denver Montreal Las Vegas
Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2004 Thoughts
Preseason Long Beach Monterrey Milwaukee
Portland Cleveland Toronto Vancouver
Road America Denver Montreal Laguna Seca
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

1997 Thoughts
Miami Surfer's Paradise Long Beach Nazareth
Brazil Gateway Milwaukee Detroit
Portland Cleveland Toronto
U.S. 500 Mid-Ohio Road America
Vancouver Laguna Seca Fontana
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