2000 Michigan Thoughts
RACE: Many are calling it the greatest open wheel race in history. Whom are we to
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
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!
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
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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