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2001 Mid-Ohio Thoughts

RACE: CART's version of Groundhog Day.

TRACK: Wider would be better.

CASTRONEVES: Pity Helio if he ever won at a track without a fence.

DE FERRAN: Do not, we repeat, do not win the pole at Mid-Ohio next year.

PENSKE: Funny how accusations of traction control and such have been rampant the past couple years now that Penske is back on top. Nobody pointed fingers two years ago.

CARPENTIER: Patrick hasn't cooled off a bit.

PLAYERS: If they keep this up, they may actually shed their pretender status they've held so long.

KANAAN: Tony, you can jump start your heart now.

MORENO: Inspired by the lack of a new contract?

SERVIA: The comeback drive of the race.

DA MATTA: Cristiano has become the invisible man.

GIDLEY: Aggressive as usual. But this time, too much.

FRANCHITTI: Took one too many looks at Ashley...

JOURDAIN: A rookie mistake.

TEAM RAHAL: They win the Team Green award for 2001.

PAPIS: Did Mad Max just sign his own pink slip?

VASSER: Screwed big time.

FERNANDEZ: It is amazing when drivers get into a situation like this, they never think to shut the engine off.

TAKAGI: Gee, Tora spun off. Again. What a shocker.

FEDEX: Please, for the love of God, retire the "there's a shrimp thing happening in your pocket" commercial. Please!

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The number of times people asked whether the Penske cars had traction control -- countless.

HISTORICAL FACT OF THE WEEKEND: Castroneves is the 6th driver to win at Mid-Ohio in back to back years (Rahal in 1985-86, Michael Andretti in 1990-91, Emerson Fittipaldi in 1992-93, Al Unser, Jr, in 1994-95, and Alex Zanardi in 1996-97). Interestingly, nobody has won the race three years in a row, and only one driver has won it three times in total (Emmo with his other win in 1988).

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: In the put it bluntly category, Jimmy Vasser when asked if anybody can beat the Penske cars, "No!"

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Gil de Ferran commenting on the Team Rahal situation, "If we ran into one another, we'd both be fired."

SCHEDULE: Will Team Penske continue their domination, or will Road America produce another first time winner?

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Castroneves 83
2. de Ferran 83
3. Carpentier 83
4. Tracy 83
5. Kanaan 83
6. Moreno 83
7. Tagliani 83
8. Fittipaldi 83
9. Servia 83
10. da Matta 83
11. Gidley 83
12. Dixon(R) 83
13. Junqueira(R) 83
14. Gugelmin 83
15. Wilson(R) 83
16. Franchitti 83
17. Jourdain 82
18. Nakano 82
19. Zanardi 80
20. Brack 80
21. Takagi(R) 72
22. Fernandez 50
23. Vasser 34
24. Papis 30
25. Herta 14
26. Andretti 5

Time of Race
1:44:54.931

Winner's Speed
106.627 mph

Margin of Victory
1.568 sec.

Caution Flags
3 for 11 laps

Lead Changes
3 among 3 drivers

Most Laps Led
Helio Castroneves

Pole Position
Gil de Ferran

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Brack 104
2. Castroneves 103
3. de Ferran 89
4. Franchitti 81
5. Andretti 73
6. Dixon(R) 70
  da Matta 70
8. Tracy 65
  Carpentier 65
10. Fittipaldi 54
11. Kanaan 53
12. Moreno 52
13. Vasser 50
14. Papis 44
  Tagliani 44
16. Gidley 29
17. Fernandez 28
18. Herta 27
  Junqueira(R) 27
20. Zanardi 24
21. Gugelmin 17
22. Jourdain 16
23. Servia 14
24. Wilson(R) 12
25. Nakano 10
26. Minassian(R) 7
27. Takagi(R) 3
 
 
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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

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Japan Nazareth Milwaukee Detroit
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Chicago Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver
Laguna Seca Gateway USGP Houston
Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

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Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

1998 Thoughts
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