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2001 Laguna Seca Thoughts

RACE: Well ... that was a bizarre race.

TRACK: Normally it's the street circuits that suffer from yellow fever.

PAPIS: Excellent donuts!! Alex must be proud.

GIDLEY: Once again, Memo pulls another podium finish out of the hat.

DE FERRAN: Seems like last year. Gil goes to Australia with a comfortable, but not safe, lead. Whereupon, he pulled a bonehead move, and went to Fontana with a slim lead. We'll see if de Ferran learned anything from last year, and plays it conservatively Down Under.

DIXON: He's two points away from being Rookie of the Year.

BRACK: What were you thinking?! You are in a championship fight, another guy is right next to you, wheel to wheel even with you, and you turn into him?! On the first lap?!

TRACY: Okay, let's get this out of the way now. And we don't care what kind of wrath we receive from Tracy fans. Face it folks. Paul's antics in this race -- the pit lane incident (it might be debatable, but Tracy did cross the lane marks, not Castroneves), knocking around Takagi, childish behavior in the Penske pit stall, and totally losing it in front of the microphone, show once and for all that Paul Tracy will never, ever win a championship. He simply doesn't have the psychological makeup to do so, no matter how talented he is. Quite frankly, he is the Eric Lindros of CART.

CASTRONEVES: Having said that, Helio was doing a fine job playing bad boy himself during the afternoon.

ANDRETTI: Well, that takes care of that.

HERTA: The King of the Hills put up quite fight to prevent his castle from being invaded.

CARPENTIER: Rats!

FORSYTHE: That was the definition of not having a good weekend.

SERVIA: Anybody, or any sanctioning body, that still believes the HANS Device needs more testing is simply clueless. UPDATE -- We discovered that Servia was not wearing a HANS Device. Well, now we're scratching our heads. How did he come away with no injuries? Sometimes, it's just dumb luck. And one shouldn't rely on that in place of the HANS Device.

DA MATTA: Sorry, but Dario had the corner.

FERNANDEZ: Picking up Don Halliday as their technical director, and partner, should mean even better things for this new team next year.

PITS: Breathtaking action.

CART: Yes, Herta's car did fail tech. But why is it that CART always seems to make the wrong move, whether they are or not?

HONDA: Is this the beginning of the end for CART, or the dawn of a new era?

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Max Papis, who went from a 24th starting position to win, passed just one car on the track (not including those that spun off the track).

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Champ cars did once run at Sears Point back in 1970. Dan Gurney won.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Memo Gidley on what he thought when he left the pits with his car on fire (which the wind would eventually extinguish), "I wasn't going to stop and let the heat catch up to me."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: To Bryan Herta for being blunt and to the point when asked what he took away from the weekend, "...one point because we finished 12th."

SCHEDULE: Australia is always a wild time with a great crowd. And great sights -- know what I mean, nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

Copyright 2001 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.



RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Papis 76
2. Gidley 76
3. de Ferran 76
4. Dixon(R) 76
5. Vasser 76
6. Castroneves 76
7. Junqueira(R) 76
8. Kanaan 76
9. Fittipaldi 76
10. Fernandez 76
11. Mears(R) 76
12. Herta 76
13. Takagi(R) 76
14. Andretti 75
15. Tagliani 74
16. Gugelmin 65
17. Servia 65
18. Tracy 60
19. Franchitti 59
20. da Matta 52
21. Nakano 41
22. Moreno 17
23. Jourdain 17
24. Wilson(R) 9
25. Brack 6
26. Carpentier 1

Time of Race
2:00:10.589

Winner's Speed
84.919 mph

Margin of Victory
0.794 sec.

Caution Flags
8 for 29 laps

Lead Changes
4 among 5 drivers

Most Laps Led
Gil de Ferran

Pole Position
Gil de Ferran

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. de Ferran 179
2. Brack 153
3. Castroneves 141
4. Andretti 125
5. Franchitti 105
6. da Matta 100
7. Dixon(R) 98
8. Papis 86
  Carpentier 86
10. Kanaan 83
11. Tracy 76
12. Moreno 74
13. Vasser 68
14. Fittipaldi 65
15. Gidley 62
16. Junqueira(R) 56
17. Tagliani 51
18. Fernandez 45
19. Servia 40
20. Takagi(R) 29
21. Herta 28
22. Zanardi 24
  Jourdain 24
24. Gugelmin 17
25. Wilson(R) 12
26. Nakano 10
27. Minassian(R) 7
28. Mears(R) 2
29. Bell(R) 1
 
 
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Holland Surfers Paradise Mexico City Postseason

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
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Brazil Gateway Milwaukee Detroit
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