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2000 Mid-Ohio Thoughts

RACE: It may have been a Penske 1-2 finish, but this season is a far cry from 1994.

TRACK: This sounds like an almost exact repeat of last year's Mid-Ohio Thoughts -- Okay, many have complained that Mid-Ohio's twisty, narrow circuit offers as many passing opportunities as say the Hungaroring, but any road racing fan has got to enjoy watching even a single car fly around Mid-Ohio.

CASTRONEVES: Had the flu...

DE FERRAN: ...had a broken finger. Maybe that's the key to getting on the podium.

PENSKE: They may technically have Reynards, but they are virtual Penske's.

FITTIPALDI: Christian always seems to do his best when he comes back from an injury.

BRACK: Everyone is thinking Rookie-of-the-Year, but he also sits fourth in the Championship.

ANDRETTI: Still in control as long as his future situation doesn't distract him.

CARPENTIER: Isn't it amazing how much better an athlete performs when a little contract pressure is applied.

GIDLEY: Another race, another point. Now he needs to find the handle during qualifying.

MONTOYA: Based on his demeanor in recent post-DNF interviews, there is no question Juan is off to F1 next year.

FRANCHITTI: Two laps down and he spears Vasser? What is he, the new Paul Tracy?

BLUNDELL: Passed by Marques and a Swift. Perhaps the low point of his CART career.

HAAS: Will he be CART's version of Frank Williams -- losing the current champion because he is unable, or unwilling, to pay his salary demands?

GORDON: As in Jeff. As in NASCAR. As in, I thought this guy was a goody-two-shoe.

INTERESTING STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Fourth fastest lap of the race? Tony Kanaan. No kidding.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Perhaps the quote of the year -- Barry Green answering a young fan's question about whether he prays before races, "Son, I have a two-car team. One of those cars is Dario's, one of those cars is Paul's. I pray before every race."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: The understatement of the weekend from Christian Fittipaldi, "Team Penske has got their act together."

SCHEDULE: From Mid-Ohio to Road America. Two of the best.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Castroneves 83
2. de Ferran 83
3. Fittipaldi 83
4. Papis 83
5. Brack 83
6. Fernandez 83
7. Carpentier 83
8. Andretti 83
9. Tagliani 83
10. Servia 82
11. Moreno 82
12. Gidley 82
13. Kanaan 82
14. Blundell 82
15. Jourdain 76
16. Tracy 69
17. da Matta 69
18. Marques 62
19. Nakano 59
20. Gugelmin 57
21. Vasser 54
22. Franchitti 52
23. Salles 47
24. Montoya 43
25. Garcia 5

Time of Race
1:44:59.029

Winner's Speed
106.558 mph

Margin of Victory
4.425 sec.

Caution Flags
2 for 9 laps

Lead Changes
1 among 2 drivers

Most Laps Led
Helio Castroneves

Pole Position
Gil de Ferran

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Andretti 125
2. de Ferran 106
3. Moreno 100
4. Brack (R) 88
5. Fernandez 87
6. da Matta 82
7. Tracy 80
8. Castroneves 77
  Montoya 77
10. Carpentier 71
11. Papis 68
  Vasser 68
13. Franchitti 58
14. Fittipaldi 52
15. Tagliani (R) 44
16. Servia (R) 41
17. Gugelmin 30
18. Herta 14
  Blundell 14
20. Gidley 12
21. Kanaan 11
22. Jourdain 10
23. Nakano (R) 7
24. Marques 5
  Garcia 5
26. Fontana (R) 2
27. Kurosawa (R) 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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