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