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2002 Miami Thoughts

TRACK: 16 turns in 1.387 miles? Come on! Lime Rock is more reasonable than that. It's high time that CART starts setting minimum requirements, like F1 does, in terms of length of track and perhaps number of turns per mile allowed.

RACE: Surprisingly, not the crashfest most expected. And it wasn't just a parade either. Even the Trans Am race saw lots of passing.

DA MATTA: No question, a well deserved championship for Cristiano.

NEWMAN-HAAS: Nice to see some of the good guys in CART ownership take the title.

TOYOTA: A bittersweet engine winner for CART fans. It's been a long way since their back of the pack days, but most blame Toyota's backroom dealings for the mess that CART is in right now.

KANAAN: We're going to be real blunt and non-politically correct about this. Is this what racing has come to? The idea that you can make a move to defend your line no matter what? Is the Jeff Krosnoff tragedy that long ago for everybody to forget the consequences of blocking due to sheer pigheadedness? Listen carefully Tony. You do not have the right to defend your line when the other car is right next to you. You do not have the right to move over just because you are not man enough to accept being passed. And most of all, you do not have the right to cry about it when you have nobody to blame but yourself. Quite frankly, what you did was horse shit!

DIXON: Scott, understandably upset, was more of a man than Tony Kanaan was. Most people would have punched Tony in that oversized nose of his.

FITTIPALDI: Another very strong run. Plus, he got the fastest lap of the race. Christian seems to be getting better ever since he announced he was heading for Bubba Land.

VASSER: Pulled a Tracy. On Paul himself.

JUNQUEIRA: Now the fight is for second.

TRACY: A typical wild race for Paul. But man, his driving sure is entertaining.

JOURDAIN: In the points. Again. Though this time, it was mighty close thanks to his own teammate.

DOMINGUEZ: Just two points behind the rookie lead with three races to go! The tension is unbearable.

TAKAGI: Once again showed excellent speed.

NAKANO: With three weeks till the next race, hopefully his burns will heal in time for Surfers Paradise.

CARPENTIER: It seems like it is either feast or famine for Patrick this year.

LOBOTOMY OF THE WEEKEND: To Tony Kanaan. Not so much for the move he made -- though that certainly would qualify -- but for the way he dealt with it afterwards, deflecting blame.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 68.723 mph. The slowest race in CART history.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: The first championship race in Florida took place in Jacksonville back in 1911 on a 5-mile beach track. Running on sand 91 years ago, the winner, Louis Disbrow, averaged a higher speed -- 79.56 mph -- than this year's Miami race.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Jimmy Vasser on his punting Paul Tracy, "I figure if anyone can understand, it would be Paul."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Again to Jimmy Vasser on pointing out one of the benefits to the Miami circuit, "There's lots of good scenery, if you know what I mean."

SCHEDULE: Off to the best locale on the circuit. And perhaps the largest crowd of the year.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. da Matta 105
2. Fittipaldi 105
3. Vasser 105
4. Tagliani 105
5. Junqueira 105
6. Jourdain 104
7. Fernandez 104
8. Andretti 103
9. Kanaan 103
10. Franchitti 103
11. Dominguez(R) 99
12. Tracy 98
13. Brack 70
14. Nakano 66
15. Takagi 39
16. Carpentier 34
17. Servia 29
18. Dixon 19

Time of Race
2:07:09.003

Winner's Speed
68.723 mph

Margin of Victory
0.734 sec.

Caution Flags
6 for 17 laps

Lead Changes
6 among 4 drivers

Most Laps Led
Cristiano da Matta

Pole Position
Tony Kanaan

Provisional Pole
Scott Dixon

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. da Matta 212
2. Junqueira 143
3. Franchitti 129
4. Carpentier 115
5. Fittipaldi 114
6. Jourdain 102
7. Tagliani 95
8. Andretti 90
  Vasser 90
10. Tracy 87
11. Dixon 83
12. Brack 81
13. Kanaan 70
14. Fernandez 59
15. Takagi 45
16. Nakano 43
17. Papis 32
18. Servia 30
19. Bell(R) 19
20. Dominguez(R) 17
21. Manning(R) 4
 
 
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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
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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
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Nazareth Brazil Gateway Milwaukee
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U.S. 500 Mid-Ohio Road America Vancouver
Laguna Seca Houston Surfer's Paradise Fontana

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