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2001 Long Beach Thoughts

RACE: Interesting that despite no lead changes, there was no running away and hiding during the green flag periods throughout the field.

QUALIFYING: A real nail biter.

CASTRONEVES: The Fence Man does it again!

DA MATTA: After just two races, it's waaaaaay too early to say this. However, common sense has never stopped us before. This appears to be da Matta's breakout year.

DE FERRAN: Seven podium finishes in the last ten races. Gil just keeps motoring along.

TRACY: Not quite as dramatic as last year, but still a fine run at the beach.

VASSER: A valid championship contender in a bare car. Someone please explain this to me.

KANAAN: Alex who?

JUNQUEIRA: With all the problems he had early on, it's amazing -- and impressive -- where he finished. And he showed a lot of speed in the process.

BRACK: It's got to come one of these races. Right?

JOURDAIN: Once again, Michel started the weekend with a bang but ended it with a whimper.

FITTIPALDI: What's the matter, Christian? You missed your old teammate so badly, you had to paint your car the same color as Michael's?

MORENO: Would it be easier for you if the cars had brake lights?

FERNANDEZ: Have patience, Adrian. Have patience.

ZANARDI: Will the real Alex please stand up?

GARCIA: Not all the Brazilians deserve to be in CART.

CARPENTIER: I think Patrick would love to have a bionic wrist.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Tony Kanaan after discussing various options and alternatives to the new qualifying rule, concluded by saying, "The thing is, no matter what, the drivers will always complain."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Alex Tagliani's reaction to Paul Tracy's excuse for hitting Tags from behind, puncturing his tire, and effectively ruining his race, "After the race, he came to see me to say he was sorry and that he lost his brakes, but I just don't buy that."

SCHEDULE: Real mixed emotions about Texas. Really mixed. At the root of those mixed emotions is this tinge of dread.

Copyright 2001 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.


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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Castroneves 82
2. da Matta 82
3. de Ferran 82
4. Tracy 82
5. Vasser 82
6. Franchitti 82
7. Kanaan 82
8. Junqueira(R) 82
9. Minassian(R) 82
10. Herta 82
11. Moreno 82
12. Nakano 82
13. Jourdain 82
14. Servia 82
15. Krumm(R) 82
16. Fernandez 81
17. Papis 81
18. Tagliani 81
19. Dixon(R) 81
20. Takagi(R) 74
21. Wilson(R) 67
22. Gugelmin 59
23. Carpentier 53
24. Fittipaldi 47
25. Brack 31
26. Zanardi 27
27. Garcia 18
28. Andretti 3

Time of Race
1:52:17.779

Winner's Speed
86.223 mph

Margin of Victory
0.534 sec.

Caution Flags
4 for 18 laps

Lead Changes
None

Most Laps Led
Helio Castroneves

Pole Position
Helio Castroneves

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. da Matta 37
2. de Ferran 30
3. Castroneves 27
4. Tracy 26
5. Vasser 18
6. Andretti 12
  Franchitti 12
  Kanaan 12
9. Brack 11
10. Minassian(R) 7
11. Junqueira(R) 4
12. Herta 3
  Takagi 3
14. Moreno 2
15. Nakano 1
  Papis 1
 
 
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2003 Thoughts
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Portland Cleveland Toronto Vancouver
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Miami Mexico City Surfer's Paradise Postseason

2002 Thoughts
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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

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Japan Nazareth Milwaukee Detroit
Portland Cleveland Toronto Michigan
Chicago Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver
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Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

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