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2000 Michigan Thoughts

RACE: Many are calling it the greatest open wheel race in history. Whom are we to argue?

TRACK: Are NASCAR fans so duped with marketing mumbo jumbo and incapable of thinking for themselves that they are totally clueless to realize the best racing action in the world is at Michigan, and it isn't the stock cars? While Michigan usually hosts the most boring NASCAR events, it gets the better crowds. Huh?

MONTOYA: Too bad for Juan, there are no 500 mile races in F1.

ANDRETTI: The perfect plan and setup gone astray due to a lapped car.

MARQUES: Who would have guessed that a lapped car would not block the leaders, but rather tow the winner across the line?

FRANCHITTI: A rather quiet 500 miles, while his teammate made all the attention.

CARPENTIER: Another quiet 500 miles that also ended up better than his teammate.

TRACY: Hard to believe it was Paul's first pole for Team KOOL Green.

GIDLEY: Once they sorted out the handling problems, Memo dazzled the crowd with his speed.

PAPIS: Once again, disappointment in the waning laps.

TAGLIANI: Once again, threw away another lead.

KANAAN: Early exit or not, still a remarkably quick comeback from his Detroit injuries.

VASSER: Hey, that's my spot!

FERNANDEZ: D'uh!

DE FERRAN: How's this for irony -- Gil and Christian Fittipaldi had a number of controversial coming togethers this year, and it is debris from Kenny Brack's car caused by Fittipaldi running Brack into the wall that breaks de Ferran's finger.

FITTIPALDI: Speaking of Christian, could he possibly have driven any worse?

BRACK: "I don't know if his mirror fell off or his spotter fell."

MERCEDES: Who would have thought that Mercedes would fall behind Toyota in the engine pecking order?

AMAZING STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 162 unofficial lead changes. One hundred sixty two! You couldn't get that in half a NASCAR season combined.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Dario Franchitti on the crowd, "I don't understand. You watch some other races here and the place is packed and the racing isn't nearly as interesting. I don't understand it. Explain it to me somebody, please."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Johnny Herbert, observing the goings on at Michigan, on all the lead changes, "Nobody in Formula One would believe it."

SCHEDULE: It was a grand success story last year, but Chicago couldn't possibly match what happened at Michigan.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Montoya 250
2. Andretti 250
3. Franchitti 250
4. Carpentier 250
5. Castroneves 250
6. Fernandez 250
7. Tracy 250
8. Servia 249
9. Papis 247
10. Gidley 247
11. Garcia 246
12. Marques 246
13. Gugelmin 241
14. Fittipaldi 220
15. Jourdain 162
16. Tagliani 160
17. da Matta 142
18. de Ferran 140
19. Blundell 131
20. Nakano 104
21. Vasser 102
22. Brack 97
23. Moreno 97
24. Kanaan 61
  Kurosawa DNS

Time of Race
2:48:49.790

Winner's Speed
177.694 mph

Margin of Victory
0.040 sec.

Caution Flags
5 for 38 laps

Lead Changes
52 among 10 drivers

Most Laps Led
Helio Castroneves

Pole Position
Paul Tracy

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Andretti 104
2. Moreno 90
3. Tracy 80
4. de Ferran 75
5. Montoya 74
6. Fernandez 69
7. Brack (R) 66
8. Carpentier 65
9. Vasser 63
10. da Matta 62
11. Franchitti 58
12. Castroneves 56
13. Papis 56
14. Fittipaldi 38
15. Servia (R) 38
16. Tagliani (R) 36
17. Gugelmin 24
18. Herta 14
  Blundell 14
20. Kanaan 11
21. Gidley 8
  Jourdain 8
23. Nakano (R) 7
24. Marques 5
  Garcia 5
26. Fontana (R) 2
27. Kurosawa (R) 1
 
 
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