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2002 Mid-Ohio Thoughts

RACE: Get rid of traction control and put on Walmart brake pads, and you will have plenty of passing.

TRACK: Like Laguna Seca, a great driving track, a not so great racing track.

CARPENTIER: Don't get us wrong. Patrick deserves all the kudos that comes with such a dominating weekend. However, how come Carpentier always shines most whenever there is a contract issue? A champion driver shines all the time.

FITTIPALDI: So, just when everyone is saying losing the "Brazilian Hillbilly" to NASCAR is no great loss, Christian comes along and puts in an impressive weekend.

ANDRETTI: Did what he had to do for a podium spot -- he's already acting like a team owner...

JUNQUEIRA: Is all his whining an indication that Bruno is feeling pressure to produce or else?

DIXON: Chip, don't be stupid (yes, that's an oxymoron) -- keep Scott in CART.

BRACK: Would hate to see him go, but if Ganassi has to move one of his drivers to the IRL, let it be Kenny.

TAGLIANI: Feeling a little pressure there?

VASSER: 92 laps! Think Jimmy remembered how to count that high?

JOURDAIN: In the points. Again.

DA MATTA: On the one hand, it is nice to see drivers get aggressive and try to make passes. On the other hand, for a championship leader, that was really, really dumb Cristiano.

TAKAGI: One obligatory off course excursion.

KANAAN: Poor Tony. The hard luck award once again gets passed from Vasser to Kanaan.

PAPIS: Nice to see him back, but Team Fernandez is still suffering from midseason woes.

DOMINGUEZ: It is mind boggling that Mario cannot take over the rookie points standings with Townsend Bell in street clothes.

TEAM GREEN: Another one-two. Well, if you held the results sheet upside down.

STEVE STABLER: Before this weekend, no one outside the inner circle of CART heard of Steve Stabler. Nor, any of the other nameless but faithful behind the scenes team members from mechanics to parts guys to engineers. Now, sadly, the fans have heard about Steve Stabler for all the wrong reasons. The next time you are wondering around a racing paddock, take a pause from straining your neck looking for your favorite driver, and say hello to those other guys under the tents and thank them for being such an important piece in providing you great entertainment. RIP Steve.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Patrick Carpentier has led more laps in this year's Ohio events (155), than he has in all his other races in his five-year career (113).

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: This is the sixth time a driver has won both Ohio events in the same year. It was also done in 1991 (Michael Andretti), 1992 (Emerson Fittipaldi), 1994 (Al Unser, Jr.), 1997 (Alex Zanardi), and 1999 (Juan Montoya).

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Patrick Carpentier's feelings after seeing Cristiano da Matta going off, "I said to myself, 'Ohhhh, that doesn't look good for him.'"

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Cristiano da Matta for his blunt self assessment on the mistake, "I f----- up a little bit."

SCHEDULE: From one historical road course to another. Let's hope Road America offers a bit more passing.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Carpentier 92
2. Fittipaldi 92
3. Andretti 92
4. Junqueira 92
5. Dixon 92
6. Brack 92
7. Tagliani 92
8. Vasser 92
9. Nakano 92
10. Servia 92
11. Jourdain 92
12. Takagi 92
13. da Matta 91
14. Kanaan 78
15. Papis 47
16. Dominguez(R) 46
17. Franchitti 38
18. Tracy 23

Time of Race
1:56:17.573

Winner's Speed
106.680 mph

Margin of Victory
3.213 sec.

Caution Flags
3 for 10 laps

Lead Changes
6 among 3 drivers

Most Laps Led
Patrick Carpentier

Pole Position
Patrick Carpentier

Provisional Pole
Patrick Carpentier

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. da Matta 122
2. Carpentier 95
3. Junqueira 86
4. Franchitti 84
5. Jourdain 76
6. Andretti 74
  Fittipaldi 74
8. Tracy 68
  Brack 68
10. Tagliani 64
11. Dixon 62
12. Vasser 47
13. Fernandez 39
14. Takagi 37
  Nakano 37
16. Papis 32
17. Kanaan 31
18. Bell(R) 19
19. Servia 16
20. Dominguez(R) 10
 
 
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Portland Cleveland Toronto Vancouver
Road America Mid-Ohio Montreal Denver
Miami Mexico City Surfer's Paradise Postseason

2002 Thoughts
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Milwaukee Laguna Seca Portland Chicago
Toronto Cleveland Vancouver Mid-Ohio
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Fontana Mexico City Postseason

2001 Thoughts
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Japan Milwaukee Detroit Portland
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England Houston Laguna Seca
Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

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Nazareth Brazil Gateway Milwaukee
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Surfer's Paradise Fontana Postseason

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