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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 better.

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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FINAL STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. de Ferran 168
2. Fernandez 158
3. Moreno 147
4. Brack (R) 135
5. Tracy 134
6. Vasser 131
7. Castroneves 129
8. Andretti 127
9. Montoya 126
10. da Matta 112
11. Carpentier 101
12. Fittipaldi 96
13. Franchitti 92
14. Papis 88
15. Servia (R) 60
16. Tagliani (R) 53
17. Gugelmin 39
18. Herta 26
19. Kanaan 24
20. Gidley 20
21. Blundell 18
22. Jourdain 18
23. Mears (R) 12
24. Nakano (R) 12
25. Marques 11
26. Barron 6
27. Garcia 6
28. Fontana (R) 2
29. Kurosawa (R) 1
30. Salles 0
31. Bright (R) 0

ROOKIE STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Brack 135
2. Servia 60
3. Tagliani 53
4. Mears 12
5. Nakano 12
6. Fontana 2
7. Kurosawa 1
8. Bright 0

MANUFACTURERS
  Make Pts.
1. Ford Cosworth 335
2. Honda 313
3. Toyota 275
4. Mercedes-Benz 74

CONSTRUCTORS
  Chassis Pts.
1. Reynard 394
2. Lola 312
3. Swift 11

NATION'S CUP
  Country Pts.
1. Brazil 332
2. United States 256
3. Canada 226
4. Mexico 165
5. Sweden 135
6. Columbia 126
7. Scotland 92
8. Italy 88
9. Spain 60
10. England 18
11. Japan 13
12. Argentina 2
13. Australia 0

VICTORIES
  Driver Pts.
1. Tracy 3
  Castroneves 3
  Montoya 3
4. de Ferran 2
  Andretti 2
  Fernandez 2
7. Moreno 1
  Papis 1
  da Matta 1
  Vasser 1
  Fittipaldi 1

POLE POSITIONS
  Driver Pts.
1. Montoya 7
2. de Ferran 5
3. Castroneves 3
4. Franchitti 2
5. Moreno 1
  Tagliani (R) 1
  Tracy 1

Most Laps Led
Juan Montoya (820)

Laps Completed
Adrian Fernandez (2,601)
 
 
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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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