2000 Road America Thoughts
RACE: This was one of those races that you have to look at in its entirety after it is
all over to fully appreciate what took place. From the sensational first lap by Tagliani to
Montoya displaying his trademark skills to Tracy charging back, fuel mileage be damned, from 23rd
position to the victory, this turned out to be one fine race.
TRACK: Amazing the number of gearboxes Road America chewed up and spit out.
TRACY: This happens seemingly every year. Just when you are ready to write off Paul,
he comes up with a great drive.
BRACK: Solidifying his rookie points lead, but by the end of the year, will Tagliani
be considered better?
FERNANDEZ: Playing smart and conservative with the fuel is fine, and it works, but it's
MORENO: Back in more familiar territory.
FITTIPALDI: Always looks good at Road America.
TAGLIANI: A brilliant start. A well driven race. A heartbreaking DNF.
FRANCHITTI: The old Dario was back. Too bad the car wasn't.
MONTOYA: Say what you want about the Toyota's, but how many non-engine related DNF's
has Juan had this year?
ANDRETTI: Still his championship to lose.
PENSKE: The racing gods giveth; the racing gods taketh away.
GIDLEY: Sure there was a lot of attrition, but it's sure nice to see Memo get a 6th
CARPENTIER: Unless Player's can be absolutely sure they can get a better driver than
Patrick, Player's should keep him.
SALLES: You would think he's at least capable of being faster than Kurosawa. Time to
put Herta in the car.
EUROSPEEDWAY: 100,000 fans to watch a public relations test run for one Champ Car?!
Wow! Maybe Germany will be a CART success story after all despite being on the same weekend as
the Italian Grand Prix.
INTERESTING STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Eighteen drivers have led a lap so far this year, but
not Franchitti, who last year scored as many points as the champion.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: In the "Oh, *$^#" category, Paul Tracy on what happened when his
throttle sensor suddenly went kaput at the start, "...the engine just shut off. I looked in the
mirror and all I saw was Kenny and a big Shell sign."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: In the positive attitude category, Memo Gidley on his
poor qualifying efforts, "Every session can beat you down just a bit more, but I never give up."
SCHEDULE: Vancouver, with its tight confines and placement in the schedule, is often a
turning point in the season. This year that very well may be the case as just 25 points separates
the top six.
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