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2000 Rio Thoughts

TRACK: What ... huh ... {rubs eyes} ... can't be ... {squints} ... my gosh ... it is. There are actually fans in the seats!

RACE: You didn't mind that the race was consumed by the leader running away because 1) you had the feeling you were witnessing the coming out of a great talent, and 2) the action behind Alex Tagliani was intense and exciting. Then, you felt sorry for Tags. Finally, you felt like booing him along with the rest of the crowd.

FERNANDEZ: Is there some kind of new rule this year that you must qualify in the second half of the field in order to win a race?

VASSER: Definitely the Vasser of old. It might be Jimmy who ends up keeping Team Ganassi's streak alive.

TRACY: Three consecutive podium finishes to start the season. Looks like the Tracy bashers, yours truly included, are going to have to find another hobby.

FORD: Well, it's about time for what was supposed to be the killer engine of 2000.

FIRESTONE: Isn't the end of the tire war doing wonderful things to the races especially in the waning laps?

BRACK: An extremely aggressive, and thrilling, drive.

TAGLIANI: From hero to zero.

ANDRETTI: Sheesh! Not again!

MONTOYA: Only one point (and that from a race that hasn't even been run yet) after three contests. The funny thing is, if this happened last year, nobody would have thought twice about it.

FRANCHITTI: Is he going soft on us?

HERTA: Like the Long Beach performance showed he deserves a ride, Rio showed that he is still in a rut on ovals.

SERVIA: Oriol, Oriol, Oriol. Don't be handing IRL fanatics such easy fodder.

BRAZILIAN DRIVERS: So much for home track advantage...

HONDA: Groupies?!

HARD CHARGER AWARD: Am I the only one who thinks this award is bogus? Sure, on a race to race basis, it can be interesting as Fernandez showed (and Tracy last time). However, on a seasonal basis, this award rewards those who consistently qualifies dirt slow, stays out of trouble (by driving slow), doesn't break (by driving slow), and picks up positions by attrition. After all, has Garcia actually passed anyone on the track? This is an award that Dennis Vitolo would have won. And he's the last guy you would call a hard charger.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Mark Blundell on trying to find his way through the smoke of Alex Tagliani's spin, "I was a bit nervous."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Memo Gidley on the hot Rio weather, "The water in the drinking bottle became so warm that you couldn't take a whole mouthful, I mean you could make coffee with that water."

SCHEDULE: Should we give the Motegi trophy to Fernandez right now?

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Fernandez 108
2. Vasser 108
3. Tracy 108
4. da Matta 108
5. Fittipaldi 108
6. Moreno 108
7. Blundell 108
8. Gidley 108
9. Andretti 107
10. Brack 107
11. Franchitti 107
12. Garcia 104
13. Tagliani 103
14. Salles 98
15. Jourdain 90
16. Papis 90
17. de Ferran 79
18. Kanaan 69
19. Kurosawa 64
20. Herta 54
21. Gugelmin 53
22. Montoya 30
23. Fontana 29
24. Castro-Neves 22
25. Servia 0

Time of Race
1:37:12.490

Winner's Speed
124.256 mph

Margin of Victory
0.931 sec.

Caution Flags
5 for 27 laps

Lead Changes
8 among 6 drivers

Most Laps Led
Alex Tagliani

Pole Position
Alex Tagliani

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Tracy 48
2. Vasser 42
3. Moreno 28
4. Papis 20
  Fernandez 20
6. Tagliani 18
  de Ferran 18
8. Castro-Neves 16
  Fittipaldi 16
10. da Matta 13
11. Blundell 11
12. Herta 10
  Carpentier 10
14. Servia 8
15 Gidley 5
  Nakano 5
17 Andretti 4
  Franchitti 4
19 Kanaan 3
  Gugelmin 3
  Brack 3
22 Jourdain 2
  Garcia 2
24 Montoya 1
 
 
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