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2000 Laguna Seca Thoughts

TRACK: Have the cars really outgrown Laguna Seca? Hopefully not, but if so, hopefully the track catches up before it gets dumped.

RACE: Well, in a 20 race season, you're bound to have at least one boring race. One very boring race.

CASTRONEVES: Three victories and only 29 points behind the leader. Helio is not out of it by any means.

DE FERRAN: Okay, so now Gil leads the championship. Who will it be next week?

FRANCHITTI: Another fine run.

HERTA: His streak came to an end, but fourth place is nothing to sneeze at especially for the debut race for the team with no testing, and it must have been quite pleasurable beating his former team.

BRACK: It may have been Herta's former car, but Kenny couldn't quite drive it as fast.

SERVIA: The master of the repass.

ANDRETTI: No wonder Michael wants to leave Newman-Haas -- their strategists are a bunch of dolts.

MONTOYA: Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be anything new that could plague Juan.

TRACY: Talk about bad luck. He forces the issue on Servia on the last lap, spins away vital championship points, only to have Servia run out of fuel anyway.

MORENO: Not one of his smarter races.

TAGLIANI: Not much has changed since Vancouver.

CARPENTIER: Patrick always seems to have the most spectacular crashes each year.

GIDLEY: A humbling weekend.

MERCEDES: Seeya!

ESPN: Gotta love those super slo-mo's. Spectacular!

DNF: For all the attrition recent races have suffered, it's quite amazing nobody dropped out until lap 45, and there were only 7 total DNF's.

EVEN GREATER STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Last week, 20 points separated the top 6. This week, 17 points separates the top 6. And now there are only 4 races left.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: From Patrick Carpentier after his harrowing practice crash, "I remember I got airborne but I didn't know I was on the other side of the fence."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: For the put it bluntly category, Newman-Haas data acquisition engineer Craig Hampson on their failed fuel strategy, "This sucks - and you can quote me."

SCHEDULE: My how far Gateway has fallen. Originally set in an area that once had the highest CART TV ratings in the prime Memorial Day weekend spot, it is now relegated to a nondescript September weekend and televised on ESPN2. And gone entirely after this year.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Castroneves 83
2. de Ferran 83
3. Franchitti 83
4. Herta 83
5. Brack 83
6. Montoya 83
7. Gugelmin 83
8. Vasser 83
9. Carpentier 83
10. Fittipaldi 83
11. Tracy 83
12. Fernandez 83
13. Blundell 83
14. Andretti 83
15. da Matta 83
16. Papis 83
17. Servia 82
18. Marques 82
19. Gidley 82
20. Garcia 81
21. Barron 81
22. Kanaan 69
23. Tagliani 55
24. Jourdain 46
25. Moreno 45
26. Nakano 45

Time of Race
1:46:11.800

Winner's Speed
104.949 mph

Margin of Victory
0.954 sec.

Caution Flags
1 for 7 laps

Lead Changes
2 among 2 drivers

Most Laps Led
Helio Castroneves

Pole Position
Helio Castroneves

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. de Ferran 132
2. Andretti 126
3. Tracy 122
4. Fernandez 118
5. Brack (R) 116
6. Moreno 115
7. Castroneves 103
8. Franchitti 92
9. Vasser 91
10. da Matta 88
11. Montoya 85
12. Papis 79
13. Carpentier 75
14. Fittipaldi 67
15. Servia (R) 46
16. Tagliani (R) 45
17. Gugelmin 36
18. Herta 26
19. Gidley 20
20. Blundell 16
  Kanaan 16
22. Jourdain 10
23. Nakano (R) 7
24. Marques 5
  Garcia 5
26. Fontana (R) 2
27. Kurosawa (R) 1
 
 
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Milwaukee Laguna Seca Portland Chicago
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Fontana Mexico City Postseason

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Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver German
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Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

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Japan Nazareth Milwaukee Detroit
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