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2002 Milwaukee Thoughts

RACE: After five weeks, anything looks good. Even one with few passes, and none for the lead.

TRACK: We've said it before, and we'll say it again. CART should never leave this track. No matter what.

TRACY: An angry yet calm and determined Paul Tracy is exactly what every competitor fears.

TEAM GREEN: An excellent example of keeping your spirts up and maintaining focus.

START: Never should have been allowed.

FERNANDEZ: However, Adrian cannot blame the start on not winning the race. There were 250 laps to try and pass, figure out a better strategy, or make a faster pit stop.

PAPIS: Another podium. This is no fluke. Now, hope that Sigma doesn't go the way of PWR.

FITTIPALDI: Christian was fastest in pre-race warmup, yet nobody paid attention to him during the race. Until he finished fourth.

JOURDAIN: Now, he's the points leader.

DIXON: Now that he is on Team Ganassi, add Scott to your list of championship contenders.

GANASSI: Say what you want about Chip, and we certainly do, but there are very few teams in all of motorsports who could have pulled off getting a third car ready in a week's time just after running three cars at Indy.

ANDRETTI: Mikey must feel pretty stupid right now.

BRACK: Did anyone understand what Mike Hull was trying to do?

FRANCHITTI: Indy and Milwaukee. Two terrible oval performances in a row.

PATRICK: In all the years he has owned a team, it's amazing this is the first time one of his drivers qualified last.

DOMINGUEZ, BELL: Mario leads Townsend in the rookie standings after four races, two to nothing. What a heart stopping battle. And there's only one finish amongst them. This is not exactly the showing most expected from these two newcomers.

KANAAN: Obviously, this team forgot to budget the necessary funds to buy a break.

TAKAGI: In the wall. Again.

YELLOWS: Bell smacks the wall. No yellow. Dixon slides high but hits nothing. Yellow. Huh?

CBS: Outstanding. From the cool intro, to the camera work, to the lack of commercial overdose, to the necessary time for post race interviews and celebrations, it makes one wonder why CART didn't dump ABC a long time ago.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: It is often said that if you simply finish fifth every race, you will win the championship. In a 20 race season times 10 points, that equals 200 points. How often has someone scored over 200 points in a season? Jourdain has finished 5th three times this year and 4th in the other race.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: All too often, people harp on the fact that there is no passing for the lead, and thus the race must be boring. However, there have been plenty of races in the past at Milwaukee that were downright snoozers. Like in 1970 when Al Unser, Sr. won by over four laps, despite having to coast over the finish line out of fuel. Or in 1972, when Joe Leonard also won by over four laps. Johnny Rutherford won by over two laps in 1977 as did Parnelli Jones in 1964.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Paul Tracy on the controversial start, "Hey, the green light was on! I saw all green last week, and I saw all green this week."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Scott Dixon after qualifying fourth, better than his teammates in Dixon's first race with Team Ganassi, "Wow! Not bad, huh?"

SCHEDULE: Laguna Seca is next. Pick Bryan Herta...

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Tracy 250
2. Fernandez 250
3. Papis 250
4. Fittipaldi 250
5. Jourdain 250
6. Dixon 250
7. Andretti 250
8. Brack 250
9. Vasser 249
10. Junqueira 249
11. da Matta 244
12. Franchitti 188
13. Bell(R) 131
14. Takagi 110
15. Carpentier 100
16. Kanaan 92
17. Dominguez(R) 74
18. Nakano 43
19. Tagliani 39

Time of Race
1:59:27.602

Winner's Speed
129.583 mph

Margin of Victory
0.638 sec.

Caution Flags
5 for 38 laps

Lead Changes
5 among 4 drivers

Most Laps Led
Paul Tracy

Pole Position
Adrian Fernandez

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Jourdain 42
2. Franchitti 35
3. Tracy 32
  Papis 32
5. da Matta 29
6. Andretti 28
  Fernandez 28
8. Fittipaldi 27
9. Junqueira 26
  Tagliani 26
11. Vasser 21
12. Dixon 20
13. Carpentier 18
14. Brack 17
15. Takagi 13
  Servia 13
17. Nakano 4
18. Dominguez(R) 2
19. Kanaan 1
 
 
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