2000 Postseason Thoughts
CHAMPIONSHIP: There is nothing more that can be said that hasn't already been said.
ANDRETTI: Well, we hope you bet your friend's house like
we suggested since we were wrong.
BRACK: However, you could have won a free car if you took
our advice on the rookie winner.
DE FERRAN: A champion who likes it here and wants to stay in CART. It's been awhile...
PENSKE: One has to wonder had Team Penske not fallen into a four year funk, would Chip
Ganassi's ego be bursting at the seams?
CASTRONEVES: Perhaps due to his flair, people were seduced to thinking he would
consistently beat his teammate. Helio is good, and he got his first win, but right now, Gil is
FERNANDEZ: Adrian is becoming a bit defensive with his style and strategy. Though just
making sure to get top five finishes works, it really only works when the field is so even with so
many different winners. If someone dominates, consistent top five finishes won't do squat.
TRACY: Could you have foreseen the day that we would be discussing Paul's bad luck, and
it wasn't his fault. Well, mostly.
FRANCHITTI: Nobody pulled an Houdini like Dario did.
TEAM GREEN: Glad to see they thrilled us again with at least one team takeout.
MORENO: His relative lackluster end of year was still good enough for a third place
finish for the season. Roberto added quality and fun to the Champ Cars, and everyone who was
at Cleveland to see his first win came away cheering.
VASSER: Finally beat his teammate. Unfortunately, it was only for 6th place.
MONTOYA: Say what you want about a sophomore jinx, but look at his stats. Juan could
very easily have won another title. Combine that with the number of DNF's beyond his control, and
quite frankly, Montoya was still the best driver this year.
PAPIS: Finally, a first win.
DA MATTA: Yet another first time winner.
GIDLEY: Wake up CART owners. The best untapped talent out there, American or otherwise,
is Memo! Not to mention a fan favorite, so he could give 2001 quite a boost in fan following.
TAGLIANI: Can't say Alex lacked any flair.
SERVIA: Sometimes drove like a bull against a bullfighter.
HERTA: A waste of a talent sitting on the sidelines.
KANAAN: Saddled with the Mercedes engine and a terrible crash, it was a year to forget.
BLUNDELL: For every Montoya, there is a Blundell. And a Gugelmin. And a Fittipaldi.
PPI: We don't get it. Cal Wells finally produces a contending team, winning a race, and
he can't keep it all together? He spread himself too thin.
SWIFT: Like Mercedes, technological supremacy changes so fast in this sport.
MICHIGAN: Well, let's state the obvious. The best race of the season. Of the decade.
Perhaps even of the century.
NAZARETH: Of all our preseason joke
predictions, how were we to know that reality would surpass our "It will be too damn
cold for Nazareth" prediction.
QUOTE OF THE SEASON: How about simply, "Wow!" which was a quote every CART fan said at
least once during this marvelous season.
QUOTE OF THE SEASON RUNNERUP: Actually a reaction, as in crying with joy, as emotions
constantly were overflowing from these excitable drivers and all their first time wins.
BIZARRE STAT OF THE YEAR: You can all pick out the best or most important stat of the
year. We're going with the bizarre, just so you don't forget this fact for your next trivia game.
Takuya Kurosawa became the first Japanese driver to ever lead a Champ Car race.
SCHEDULE: Okay, we'll be the first to say it. To the diehard fan, 22 races is a dream.
Heck, bring on more. However, is the constant expansion of the schedule one of the reasons the
TV audience is dwindling? Perhaps, there are too many races for the casual fan to keep up with,
and they just throw up their hands and quit watching altogether.
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