2001 England Thoughts
TRACK: Okay, generally speaking, everything went well with the European swing in terms of logistics
and crowd support. But for crying out loud, move these races to a drier season.
RACE: May not be as racy as EuroSpeedway, but there was still some good dicing, and wow, what a final
DE FERRAN: Can you believe this is his first win of the year? And what a win it was.
BRACK: Despite not winning this particular race, there is no question that Kenny is the ovalmeister
CASTRONEVES: Come on Helio, admit it. You can't possibly have us believe that you could have
passed all those cars before the blend line, and then have to lock up your brakes in order not to hit Brack,
without going over the speed limit.
DA MATTA: A much needed strong finish.
ANDRETTI: We've said it before to the point of sounding like a broken record -- don't ignore the
fact that Michael is very much in the championship hunt.
KANAAN: The sentimental favorite had to settle for eighth.
FRANCHITTI: May not be happy with ninth, but he could have just as easily ended his race squeezed
against the wall.
JOURDAIN: This is why you lock up the brakes, and keep them locked, when you spin. Had Michel not
done that, or had he tried to floor it to get out of the spin, a technique that rarely works, he would have
taken out either Franchitti, Andretti, or Castroneves. Or, a combination of all three, and then some.
PAPIS: Might be taken off of de Ferran's Christmas card list.
BELL: Here's a guy who's first two Champ Car races result in very limited practice time, and yet in
the German race, he outdoes his teammates, and in England, he scores his first point and outruns one of his
teammates. He'll be signed by Patrick for a full time ride next year.
ZANARDI: So happy to see Alex's spirits doing so well. Did we expect anything else from him?
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Now we are up to 11 different winners. One more, and the record set last year
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The last time the Champ Cars ran in England -- then Indy Cars and under
USAC sanctioning -- was in 1978 at Brands Hatch. That race was also won by a Penske car driven by Rick Mears.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: To a Penske crew member who bluntly described the race winning pass when greeting
de Ferran in victory circle, "You got some balls there buddy."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: The London Daily Telegram summarized the English reaction
the best, "Years from now, greying petrolheads will bore their grandchildren with tales of the day at Rockingham
Motor Speedway that changed British motor racing for good."
SCHEDULE: Back to the U. S. of A. To Houston. During hurricane season...
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