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2000 Long Beach Thoughts

TRACK: The changes were a slight improvement, but it's Long Beach. It can be whatever it wants to be.

RACE: For the first 59 laps, it was a typical street race. Then came the final 23 laps. And what 23 laps they were -- enough to make any Saturday night feature event proud. Did you ever think you would see three abreast heading into a turn on a street circuit?

TRACY: Who is this guy, and what did he do with the real Paul?

CASTRO-NEVES: Just when he was getting overshadowed by his teammate.

VASSER: Jimmy doesn't break cars.

DE FERRAN: Once again, got the pole and led the most laps (and the fastest race lap this time), but did not get the win.

HERTA: Driving like a man possessed. And why not? He's faster than three quarters of the field running out there.

PLAYERS: Who's the best driver on this team? Hint, it's not a Canadian.

GIDLEY: Who are the dorkbrain owners who insist there is no good young American talent out there?

TAGLIANI: Carpentier better get real worried. Alex is one top talent, with an attitude to go along with it.

MORENO: This guy didn't have a permanent ride for so long ... why?

HONDA: While everyone raved about the new Ford and wowed over the improved Toyota, Honda simply went out and won their 15th consecutive street race.

KUROSAWA: He led what?! For how long?! Are the days of Hiro and Shiggy finally over?

SERVIA: This could be an all out fight for rookie-of-the-year after all.

PITS: Like matter and anti-matter, Andretti and Tracy always seem to (nearly) cancel each other out.

GUGELMIN: Big Mo must have felt like he was in a video game where you always have to dodge those spinning cars.

PAPIS: Like Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in NASCAR earlier today, Mad Max learned how fickle racing fortune can be.

BRACK: Welcome to CART, Kenny. It's a bit harder to pass guys in the big leagues...

FONTANA: Ummm, Norberto, next time trying passing one car at a time.

GARCIA: Seven laps behind and the slowest car out there, yet he got a point. Gotta love attrition...

SALLES: Let's let Gualter say it in his own words, "Every session something happens. I am really pissed off right now." It's a lot more fun when drivers don't attend NASCAR's public relations school.

NEWMAN/HAAS: These guys almost look lost this year. Well, this can't go on all year. I mean it can't, right...?

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Paul Tracy, feeling brave after his victory, took a jab at some owners, "Man, I'll tell you, these old boys, me and Jimmy right here, these fat cat owners were writing us off, and look where these hot shots are right now."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Jimmy Vasser responds to Tracy's line in a slightly more politically correct manner, "I'm not as bold as Paul. I'm not going to call Chip a fat cat."

SCHEDULE: Here we go again. Rio. Sure, the track is neat. But if nobody shows up, why do they keep bothering?

Copyright 2000 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.


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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Tracy 82
2. Castro-Neves 82
3. Vasser 82
4. Tagliani 82
5. Herta 82
6. Servia 82
7. de Ferran 82
8. Blundell 82
9. Moreno 82
10. Gugelmin 81
11. Jourdain 81
12. Garcia 75
13. Kurosawa 74
14. Andretti 73
15. Fontana 65
16. Kanaan 53
17. Brack 53
18. Fittipaldi 48
19. Montoya 48
20. Papis 39
21. Gidley 37
22. Salles 34
23. Franchitti 23
24. Fernandez 10
25. da Matta 10

Time of Race
1:57:11.132

Winner's Speed
82.626 mph

Margin of Victory
3.191 sec.

Caution Flags
6 for 20 laps

Lead Changes
6 among 6 drivers

Most Laps Led
Gil de Ferran

Pole Position
Gil de Ferran

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Tracy 34
2. Vasser 26
3. Papis 20
  Moreno 20
5. de Ferran 18
6. Castro-Neves 16
  Tagliani 16
8. Carpentier 10
  Herta 10
10. Servia 8
11. Fittipaldi 6
12. Blundell 5
  Nakano 5
14. Gugelmin 3
  Kanaan 3
16. Jourdain 2
  Franchitti 2
18. Garcia 1
  da Matta 1
  Montoya 1
 
 
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2006 Thoughts
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Milwaukee Portland Cleveland Toronto
Edmonton San Jose Denver Montreal
Road America Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2005 Thoughts
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Portland Cleveland Toronto Edmonton
San Jose Denver Montreal Las Vegas
Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2004 Thoughts
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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
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