2001 Vancouver Thoughts
RACE: For awhile, it was a typical Vancouver parade. Then a NASCAR short track race broke out.
TRACK: Yeah, it sucks. But it's good to see Vancouver stay on the calendar.
MORENO: Try telling Roberto you can't pass on Vancouver. And great donuts, man!
PLAYERS: Did CART discover The Call?
TAGLIANI: Heartbreaks don't come any worse than this.
DE FERRAN: The defending champion is back on top. And he did it in typical Gil style -- quietly.
ANDRETTI: Yet another great street run in Canada. With two ovals coming up, Michael is very much in
the hunt. That is, as long as his European ghosts don't strike him.
KANAAN: Definitely Mo Nunn's man. Not the other guy who Nunn favors.
ZANARDI: Speaking of the other guy, will Alex just come out and say goodbye already. It's becoming
painful watching him.
TAKAGI: How many drivers is Tora going to take out before somebody takes him out behind the woodshed?
And then he finishes 7th after all that. Talk about rubbing it in.
BRACK: Was Paul Tracy driving this car?
VASSER: Is there any other possible way that Jimmy could DNF?
JUNQUEIRA: That high from his first win is long gone now.
HERTA: His fortunes have gone in the opposite direction of the other Forsythe drivers.
CARPENTIER: Boned by Brack.
FRANCHITTI, DA MATTA, and VASSER: Boned by the officials.
GIDLEY: Glad he's back healthy enough to race.
RAHAL: The team was doing just fine, in fact better than ever, without him. Will be very interesting
to see how it does down the stretch with Bobby back.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Ten winners in 14 races. Simply amazing.
HISTORICAL FACT OF THE WEEKEND: Only two drivers won the Molson Indy Vancouver the first seven years --
Al Unser, Jr. (four times including three in a row) and Michael Andretti (three times).
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: To Alex Tagliani displaying extraordinary composure in the wake of a bitter
disappointment, "It's sad because I really wanted to win my first race, especially here in Canada, but I guess
it's not my time yet."
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: To Roberto Moreno in a subtle piece of criticism to his fellow drivers,
"People who know what a good pass means respect it."
SCHEDULE: Forget EuroSpeedway and Rockingham. Bring back Monza with it's banking and The Race of Two
Worlds, where men were men, and the timid stayed home.
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