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2000 Portland Thoughts

RACE: Remember back not too long ago when Team Penske dominated, turning races into processional bores? Remember when everyone started feeling sorry for The Captain and hoped he would soon win his 100th? Well, be careful what you wish for...

TRACK: Never liked the Festival Curves. And still don't.

DE FERRAN: Second place in the standings, just one point out of first. There's a reason why Penske paid Gil a lot of money.

MORENO: If not for a problem in the last pit stop, there would have been been 8 different winners in 8 races. However, the consolation prize for Roberto is the points lead.

CASTRONEVES: Still trying to figure out how he lost this race, gearbox problems not withstanding.

BRAZILIANS: Quite remarkable that it took this long for an all Brazilian podium.

ANDRETTI: Michael seemed to have the more visible drive up through the field, but ...

FITTIPALDI: ... it was his teammate Christian who made up more positions, due to an early pit stop, and finished ahead of Andretti.

PPI MOTORSPORTS: Slowly becoming a team to be reckoned with.

MONTOYA: Even the gods have an off day.

BRACK: Nobody warned this IRL newbie about how not to approach the Festival Curves on the first lap? And consider what might have been since Kenny turned the fastest lap in the race...

CARPENTIER: Hey Patrick, get the &%$*# out of the way!!

GARCIA: Mirrors, my friend, mirrors. Use them.

TRACY: Are his good fortunes starting to run out? Probably not.

FONTANA: Is Norberto a bust, or the Della Penna team that bad or rather poor?

COYNE: Dale should have just stayed in bed all week. First, the transporter and the race cars inside are damaged in Kansas by a fire caused by overheating brakes. Then, the stage at his Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL for a major rock concert is smashed by high winds. Next, Takuya Kurosawa cannot take part in the final qualifying session because his car was stuck in gear. Finally, Kurosawa lasts only 10 laps in the race due to a fire, but at least Marques finished.

INTERESTING STAT OF THE WEEKEND: In every race this year, the pole position winner has also led the most laps. Yet, only once did the same driver win the race.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Gil de Ferran to his children on the cell phone, "Daddy won!"

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Derrick Walker on whether Bobby Rahal would consider becoming a permanent CEO of CART, "I'm sure Bobby can't afford to take a pay cut to keep the CART job."

SCHEDULE: Who made up the schedule that has the teams traveling from Detroit to Portland in one week, to Cleveland in the next week, and then wait two weeks to hop up to Toronto?

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. de Ferran 112
2. Moreno 112
3. Fittipaldi 112
4. Andretti 112
5. da Matta 112
6. Brack 112
7. Castroneves 112
8. Servia 112
9. Franchitti 112
10. Carpentier 111
11. Nakano 111
12. Fernandez 111
13. Tagliani 110
14. Garcia 110
15. Marques 110
16. Herta 109
17. Montoya 87
18. Tracy 71
19. Gugelmin 62
20. Blundell 31
21. Fontana 24
22. Kurosawa 10
23. Jourdain 8
24. Vasser 1
25 Papis 0

Time of Race
2:00:46.002

Winner's Speed
109.564 mph

Margin of Victory
2.625 sec.

Caution Flags
1 for 3 laps

Lead Changes
6 among 3 drivers

Most Laps Led
Helio Castroneves

Pole Position
Helio Castroneves

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Moreno 68
2. de Ferran 67
3. Tracy 59
4. Andretti 56
5. Vasser 54
6. Papis 47
  Brack (R) 47
8. Montoya 46
9. Castroneves 44
  Franchitti 44
11. Fernandez 39
12. Fittipaldi 38
13. Carpentier 37
14. da Matta 35
15. Servia (R) 31
16. Tagliani (R) 26
17. Gugelmin 21
18. Blundell 13
19. Kanaan 11
20. Herta 10
21. Jourdain 8
22. Nakano (R) 7
23. Gidley 5
24. Marques 4
25. Garcia 2
26. Kurosawa (R) 1
 
 
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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
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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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Vancouver Laguna Seca Fontana
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