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2002 Denver Thoughts

RACE: This had to have been the worse prepared surface in the history of race tracks. Pikes Peak is smoother than this!

TRACK: Well, well, well. It was not a crash marred, attrition filled, yellow flag disaster after all. There was only one full course yellow and only four cars were a DNF. However, the track design that showed so much promise for lots of passing had conditions that were too poor to allow it.

JUNQUEIRA: A dominating performance. This is the Bruno everyone talked about when he came out of F3000. And now, Chip doesn't want him...

DIXON: Oh, wouldn't it have been a lot of fun had Scott not been on Junqueira's team. But, Scott did the right thing for his long term career growth.

DA MATTA: Cristiano never needed a dominating season. His competition keeps insisting on taking themselves out of contention.

FERNANDEZ: A fantastic weekend for Team Fernandez, Shinji Nakano's gearbox problems not withstanding.

FITTIPALDI: His antics on Friday -- weaving back and forth at 2 mph to block Nakano on a live track -- just adds to his label as the most unsportsmanlike driver on the circuit. From his attempt at trying to punch out Greg Moore -- where he only lunged at air since Moore simply walked away -- to his insistence on walking across a live track at Cleveland when race control told him he could not to his constant blaming of other drivers for crashes that are his fault, Christian is simply nothing more than a spoiled rich brat who thinks he is above it all. That's okay. We can't wait till he tries this for the first time in NASCAR, and Bubba rearranges pretty boy's face.

KANAAN: Shhh, don't tell anyone this, but Tony is really getting on a roll. Don't let the word out. It may jinx him.

BRACK: Well, he didn't do anything stupid, and nothing stupid was done to him.

TRACY: Paul genuinely seemed to feel bad about knocking a fellow competitor out. What's the w```orld coming to?

JOURDAIN: In the points. Again.

ANDRETTI: Michael, check the Lost and Found. You may find your speed there.

DOMINGUEZ: He still hasn't taken over the rookie points lead!

NAKANO: You have to feel sorry for Shinji.

START: Not exactly a properly lined up start, but probably a smart one considering the circumstances of this track and the first turn.

LOBOTOMY OF THE WEEKEND: Nothing really stands out from this past weekend. There is the guy who was in charge of the race surface. There's Fittipaldi. Oh, what the heck. Let's give it to Paul Tracy for his first lap brain fade. You didn't think Paul would go two races without winning this new award, did you?

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: For a race that only had one full course yellow on a track that is, relatively speaking, fairly short, it is surprising eleven cars were on the lead lap at the end.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The first two years CART came to Denver, Al Unser, Jr. won them both at an average speed that was, believe it or not, even slower than this year -- 71.243 mph in 1990 and 69.576 mph in 1991.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: No question, it goes to Dario Franchitti concerning his teammate who knocked him out of the race, "As usual, Paul gets behind the wheel, and he just goes crazy."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: To Patrick Carpentier who topped all other quotes concerning the condition of the track, "Driving here might be a violation of the clause in my contract that says I can't ride motocross."

SCHEDULE: A break, finally, and then off to Europe for two ... ahh ... one race. Last year, the European events were the best of the year for on track oval action. Let's hope Rockingham can do it again.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Junqueira 100
2. Dixon 100
3. da Matta 100
4. Fernandez 100
5. Fittipaldi 100
6. Kanaan 100
7. Brack 100
8. Tracy 100
9. Jourdain 100
10. Vasser 100
11. Servia 100
12. Tagliani 99
13. Andretti 99
14. Dominguez(R) 97
15. Takagi 85
16. Nakano 64
17. Carpentier 61
18. Franchitti 0

Time of Race
1:49:22.547

Winner's Speed
90.349 mph

Margin of Victory
0.282 sec.

Caution Flags
1 for 5 laps

Lead Changes
None

Most Laps Led
Bruno Junqueira

Pole Position
Bruno Junqueira

Provisional Pole
Adrian Fernandez

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. da Matta 175
2. Junqueira 123
3. Franchitti 106
4. Carpentier 101
5. Fittipaldi 98
6. Jourdain 92
7. Tracy 86
8. Tagliani 83
9. Andretti 82
10. Dixon 81
11. Brack 74
12. Vasser 70
13. Kanaan 65
14. Fernandez 53
15. Nakano 43
16. Takagi 37
17. Papis 32
18. Bell(R) 19
19. Servia 18
20. Dominguez(R) 15
 
 
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2004 Thoughts
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Portland Cleveland Toronto Vancouver
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Las Vegas Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2003 Thoughts
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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

2000 Thoughts
Preseason Miami Long Beach Brazil
Japan Nazareth Milwaukee Detroit
Portland Cleveland Toronto Michigan
Chicago Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver
Laguna Seca Gateway USGP Houston
Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

1999 Thoughts
Preseason Miami Japan Long Beach
Nazareth Brazil Gateway Milwaukee
Portland Cleveland Road America Toronto
U.S. 500 Detroit Mid-Ohio Chicago
Vancouver Laguna Seca Houston
Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

1998 Thoughts
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Nazareth Brazil Gateway Milwaukee
Detroit Portland Cleveland Toronto
U.S. 500 Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver
Laguna Seca Houston Surfer's Paradise Fontana

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