2001 German Thoughts
ZANARDI: People aren't going to like hearing this, but it appears that Alex's wild driving style finally
caught up with him. A terrible mistake with horrible results.
CEREMONY: The pre-race ceremony and the general outpouring of concern from the German people may have
once and for all showed the world that the wounds of WWII are truly behind us. Perhaps, despite the tragic attack
of the United States, we really are close to being one world, one people.
TRACK: Is this track cursed? First, Michele Alboreto losses his life in a testing crash on the road
circuit, and now Zanardi's terrible crash on the oval.
RACE: For the first 142 laps, this was a great race. It was clean on a racy track with lots of passes
and great moves. Then, the horror of racing reared its ugly head.
BRACK: Backed into this win for many reason, but that amazing save early in the race was worth some
RAHAL: Ironic that the man who was supposed to spend his whole year in Europe was one of the few
owners who couldn't get there for CART's debut in the Old World.
CARPENTIER: Patrick continues to roll along.
TAGLIANI: Nowhere to go, but Alex must be feeling terrible.
ANDRETTI: Could have been his win as they played the fuel strategy right this time. But, that's
probably the last thing on Michael's mind.
SERVIA: Another fifth place finish, and looked very good on the track.
NUNN: This team was so hooked up ... racing just isn't fair.
TAKAGI: In a familiar position -- off the track. Though, it wasn't his fault this time.
JUNQUEIRA: Speaking of fault -- hey, Bruno, do you ever check your left mirror?
PATRICK: This team was completely lost all weekend. All three cars. Strange then, that the rookie,
Townsend Bell, did the best.
DIXON: A mighty fine race considering he had hardly any practice time due to a stomach ailment.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 87,689 fans for an oval race not in America, but in Germany, and not just in
Germany, but in an economically depressed area in old East Germany, and not just any weekend, but the same
weekend of the nearby Italian Grand Prix at Monza. And many people, including yours truly, didn't think it would
work in Germany. D'oh!
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Max Papis said it for all of us, "I'm praying for all the people in the United
States, and I'm praying for my friend."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: From an anonymous CART member, "The engines fired and everybody smiled --
for the first time in three days. It's what we do, it's what we are. What more can I say? We have to go on."
SCHEDULE: Germany embraced American open wheel oval racing. Now, let's see what England makes of it.
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