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2001 Japan Thoughts

RACE: Virtually no yellows drove the fuel strategists bonkers. Good action up front.

TRACK: Forgot how wide Motegi is. Good thing on that first lap spin.

BRACK: Not on front row for first time this year. Breaks the curse by maintaining the Honda Motegi curse. Hey, Kenny, go get Mad Max and have a Miller -- it'll taste a lot better than your sponsor.

FORD: Perfect in the Land of the Rising Sun despite never getting a Motegi pole.

CASTRONEVES: Quite surprising that the Penske outfit couldn't get the fuel mileage figured out.

KANAAN: Sure looked like he would give Honda their long sought home win.

ZANARDI: Starting to get fast again -- had fastest race lap -- but horrible fuel planning by his team.

NAKANO: Gave the locals something to cheer about, and got the second fastest lap time as well.

TRACY: Sometimes the best car doesn't always win.

TEAM GREEN: And then there were none...

FORSYTHE: Ditto.

JUNQUEIRA: Bruno, don't do that at Indy, or it will be a disaster.

GANASSI: Just two yellows in the whole race, and your drivers brought them both out.

ANDRETTI: The Andretti May luck returns. And this year he has that big race at the end of the month...

JOURDAIN: Great qualifying job again. Another disappointing race, though he did get his first points of the year.

HERTA/CARPENTIER: Challenging for the hard luck award this year.

GUGELMIN: Slowest qualifying time, third slowest race lap, and somehow he got a point.

HONDA: For all the advertising and marketing hype they spew out on their great fuel mileage in street cars, they sure don't have it on the race track.

RESTART: This is not at all meant to take anything away from Kenny Brack, but that was not a legal restart. No way, no how. From rule 6.22.2 -- "When the pace car has accelerated away from the field, the driver of the lead car will, with consistency, increase speed in order to allow all drivers in the field to accelerate in a like manner to avoid large gaps or congestion prior to the display of the green flag." CART never should have allowed that restart.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The stat combination that wasn't. Michael Andretti took his 274th start, a new CART record, as Newman-Haas started their 300th race. But not together.

HISTORICAL FACT OF THE WEEKEND: The only other national championship race in Japan was back in 1966 when USAC went to Fuji Speedway for a non-points event. It was won by Jackie Stewart powered by a Ford, of course. And that time they had the pole.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Kenny Brack on how it felt not winning for so long, "To be honest, it was starting to irritate me a little bit."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Goes to Helio Castroneves for learning this line in Japanese, "I'm going to climb the fence."

SCHEDULE: Let's face it, most CART fans will be watching Indy this year. Then it's off to historic Milwaukee.

Copyright 2001 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.


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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Brack 201
2. Castroneves 201
3. Kanaan 200
4. Fittipaldi 200
5. Vasser 200
6. Papis 200
7. Zanardi 199
8. Nakano 199
9. Dixon(R) 198
10. Moreno 198
11. Jourdain 197
12. Gugelmin 197
13. de Ferran 194
14. Servia 191
15. Minassian(R) 190
16. Fernandez 148
17. Franchitti 126
18. Tracy 77
19. Carpentier 54
20. Takagi(R) 51
21. Herta 50
22. Tagliani 40
23. Andretti 33
24. Junqueira(R) 1
25. da Matta 0

Time of Race
1:44:48.888

Winner's Speed
178.113 mph

Margin of Victory
3.650 sec.

Caution Flags
2 for 13 laps

Lead Changes
9 among 5 drivers

Most Laps Led
Helio Castroneves

Pole Position
Helio Castroneves

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Brack 49
2. Castroneves 47
3. da Matta 40
  Tracy 40
  Vasser 40
6. de Ferran 30
7. Kanaan 26
8. Dixon(R) 24
9. Fittipaldi 22
10. Andretti 20
11. Franchitti 17
12. Junqueira(R) 11
13. Papis 9
14. Minassian(R) 7
15. Zanardi 6
  Nakano 6
  Moreno 6
18. Servia 4
19. Takagi(R) 3
  Herta 3
21. Jourdain 2
22. Gugelmin 1
 
 
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2006 Thoughts
Preseason Long Beach Houston Monterrey
Milwaukee Portland Cleveland Toronto
Edmonton San Jose Denver Montreal
Road America Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2005 Thoughts
Preseason Long Beach Monterrey Milwaukee
Portland Cleveland Toronto Edmonton
San Jose Denver Montreal Las Vegas
Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2004 Thoughts
Preseason Long Beach Monterrey Milwaukee
Portland Cleveland Toronto Vancouver
Road America Denver Montreal Laguna Seca
Las Vegas Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2003 Thoughts
Preseason St. Petersburg Monterrey Long Beach
Brands Hatch Germany Milwaukee Laguna Seca
Portland Cleveland Toronto Vancouver
Road America Mid-Ohio Montreal Denver
Miami Mexico City Surfer's Paradise Postseason

2002 Thoughts
Preseason Monterrey Long Beach Japan
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
Cleveland Toronto Michigan Chicago
Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver German
England Houston Laguna Seca
Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

2000 Thoughts
Preseason Miami Long Beach Brazil
Japan Nazareth Milwaukee Detroit
Portland Cleveland Toronto Michigan
Chicago Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver
Laguna Seca Gateway USGP Houston
Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

1999 Thoughts
Preseason Miami Japan Long Beach
Nazareth Brazil Gateway Milwaukee
Portland Cleveland Road America Toronto
U.S. 500 Detroit Mid-Ohio Chicago
Vancouver Laguna Seca Houston
Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

1998 Thoughts
Preseason Miami Japan Long Beach
Nazareth Brazil Gateway Milwaukee
Detroit Portland Cleveland Toronto
U.S. 500 Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver
Laguna Seca Houston Surfer's Paradise Fontana

1997 Thoughts
Miami Surfer's Paradise Long Beach Nazareth
Brazil Gateway Milwaukee Detroit
Portland Cleveland Toronto
U.S. 500 Mid-Ohio Road America
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