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2001 Detroit Thoughts

TRACK: So long, Detroit. Your no passing, rough surface, and dismal paddock won't be missed.

RACE: A typical Detroit race. Most of the action is behind the leaders. This year was a bit tougher for a flag to flag winner. Castroneves never had any breathing room.

CASTRONEVES: This isn't motown for Helio. It's "my town."

FRANCHITTI: Welcome back to the podium, Dario.

MORENO: No question, his best weekend of the year.

ANDRETTI: An extremely quick car at the end, but needs speed in the beginning also.

DA MATTA: Happy to finish every lap.

CARPENTIER: A great weekend for Patrick. He didn't deserve the last six laps of demotions.

BRACK: Well ... you grab your points when you can.

TRACY: This time it was more strategy than guts that nearly gave Paul a great finish from way back.

SERVIA: A very aggressive first lap.

JUNQUEIRA: Bruno's performances the past few races, including Indy, has definitely shown that he is indeed a talent to be reckoned with. It will be a surprise if he does not win his first race this year, and he is certainly still a threat to win the Jim Trueman trophy.

MINASSIAN: Nicolas on the other hand ... well ... we want Memo!

VASSER: C'mon Jimmy! That is such a silly ass mistake for you to make.

TAGLIANI: Does a great job avoiding the spinning Minassian, and then ... BANG ... into the wall himself.

WILSON: Nice job preventing a bad situation from turning worse.

KANAAN: Tony is one driver who will not lose any sleep over not coming back to Detroit.

CART: Do they even have a foot left to shoot themselves in?

FORD and HONDA: The above statement notwithstanding, whether you were getting around the rule through ingenious, and perhaps even legal, means is not the point. CART has every right to make sure you only get 37 inches of boost and not a fraction more. No matter what. That's the rule. This isn't NASCAR where the loudest whiners get their way. Deal with it!

POPOFF VALVE: One more time, Ford and Honda. Rule 9.54A.5: "...any race car which exceeds the manifold pressure requirement as set forth above during practice, qualifications, and/or competition may be disqualified by the Stewards. Any attempt to defeat the valve may result in the imposition of one thousand ($1,000 U.S.) to the Chief Mechanic for the race car involved." Case closed.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Castroneves is first back to back winner for a Champ car race at any Detroit venue, including a one-mile dirt oval run sporadically from 1928-57.

HISTORICAL FACT OF THE WEEKEND: Only two other drivers have won this race twice -- Emerson Fittipaldi (1989 and 1991) and Michael Andretti (1990 and 1996) -- and nobody has won it more than twice.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: In the don't give me such a scare category, Helio Castroneves when he was told the tire sensor was reading low pressure in the right front, "You don't need to tell me that with five laps to go!"

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: In the willing to sacrifice category, John Anderson, Paul Tracy's race strategist, "I'd trade my next paycheck for a gallon of gas."

SCHEDULE: Portland, where the long straights will truly show the effect of the popoff valve spacer.

Copyright 2001 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.


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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Castroneves 72
2. Franchitti 72
3. Moreno 72
4. Andretti 72
5. Fittipaldi 72
6. de Ferran 72
7. da Matta 72
8. Carpentier 72
9. Brack 72
10. Gugelmin 72
11. Papis 72
12. Fernandez 72
13. Nakano 72
14. Tracy 71
15. Herta 61
16. Servia 56
17. Minassian(R) 51
18. Vasser 43
19. Junquiera(R) 41
20. Takagi(R) 40
21. Tagliani 39
22. Dixon(R) 37
23. Wilson(R) 36
24. Zanardi 3
25. Jourdain 3
26. Kanaan DNS

Time of Race
1:53:51.815

Winner's Speed
89.008 mph

Margin of Victory
0.702 sec.

Caution Flags
4 for 14 laps

Lead Changes
None

Most Laps Led
Helio Castroneves

Pole Position
Helio Castroneves

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Brack 74
2. Castroneves 69
3. Andretti 48
4. da Matta 46
5. de Ferran 44
6. Tracy 40
  Vasser 40
8. Dixon(R) 38
9. Franchitti 37
10. Kanaan 34
11. Fittipaldi 32
12. Junqueira(R) 23
13. Moreno 20
14. Papis 16
15. Fernandez 11
16. Zanardi 8
17. Minassian(R) 7
  Gugelmin 7
19. Nakano 6
20. Carpentier 5
21. Servia 4
22. Takagi(R) 3
  Herta 3
24. Jourdain 2
25. Tagliani 1
 
 
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Brands Hatch Germany Milwaukee Laguna Seca
Portland Cleveland Toronto Vancouver
Road America Mid-Ohio Montreal Denver
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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
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Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver German
England Houston Laguna Seca
Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

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Japan Nazareth Milwaukee Detroit
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Chicago Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver
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