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2001 Michigan Thoughts

RACE: Just when you thought you couldn't top last year. Whoo-eeeee!

TRACK: What in the bloody hell is wrong with the American racing fan?! 61 lead changes. 167 unofficial lead changes. Five car shoot-out over the final 10 laps. And they would rather see a NASCAR parade at Michigan? I just don't get it. And I don't get CART leaving here.

CARPENTIER: Yet another first time winner, and a nice way to celebrate a new contract. But Patrick, you really need to work on your victory donuts.

TAGLIANI: Yeah, it was a bit risky. And if it turned out bad, we'd be tearing Alex to shreds. But, he played the good teammate.

FRANCHITTI: Maybe Dario should volunteer to start at the back of the pack all the time.

JOURDAIN: Next time, put a little more paint on the nose of your car.

GIDLEY: Absolutely the strongest car out there. Memo had it dialed in. Other cars couldn't complete a drafting pass on him coming out of Turn 4.

MINASSIAN: Nicolas, who? Is he still in the States?

HERTA: Who says Bryan can't run the ovals?

DA MATTA: Where did Cristiano come from? He seemed to be invisible most of the race. Great work by his pit crew overcoming the lack of air jacks.

TRACY: Just the opposite for Paul, who's pit crew let him down when he had a car that could run with the leaders.

PAPIS: Whoops.

TEAM RAHAL: From a great payday to an expensive day ... In just a matter of seconds.

BRACK: Surprising he still has the points lead considering his luck lately.

FITTIPALDI: Pit much, Christian?

TAKAGI: Very impressive all weekend, but no surprise that his lack of Handford Device speedway racing caught up to him.

PENSKE: Virtual no-shows.

ANDRETTI: Another engine failure in a 500 mile race. What else is new?

GUGELMIN: Completely out of it all day.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Under one second. That is the margin between the top five finishers -- 0.516. Also, the total margin of victory for the past four years -- 0.574

HISTORICAL FACT OF THE WEEKEND: The fastest 500 mile race took place at Michigan when Al Unser, Jr. won with an average speed of 189.727 mph.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Max Papis on his planned qualifying strategy, "The guy who farts the biggest will be on pole. Tonight I plan to eat a big Mexican dinner!"

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Cristiano da Matta on his pit troubles, "Ultimately, compared to the others, the Quick Jack wasn't so quick."

SCHEDULE: Off to Chip's track. Wouldn't it be great if Memo gets his breakthrough victory there? Well, that's the way it would work in NASCAR.

Copyright 2001 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.


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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Carpentier 250
2. Franchitti 250
3. Jourdain 250
4. da Matta 250
5. Herta 250
6. Tagliani 249
7. Tracy 249
8. Castroneves 249
9. Junqueira(R) 249
10. Dixon(R) 248
11. Servia 248
12. Moreno 248
13. Takagi(R) 248
14. Gidley 246
15. Gugelmin 246
16. Papis 232
17. Brack 232
18. Fittipaldi 204
19. Andretti 185
20. Zanardi 179
21. Kanaan 174
22. Nakano 151
23. Vasser 129
24. de Ferran 97
25. Fernandez 15
26. Wilson(R) DNS

Time of Race
2:54:55.757

Winner's Speed
171.498 mph

Margin of Victory
0.243 sec.

Caution Flags
5 for 39 laps

Lead Changes
60 among 11 drivers

Most Laps Led
Max Papis

Pole Position
None. Qualifying Rained Out. Field Set By Saturday practice times.

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Brack 84
2. Franchitti 81
3. Castroneves 75
4. Andretti 73
5. da Matta 67
6. de Ferran 58
7. Dixon(R) 57
8. Tracy 52
9. Vasser 50
10. Fittipaldi 49
11. Papis 44
  Moreno 44
13. Kanaan 37
14. Carpentier 35
15. Tagliani 30
16. Herta 27
  Junqueira(R) 27
18. Fernandez 25
19. Zanardi 20
20. Gidley 17
  Gugelmin 17
22. Jourdain 16
23. Wilson(R) 12
24. Nakano 10
  Servia 10
26. Minassian(R) 7
27. Takagi(R) 1
 
 
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