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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 seat.

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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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Brack 73
2. da Matta 73
3. Junqueira 73
4. Carpentier 73
5. Franchitti 73
6. Takagi 73
7. Dixon 73
8. Kanaan 73
9. Servia 73
10. Tagliani 73
11. Vasser 73
12. Lotterer(R) 73
13. Jourdain 73
14. Nakano 73
15. Fittipaldi 67
16. Tracy 61
17. Andretti 50
18. Dominguez(R) 16
19. Diaz(R) 1

Time of Race
1:56:48.475

Winner's Speed
104.468 mph

Margin of Victory
3.987 sec.

Caution Flags
2 for 7 laps

Lead Changes
4 among 4 drivers

Most Laps Led
Tony Kanaan

Pole Position
Bruno Junqueira

Provisional Pole
Bruno Junqueira

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. da Matta 237
2. Junqueira 164
3. Carpentier 157
4. Franchitti 148
5. Fittipaldi 122
6. Brack 114
  Vasser 114
8. Tagliani 111
9. Andretti 110
10. Jourdain 105
11. Tracy 101
12. Kanaan 99
13. Dixon 97
14. Fernandez 59
15. Takagi 53
16. Servia 44
17. Nakano 43
18. Dominguez(R) 37
19. Papis 32
20. Bell(R) 19
21. Manning(R) 4
22. Lotterer(R) 1
 
 
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2007 Thoughts
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2006 Thoughts
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Milwaukee Portland Cleveland Toronto
Edmonton San Jose Denver Montreal
Road America Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2005 Thoughts
Preseason Long Beach Monterrey Milwaukee
Portland Cleveland Toronto Edmonton
San Jose Denver Montreal Las Vegas
Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2004 Thoughts
Preseason Long Beach Monterrey Milwaukee
Portland Cleveland Toronto Vancouver
Road America Denver Montreal Laguna Seca
Las Vegas Surfer's Paradise Mexico City Postseason

2003 Thoughts
Preseason St. Petersburg Monterrey Long Beach
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
Preseason Miami Japan Long Beach
Nazareth Brazil Gateway Milwaukee
Detroit Portland Cleveland Toronto
U.S. 500 Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver
Laguna Seca Houston Surfer's Paradise Fontana

1997 Thoughts
Miami Surfer's Paradise Long Beach Nazareth
Brazil Gateway Milwaukee Detroit
Portland Cleveland Toronto
U.S. 500 Mid-Ohio Road America
Vancouver Laguna Seca Fontana
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