2002 Mexico City Thoughts
TRACK: What can you say that hasn't already been said? Perhaps the greatest facility ... and track ...
CART runs on.
RACE: Despite a great track with a 200 mph long straightaway, once again the key passes were made in
the pits. Next year's rules should make this a racy track. It better.
BRACK: Maybe not a victory he deserved, but Kenny put himself in the right spot for the right moment.
And, it (somewhat) makes up for those races he should have won this year.
DA MATTA: In the end, he was always there. Which is why Cristiano won a championship.
JUNQUEIRA: Bruno received a lot of criticism last year, and even this year people really didn't give
him the credit he deserved. In the end, he finished second which is better than any driver except one. And he
won twice. Bruno proved himself this year.
FRANCHITTI: Gee, a pit stop blew his chances for a win. We never could have predicted that...
KANAAN: You just knew something had to go wrong to prevent this team from winning.
SERVIA: A quiet 9th place finish.
VASSER: May want to reconsider how much of a friend Paul Tracy is...
LOTTERER: For the second time this year, a rookie finishes in the points in his very first CART race.
JOURDAIN: Is Michel now starting a streak of finishing out of the points?
FITTIPALDI: Christian's finish in his final race was an analogy of his entire CART career -- unfulfilled.
TRACY: What an appropriate way to end his career with Team Green.
ANDRETTI: Out with a bang.
DOMINGUEZ: Okay, now we'll give him credit where credit is due. Mario did a fine job in an excellent
9th place qualifying position, obviously spurred on by his hometown fans.
DIAZ: Not an auspicious debut.
GONZALEZ: As in Roberto. As in the new driver for Walker Racing next year. As in what a waste of a
GENTILOZZI: Now this is a positive asset for CART.
LOBOTOMY OF THE WEEKEND: To whomever didn't notice that all the oil dumped by Paul Tracy in Saturday's
qualifying session wasn't going to be a problem.
STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 174,866 spectators. The largest sporting event in Mexico history.
HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The last time CART ran on this track, Rick Mears won in 1981 with a
nearly identical average race speed -- 104.363 mph.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Jimmy Vasser, just one of the many drivers who raved about the new circuit, said,
"It's one of the great old circuits in the world but brought up to state-of-the-art standards. It's too bad the
way they design circuits nowadays with a lot of 90-degree turns and chicanes, but this thing really flows, and
it's a really great track.
QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: We don't actually have the quotes, nor would we probably be able to print
them if we did. However, we can just imagine what the quotes were from Paul Tracy as he was throwing all his
Team KOOL Green apparel out the window of his motor home.
SCHEDULE: First race of 2003 is St. Petersburg, another new street circuit. However, this one might be
a dandy, as half of it is on an airport, so it could be more Cleveland than Miami.
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