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2000 Homestead Thoughts

TRACK: Not a passing grade for the new low downforce Handford MKII device. At least on the one and a half ovals.

RACE: The race no engine manufacturer seemingly wanted to win. Odd that of all the drivers that suffered engine maladies, no two were from the same team.

PAPIS: You knew when Mad Max finally won a race, the celebration would be wild. He didn't disappoint us.

MORENO: Time to call him Super Driver.

TRACY: A sterling drive with a car that didn't deserve a podium finish. Though he may occasionally fall off the wagon, this is no longer the Paul Tracy of old.

VASSER: A typical Vasser drive.

DE FERRAN: Too often Gil gets mislabeled as a conservative, laid back driver. Balderdash! This is a racer, and with the resurrection of Penske, de Ferran will be a title contender.

PENSKE: Whether Ganassi changed equipment or not, with Team Penske back, Chip now has the master as his competition.

NAKANO: Not a Hiro. In fact, he leads the rookie standings...

TAGLIANI: A fantastic debut soiled by two bad rookie mistakes -- the first practice pit lane crash and passing the pace car before the pit entry.

CARPENTIER: Will he start getting antsy if his rookie teammate ends up being consistently faster?

KANAAN: Forget the "that's racing" bad luck they ran into. This team clicked the first weekend out. And that's scary when it's run by Mo Nunn.

BRACK: Thank God the IRL was formed to help train the foreign road racers for the major leagues.

FORSYTHE: Hey Gerry, have you ever heard the expression, "You don't have a leg to stand on?" Look at the videotape, and quit your bellyaching.

ANDRETTI: This is not the way to make us prognosticators look smart.

GARCIA: Horribly slow, but we'll give him a break. To put together this team in just 27 days is yeoman work for an SCCA club effort, never mind a full fledged CART campaign.

TOYOTA: The more things change, the more they stay the same.

ESPN: Major, major kudos. Big time major kudos. ESPN and ABC have been blasted left and right (sometimes well deserved), and nothing raises the wrath of race fans then a tape delayed broadcast (though we never could understand that as long as it's not more than a few hours), but today they get a zillion praises. This is what tape delay is supposed to take advantage of -- the ability to not miss any action when commercials air. I'll vote for tape delay every race if we get a virtual commercial free broadcast.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Dario Franchitti after qualifying when asked how he feels after his big Spring Training crash, "Physically, I feel fine. The only time I feel any pain is when I look at the time sheets."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Max Papis after his wild qualifying run, "To be a champion, you need to go for the edge. You can't leave anything on the track.

SCHEDULE: Lots of concern for Nazareth. The Handford device doesn't seem to be doing it's thing, and the weather in eastern Pennsylvania the first weekend in April could be downright lousy.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Papis 150
2. Moreno 150
3. Tracy 150
4. Vasser 150
5. Carpentier 150
6. de Ferran 150
7. Fittipaldi 150
8. Nakano 150
9. Tagliani 150
10. Kanaan 149
11. Franchitti 149
12. da Matta 149
13. Blundell 148
14. Jourdain 147
15. Fontana 147
16. Gugelmin 146
17. Garcia 132
18. Brack 78
19. Servia 65
20. Salles 51
21. Fernandez 49
22. Andretti 37
23. Montoya 23
24. Kurosawa 11
25. Castro-Neves 9

Time of Race
1:22:01.975

Winner's Speed
164.788 mph

Margin of Victory
0.620 sec.

Caution Flags
2 for 17 laps

Lead Changes
9 among 9 drivers

Most Laps Led
Gil de Ferran

Pole Position
Gil de Ferran

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Papis 20
2. Moreno 16
3. Tracy 14
4. Vasser 12
5. Carpentier 10
  de Ferran 10
7. Fittipaldi 6
8. Nakano 5
9. Tagliani 4
10. Kanaan 3
11. Franchitti 2
12. da Matta 1
 
 
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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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