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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 reward.

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.

Copyright 2001 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.



RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Brack 154
2. Papis 154
3. Carpentier 154
4. Andretti 154
5. Servia 154
6. Takagi(R) 154
7. Kanaan 154
8. de Ferran 154
9. Dixon(R) 154
10. Tracy 154
11. Junqueira(R) 154
12. Castroneves 154
13. Bell(R) 154
14. Gidley 153
15. Vasser 153
16. Gugelmin 152
17. Jourdain 151
18. Wilson(R) 149
19. Fittipaldi 148
20. Zanardi 142
21. Tagliani 142
22. Nakano 142
23. Moreno 130
24. Fernandez 120
25. Franchitti 115
26. da Matta 37
27. Herta 31

Time of Race
2:00:20.940

Winner's Speed
155.319 mph

Margin of Victory
0.154 sec.

Caution Flags
3 for 25 laps

Lead Changes
10 among 7 drivers

Most Laps Led
Kenny Brack

Pole Position
None. Qualifying Rained Out. Field Set By Point Standings.

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Brack 131
2. de Ferran 120
3. Andretti 115
4. Castroneves 111
5. Dixon(R) 86
6. Franchitti 85
7. Carpentier 83
8. da Matta 78
9. Moreno 74
10. Kanaan 72
11. Tracy 68
12. Papis 60
13. Fittipaldi 56
14. Tagliani 51
15. Junqueira(R) 50
  Vasser 50
17. Fernandez 42
18. Servia 37
19. Gidley 32
20. Herta 27
21. Jourdain 24
  Zanardi 24
23. Gugelmin 17
  Takagi(R) 17
25. Wilson(R) 12
26. Nakano 10
27. Minassian(R) 7
 
 
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Portland Cleveland Toronto Vancouver
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Milwaukee Laguna Seca Portland Chicago
Toronto Cleveland Vancouver Mid-Ohio
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Fontana Mexico City Postseason

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Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver German
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Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

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Japan Nazareth Milwaukee Detroit
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