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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 not exciting.

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 place finish.

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.

Copyright 2000 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.


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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Tracy 55
2. Fernandez 55
3. Brack 55
4. Moreno 55
5. Vasser 55
6. Gidley 55
7. Papis 55
8. Kanaan 54
9. Castroneves 54
10. Servia 54
11. Blundell 48
12. Franchitti 43
13. Tagliani 37
14. Fittipaldi 31
15. Montoya 30
16. Gugelmin 20
17. Jourdain 19
18. Andretti 17
19. Salles 16
20. Carpentier 15
21. Nakano 15
22. da Matta 14
23. Marques 3
24. Garcia 2
25. de Ferran 1

Time of Race
1:37:53.681

Winner's Speed
136.457 mph

Margin of Victory
7.450 sec.

Caution Flags
None

Lead Changes
10 among 5 drivers

Most Laps Led
Alex Tagliani

Pole Position
Dario Franchitti

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Andretti 125
2. Moreno 112
3. de Ferran 106
4. Fernandez 103
5. Brack (R) 102
6. Tracy 100
7. da Matta 82
8. Castroneves 81
9. Vasser 78
10. Montoya 77
11. Papis 74
12. Carpentier 71
13. Franchitti 60
14. Fittipaldi 52
15. Tagliani (R) 45
16. Servia (R) 44
17. Gugelmin 30
18. Gidley 20
19. Blundell 16
  Kanaan 16
21. Herta 14
22. Jourdain 10
23. Nakano (R) 7
24. Marques 5
  Garcia 5
26. Fontana (R) 2
27. Kurosawa (R) 1
 
 
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