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2001 Road America Thoughts

RACE: Road America always seems to bring out the strangest races. For crying out loud, Hector Rebaque once won a race here. Then there was the time Jacques Villeneuve, the Uncle, went tumbling end over end and nearly went high enough to hit the bridge. And now this year...

TRACK: Where's Billy Boat when you need him?

RED FLAG: Nobody else in the world allows teams to work on their cars during a red flag. Except CART. Go figure.

TIME LIMIT: TV was no longer an issue. Instead, hordes of diehard race fans sat through horrible weather, a long red flag period, and 21 laps of yellow parade laps. They deserved better. They should have gotten to see the full 55 scheduled laps.

KINK: Make sure the steering wheel is absolutely perfectly straight when you hit the river. Then pray. A lot.

JUNQUEIRA: True, Bruno was in the right place at the right time with the right strategy, but he drove like mad to open up a gap wide enough to maintain the lead after the splash and go. He deserves this just as much as his crew.

GANASSI: The emotional swing of racing -- from fright to joy.

ANDRETTI: If not for his former teammate...

FERNANDEZ: Another encouraging podium finish.

DIXON: Eight pit stops and he still finished fourth?! Road America bizarreness strikes again.

GIDLEY: Sometimes it takes a near fatal crash to tame a hard charger. And make him a better overall driver.

HERTA: Bryan should be allowed a closed cockpit car for Road America next year.

FITTIPALDI: Christian, here we repeat a lesson you should have learned in driving school. No matter how optimistic of a move you think the other driver is making on you, if they are exactly alongside you -- let's repeat that in case you have trouble with this concept -- if they are exactly alongside you, you cannot turn. It's their corner. Period. End of conversation.

CASTRONEVES: Things didn't exactly completely work out for him, but he is in the points lead.

FRANCHITTI: Just one of those weekends.

BRACK: Spoiling all the fun for David "just give him the Cup!" Letterman.

KNEIFEL: One job nobody envied on Sunday.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: One. As in the number of points that Kenny Brack has earned the past two races erasing a once healthy lead and dropping him to second place in the point standings.

HISTORICAL FACT OF THE WEEKEND: Chris Kneifel didn't have much better luck as a driver at Road America either. He lasted just 4 laps in 1982 (ignition) and one lap each in 1983 (crash) and 1984 (exhaust).

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: In the this isn't an exaggeration, we think, category, Bryan Herta on the water problems at the start, "I am angry with the decision to go green, because of the white-capped river on the back straight."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: In the let's not sugarcoat the situation category, Michael Andretti on the incident with his former teammate, "Either Christian was wearing blinders, he just can't see out the side of his car, or he's upset at all of us."

SCHEDULE: Vancouver has been known for some strange races, but it will be tough to top Road America this year.

Copyright 2001 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.


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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Junqueira(R) 45
2. Andretti 45
3. Fernandez 45
4. Dixon(R) 45
5. de Ferran 45
6. da Matta 45
7. Castroneves 45
8. Tagliani 45
9. Carpentier 45
10. Servia 45
11. Moreno 45
12. Kanaan 45
13. Zanardi 45
14. Brack 45
15. Nakano 45
16. Papis 45
17. Jourdain 45
18. Fittipaldi 35
19. Franchitti 31
20. Gidley 20
21. Vasser 20
22. Takagi(R) 10
23. Gugelmin 9
24. Herta 5
25. Wilson(R) 5
26. Tracy 5

Time of Race
2:00:28.453

Winner's Speed
90.721 mph

Margin of Victory
2.687 sec.

Caution Flags
6 for 21 laps

Lead Changes
2 among 3 drivers

Most Laps Led
Helio Castroneves

Pole Position
Kenny Brack

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Castroneves 110
2. Brack 105
3. de Ferran 99
4. Andretti 89
5. Dixon(R) 82
6. Franchitti 81
7. da Matta 78
8. Carpentier 69
9. Tracy 65
10. Moreno 54
  Fittipaldi 54
  Kanaan 54
13. Vasser 50
14. Tagliani 49
15. Junqueira(R) 47
16. Papis 44
17. Fernandez 42
18. Gidley 29
19. Herta 27
20. Zanardi 24
21. Gugelmin 17
  Servia 17
23. Jourdain 16
24. Wilson(R) 12
25. Nakano 10
26. Minassian(R) 7
27. Takagi(R) 3
 
 
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2005 Thoughts
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2004 Thoughts
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2003 Thoughts
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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
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2001 Thoughts
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Japan Milwaukee Detroit Portland
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England Houston Laguna Seca
Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

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Japan Nazareth Milwaukee Detroit
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