2001 Milwaukee Thoughts
START: Cold tires had nothing to do with it. Overaggressiveness did, to the detriment of three
TRACK: Now that CART has apparently renewed Milwaukee's contract through 2004, it is time to build this
event back up after some disappointing crowds lately. CART should never leave this historic track unlike what
some shortsighted websites say.
BRACK: Typically, after the first win, the floodgates open.
ANDRETTI: The Milwaukee Master just misses.
DIXON: It's getting to be real fun watching this kid.
JUNQUEIRA: Starting to show his promise now that he is getting comfortable with these cars.
MINASSIAN: However, unlike his teammate, Nicolas is having a tougher time getting the hang of Champ Cars.
FERNANDEZ: Did anybody actually notice Adrian in this race? Yet, he finished fifth. Well, at least it
provides a good boost to his new team.
CASTRONEVES: From hero to zero.
DA MATTA: Cristiano, here's some advice. For the next race, start from pitlane. Nobody can take you out
on the first lap that way. We think...
TAKAGI: Picking up where he left off in Europe in the making friends category. Said F1 correspondent
Nigel Roebuck, "Takagi was not very popular in Formula One. He was the sort of driver nobody wanted to be
around on the track. He'd do a couple of real fast laps and then he'd be all over the place as if he couldn't
even find the line."
KNEIFEL: Wow! What a penalty on Takagi. "We will not tolerate such actions." Chris means business.
ZANARDI: Alex is still difficult to figure out. He's starting to get back into the groove of things --
turned the third fastest race lap. But, he is making way too many mistakes for a driver of his caliber.
Consistency seems to be totally lacking.
HERTA: Actually doing fairly well on ovals this year. If only his car would be reliable enough for
PLAYERS: They scored a point! They scored a point! Break out the champagne!
ABC: Once again, they missed virtually all the key moments of the race.
DOVER: Did you catch the NASCAR race? There is living proof that when Winston Cup visits a track that
rewards driving skill (in this case Jeff Gordon) and nailing the setup, all the rule manipulations, drafting, and
so-called parity cannot prevent a runaway, single-file, no passing parade. There was only one on track pass for
the lead in 400 laps of racing. That's less, way less, than Milwaukee which had almost half the
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Lola wins their 100th race, the first to do so in CART history, just a few years
after the company was all but dead in the water. And the Andretti's accounted for 47% of those victories --
Michael has 28, Mario had 18, and John got one.
HISTORICAL FACT OF THE WEEKEND: In 1991, the Andretti's swept the Milwaukee podium. Michael was first,
John second, and father Mario took third.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Morris Nunn on the debate about whether they need to slow the cars down for the
upcoming Michigan race, "If they want to slow the cars down by 10mph, I've got an easy fix -- go buy an IRL car.
That'll do it."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: After listening to the president of Lola talk about how he hoped more
and more teams would recognize the strength of their chassis, Kenny Brack chimed in, "I hope not."
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