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2001 Cleveland Thoughts

TRACK: Perhaps the only track where the drivers don't mind the bumps because the layout is so much fun for them. As Cristiano da Matta said, "Everything about the track encourages you to go deeper; to put the power down earlier."

RACE: The best race of the season with great drama, lots of action throughout the field, and a ton of feel good stories.

START: It's turn one at Cleveland. What did you expect?

GRID: Perhaps the topsy-turvy lineup wasn't so topsy-turvy after all.

FRANCHITTI: Welcome back to victory circle, Dario. It's been too long for a talent such as yourself.

GREEN: It's a wonder team owners don't get ulcers worrying about fuel every race.

GIDLEY: All the headlines were written, but the story didn't play out. Nonetheless, probably the most popular runnerup in CART history.

GANASSI: Thanks, Chip, for finally seeing the light.

HERTA: Always good at Cleveland, and most likely not the last you'll see of Bryan this year.

DE FERRAN: If nothing else, Gil probably had a lot of fun passing all those cars.

VASSER: Surprising that Mr. Steady scored his first points since May.

DA MATTA: A consistently fast weekend gone sour by the qualifying weather.

MORENO: Despite the finish, a very good race for Roberto.

GUGELMIN: Well, the number one spot was nice while it lasted.

ZANARDI: Some of the old Zanardi was back. Can Alex keep it going?

SERVIA: This year, Oriol is the first turn, first lap goat.

PAPIS: Sometimes you are not rewarded for your efforts. Mad Max finally gets out of the first qualifying group thanks to his wonderful weekend at Portland, only to be smitten by rain during the second qualifying group's session, and ends up starting 22nd.

WILSON: There we go again, eating crow for the second week in a row. We are going to officially change our tune. Max Wilson is indeed a driver to be reckoned with. As is the Arciero-Blair team.

FERNANDEZ: Despite the results, this team made great strides speed wise at Cleveland.

JUNQUIERA: This time it was Bruno's fault in the pits. And like the last pit incident, the result is a 23rd place finish.

TRACY: Maybe bad karma from last week's incident carried over to Cleveland.

RADIO: If you think the number of commercials on TV is bad, you should listen to the CART Radio Network. It's practically a run of nonstop commercials which is a shame because the announcers do a great job.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The mark of a great driver is to be able to run consistent lap times when pushing hard. Memo Gidley ran laps 36-40 within 0.14 seconds of each other, and after getting by a stubborn Max Papis, ran 17 straight laps within a half second range.

HISTORICAL FACT OF THE WEEKEND: The only other Cleveland area track to host a championship event took place in 1930 at the Cleveland-Akron Track, a half mile board track. The 200 lap event was won by Shorty Cantlon in a Miller-Schofield at an average speed of 68.543 mph. Only ten cars started the race.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Dario Franchitti, after being told by the team that Memo was catching him, Herta was close behind, but he had to save fuel, "I thought, how am I going to do that?"

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Mauricio Gugelmin thinking about how the first group always complains of unfair conditions after rain afflicted the second group, "Maybe now that the first group was faster, for sure the other guys will be screaming."

SCHEDULE: Off to Toronto, the Long Beach of the East.

Copyright 2001 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.


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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Franchitti 100
2. Gidley 100
3. Herta 100
4. de Ferran 100
5. Vasser 100
6. Brack 100
7. da Matta 100
8. Moreno 100
9. Tagliani 100
10. Gugelmin 100
11. Fittipaldi 100
12. Castroneves 100
13. Zanardi 100
14. Takagi(R) 99
15. Andretti 99
16. Kanaan 99
17. Servia 99
18. Papis 99
19. Wilson(R) 96
20. Dixon(R) 95
21. Fernandez 86
22. Nakano 41
23. Junqueira(R) 31
24. Tracy 7
25. Jourdain 1
26. Carpentier 0

Time of Race
1:47:04.723

Winner's Speed
118.007 mph

Margin of Victory
0.305 sec.

Caution Flags
1 for 3 laps

Lead Changes
11 among 6 drivers

Most Laps Led
Memo Gidley

Pole Position
Mauricio Gugelmin

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Brack 84
2. Castroneves 70
3. Franchitti 65
4. de Ferran 56
5. da Matta 55
6. Andretti 53
7. Vasser 50
8. Fittipaldi 48
9. Dixon(R) 44
10. Moreno 41
11. Tracy 40
12. Papis 38
13. Kanaan 34
14. Junqueira(R) 23
15. Gidley 17
  Herta 17
17. Carpentier 15
18. Wilson(R) 12
19. Fernandez 11
  Gugelmin 11
21. Zanardi 8
  Servia 8
23. Minassian(R) 7
24. Nakano 6
  Tagliani 6
26. Takagi(R) 3
27. Jourdain 2
 
 
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Milwaukee Laguna Seca Portland Chicago
Toronto Cleveland Vancouver Mid-Ohio
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