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2000 Houston Thoughts

RACE: The US Grand Prix last week was a better race than this F1 simulation, single file, no passing, win it in the pits affair. Well, at least the first few laps were quite a street brawl.

TRACK: The first year it rained, the second year we had some hints, and now this year we know for sure -- just read our comment on the race.

VASSER: So, Chimmy is back in victory circle. It's long overdue.

MONTOYA: Still grasping onto faint hope to steal the championship.

TOYOTA: Who would have thunk it just a year ago -- Toyota not only gaining their first victory this year, but a one-two finish as well.

DE FERRAN: Before you all jump on the Gil is going to win the championship bandwagon, don't forget how the huge leads of Tracy and Andretti quickly disappeared. One DNF in the remaining two races, and it's anybody's title.

CASTRONEVES: I'm not lifting.

TRACY: I'm not lifting.

BRACK: Like we predicted, Kenny is the rookie-of-the-year.

MARQUES: Did anyone check for nitrous in his car? A great job by Tarso the whole weekend.

BARRON: Alex adds icing on the cake for the Dale Coyne Racing team.

ANDRETTI: Ultimately, when all is said and done, if Michael does not win the championship, it will be because of all the pit snafus.

FRANCHITTI: Interesting wheelie into the wall.

GIDLEY: You couldn't arrange the cars like that even if you tried.

TAGLIANI: Nice going, Alex. Now you've moved up to taking championship contenders out of the race.

HONDA: Cheat? With traction control? Nah...

BRIDGESTONE: Interesting that the TV ads for tires are now for Bridgestone and not Firestone.

INTERESTING STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Quick, who turned the race's fastest lap? After his car was damaged. By over half a second! The man with no luck -- Michael Andretti.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: We haven't had a good heavyweight owner battle since Japan '99, so it was fun to hear Roger Penske's response to Chip Ganassi accusing him of using traction control, "Chip's full of %*@^. He says 'Look at the tire tracks.' What does he think I am? Some kind of dummy?"

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: This is a tough choice, so we'll call it a tie. To Memo Gidley for being able to find the fun in a bad situation, "There's like nine safety guys busting veins trying to separate our cars. They tell me to get out of the car, and I say, 'Just lift me off him and send me on my way.'" To Jimmy Vasser for poking fun at his car owner, "...we've been instructed by the top management that we have to finish in the top five. Then again, what are they gonna do: fire us?"

SCHEDULE: Alright, we're going to Australia for the Olympics! What was that? Oh. Never mind ... Alright, we're going to Australia for the nude beaches!

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Vasser 100
2. Montoya 100
3. de Ferran 100
4. Tracy 100
5. Castroneves 100
6. Fittipaldi 100
7. Fernandez 100
8. Nakano 100
9. Servia 100
10. Kanaan 100
11. Moreno 99
12. Barron 99
13. Andretti 98
14. da Matta 97
15. Brack 79
16. Tagliani 77
17. Marques 72
18. Jourdain 61
19. Carpentier 54
20. Blundell 50
21. Gidley 47
22. Garcia 46
23. Gugelmin 44
24. Papis 6
25. Franchitti 1

Time of Race
1:59:02.370

Winner's Speed
76.626 mph

Margin of Victory
1.914 sec.

Caution Flags
5 for 21 laps

Lead Changes
3 among 2 drivers

Most Laps Led
Gil de Ferran

Pole Position
Gil de Ferran

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. de Ferran 153
2. Tracy 134
3. Moreno 131
4. Andretti 127
  Fernandez 127
6. Montoya 122
7. Brack (R) 118
8. Castroneves 117
  Vasser 117
10. da Matta 100
11. Franchitti 92
12. Carpentier 91
13. Papis 87
14. Fittipaldi 76
15. Servia (R) 60
16. Tagliani (R) 45
17. Gugelmin 36
18. Herta 26
19. Gidley 20
20. Kanaan 19
21. Blundell 16
22. Nakano (R) 12
23. Jourdain 10
24. Marques 5
  Garcia 5
26. Fontana (R) 2
27. Kurosawa (R) 1
  Barron 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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