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