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2001 Australia Thoughts

RACE: For a street course -- in fact, for any track -- this was quite a clean race. Only two yellow flags, just six cars DNF'd, and the top 19 finishers were on the lead lap.

TRACK: There's got to be a way to get rid of those chicanes.

DE FERRAN: Did not repeat last year's blunder, and now heads into Fontana as the champion. A very deserving champion at that.

PENSKE: Roger is officially back to dominating fashion. So, what will he do after rebuilding his team from the abyss to the pinnacle in one of the toughest racing series in the world? He is going to allow others to dictate his actions, and possibly run away and hide to beat up on barely financed teams whose drivers proved no match to Penske's pilots this past May. Maybe this isn't the Penske of old after all. Way to be a man, Roger...

BRACK: European trained, F3000 champion, and it's his performances on the road and street events that cost him a title. Irony can be cruel.

DA MATTA: With pit strategies and luck seemingly the ingredients to winning these days, one look at the way Cristiano was throwing the car around the track attacking the course is evidence enough that he deserved this victory the old fashioned way.

MORENO: Despite some down periods this year, it is still difficult to justify not bringing Roberto back next year.

ANDRETTI: Now that he is out of the championship, he runs a clean, solid race.

VASSER: His move on Scott Dixon was a picture perfect example of experience over youth.

CASTRONEVES: Went down with a fight. Now he needs to regroup to salvage third place.

DIXON: A well deserved Rookie of the Year. The revelation of the year.

JOURDAIN: Another fine run, but probably not enough to save his job.

HERTA: An extremely disappointing weekend. Bryan should be doing better than this.

BARRON: Not a great return to the series.

MEARS: Well, he's got Fontana to look forward to. And perhaps his last chance to impress an owner.

GUGELMIN: How many times is Mauricio going to bang up his body before he decides to call it quits?

HONDA: Perhaps it was the racing gods paying them back or just poetic justice for their sudden departure from the series. Whatever it was, it was quite fitting for Paul Tracy's Honda engine to explode in the Honda Hairpin, resulting in Tracy stopping in front of a Honda banner.

ESPN: Maybe the announcers also had the "looking for a job syndrome." For some reason, Paul Page and company were in rare form. They were very loose, relaxed, humorous and entertaining.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Nearly 75,000 fans for qualifying day. Wow!

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Surfers Paradise has been run for 11 years. And there have been 11 different winners.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Jimmy Vasser on the shenanigans during the first group's qualifying session, including his own incident, "It was just a circus out there, and I was one of the clowns."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Bobby Rahal on his excitement when Gil de Ferran did not score the point for pole position, "I told Jimmy to kiss Roberto for me."

SCHEDULE: No championship to decide (except for some positioning in the lower places). Fontana becomes a 500 mile flat out, everybody go for the victory kind of race. A nice way to end the season.

Copyright 2001 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.



RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. da Matta 65
2. Andretti 65
3. Tagliani 65
4. de Ferran 65
5. Brack 65
6. Vasser 65
7. Jourdain 65
8. Fittipaldi 65
9. Papis 65
10. Gidley 65
11. Carpentier 65
12. Nakano 65
13. Barron 65
14. Tracy 65
15. Dixon(R) 65
16. Takagi(R) 65
17. Kanaan 65
18. Herta 65
19. Fernandez 65
20. Castroneves 64
21. Junqueira(R) 56
22. Moreno 54
23. Franchitti 35
24. Gugelmin 34
25. Servia 10
26. Mears(R) 0

Time of Race
1:51:47.260

Winner's Speed
97.511 mph

Margin of Victory
5.786 sec.

Caution Flags
2 for 5 laps

Lead Changes
8 among 5 drivers

Most Laps Led
Roberto Moreno

Pole Position
Roberto Moreno

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. de Ferran 191
2. Brack 163
3. Castroneves 141
  Andretti 141
5. da Matta 120
6. Franchitti 105
7. Dixon(R) 98
8. Papis 90
9. Carpentier 88
10. Kanaan 83
11. Moreno 76
  Vasser 76
13. Tracy 73
14. Fittipaldi 70
15. Gidley 65
  Tagliani 65
17. Junqueira(R) 56
18. Fernandez 45
19. Servia 40
20. Jourdain 30
21. Takagi(R) 29
22. Herta 28
23. Zanardi 24
24. Gugelmin 17
25. Wilson(R) 12
26. Nakano 11
27. Minassian(R) 7
28. Mears(R) 2
29. Bell(R) 1
 
 
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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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